Love is both a drug and medicine. Especially in times of a pandemic, we are probably in desperate need of one or the other. Or both. We all know that the last year was a challenge for many people on many levels. So, it is old news that Love was more than mildly affected in recent times. No matter if you need a drug or medicine, if you are trying to find Love, revive Love or keep Love alive – it was most certainly more difficult in the last year. We must clarify: Love is certainly not only for lovers. The struggle of Love did take its toll on any kind of relationship. Family, friends, lovers, partners were all equally left in abandonment during our common Covid-struggle.
THIS is your sign to take action and get out of the Love dry spell that was 2020 (and let’s be honest: 2021 is not looking much more dazzling right now).
We have worked hard to bring the best 50 date night ideas that will help you turn over to a new page. You will find here ideas that fit any possible date-requirement: socially distanced and non-socially distanced, outside, inside, any time of day, first dates, romantic dates, funny dates, friend-dates, relationship-dates, small or big budget, active and lazy dates.
1. Build a fort and watch a movie
Get out all pillows, comfy blankets, and sheets you can find. Grab some chairs and start building. Feeling extra romantic? Add some fairy lights. Now all you need is some snacks and your Laptop!
2. Read to each other from your favorite book (prior Fort-building optional!)
Obviously, you can do this anywhere, but this idea works splendidly in a fort as well! Grab your favorite book and read to each other.
3. Cook each other your favorite childhood meals
What was that dish that you had every Sunday that you loved so much? And that cake that your mom/dad/guardian only ever made on your birthday? – Find out the recipe and cook your favorite childhood meals for each other. Freestyling is allowed!
4. Do a Puzzle
It sounds ordinary, but doing Puzzles is totally underrated! Trust us when we tell you: You really get to know someone when doing a challenging Puzzle.
5. Get to know each other better – question game with or without drinks
Ask each other questions and alternate answering them. There are countless lists available online. You might want to match the questions to the situation…do we want to know the most embarrassing childhood-moments on the first date?
6. Do a slideshow of your favorite vacations together or alone and tell the best stories
Yes, there were times where we were traveling! In covid-times, these times might be a distant memory by now. Why not revisit/share your favorite photos and stories from your trips?
7. Do a virtual tour online of places you plan to visit
You read correctly: let`s dream of travelling again! You can start by doing an online tour of your desired destination together. Check out https://driveandlisten.herokuapp.com to take virtual driving tours while listening to local radio stations.
8. Learn a dance
Maybe some Salsa? Maybe your date doesn’t know Gangnam-Style yet but is secretly dreaming of learning it?! Who knows! But whatever you choose: this date night will be one to remember.
9. Paint T-Shirts for each other
Get some old or new shirts and some paint and start painting Shirts for each other. Not that talented? Everything can be put to use as a Pyjama later!
10. Learn something new together
Skateboarding, tennis, badminton, boule, yoga, roller-skating, ice skating, anything you can think of where you can whole-heartedly laugh at yourself and each other. And who maybe even discover a new hobby together.
11. Driving range hitting golf balls
Golf is only for Country Club people? You will now only know better after smashing the first golf ball from the driving range. You will also feel better. Don´t ask us to explain why, but hitting little white balls as hard as you can be oddly freeing and makes for a great date-night.
12. Go for a bike ride
Take your bikes or check out your local rental services and discover your city and nature from a whole new angle.
13. Go rowing
Speaking of new angles: view your city from the water. Rent a rowing boat during sunset for an extra serving of romance.
14. Have an outside picnic
A date-classic! Take-away or order food for your picnic-location. Maybe you even make the picnic yourself. No chef-talent? We say cutting fruit counts as cooking.
15. Show each other favorite spots in the city
No matter if you are new to a town or a homegrown local: there is always something to discover. Go for a tour around your town and show each other your favorite spots.
16. Volunteer at your local shelter and take dogs for a walk
This is an unbeatable date-option. Doing good and being outside. If the conversation gets stuck, there will always be a cute four-legged companion to ease the tension.
17. Make a bonfire and grill marshmallows
If now appropriate woods are available: a nice candle can also do the trick.
18. Drive to the nature area and have an impromptu dance party
Pick a spot away from the city, put on your favorite songs, and dance away. Nobody can see you, so nobody will judge the quality of your moonwalk.
19. Go fruit picking
An excellent option for first dates. In case it went well: Maybe you have a recipe ready to use the freshly picked fruits.
20. Go sledding
If you have snow and a hill available: What are you waiting for??
21. Go watch the stars and learn about the constellations
Pick a spot in your area from which you can see the stars and try finding some constellations (try https://stardate.org/nightsky/constellations).
22. Go climbing/boulder
An all-time favorite! It has everything you need on any type of date: fun, activity, overcoming scary things together. Some cities even offer outdoor options.
22. Rent a kayak
If you don’t have water nearby, this date-idea is great in combination with a little road trip.
23. Do SUP together
We will tell you right now: much harder than it looks. Also, more fun than it looks!
24. Paint a wall in your apartment together
Pick a solid color to be on the safe side. Pick a pattern for an extra challenge.
25. Do a DIY-project
Maybe one of you is in need of a new shelf anyway? It doesn’t need to perfect; it just needs to be fun!
26. Go ice skating or roller-skating
An oldie, but a goodie. Be sure to sit down for a soda/coffee/wine afterwards.
Go to the grocery store, spend $5-20 each and buy each other things the other one HAS to try – optional blindfold for taste-testing.
28. Recreate your first date
If this is not melting your heart, we don’t know what to tell you…
30. Do a game right
Another underrated idea that will not only be fun but also help to get to know each other better easily.
31. Go swimming …or skinny dipping
We recommend private pools for the second option.
32. Declutter an area in your apartment/closet together
Quite therapeutic date-idea. If you sell decluttered items, you can already plan your next fancy date.
33. Buy an old piece of furniture and refurbish it together
Check out facebook-marketplace or your local newspaper for a bargain. Plan together how you can revive the piece and start painting.
34. Write bucket lists together
This, of course, you can do anywhere: on the sofa, in the park. You can do it with or without a glass of wine.
35. Wine or beer tasting
This is possible in person or online. We guarantee that both ways are absolutely fun!
36. Go to a comedy show
Or: online viewing of your favorite comedian. Fort-building is optional.
37. Bring food and surprise an old friend
Make or pick-up food and surprise an old friend. Can be socially-distanced, in-person, or via video call. Also, a great way to introduce your date to friends without stressful anticipation.
38. Have an “inside-picnic” in your room or on your balcony
The rain/pandemic alternative to number 14.
39. Sleep in your garden with a tent
If you don’t have a tent or a garden, maybe one of your friends do? Great in combination with number 21!
40. Go outside and do a photoshoot of each other
You can be silly or artistic. Whatever fits the vibe. If you can’t get loose: play each other’s favorite dance songs. The photos will for sure be a great memory.
41. Recreate your friends’ Instagram photos
Copy some of your friends’ insta photos as best as you can together. Extra points for putting a funny twist on the photos.
42. Draw each other’s portrait
But be nice, kids! Nobody was born a Picasso!
43. Go flower picking
And already plan for your second date (see number 44).
44. Plant plants in your garden or balcony
A great date that will give you something to enjoy for a long time.
45. Write a story together
Funny, serious, thoughtful – whatever the vibe. If you have trouble getting started: alternate writing two sentences each and hide the previous one when writing the next. Sometimes the best stories make no sense.
46. Do Graffiti together
Check out legal walls in your city, get some cans, and get spraying. We are sure the artwork will put a smile on your face the next time you pass by.
47. Play truth or dare
The spectrum for this is large…are you gonna be telling funny stories from way back when, or are you gonna end up skinny dipping?
48. Make a playlist together
Preferably for the next road trip, which you then take. Together – obvs.
49. Give each other haircut
Daring, but fun. If you think about it: isn`t this exactly what we all write on our dating profiles?! There you have it: the perfect date-idea to go along with it.
50. Dinner in the dark
Cook or order dinner, set up the table, and then…eat it in the complete dark. Messy, but oh so fun!
How much we truly need interaction became all the clearer in the last year. When times got tough, we have witnessed the emerging of some of the most beautiful stories: Partners being lifted up to hospital rooms via crane, friends meeting for happy hours online thousands of miles apart, couples married for 50 years bursting into tears upon reunion.
It doesn’t matter if it is your first or 1000th date, it will always worth it to invest some time to spend with somebody you love.