A little creativity can go a long way in keeping the fire of any relationship alive. Our own Akonedo Jeffrey explains how breaking out of the “dinner and a movie” routine can not only rejuvenate relationships but also pave the way for interesting new options that you may not have thought of before. If your romantic fire needs a bit of rekindling, here are some date night ideas that you can use for every occasion.
Thrift Store Shopping
Whether you don’t have the patience to wait in line at retail stores to do your holiday shopping or you’re simply looking for something truly memorable to do on your anniversary, having a date at the local thrift store can be both fun and practical. Help each other pick out creative and unique gifts for your loved ones. Show your significant other how well you can negotiate for certain items. To lighten the mood you can even pick out the most ridiculous outfit for each other. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even agree to wear your respective ridiculous outfits for your next date night.
Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter
This one is for couples who love animals. Whatever the occasion, animal shelters can always use some extra hands. Whether or not you’re looking to adopt a pet, volunteering at your local animal shelter can be a very enriching bonding experience. Sometimes, there’s nothing more romantic than giving your time to a worthy cause as a couple.
Open Mic Comedy Night
Standup comedy open mic nights are always fun. While you’re likely to hear lots of unfunny material, you’re bound to discover some great jokes and comedians that you haven’t heard of before. And since this type of event is always free, you won’t have to spend much. If you’re willing to make things more interesting, Gala Bingo suggests going onstage yourself to do your own sketches or jokes. More than proving that you’re funny, it would be a great way to show your date how confident you really are. So, don’t be shy, everyone’s welcome on stage during open mic night.
Pretend That You’re Tourists in Your Own Town
You’ve likely avoided some of the most common tourists spots in your own town simply because, as a local, there’s been no compelling reason to visit them. If you and your significant other have done this all your lives, then most tourist destinations in your hometown could offer new experiences for you both. National Geographic journalist Heather Greenwood Davis notes how taking a historic tour of the iconic places in your town can be a great way to get in touch with your local history. Sometimes, you don’t need to go far to seek out bold, new experiences as a couple.
Book Store Hopping
Books are portals into new worlds, timelines, and places – they’re arguably the cheapest way to travel. Rummaging through books together not only opens up new channels of conversation, but can also give you a deeper look into the hopes, dreams, and fears of your significant other. Trying to pick books that the other will find fascinating can be a very fun, stimulating, and eye-opening exercise for any couple looking for unique bonding experiences. Furthermore, many bookstores nowadays also function as coffee shops and sometimes hosts events like book signings and poetry nights – more new dating opportunities for any occasion.