Today I am sharing with you the dates I chose for my “dates for a year” gift. If you missed that post, you can find it HERE.
- Train ride to San Juan Capistrano for Brunch at Ramos House Cafe’.
- Tickets to the Kings game.
- Walking tour in San Diego’s Little Italy with a gift certificate to Extraordinary desserts.
- Lunch at Lucha Libre. It’s this dive Mexican restaurant where you can reserve the “booth”. Funky and fun!
- Puzzle night at home. (this is something they like to do together)
- Art Splash Carlsbad where locals come together and paint the streets and showcase their art. (sent them to breakfast first)
- Cineopolis, the fancy movie theater where you can recline in your comfy chair and have a waitress bring you a martini, while you watch the latest James Bond flick!
- Go Cars in San Diego. Basically I sent them to be tourists in their own city. Cafe Chloe’ followed for lunch. (a San Diego must)
- Pottery painting at a local shop where they made each other a gift.
- Ice skating in La Jolla so they could bring back the teen romance in their life! haha
- Their last date was a gift card to Michaels Craft shop so they can assemble their scrapbook together with their “year of dates” photographs and memories…
These were the dates I chose for my sister and brother in-law. My ideas were truly endless, especially the longer I thought about it. Here is a little added bonus for you…
More date night ideas:
- Picnic with all the trimmings. (candles, blankets, wine and even a laptop to watch a romantic movie)
- Dinner at a restaurant, but at the “chefs table”. (this is the room or counter you eat at while watching your food being prepared)
- Spa day for fabulous massages and facials. A mini date at your local pedicure place would be great too!
- Be a tourist in your own city. I especially like using Groupons/Living Social coupons for this.
- Whale watching or sunset dinner cruise.
- Cooking class at a local restaurant or store, such as Sur La Table.
- Amusement park such as Disneyland. Act like a kid again…even if for one day!
- An unusual dinner out such as “eating in the dark” or try a new food. (Indian, sushi, vegan, etc…)
- Museum or local art showing.
- Music concert for an old favorite band.
- Your local juice bar, followed by hitting the rock climbing gym. (fun even for beginners)
- Plant an herb garden together.
- Create a signature cocktail. Have fun experimenting with ingredients such as lavender, rosemary and mint. (look around on the internet for inspiration)
Date nights that are cheap or free:
- Embrace the great outdoors by going on a hike or stroll along the beach, river, or local nature spot.
- Wash each others cars together while blasting your favorite tunes. (if it’s warm enough, add a little water fight too!)
- There is nothing more romantic than cooking a meal together. Do everything as a team, from choosing the dinner, grocery shopping, prepping and cooking.
- Pamper your significant other. Example: Let them watch their favorite t.v. , play video games, eat their favorite bad foods, GUILT FREE, while you make them food, always have a cold drink for them, do a few of their chores, give a little foot rub…you get the idea.
- Garage sale or flea market date. Designate $10 and have fun searching for a gift for one another.
- Follow a local food truck to have some gourmet grub on a budget.
- Pay it forward together. This might be the most bonding date. (tidy your elderly neighbors yard, babysit for a single parent, deliver a surprise dinner to someone sick or depressed, have a fund raiser such as a garage sale for someone in need, volunteer locally such as a beach clean up, help friends have their emergency kits together, I could go on and on…)
- Attend a free concert in the park or movie in your local community. (usually a summer activity)
- DIY spa day. Create a spa atmosphere with soothing music, water with cucumbers and lemon, low lighting, favorite candle scent…and give each other scalp, hand, foot or neck massages. If you have a tub, draw a nice bubble bath for the other with a tray of a few of their favorite things. (book, bubbly, soaps) Throw a towel in the drier so it’s nice and warm for them when they get out.
- Game night, such as chess or scrabble.
- Get some household chore done, such working in the yard. It might not be the most romantic date, but you will get something accomplished TOGETHER. Make it enjoyable by taking a break and having some cold beer and chips/salsa together.
I think these suggestions should keep you busy for a while. Please feel free to share your ideas in my comment section to share with everyone!! I’d really appreciate your creative input.