Relationship Advice: Fun and Unique Date Ideas

May 4, 2016 by


When you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Weekday? Wake up, go to work, go to the gym, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Weekend? Wake up, run errands, go out to dinner, maybe see a movie or meet up with friends, go to bed.

While routines can be nice and predictable, they need to be shaken up from time to time. Why? Because doing something new and different can bring some much-needed excitement back into your relationship.

That’s why couples should take this relationship advice and plan to have a regular date night. A date night gives you something to look forward to and allows you to temporarily break free of your everyday rut. It also allows you and your partner to spend some quality time together to flirt, bond, and connect.

But aren’t “scheduled” date nights just another kind of routine? Not if you make a point to do something out of the ordinary!

Need some help? Here are 3 fun and unique date ideas you can try today.

  1. Go on a bookstore date. A bookstore is a great place to get to know your partner a little more. Even if you’ve spent decades together, there’s always something more to learn. The two of you can move from section to section asking each other questions related to that section.

    Find and read your favorite poems aloud to each other in the poetry section. In the kid’s section, pick out the book that shaped your childhood. Discuss your dream vacation in the travel section. Or, spend some time collecting different books on your own and then sit down and go through them together over coffee and dessert.

  1. Have a competition date. No one can resist a friendly competition! So up the ante on your date and compete against each other in a fun activity. Bowling, mini golf, video games, and board games are great ideas to get the competition going. And you can even set some romantic stakes for whoever ends up victorious.

    Feeling extra competitive? Make your own “triathlon.” Try roller-skating, pizza-eating, and Pac-Man for your first three events. Then, think of three different events for your next triathlon. Regardless of the actual events, you and your partner will be smiling, laughing, and having fun the entire time.

  1. If you really love the idea of dinner and a movie, turn it on its head. Even though dinner and a movie is a typical date, it doesn’t have to be. If you love going out to dinner and seeing a movie, use this date concept to try a new restaurant or a different kind of movie.

    Instead of your typical food fare, go for something a bit more exotic and out of your comfort zone. Try Ethiopian food for the first time. Feeling extra bold? Go to a French restaurant for some escargot. Or maybe it’s time for you to finally know what sweetbreads taste like.

    As for movies, skip the latest blockbuster and go for something you wouldn’t normally see such as an interesting art film, indie flick, or documentary.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. So pick one and ask your partner on a fun and unique date. Next time, your partner gets to choose the date!