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10 Creative Date Ideas That Don’t Involve Dinner And A Movie

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Dinner and a movie is a popular dating routine for a reason: it’s got entertainment, nutritional value, and you don’t even have to talk for half the time. But just in case you’re looking for a different kind of date, something a little more unique, we compiled a list of 10 creative date ideas that are affordable, easy, and memorable. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day, really. Check ‘em out, and please share your own favorite date ideas in the comments!

1. Boudoir Photoshoot: If you and your mate are artsy types, channel that creative energy into a sexy photoshoot. Don your finest lingerie, dim the lights, and pretend you’re a French film star with a checkered past.

2. Science Museum: Nothing’s sexier than knowledge. Spend the afternoon checking out weird exhibits and learning about the solar system. Debrief over coffee afterward.

3. Pottery Painting: Before you insist that no guy would be into this, let me tell you: I have three brothers, and they all love painting pottery. So does my boyfriend. And most of my friend’s boyfriends. It’s a really fun, creative activity, and you don’t get many chances in life to personalize a chip and dip platter, so when you do, take advantage of it.

4. Make Sweet Music Together: If one or both of you already plays an instrument, have a jam session. If one of you does, have a low-stress music lesson. If neither of you do, go to a thrift store, buy two random instruments, bring them home and learn to play a song together (remember: you can never go wrong with a ukulele and bongo drums).

5. Go Outside: Even if it’s cold and rainy, bundle up, grab a thermos, and explore the great outdoors together. Stroll through a park, admire the river, check out the beach on a stormy day, or find a secret waterfall. Then head home and get warm and cozy with hot chocolate and plenty of cuddling.

6. Massages: Either book an appointment for a couples’ massage at a spa, or save money (and up the intimacy) by massaging each other at home. All you need are candles, some nice-smelling massage oil, and soothing music. Happy endings optional.

7. Wine Tasting, Cheese Tasting, or Wine And Cheese Tasting: Head to a wine store, a local winery, a cheese shop, or a gourmet grocery store, and sample some new flavors. Bring home a couple of your favorites.

8. Laser Tag: No explanation needed.

9. Day Trip: Pick a small town, roadside attraction, or natural wonder, and make a day of getting there. Make sure to hit all the road trip requirements, including: ridiculous snacks, awkwardly posed photos, lunch at a diner, and a great mix of music.

10. Bake Something Really Complicated: Combine forces to tackle a challenging recipe like souffles or croissants. If you succeed, celebrate by enjoying the fruits of your labor; if you fail, celebrate by visiting a swanky pastry shop and being fed by professionals.

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Couple’s date night: great date ideas without the expense

Are you trying to have a couple’s date night, but without the expense?

One barrier many couples have to a regular date night is the cost. If you want to have a regular date night with your spouse or partner, you may not have extra money to play around with. That’s when you need to come up with great date ideas without the expense of a traditional date.

A date does not need to be expensive to be fun. In fact, doing things like going to the park for a picnic, creating your own city bike tour or take a walk on a local nature trail.

These are just a few of the great date ideas you can come up with that won’t have the expense of going out to dinner or a show. You couple’s date night is not limited to what most people would think of as a traditional dinner date.

Great date ideas can come from things you enjoy doing, then you can find a way to make them special. If you love playing chess, why not play at a local park. If you like ice cream, go to a local ice cream parlor and share a cone. Love watching movies, go to your local drive-in movie theater.

Figuring out these great date ideas only requires you to use your imagination. You can have your weekly couple’s date night without the expense. That means, you’ll be more likely to go out more often since your dates will not be hurting your wallet.

Next time you’re thinking about where to take your spouse for date night, use your imagination. Then spend some time searching online for low-cost local attractions. You can create great ideas by looking at what’s available at your local parks or beaches.

Don’t let lack of funds; keep you from having a couple’s date night. Come up with some great date ideas in your local area, make a list of the one’s you want to try. Then you’ll a number of ways ready for you to enjoy your time together without the expense.

Do you have a regular couple's date night? Share your story.

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50 Creative Date Ideas

Whether you're just starting to date, are dating someone seriously, are a newly wed or have been married for some time, it's always important to make time for your special someone. It's easy to get in a rut doing the same things on dates (or not go on...

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10 “Firsts” On the Way From Casual Dating to a Serious Relationship

Monday, 8/29/2011 at 12:15PM

HowAboutWe_Logo_rectangle_M.jpgSometimes knowing you've gone from casual dating to a serious relationship can be a little fuzzy, but if you're hitting these 10 "firsts," you're probably well on your way.


1. The First Time You Don't Schedule Weekend Plans
That seamless transition between having to wait until Wednesday to ask "What are you up to this weekend?", and having it be a given that you two are going to hang out.

2. The First Time You Meet Each Other's Friends
This usually happens casually, in the form of meeting up with people for a drink or stopping by a party, but make no mistake: meeting each other's friends is a big deal.

3. The First Time You Spend A Night In
Finally getting to the point where a Friday night can mean take-out and a movie at home, rather than a date date.

4. The First Time You See Each Other "Au Naturel"
You've probably already seen each other "strategically naked". This means that while technically you've removed your clothing, you still have the aid of sheets, pillows, dim-lighting, and natural looking make-up which you sneakily re-apply in the bathroom. Seeing each other naked naked for the first time, unbrushed hair, blotchy skin, stubble, and, for women, without make-up, means you're pretty darn comfortable with each other.

5. The First Time You Call Just To Talk
Maybe you called about something else, or to schedule a date, or to check up on something. But then, once this information is exchanged, you don't immediately hang up. You find you have lots of things to say to each other, and before you know it, half an hour has gone by. It's not just physical: you two are in serious like.

6. The First Time You See Each Other Really Drunk
You accompany them to a party, they overdo it, you take them home, they get sick, then sad, then wild, then pass out...and you still like them the next morning? It's love.

7. The First Time You Talk About Your Exes
Everyone knows not to mention an ex on a first (or second, or third) date, but eventually the subject is bound to come up. Talking about each other's exes and dating histories shows that you care about a person enough to hear all the gory details of their dating life.

8. Seeing Each Other Sick
Being sick means feeling tired, vulnerable, crabby, and gross. Letting someone see you when you feel that way, (and conversely not being turned-off by seeing someone that way) is a sign that things are getting serious.

9. The First Time You Just Go To Sleep
We've already established that sharing a bed with someone sucks. If you're willingly doing that, and you're not even hooking up? You must really like each other.

10. The First Fight
You're comfortable enough to express discontent or frustration with each other—and committed enough to not just walk away. The first time you fight, and survive, you can rest assured that both of you are committed to seeing where this relationship takes you.

--Written by Chiara Atik for

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Double date ideas that don’t suck

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Have a cook-off.

Rather than each couple taking turns hosting the other couple, why not come together for an epic cook-off? Decide on the menu in advance and have everyone contribute some of the ingredients. Once you're all together, start cooking. Yes, too many cooks in the kitchen can be overwhelming, but it also can be lots of fun to collaborate, taste-test and tweak.

2Plan a sports day.

Why sit in a stuffy restaurant when you can get outside and play? Gather a few favorite couples and plan a day of sports such as flag football, Frisbee and Capture the Flag. You'll have a great time, get some fresh air and enjoy doing something totally different. You'll see your friends in a different light and, ideally, add another activity to your double-date repertoire.

3Host a theme night.

Instead of the same old dinner party, come up with a fun theme around which to build an evening. For example, dinners based on movies or specific decades work well. A classic westerns night might feature a wild-West-themed menu, drinks and décor. Have couples bring food items and dress up based on the theme. Unconventional cocktail and dinner parties will add an exciting, fun and memorable element to your usual couples' night dinners.

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If you're hesitant about double dates these might be good ways to change your perspective and try something new in the dating world. If you're single, ask a friend to set something up! If you're a couple, think of it as way to branch out and try something new with your partner. A double date might be just want you need!

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Valentine’s Day: Best ideas for a fun first date

Sometime between New Year's and Valentine's Day comes this weird, almost instinctive urge to get back in the gym, back on a budget, and, if you're single, back on the dating scene. You can meet people on Match, OkCupid, or the just-moved-into-Washing...

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6 Cheap Date Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Monday, 12/27/2010 at 3:00PM

New Year’s Eve (only four days away!) is considered by many to be the biggest night of the year to party. But if pricey cocktails and way up-there cover charges don’t tickle your fancy, we’ve cooked up six cheap date ideas perfect for frugally festive fun.


1. Invite a few friends over for a potluck. Your delicious smorgasbord will be way more wallet-friendly than dinner at a fancy pants restaurant. Plus, you’ll have plenty to snack on while waiting for the ball to drop.

2. Order delivery and watch your favorite movies on DVD. If you and your beau are hoping for a more intimate way to ring in the New Year, call up your favorite delivery spot. Remember to place your order super early (at least an hour before you’d like to eat), delivery times on big holidays can be pretty intense.

3. Have dinner at a diner or burger joint. If you’d really like to go out on Friday but don’t want to drop a ton of dough, head to a hole-in-the-wall spot you love. Your dinner bill will probably cost less than cover charge at a fancy club. And since most party-minded folks will go to dressy and expensive restaurants that require reservations, your no-frills dive shouldn’t be too crowded. If you’re feeling really festive you and your fellow could splurge and order a milkshake. With two straws.

4. Prepare a few fancy appetizers and drinks and have a romantic night in. Get in touch with your Iron Chef fantasies by whipping up your favorite culinary goodies.

5. Get your game on. Play one of your favorite board games together while sipping champagne. Slightly saucy Scrabble, anyone?

6. Have sex. Ditch the party hats, streamers and noise makers and have a celebration for two in bed.

Are you a fan of New Year’s Eve? Do you have big plans for this Friday? Or are you doing something mellow?

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Advice for Older Single Guys

Until recently, I was one of those “older single guys.” Past 35 and still not married, people always said, “We have to get you married” or “You're such a great catch, why aren’t you married”. Of course, someone always had a suggestion of a great woman. I was happy people still thought of me but it was actually pretty tiresome and exhausting. Despite the optimism and encouragement of others, I started to lose hope. Scores of dates over the years had worn me out. Too many times I’d either wasted my time or gotten my hopes up – only to be disappointed. I was slowly becoming convinced that for whatever reason I was never going to get married.

Despite everything, I did meet an amazing woman and we recently got married. I learned a lot along the journey to the chuppah and have observed what many singles seem to be doing right… and wrong. In the interest of helping others cut down on the wear and tear of being single, here are some pieces of advice for older single guys (and probably many younger guys as well):

1. Get back into the race. What choice is there?

More times than I care to remember, I went out on first or second dates that I thought were terrific only to find out the woman thought otherwise. When I found out the “bad news” I would feel as if I’d been kicked in the stomach. Inevitably I’d call my rabbi. I’d tell him what was going on and unload the full weight of my being single. It was usually pretty depressing and melodramatic.

What my rabbi sang to me was closer to reality than my over-the-top sense that there was no hope.

He’d listen carefully and be sympathetic, but then (and I kid you not) he’d sing me lyrics from Frank Sinatra's That's Life: “I pick myself up and get back in the race.” He did this every time. I can’t say I was thrilled the first few times; it didn’t match the terrible state I felt I was in. But eventually I realized that what my rabbi sang to me was much closer to reality than my over-the-top sense that there was no hope. I needed to just keep going, and while I might be a bit down or need a short break, there was no choice but to get back into the race.

2. Have “turnkey” date plans ready

I had way too much going on my life to constantly think of amazing new dates all the time. If you like finding new things to do, then by all means, go for it. But if being a social activities director is a bit much for you, have a few set date ideas that you know work. Examples: a Starbucks date (in a Starbucks that you know has seating available) or a miniature golf date etc. Make it easy on yourself. As long as you offer your date a reasonable option or two, in general she’ll be happy with the choices. Keep in mind that the main point of the date is to get to know your date – not to try out every single dating possibility on earth or to show how creative you are.

3. If you're dating to get married, then act like it

Remember why you are dating and what the purpose of a date is. Don’t just go out and hang out over and over again. While the date can be fun – just make sure you are learning about the woman you are dating. Have an idea of what you want to ask and what you want to learn about her. Otherwise, you may go out several times and still not know each other much better than you did after the first or second date.

4. Be forgiving

Dating requires having a thick skin. When you have been dating for a long time, you can become overly sensitive to slights and insults, imagined or real. So try to have a forgiving attitude. If your date doesn’t say exactly the appropriate thing, let it go. This doesn’t mean you have to become a doormat (never a good idea!). But don't turn the tiniest offhanded comment into a big deal.

5. Be willing to do what it takes

To find my wife, I needed to be willing to do whatever it took. If that meant traveling, I traveled. If it meant going to someone’s house for a Shabbos meal, I went. If it meant going to a matchmaker, I went. Trust me, I didn’t like doing all this stuff. But I realized I needed to do my part in the process. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always cheap or fun. But it eventually led to meeting my wife. It was worth it.

6. Slow down there, Bucko

If you met a woman you like, that's fantastic. Now build on it. Many guys dating a woman prematurely roll out a laundry list of all their problems, weaknesses and “issues.” Would you do this with a new client or with a new colleague at work? While there are exceptions, the third date is not a signal to let down your guard and spill your guts about your deepest feelings and fears. It is a bit early, to say the least. Women may listen sympathetically and even be quite involved in the conversation, but that does not mean it makes them like you more or feel closer to you. It's a bit immodest to share so much so quickly; it creates a false intimacy. It's like microwaving a fine dish that really needs slower cooking.

Yes you need to share, but unpeel the onion slowly.

When we talk about other parts of our lives (work, shul etc.) we're usually positive, upbeat and have a “can do” attitude. Have that attitude about yourself on dates. I am not suggesting lying or being closed. I am suggesting that you pace yourself. No need to spill your guts about negative stuff early on.

Yes, you need to share – how else are you going to connect with a woman? But make sure to unpeel the onion slowly.

7. Listen to what women tell you about dating

Women told me that they did not like going out without being told beforehand whether they were going to dinner or not (they didn’t care either way, but would eat beforehand if they knew to do so). They didn’t like going out (the first few dates) with a guy who had no plan for the date. They preferred being given an option on a date (would you like to go here….or there?). If women in your life give you advice about dating – listen. Chances are it will very helpful.

8. Despite it all, have fun in your life and on dates too

Yes, it is tough being an older single. Okay, next topic. That really needs to be your approach (except for the conversations you have with your closest friends). People will listen, they’ll smile, but you gain very little by becoming the raging single that spews forth about terrible first dates, awful matchmakers and evil dating websites. You’ll sound bitter, you'll become bitter, and you will be concentrating on the tough things in your life rather than the sweeter things.

Sharing a funny anecdote is fine, but don't become a complainer.

Instead of focusing on what's missing, enjoy life, do fun and meaningful things. Don’t wait for marriage to give you permission to vacation, to volunteer, to host people….whatever it is. And enjoy your date. After all, women are a lot more attracted to someone happy and upbeat.

While you're dating you are on a waiting list to get married… so make sure to enjoy the wait. And keep in mind a quote from Winston Churchill which kept me going: “Never, never, never, never give up.”

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3 Cheap Double Date Ideas

Monday, 10/4/2010 at 3:00PM

We’re pals with quite a few couples so I’m always down for double dates. But the old standby of meeting up a cute neighborhood restaurant for dinner can get pricey fast. So we’ve put together a fun list of double date ideas that won’t break the bank.

Retro Double Features

Invite your best couple friends over (after you’ve both had dinner) and watch your favorite movies together. Ask them to bring along a copy of an older movie they can’t get enough of. Whip together a few snacks (this one looks tasty!) and enjoy! After you’ve watched their movie, pop in a classic movie you and your beau love. Chris and I would pick Ghostbusters or Bladerunner.

Kingpins and Queenpins

Bowling is surprisingly budget-friendly, especially on weekdays or during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. While there are plenty of fancy-schmancy lanes out there, I prefer the old-school, 80s style venues. They remind me of being a kid, plus they’re usually way more affordable than the high-end spots. A little competition is always fun; you could play guys against gals, couple against couple, older versus younger, whatever rolls your bowling ball! The losers can buy a round of drinks or snacks for the victors. Light beer and nachos at the snack shop won’t set you back too much.

Game On

Speaking of competition, invite a few of your couples friends over for a few rounds of your favorite board or card games. Each couple could strategize to gain the upper hand or it could just be a free for all. When I’m playing Monopoly, I’m in it to win it! During rounds (and trash-talking) you can all munch on tasty homemade snacks or guilty pleasures like Funyuns and CornNuts.

Do you like double dates? What are your favorite double date activities? Do you tend to go out on doubles with his friends or yours?

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Fun, Creative Date Ideas Make Being Frugal Sexy from Informa Research Services

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If you were being set up on a blind date with someone described as “frugal,” what words would come to mind? In a recent survey by ING Direct, “3.7 percent answered ‘sexy,’ while 15 percent picked ‘boring’ and 27 percent chose ‘stingy’” (Source: New York Times). Considering the current economy, frugality and financial savvy should be the newest additions to the list of attractive attributes for a prospective sweetheart. Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), suggests some fun dating ideas that won’t put you on bad terms with your date or your bank account (

It is important to remember that when dating, your focus should not be on the amount of money spent, but instead on the quality of time you are spending with your special someone. Here are some budget-friendly dates that won’t break your bank:

  • Visit a museum. Depending on your date, a museum can be a fun choice of venue for getting to know each other a little better. Some museums, such as the Getty Museum, are free all the time. Check each museum’s website to get details on admission prices and to see if they offer free or discounted admission at certain times throughout the month.
  • Go for a walk or a run. Find a fun part of town where you can take a stroll among shops and restaurants while engaging in casual conversation. People watching can be a great conversation starter! If you are both into sports, a run along the beach can be a fun way to get some together time while getting your workout done.
  • Take advantage of happy hour deals. Even if you don’t drink, most restaurants offer great deals on their appetizers and food. Furthermore, these promotions usually do not require coupons.
  • Look online for deals and coupons. Look to the Internet to find great deals on dining and adventures. Sites such as Groupon,, and LivingSocial offer deeply discounted deals on restaurants, spas, and sports for major cities around the country. Sign up for their email newsletters to stay informed of the latest deals.

Speaking of searching the Internet, online rate tables found on sites such as make it easy to find local banks and credit unions offering great rates on savings accounts, which can help maximize the benefit of your conscious frugality. For instance, American Express is offering a high-yield savings account that earns 1.30 percent annually. This is over three times the current national average, according to Informa Research Services weekly interest survey (Source: Informa Research Services’ Interest Rate Review).

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How About We…Not? : 8 Creative ‘Date’ Ideas That Should Put You On Guard

You may have read the Sunday Styles piece this week about, a new dating site that emphasizes the date activity over, say, your height/age/weight preference in a potential mate. So for instances, you’d go on the site and see that a guy has proposed to go to the opera and then take a stroll through the park, and you are just that type of gal that LOVES operas and parks. Bingo, date time!

Of course this site, much like The New York Times previous Internet dating profile subject,, has it’s drawbacks. You can see what a guy looks like, but since it’s more about a shared interest in activities, there isn’t as much information to go on about this web date you’re about to blindly tumble into. So we’ve created a handy warning chart for “how about we” ideas that might end up differently than you planned.

• How About We: Go to the Highline Park, get ice-cream, and hang out in the dark alley behind my house for a couple hours.

• How About We: Just put the lotion in the basket, or get the hose again.

• Just totally gorge on chocolates all day while visiting different candy stores. Oh my god, so much chocolate. I love chocolate so much. You: Must love chocolate as much as I do, or else this will never work between us. Let me feed you chocolate. I’m what is described in our community as a “feeder.”

• How About We: Go avenge my father’s death. The danger is sexy!

• How About We: Rob a bank. J/k. Unless you’re into that? No cops plz.

• How About We: Go to my house so you can watch me play Halo for 17 consecutive hours. That will give you a sense of what our relationship will actually be like.

• How About We: Go to the library, and spend a relaxing day looking up our family trees to see how far back we can trace our heritage? Btw, I only date girls whose ancestors are descended from a pure blood line.

• How About We: Go shopping. Chicks dig shopping, right? (Maybe afterwards we can go play some Madden on my PSP, no pressure, but I did take you shopping.)

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Memorial Day weekend: Best date ideas for Austin couples!

The summer is unofficially here and Austin has had some very hot days to prove it. Memorial Day weekend is coming up and Austin is arguably one of the best places to be. With an average of 300 days of sunshine you know there will be many fun in the sun events for you and your spouse to partake in over the weekend. Here are some of the top ideas.

Athletic Event
If you and your spouse want to appease your inner athlete you can go out and support those participating in the Capital of Texas Triathlon.  This event takes place on Memorial Day and if you are super adventurous you can register to participate. 

If you like wine and music the Austin Wine and Music Festival  is calling your name! This event is located at the Domain in north Austin and is a fun place where you and your date can listen to local live music and sample wine and beer from local wineries and breweries around Texas.

Maybe you want to satisfy your daytime party animal. If you and your mate are looking to bust a move and get the party started early Famous Vodka is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Daytime Soirée  at Qua Bottle Lounge on Sunday May 30th doors open at 4pm.

Comedy Club
If you are in the mood for a chuckle, Chris Fairbanks a man of many talents will be headlining at Cap City Comedy May 26-29. Laughter is always the best medicine so grab your guy or girl and head out to the comedy club to get a little closer!

What better weekend to visit the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry than Memorial Day. If you are interested in learning about the history of the Texas Military this will be the perfect date for you and your significant other to experience together.

Bare in mind that Memorial Day is a chance to remember the American men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms that this country thrives on today. Without those brave individuals interracial and intercultural dating as well as civil rights and liberties may not exist. While Memorial Day is a day of celebration remember to celebrate responsibly and be thankful for the troops.

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16 Creative date ideas

Couple at wine tasting

Make this the year of the anti-dinner-and-movie-date night, and instead try one of these 16 ideas that will set the stage to present the best version of yourself -- and also get to know your date much better than would be possible after a date in a no-talking-allowed movie theater.

Give back

Giving back to the community can bring you and your date closer together. A sense of peace and good fortune will bond you. Whether you opt to brighten the day of the elderly, serve food to the homeless, clean up a local beach or engage in countless other opportunities, be sure to choose a volunteering activity that is meaningful to both of you.

Taste test

Exploring new tastes together is not only delicious, it can also be very sensual. Consider attending a wine, beer, cheese or even chocolate tasting. Share with each other what you are tasting and give opinions about each bite. Bon appétit!

Cooking challenge

Meet your date in the cooking section of a bookstore. Mull through cookbooks until you find something delectable to cook for dinner. Shop for necessary ingredients and then create a culinary masterpiece together!

Reach for the stars

Grab a cozy blanket and a bottle of vino for nature's best and most forgotten-about date -- stargazing. A local park, beach or, my personal favorite, a high school football field is the perfect setting to absorb the wonder of the night above. If you are looking for a daytime version, cloudgazing is just as good.

Wax poetic

Nationwide, bars, coffeehouses and bookshops host weekly poetry slams where they turn the mic over to amateur poets. Hearing the rhythmic sounds from local minds and hearts is spiritual and will give you and your date a lot to wax poetic about among yourselves. Take it to the next level by writing a poem to read to your date (warning: this act should only be reserved for he and she who are in l-o-v-e).

Shopping on a dime

Together visit your local thrift, vintage or dollar store. Set a low price tag limit, say $10, and a time limit, say 30 minutes. Split up with the mission of rejoining after having purchased your date that perfect something for them. Explain why you chose what you did.

Couple picking apples

Go green

Explore the wonders of nature around you by taking an explorer's walk. Collect interesting things along the way such as leaves, flowers or rocks. Trace shadows. Draw favorite scenes. Frame or scrapbook your memories.

Fruit of the gods

Apples, strawberries, blueberries, you name it… filling up a basket of juicy, sweet goodness is a great way to spend a weekend day. This date gets you out of the city and into the country allowing for a fun mini-road trip. Plus picking fruit can be very playful… and you will have a bushel full of yummies with which you can -- together or solo -- make a pie!

36 kisses

For the seasoned pair (at least five dates in), try mastering all 36 of these kisses. Never heard of one? Interpret it as you like, or do your homework to uncover its meaning: French Kiss, Sniff Kiss, Nip Kiss, Eskimo Kiss, Butterfly Kiss, Basic Kiss, Spiderman Kiss, Flavored Kiss, Vacuum Kiss, Fish Kiss, Tease Kiss, Candy Kiss, Ice Kiss, Firm Kiss, From Behind Kiss, Slow Motion Kiss, Opposite Kiss, Downward Kiss, Tickle Kiss, No Lips Kiss, Blow Kiss, Woodpecker Kiss, Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Shocking Kiss, High Low Kiss, Kiss on the Hand, Kiss on the Cheek, Kiss on the Neck, Kiss on the Fingers, Kiss on the Shoulder, Kiss on the Ear, Kiss on the Back, Kiss on the Navel, Kiss on the Nose, Kiss on the Eyes, Kiss on the Forehead.

Target practice

Turn up the heat between you and your date while at the same time unleashing your inner bad girl (and a little stress, too!) at the firing range. Don't be scared if you have never tried it before -- most ranges offer training on simple point and shoot guns for rookies.

Tourist eyes

Explore your city through the eyes of a tourist by visiting historical landmarks, museums and food establishments. Inhale the wonder of seeing something for the first time. This is a great way to connect with a date and detox from the day… and it can be a super recession-friendly date.

Just play

Both you and your date should select your favorite childhood activity… swinging on the swings, playing Monopoly, making a mess with fingerpaint, having a pillowfight and so on. Do each other's fave fun activities and, while doing so, share stories of what you were like as a kid. For a snack, whip up some of your favorite childhood treats.

A moment in time

For the mature couple, seal your time together by constructing and burying a time capsule. Gather memorabilia that symbolizes your love for one another. A wedding invitation, saved wine cork, concert/plane ticket, copy of children's birth records, meaningful photos, love letters and anything else that is unique to the story of your love. Be sure to include a note to the capsule's future retrievers.

Scale up

It is said in dating, one should always trade up, well how about scaling up… a mountain? That's right, tap into your inner adventurer and try rock climbing on your next date -- just don't wear a skirt!

Brain candy

Consider salsa dancing, sushi making, pottery, comic drawing, cake decorating, even body painting (!!!!). Whatever it is that you want to learn, there is probably a class for it. Learning something together is always exhilarating... and, if all goes well, it could lead to subsequent classes/dates!

Photo scavenger hunt

Grab your camera and get ready to explore your city on this date. Scribble down a list of slightly far-fetched but still achievable places or things that would make for interesting photos (such as a classic car, a slide, an ice cream truck, a found penny, a bird on a wire, something that makes you laugh, a flower). Pre-determine an award -- like a round of beers at a favorite pub -- if you find everything on your list, then ahead off on your adventure in pursuit of said things. Good luck, and have fun!

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