As virus cases continue to rise, the desire to get out of the house also continues to grows exponentially. This year, date night has a very different meaning than in years past, but that doesn’t mean that dating during the pandemic is impossible, even as the weather cools off. If you and your significant other find yourselves longing for a new and inventive date night, try these winter (pandemic-friendly) date ideas!
For the Adventurous Couple: Holiday Light Drive By
Winter brings along with it a slew of holidays, including Christmas, for which most individuals string up lights outside their houses. While you may have a strand or two at your house along with some cute decorations, some neighborhoods go big when it comes to decor.
You and your S.O. can make a travel mug of hot chocolate and go for a drive through a few local heavily-decorated neighborhoods. You may even be able to find light shows in your area with just a little research!
For the Film-Loving Couple: Holiday Movie Night
Sure, the idea of a movie night may feel played out at this point. However, as the holidays approach (and cold weather replaces the last traces of fall) staying in and enjoying some festive holiday spirit is just what the doctor ordered.
You can put together a blanket fort or simply cuddle up on the couch with some holiday-themed movie snacks and enjoy a marathon of your favorite classic holiday films (or non-traditional horror movies). Whatever your preference, this is a quick and easy date that gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle up with your loved one.
For the Creative Couple: Crafting
Since you’re stuck inside for the foreseeable future, crafting is a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other. For some, crafting simply involves finishing up projects around the house, like painting or finishing a piece of furniture.
For others, crafting means putting on your creative hat and creating something new and fun with your significant other. You can make homemade cards for those in the military, ornaments for your tree, or simply paint a picture for one another. Regardless of the creative project that speaks to you both, it’ll be an entertaining way to spend time together.
For the Gourmet Couple: Blind Tasting
You likely spend a lot of time together enjoying food and drinks. If friends refer to the two of you as the “foodie” couple, having a blind tasting with your S.O. will be a blast, making it an inexpensive and endlessly entertaining date idea.
Each of you would prepare a number of dishes (or a number of drinks) for the other, and they would then need to guess what you’ve made. There are a number of ways you can accomplish this, such as using blindfolds or removing labels from a selection of wines, but whichever method you choose, it’s an inventive date idea that you’ll be talking about for quite some time.
For the Competitive Couple: Game Night
Game nights are designed for fun, especially if you and your S.O. have the competitive gene. While you can always rely on the classics you have hanging around the house, like Monopoly, Twister, and Clue, video games, such as Mario Party, or drinking games are also fun alternatives. If none of those options appeal to you, you can create a game of your own.
Dating during a pandemic may be more challenging, but it’s an opportunity to let your creativity shine. As winter weather hits, you can utilize any of these ideas as a workaround to bring you and your significant other closer together.