Whether you’re just dating or long-married, date nights are a great way to connect with your partner. With winter on the way, and bars and restaurants risky due to health restrictions, exercise a little creativity when planning your cold-weather dates.
There’s no shortage of fun things to do without leaving the house.
Pick a few movies, make some popcorn, stock up on your favourite candy, and snuggle up with your date. A two-person indoor hammock piled with pillows is a cozy spot to watch movies from.
If you love camping during the summer but can’t fathom it in the snow, try camping at home. Turn off the lights and TV, burn candles, pull out the guitar and sing campfire songs. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fireplace or stove, and when it’s time for bed, curl up in an indoor hammock, set it swaying, and enjoy a fantastic snooze.
The shopping has to get done somehow, so why not do it online together? Put on some holiday music and click away. Remember to support local and Canadian businesses who may be struggling right now.
Have you and your love been relying on takeout and the same six recipes? Switch it up and spend an evening making a complex recipe like duck confit from scratch. Then you get to sit down and enjoy eating it together. Be sure to share cleanup duties, too!
Surely everyone has a Scrabble or Monopoly set collecting dust somewhere in the basement. Pull it out and challenge your partner to a game or three, with some adult beverages to ease the loser’s pain.
Pretend there’s no electricity for the evening: Turn off lights, get a fire going or light some candles for a romantic atmosphere, and cozy up under a blanket on the sofa with snacks and drinks.
Exercise is a great mood-booster. Find a workout or yoga video suited to both your fitness levels and work up a sweat together.
Rev up your holiday spirit by making your home look festive. It creates a feeling of joyful anticipation – and your partner can hold ladders and help hang things evenly.
Put on a soothing playlist, do face masks, give one another massages or mani-pedis, and take relaxing aromatherapy baths/showers.
Pick up some painting supplies and a nice bottle of wine, choose a picture to copy or watch an instructional video, and create your own works of art while you sip.
Reading aloud is very pleasurable and helps bring the story to life. If you’ve got an indoor hammock, grab a blanket and your date and snuggle in with a good book that interests you both.
Take the opportunity to talk about what you hope to achieve in life, individually or as a couple. Make a list of goals, dreams, and things to help one another work on.
If you’re more outdoorsy than indoorsy, here are some fun winter date ideas that don’t involve crowds.
A hike in the woods or mountains among snowy landscapes is refreshing and magical—just be sure to dress for the weather.
Don’t let a good snowfall go to waste—get out there and toss snowballs at each other as the kids do.
Find an outdoor rink and glide around the ice surface for an hour or two like graceful swans—or bring hockey sticks for an informal game.
Find those streets where residents go nuts with the holiday light displays and take a drive-by in the car, with a holiday playlist on the car stereo.
Here are some holiday gift ideas to help make winter date nights more fun for you both.
Need some new reading material for reading aloud to each other in the hammock? Here’s a list to get you started!
If your partner’s a gamer, consider a new console, accessories like controllers or headphones, or a new game you can play together.
A wireless charger for their devices ensures your partner is always ready and able to connect with you.
A voice-activated virtual assistant offers hands-free help with everything from streaming music to setting a timer for dinner.
Get ready for your at-home spa day with face masks, hand creams, massage oils, or bath soaks.
Make your own fancy cocktails at home with bar tools like a cocktail shaker, long spoon, and measuring jigger.
It’s important to keep high-touch surfaces like smartphones clean and germ-free. A UV light sanitizer kills any lurking ick.
A (distanced) professional photo session can strengthen your connection with your partner and help you create some gorgeous memories.
Long days spent looking at a screen can lead to tight neck and back muscles. Loosen them up with a handheld massager.
Get them some fuzzy slippers or socks, a soft sweater or fleece, and stretchy lounge pants for movie nights and hammock snuggles.
Many board games are built for three or four players, but if you want to play as a couple, try some of these favourites:
Winter is the perfect opportunity to find new ways to spend time with someone you love. A little creative thinking is all it takes.