You want special date night ideas, but you don’t want to spend a lot of cash.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful time. After all, dating is all about getting to know a person and spending quality time with them, not how much money you can spend!
A regular date night is important for every relationship, no matter how long you’ve been together. Whether you’re just starting out or have been together for decades, these date night ideas will allow you to be able to spend that quality time together without spending a fortune.
The date night ideas on this list are romantic, creative and memorable. Another great thing about this list is that you can do these activities with friends too! You don’t even have to be dating to do most of the activities on this list. Even better, most of the activities on this list are perfect for our pandemic world of social distancing.
We challenge you to complete each item on the list or modify each item on the list to your tastes or relationship status. Make sure you put those phones away and focus on your time together!
You’ll be glad you set time aside for just the two of you. The world will be there when you get back from your date, and you’ll be closer to your loved one more than ever.
Here are 30 cheap date night ideas to have fun on a budget.
1. Play a game of blindfolded “guess the food”
Take turns feeding each other pre-selected foods and see if you can guess what they are. Go with a variety or a theme like fruit or nuts.
2. Play a game of blindfolded “guess the scent”
Candles, herbs, spices and air fresheners are great choices for this fun activity. How many can you guess on the first try?
3. Draw shapes or words on each other’s backs
Can you fit “I love you” on your sweetheart’s back? This is a fun guessing game where you draw shapes or words using your finger and your special someone tries to guess what you’ve drawn.
4. Go to the park
Enjoy the sights of a local park. Enjoy walking hand in hand while enjoying the fresh air, spotting animals leaping from rock to rock, or dogs playing in the grass. Try exploring a new park in your area or a new area in a favorite park.
5. Make homemade ice cream
You can make ice cream in a bag in 15 minutes. Add crushed up cookies or other tasty toppings, and you’re practically chefs!
6. Make a restaurant-worthy charcuterie board
Look up some ideas for delicious charcuterie spreads and make a scrumptious, easy snack or meal to share over a glass of wine. Aged provolone, candied walnuts and a glass of red? Mmm, perfect!
7. Make fondue
Dip bread, grapes, pickles and melon in a cauldron of bubbly Swiss cheese or pound cake into melted chocolate. We dare you to stop eating before it’s all gone. Fondue is a process that needs a little attention, so take turns grating the cheese, stirring it and feeding little bites to each other.
8. Watch movies from your childhoods
With all the different streaming options and cable alternatives out there, it’s easier than ever to take a walk down memory lane with movies. Try having each of you pick a movie you loved during your childhood that the other hasn’t seen. Talk about why you love the movie and the memories surrounding it.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back and feel good about yourself. Volunteering together will also bring your relationship closer. Pick up trash on the beach or donate clothes to a local shelter. You’ll feel great and love helping make the world a better place together.
10. Learn a new language
Get a learning program like Rosetta Stone, Babble and Duolingo and work on a language you’ve always wanted to learn. Then you can say “kiss me” in any language you choose!
11. Make dinner together
Turn an everyday chore into a romantic evening by choosing a favorite recipe and cooking a meal! Bonus points if you make it an international night with foods from a country you’d like to visit, like spaetzle from Germany or tamales from Mexico.
12. Go stargazing
Hit the road and find a spot to lay under a blanket of stars. Bring along a bottle of sparkling cider to enjoy while you look for constellations, planets and stars.
13. Make hot cocoa
Let’s be clear, we’re not talking about your everyday cocoa. Instead of making a powdered mix, try to make a decadent homemade version with cocoa powder and sugar. You’ll be glad you did!
14. Go skating
Did you roller skate or blade as a kid? It’s still fun as an adult!
Try picking up an inexpensive set of roller blades or skates and cruising around town or your neighborhood together. You can also take it retro and spend an evening skating at your local rink.
15. Have a photoshoot
You can often get nice professional photos for relatively cheap with discount offers from Groupon, the Entertainment Book or other coupons.
However, you can also turn it into a fun and romantic date night by DIYing your photoshoot.
Go to a secluded location, a favorite spot or a local restaurant and pose together. Bonus if you bring props!
16. Play board or card games
Escape room board games are perfect for two people. Escaping the clutches of an evil wizard or doctor brings couples closer together!
There are also a lot of great two-person card games that you can play on a rainy night or a dreary day.
17. Make a travel bucket list
What are your ultimate travel goals? Could you make a separate list and share it? You never know what bucket list items you have in common!
18. Do a chocolate tasting at home
Pick up five different candy bars in the grocery store and decide together which one is the yummiest!
19. Visit a food truck
Tacos, crepes, empanadas and burgers are popular food truck staples. Find where the food trucks are parked and have an inexpensive meal together. Purchase a few dishes and share them. This is a great way to save money when eating out!
20. Go to a virtual concert
Pick your favorite music artist and put on a concert to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Does your friend have a favorite album? Lay on the couch together or take a drive and listen through the whole album.
21. Give each other a massage
Enjoy an intimate night of massage with your partner. Wonderfully relaxing and absolutely free. All you need is your hands and some oil.
22. Binge watch a true-crime documentary
Discuss and try to guess whodunit while watching a crime documentary on Netflix. Discuss how you’d pursue the case and what you’d do differently to solve it.
23. Make a 3-course meal of only miniature foods
Throw yourselves a 3-course dinner party where all the foods are tiny. Think pigs in a blanket, mini meatloaves and mini cupcakes!
24. Only communicate by love note
Stay home for your date, but there is a rule – no talking! Communicate all night by love notes and drawings.
25. Make a scrapbook of your favorite photo memories
Make a scrapbook at an online merchant like Snapfish or Shutterfly. These services save your projects to print later, so there is no need to spend money now. You can wait for a deal!
26. Work on a puzzle together
Feel accomplished by completing a difficult puzzle together. Make it an all-day event if you have the time.
27. Listen to an audiobook
Lay in each other’s arms while listening to an audiobook. Learn from historical nonfiction or get scared by a best-selling thriller.
28. Watch a movie trilogy
Want to have a movie marathon? How about watching the “Star Wars,” “Scream” or “The Godfather” trilogies with your companion? Perhaps rate which ones you think are the best. If your partner is a huge “Star Wars” fan, ask them why they love it and learn about the characters.
29. Paint a picture
Get out your paints and a canvas and create a masterpiece you can hang on the wall. If you’re not confident in your painting skills you can do a paint-by-number together but be patient, some of them can take a month or more to complete!
30. Go hiking
Hiking is great exercise and a popular hobby that you can share. Turn hiking into a weekly tradition and you have a built-in date for years to come!
Moral of the story
Date nights are an important part of any relationship. The date night ideas on our list are a great starting point to create dates for your partner full of love and creativity.
Choose a night regularly to spend with your significant other, and you’ll have something to look forward to every week.
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