Fall is one of my top 4 seasons of the year. Leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and almost every day is hoodie weather. Fall is also the season we seem to come up with our most creative date ideas. Since the holidays are right around the corner, we’re facing busy schedules and extra expenses. It’s a crucial time to make sure those relationship bonds are strong.
Here are a few date ideas that cost less than a pair of movie tickets, but are far more memorable:
1. Have a Hygge Night
I thought “Hygge” was invented by Danish women that wanted an excuse to enjoy lazy days, candles, and hot chocolate. However, I think I get it now. Curling up on the couch together under a blanket, without any distractions other than the flicker of a candle or 4, is an amazing way to reconnect.
- Pro Tip – Adding Peppermint Schnapps to hot chocolate makes the world a better place. Before the second mug is gone, you’ll both rediscover that sparkle in each other’s eyes.
2. Pinterest cook-off
Neither my wife nor I are chefs so standards are fairly low in the kitchen (aside from my guacamole, which is irresistible). Our goal is to meet our daily caloric needs, and to avoid food poisoning. Fortunately, Pinterest is packed with delicious looking meals and easy-to-follow recipes. We still can’t make our culinary creations look as pretty as the pictures, but it’s a lot of fun to try. Even better, we have a 0% incidence of food poisoning so far.
3. Donate clothes
Normally, preparing a donation would fall into the “chores” category. However, sorting through clothes that others need more than we do was surprisingly fun. It satisfies our minimalist leanings, and triggers lots of nostalgic moments (“Remember when I had to wear a belt to keep these pants on?”)
- Pro Tip – A strategically timed comment like: “Aww, I can’t believe you’re donating that dress. You look gorgeous in it” is worth at least one Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card.
4. Go for a Hike
Unless you live in flat country like Kansas (I’m sorry) or Nebraska (I’m really sorry), going for a hike doesn’t necessarily mean packing a tent, sleeping bag and asking for vacation time. Trade the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours of fresh air and a brisk walk in the woods. The extra adventurous couple can earn bonus points by leaving cell phones in airplane mode.
5. Explore a cemetery
Going to a cemetery on a date may sound depressing or macabre, but it’s not. Visiting the right cemetery is like touring an outdoor art museum and a haunted house all at the same time. Best of all, it’s free.
Still not convinced? Our recent visit to Bellu Cemetery in Romania ended with me running into my wife’s arms. It’s the kind of thing that only happens in romance AND horror movies.
Our date at Bellu cemetery had plenty of both.
Save the Date!
There are plenty of great date ideas we haven’t tried yet but are looking forward to checking out. Have any of you tried Geocaching yet? I just learned that there are Geocache sites here in Romania, so it must be available everywhere!
I have a feeling this is going to be a fun, but busy holiday season. I hope these affordable date ideas get your creative juices flowing before the holiday rush hijacks our time and energy.
Any other memorable and affordable date ideas we’re missing out on?