A good date use to be just dinner and a movie. Now that has evolved to “Netflix and chill” being the standard. Just kidding. Sort of.
Date nights still exist, but we have to step it up a notch. Dinner and movie is still romantic for some people but not too impressive for the average person. Recently, The Weeknd rented out and entire theater for Selena Gomez to see Get Out. I'm sure this had a lot of guys concerned that this was the new date standard: “If you can’t shut down a restaurant or theater for me…I am not interested!”
Obviously, everyone is not able or inclined to do that, but it goes to show that dating nowadays requires more than some basic simple ish. So before you start just going to the strip clubs together and reducing date nights down to just anniversaries, we have some ideas for the perfect date.
To add that celebrity touch to your date, opt out of driving to a cheesy vineyard located in your city (you might be surprised what you can find on Groupon). Create your own experience. Go to your nearest wine store, pick out about five bottles of wine from random countries you've never experienced and set up your own tasting in your home. Cost: $60-100, depending on your taste.
This is trendy, beneficial, creative and CHEAP. Go to a paint supply store like Blick (http://www.dickblick.com ), get two canvases, some primary colored paint and a pack of brushes. Create a sexy or cute theme that is not hard to achieve and just paint together and talk. Afterward, exchange paintings and hang them up somewhere in your home. Cost: Less than $50 bucks.
Since only the Carters go to the MET Gala, your art experience will be a little more low-key. Check your city's local artists out. There are always cool artists with galleries open for the public. A good place to sit, talk and or be petty and judge others for laugher. Cost: Most galleries are free.
If you live somewhere like South Florida, Southern California or the Midwest, this could be exciting. Take a day trip up the coast watching the sunset or ocean. A lot of friends are doing this, especially if you have an interest in cars. It makes them feel like Bonnie and Clyde. Worst case scenario, this will at least be an awesome Instagram pic. Cost: About $100.
This idea is really fun because you can bring others, it's good energy and, in most cases, drinks are involved. These type of dates allow both individuals to let their guard down and be themselves. I am not saying go to Coachella, unless you got The Weeknd money, but if you live in places like Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans or even the South, there are plenty awesome festivals to attend! Cost: On average, $125.
This is not just a date for teenagers — adults still love this idea too! It’s the evolved version of going to the county fair together. It's another interactive date and fun for couples, double dates or first dates. There actually are some cool “adult only” ones too! Cost: Less than $100.
This will be for the more adventurous couple or if you both want to try something new. Activities range from biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, rapid rafting or camping out at by the ocean building a bonfire. Cost: Varies based on activity, but individual activities shouldn’t run you more than $150.
This is another date to take the person out of their comfort zone. Either you choose something you both have no clue about (for example, tango lessons) or something you want to get better at, like cooking French soul food (Yes, it exists). A cooking lesson replaces a boring dinner and at least you get something out of it if the date wasn’t as interesting. Or, if you're feeling risky, go sky diving! Cost: $65-150.
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