When I think of wintertime, my first thought is of sipping hot chocolate with someone I have a crush on or I’m already dating. Of course, we can’t do that every time we go on a date, so I’ve gotten creative. Since cold weather can be temperamental, here are some ideas for dates that take place both in the nippy winter air and in the warmth of your own home.
1. Ice skating. If you live in a place that has outdoor ice skating, I am extremely jealous and you should take advantage of it every chance you get. Lacing up a pair of ice skates and heading out to the rink might remind you of your best friend’s 10th birthday party, but what better way to make new ice skating memories than with an attractive skating partner? If you’re worried about falling down, grab your date’s hand. You won’t even need makeup for this outing because you’ll have naturally rosy cheeks from the cool wind against your face.
2. Video game tournament. To show off your competitive side, throw down a Mario Kart challenge on your date and play until your thumbs are numb. While the freezing rain pitter-patters on your window, you’ll be dry inside and bringing the heat as you reveal your video game skills to a very impressed date. It’s OK to let your date win a couple of games, a long as he or she still knows you’re the best Mario Kart driver in the world (or at least in the room).
3. Record store rummage. Music is an important bonding point for most couples. Take a musical adventure around your town and pick out records and CDs with your beau. If nothing else, you’ll learn what kind of music he or she is into, but if you’re lucky, you’ll gain some new music you’ve never listened to before. This date is a great set up for a second date where you both sit around a record player or boom box and listen to your finds. If you buy CDs, remember to upload them to your iTunes so you can make a mixtape for your crush later.
4. Indoor picnic: fondue style. Picture this: sitting on a blanket, warm cheese and chocolate, assorted fruits and breads and a deep conversation with the guy or girl you’ve liked all semester. If that doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, I don’t know what will. This date is cheaper than going to a fancy restaurant, more intimate than a coffee shop and more practical than an outdoor picnic in the snow. For some great fondue ideas, check this out.
5. Dollar Store gift exchange. It’s no secret that we’re in a recession, but gift-giving is still a big part of the holidays. Instead of shelling out the big bucks on your sweetheart this year, visit your neighborhood dollar store. Set the spending limit at five or 10 dollars, separate into the store and see what fun gifts you can find for each other.
What do you and your cutie do when it’s cold outside? Have you gone on any of these dates before?