25 Date Ideas You Can Try at Home and Long-Distance

Ready for date night? These fun date ideas can help your relationship thrive.

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Whether you’re social distancing or quarantined together, during stressful and uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to prioritize rituals of connection with your partner.

Whether you’re social distancing or quarantined together, during stressful and uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to prioritize rituals of connection with your partner.

A pandemic can take the sizzle out of your relationship. Whether you’re at home under the same roof (has your partner always eaten cereal that way?) or dating from a distance (“u up? cool just checking”), we urge you not to forget about date night.

Try these 25 date ideas and let us know your favorites!

1. Play a board game. If you’re apart, play a game online.

2. Try a deck in the Gottman Card Decks App.

3. Learn a new language together.

4. Do a project together like making pottery or knitting a scarf.

5. Watch each other’s favorite movie. If you’re apart, try hosting a Netflix Party.

6. Get crafty! Make a scrapbook of all your favorite memories together.

7. Host Happy Hour with craft cocktails or mocktails. If you’re apart, cheers over FaceTime or Zoom.

8. Have sex.

9. Bake or cook a new meal together. If you’re apart, try making the same meal and share your taste test over FaceTime or Zoom.

10. Create line drawings of each other—don’t look at the paper or lift the pen.

11. Dance to your favorite music. If you’re apart, make each other a virtual “mixtape” to listen to.

12. Choose a song and rewrite the lyrics to it. Perform it for each other if you’re feeling brave.

13. Play strip poker.

14. Teach each other about your passions and hobbies.

15. Write each other love letters.

16. Watch an insightful documentary and learn something new.

17. Read The Love Prescription or another Gottman book together!

18. Go for a romantic walk.

19. Have a cook-off “Chopped” style with the same ingredients.

20. Put on a fashion show. Don’t forget the runway music. If you’re apart, play the role of fashion photographer and send each other photos of your stylish looks.

21. Build a cozy fort.

22. Give each other massages.

23. Play Pictionary or charades.

24. Go to the “spa.” Light some candles, put on facials, play relaxing music.

25. Strengthen your relationship by starting our research-based programs for couples.


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