Cheap date ideas are hard to come by. And, unfortunately, we don't all have endless amounts of disposable cash to spend on wining and dining the people we fancy. It's a crying shame tbh. But, rest assured, with a little imagination there are some really fun things you can do on the cheap, and without even leaving the house. Enter an awesome Reddit thread of users' suggestions for cheap date ideas you can do at home and honestly, they're inspired (and cute as hell).
1. Make a blanket fort
LOADS of Reddit users mentioned ye olde blanket fort as a fun and cute cheap date.
FrankenbobMack said, "My husband makes the BEST couch/blanket/table forts complete with the TV and a mattress inside the fort with an 'outdoor' picnic area for dinner before settling down with snacks and a movie in the fort." Adorbs!
2. Open a 'fake' restaurant
"My husband and I do a thing called 'fake restaurant' where we will clean up the house, dim most lights so the atmosphere is romantic, he'll put on a really nice record and I'll cook something semi-difficult/French/or a steak haha. We open a bottle of wine and look our best and never leave the house, but the effect is the same- we enjoy each other and life is beautiful!" says cadmiumred.
3. Give massages
The same user also had this absolute brainwave. "We also play fake massage parlour, with clean made bed all freshly laundered and smelling warm from the dryer, massage oils, and soft music/candles. We're not always (okay most of the time, but really not always!) making it sexy, it's just so relaxing.
"Usually only one person gets massaged because who wants to be the masseuse after you're all relaxed from a massage? So it's really an honour system for keeping it even. Saves so much money, keeps us excited to clean the house, absolutely romantic, and we get to enjoy each other's company and have positive experiences together in our own house." We're sold.
4. Create a home spa
One user's boyfriend is clearly an absolute babe... "My guy surprised me with a sudden ninja 'fake spa'. We were watching movies in our jammies and he offered me a foot massage. Obviously, I opted in... so he got up, left the room, then came back a couple of minutes later with a basin of hot water, a bowl for scooping water up, sugar for exfoliating, bubble bath, epsom salts and moisturiser. I felt like empress of the goddamn world," says briO0che.
5. Have a YouTube battle
"People have seen their fair share of videos throughout the years that have either made them laugh their assess off or had an impact on them," says diceyo. "Sharing these videos with each other is an easy way to get to know each other. Especially if you start going down the music route."
PlugThuggerson has their own film version which sounds equally as fun, "We call it the movie game, where we show each other clips of movies on YouTube, but each clip has to relate to the last clip through some kind of theme, setting, actor etc."
Other people who suggested this said the best bit was drinking too much wine and laughing at their terrible paintings.
7. Do crafts
Even for the non-crafty among us, doing something different and hands-on can be super funny (especially when it goes wrong). "My fiancé and I aren’t terribly artistically inclined, but we like to go to craft stores and get packaged projects to do," says sunraye1960.
"We made a mosaic stepping stone, painted coffee cups, and etched beer mugs and wine glasses. I taught him how to crochet once, and we both tried sewing together." Cute!
8. Play video games
SO many people suggested playing video games, because, obviously it's so much fun. Pottymouthgrl suggests getting in all your favourite food, making cocktails and playing a cooperative video game together (if you're not the competitive type). Mario Kart FTW.
9. Get in the bath
A LOT of people like to take baths with their partner on date night, apparently. "My S/O got really into bath time when he found a vendor at the farmers market that makes bath bombs and bubble bath with 'manly' scents," LadySmuag writes.
"He'll come home and dramatically announce that he got Dragon's Blood or Wolf Fang this week for the bath." And then they'll hop in together. If your bath is big enough, whyTFnot?
10. Turn your living room into a club
"My husband and I both dress up in our best formal attire - turn our living room into a dance floor - chill the wine and have a candlelit dinner followed by a night of dancing. It is my absolute favourite tradition," says JackLee87.
11. Perform together
You may not usually be into acting, but you can't deny this sounds funny as hell. "Our local [charity shop] has a very interesting selection of used books, so every few weeks we pop in and get a play (so far we've read Macbeth, The Glass Menagerie and we are planning on starting Much Ado About Nothing when I get home), then we make stiff drinks and read the play together in our most dramatic voices.
"May not be for everyone but we always end up giggling at each other's silly voices and character confusion," low_lobola says.
12. Literally just talk
It may sound basic, but so many of us neglect to do this with our S/Os. User UnsuspectingPuppy hit the nail on the head, "We are both people who tend to have the TV on and be half watching at all times so we have an unofficial distraction free date nights. Phones are ignored and the TV is actually off. It's great, we end up sitting at the table for hours talking instead of migrating over to the couch and watching TV all night." Here for it!
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