With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, it’s time to start thinking about getting cozy with that special someone! Most people like the idea of staying in during this time of year. Especially with COVID-19, it seems we’re all staying in a bit more these days. However, we say there’s no better way to socially distance than to get outdoors and do a little adventuring, despite dropping temperatures. Whether you’re outdoors or staying in, these are Team TGC’s Top 5 Winter Date Ideas!
Winter Date Idea #1: Night ice skating
It doesn’t get more romantic than being bundled up and taking a spin around an ice skating rink together. Trust me–this will undoubtedly be one of her favorite winter date ideas you’ll come up with. Even if you’re no Gretzky, this activity can push both of you out of your comfort zone. No worries if you slip and fall–that just shows you don’t take yourself too seriously! If you don’t have the luxury of living close to an outdoor skating rink, you can always find an indoor rink which is just as fun.
Winter Date Idea #2: Do you want to build a snowman…?
Don’t worry, we won’t subject you to any Disney songs. But if you’re lucky enough to live where it snows (is it ski season yet?!), nothing beats getting outside, being playful, and building a snowman together. This one requires little effort but can make for a great afternoon with your partner! Feel free to throw in a snowball fight (a great opportunity to kiss and make up afterwards). Or level it up and make snow angels! Don’t forget to round out the date with hot chocolate, cider, or mulled wine to make this date extra special.
Winter Date Idea #3: Check out that new restaurant everyone has been talking about!
There’s a reason a great dinner is the classic go-to for date night. Be adventurous and try something like a new cuisine. If restaurants are closed for dine-in like ours are, there are great takeout options with fun to-go cocktails to try. If you want to go the fine dining route, try a tasting menu or multi-course option where the chef has curated a selection of dishes to fit a particular theme or highlight a certain seasonal ingredient. Usually these types of meals are paired with a flight of wines to help highlight the flavors of the meal. This is the version of “chef’s choice” as the culinary master has the opportunity to get creative with dishes that are truly exciting If a laid-back vibe is more your style, you can grab burgers at a gastropub or hit up a new brewery–either is perfect as long as you do your research beforehand. All these options are available at your fingertips with Opentable.com.
Winter Date Idea #4: Take an online cooking class
Pour a glass of wine and log into an online cooking class together. Channel your inner Iron Chef and impress your date with your culinary skills (or at least give it your best shot!). Our favorite online cooking class is Cozymeal. This live-streaming service is fully interactive and hosted by world-class chefs from around the globe. Personalize your experience by searching through a variety of cuisine types and other elements like plant-based recipes, or ten ingredients or less. Classes range from $25-$40. If you want to learn from food celebrities like Gordan Ramsey and Wolfgang Puck, check out MasterClass. If you and your S.O. consider yourselves true foodies, this may be the route to go. Just like ThoughtfulGuy Cards, MasterClass is a membership that’s invaluable! For $15/month, find a date that works for both of you and get ready to turn up the heat in your kitchen!
Winter Date Idea #5: Netflix and Chill
Sometimes a simple date is the best date. You can’t go wrong with a movie night at home, especially when you take a few extra steps: start a fire, light a candle, pick up her favorite snacks, and have a selection of movies ready to go. Bonus points if it’s a holiday movie (our favorites include A Christmas Story or the perennial classic, Elf). Take your movie night up a notch by adding a warm, boozy beverage to the mix. We recommend The Kitchn Slow Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider recipe, or this quick fifteen minute version from Food Network. Either of these recipes will leave your place smelling like the holidays all day long, and your special someone will appreciate the effort! If it happens to be dry January or you’re not in the mood to imbibe, Bobby Flay’s mulled apple cider recipe is your best bet.
Take it from me, your ThoughtfulGuy Wingwoman–these winter date ideas are sure to keep your relationship hot no matter how cold it gets.