Cheap date ideas are a dime a dozen on the Internet—but cheap date ideas that don’t feel cheap (or, you know, creepy)?
Those are a bit harder to find.
So we decided to pull together a few of our favorite affordable date ideas that don’t skimp on the romance and bring all the elements of a great date.
All these ideas are lovely on their own, but the best part? Most of them can be mixed and matched with other ideas on the list (e.g., picnic + stargazing) and still come in under $50.
Get inspiration for your next date night below.
PACK A PICNIC.
Okay, this doesn’t scream “groundbreaking” at first, but hear us out. Picnics are very versatile—they work for a variety of settings, occasions, and budgets. We love a classic wine and cheese spread.
Lay out a cozy blanket, pour some hot cocoa (or wine), and take in the beautiful night sky.
Bonus points for downloading a guided astronomy app, like this one, to help you ID the celestial bodies you see.
BUILD A PILLOW FORT + WATCH A MOVIE.
Watching a movie on the couch = is fine, average, just a regular night at home.
Watching a movie in a pillow fort = is nostalgic, has lots of ambiance, and shows that romance isn’t dead.
DESIGN YOUR TASTING.
You can’t go wrong with a DIY wine tasting, and the possibilities are endless. Of course, wine tastings aren’t the only option here—basically, anything you like to eat or drink could work.
For instance, one BLB has done this with veggie pizza. She picked up small veggies pizzas from a few local places, and then she and her date came up with a rating system and ranked them.
TAKE A CLASS TOGETHER.
Check out local resources to find in-person classes near you, or opt for a virtual class to do at home instead.
Uncommon Goods offers a variety of virtual classes/experiences at a range of price points. Options that are $50 and under include a tarot card reading class, a magic show and lesson, a focaccia and marinara-making class, and a DIY pretzel and beer cheese class.