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The Complete List of Irresistible Date Ideas for All Couples

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I graduated college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is just 18-weeks-old. My better half, Spencer, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.

(We really need an updated family photo!)

Together, we love traveling. We love packing up our Jeep and exploring new places. We’re also (until recently) first-time dog owners. In other words, we’re young and make a lot of mistakes--which is where the inspiration for this blog came from!

I want to be able to share all of our journeys and dog mom lessons with you all--especially our mistakes--so that you all can have the best possible experiences.

Every Monday I post new content with our latest adventure, traveling advice, and dog mom tips and tricks. Sometimes I post more than just Mondays, so make sure to look out for the bonus content ;)

My feed is always live on Pinterest, so feel free to follow along there and never miss another Monday with Carson again!

It goes without being said, but making time for your significant other is crucial for every relationship. Even more importantly, that time needs to be quality time.

You might be here because you are looking for a couple more date ideas. Or, you might be here because you feel some tension or lack of interest in your relationship. Or maybe some other, completely unrelated reason.

There are a handful of classic dates you can go on, such as dinner and a movie. If you don’t like eating out that much or maybe that’s a little out of your price range, no worries. There are a ton of other date ideas you can still do!

1. Hiking: $

Of course this was going to be on the list!!

Hiking has a ton of great health benefits, is cheap, and encourages you and your partner to devote that time to each other with little distraction.

If you’re new to hiking or don’t know any local trails, head on over to AllTrails, put in your criteria, and find the perfect hike for you! I personally prefer the app because it is more user-friendly, but using the website on a computer will also work perfectly fine!

2. Target: $-$$

If you don’t have a Target, you can go to Wal-Mart or your local equivalent! But there are a couple of different dates you can do here!

Part 1: Simply walking around makes for an unforgettable date.

Hear me out before you skip this and keep scrolling.

This is one of our favorite dates. It’s pretty cheap and it sparks conversation. We normally walk around the entire store and let the store make conversation for us.

For example, when we walked through the clothing aisles, we were surrounded by bathing suits and sun hats. We started talking about a beach trip and are still in the process of planning one out for when it’s safe to go again!

When we get around to the home decor section, we normally talk about how we want to decorate our new place and various pieces we love.

This helps you better understand your partner and the future you see together.

Part 2: Surprise gift for each other!

These are the rules:

  1. Set a spending limit.

  2. Set a time limit.

  3. Find a gift for the other person.

  4. Surprise your partner and make their day!

As a bonus, record them opening it so that you can have their happiness on camera forever.

I love this date because it forces you to think about the other person and their interests. It's also super fun because you have to try and avoid the other person in the store as to not spoil your gift!

We went on this date early in our relationship and it is still one of my favorites because it showed me how much Shelb listens to me and understands me.

3. Learn a New Hobby Together: $-$$

Now is a great time to try your hand at something new. There are a ton of hobbies for everyone, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding something that you want to try.

Learning together is an incredible way to learn more about your partner. Often times, strengths and weaknesses are revealed and you see how you work together as a team.

Establishing a shared hobby means you'll always have something to do together. No more "what should we do this weekend?" conversations!

4. Reading: $

There are two variations here—or more, if you think of something better! If you do, leave a comment below and share with all of the other angels :)

Part 1: You can each pick a book that interests you, cuddle up together and read.


Part 2: You pick a book that interests both of you and read it together. Maybe this means each of you read it then talk about it together or take turns reading out loud to each other.

The second option is slightly awkward at first, but helps break down some of those barriers that might be between the two of you!

5. Brunch: $$

This is my favorite date, honestly. Brunch is so simple, yet so fun.

There’s just something that feels so perfect about sitting outside on a patio, in beautiful weather, in a cute outfit, drinking mimosas with the person you love.

Look around at different cafes because a lot of them will have bottomless mimosas and other brunch deals! Imagine your partner’s face when you surprise them with bottomless mimosas and specialty pancakes………..

6. Painting: $

I am the LEAST artistic person in the world, but, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we have done a couple of paint dates and had a blast!

Again, not the next Vincent Van Gogh over here, but I was still happy with the sunset I managed to paint.

Head on over to your local arts and crafts store, such as Michaels, A.C. Moore, etc. and grab some paintbrushes, paints, and canvases. They don’t need to be anything fancy, just some simple colors that you’ll be able to use for a couple of paint nights.

There was a trend a couple of years ago where people would paint on each others’ backs. This is something super simple yet intimate and sweet that you could do with your partner.

Have you done this before? Drop some suggestions or tips below for other people to use :)

After our paint night, I let my sunset painting stay put for a while but eventually decided that I didn’t have a place for it. I also didn’t want to paint over it, so I decided to repurpose it—which brings me to the next date idea!

7. Redecorating/Home DIY Projects: $-$$$

This is a super general idea, so feel free to come up with something that suits you and your partner!

If you’re completely lost, no worries. I’ve written a guide or two on home decor and how to restyle your home (especially for all my rustic farmhouse lovers out there!).

I used the sunset painting, some Pinterest inspiration, and courage (again, I’m not Van Gogh) and created a piece for our coffee bar! The sunset definitely doesn’t fit in with our desired farmhouse theme, but it’ll do for now.

We also have plans to repaint our bedroom furniture into a nice gray wash instead of the dark coffee color everything currently is.

Super helpful lesson for the first-time furniture buyer: Go on Pinterest, create a mood board of furniture, and then buy what you want.

When we bought furniture for our current home, we didn’t do any sort of home decor research and definitely didn’t really plan out what we wanted. All of our furniture is dark because we thought it would be easy to style.

Now that we’ve settled into a style that we actually love, we’re picking out colors to repaint our furniture. The lesson here is to do your research ahead of time and save yourself some money.

That being said, if you do want to revamp your entire house, then you have an amazing date outlined for you! Creating new spaces together allows for memories to grow and the bond between you and your partner to be strengthened.

8. Plan a Trip: Free

There is always something for everyone when traveling. If you like museums and other historical outlets, there will likely be one where you’re going. If you prefer the outdoors, consider a National Park, National Forest, or an outdoor sport (skiing, paddle boarding, etc).

Never really traveled much? I got you covered. I put together some of the best traveling tips I have, and also have created an insanely useful trip planner for you!

Simply planning a trip is a great way to learn about the other person, their interests, and what excites them! Have you ever seen your partner light up at the idea of going to a rodeo? I have and it’s one of my favorite memories.

You can plan a day trip, a weekend trip, or longer. Try to find some unique AirBnB’s or campsites that will make your experience extra special.

The list goes on FOREVER. Here are some more common date ideas in case you still want a couple more:

~riding the swings at the carnival

~winning prizes at the fair

~weekend at the beach


~stargazing all cuddled up (check out these designated dark zones)

~drive-in movie

~sharing a milkshake at a diner

~night swimming

~fruit picking—strawberries and

blueberries are great for summertime!

~picnic at a nearby park

~fishing! If you aren’t any good, just grab a kid’s pole and some worms from the gas station. It’s fun to throw a couple lines and maybe catch a fish or two, even if they’re tiny!

~workout. Being active together is great! Try a partner WOD, Yoga with Adriene, or some acro yoga for beginners


Sharing your experiences with another person makes those memories that much more meaningful. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to bring a camera to capture all of the happiness and fun that you have!

Did you try any of these date ideas? Did I forget any? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, Carson

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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