When you're in a relationship, date nights are vital to keeping things fun and exciting. After all, it can be a chance to get out of the house and have some fun with your favorite person. But sometimes it can be tough to come up with new ideas to keep things fresh and exciting - when did dating get so hard!? On top of this, setting up dates regularly can become quite expensive.
(Disclaimer: only 1 of our 4 date ideas costs money!)
Whether you're looking for something low-key or something more adventurous, we've got the perfect date idea for you and your partner. Here are 4 of our favorite date ideas:
4 easy and romantic gay date ideas:
1. A romantic night in, with wine and Netflix (or Hulu, or Prime, or Disney+, or...)
For those who love a low-key night in, there's nothing better than a romantic evening with your partner, some good wine, and Netflix ("and chill" completely optional). Curl up on the couch together and choose a movie or TV show to watch. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy each other's company. We have some TV & Movie recommendations in this Google Doc (Spoiler alert: they're all gay - what can we say? we're biased!)
2. Date night in the Kitchen
Date night in the kitchen can be a fun and affordable way to spend time with your partner. What could be more romantic than spending that time in the kitchen, cooking together? You can create a wonderful meal and spend quality time together, all while preparing something delicious. Cooking together can be a great way to get to know each other better and to bond over something fun. Ask your partner if they have a famous family dish and you can both try to put it together. For an added challenge, you can also try a bold new recipe neither of you have had before! The worst case scenario, you can always end up ordering in pizza or Chipotle. This date idea is not only easy to put together, but can be a really cute and fun way to connect with your partner - this idea is certifiably *chef's kiss!*
3. Double Date Night
Double Date Night is the perfect way to spend time with your partner and friends - but it does require that you have a couple friends! It's a fun way to get out and do something new, and it can be a great opportunity to strengthen your relationships. Make sure to pick something that allows you all to participate and have fun.
Here are five tips for making the most of your double date night:
- Choose the right partners
- Plan ahead and make sure the details are clear
- Agree on a budget (if the date costs $)
- Keep things interesting for everyone
- Have fun!
4. Spend the day together at a spa
Spend the day together at a spa! This may be a pricier option but it's a perfect way to relax and reconnect with your partner. Not only will you get to enjoy some peace and quiet, but you'll also be able to enjoy each other's company. Spa days are great for couples because they provide an opportunity for intimacy and relaxation. You can choose from a variety of massages, facials, and other treatments. Or, take a walk in the gardens, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, and relax in the pool or hot tub. A spa day is an easy date to plan for because all you have to do is pick a time that works, place a reservation, show up, and relax!
For anyone that happens to be single like the rest of us, check out this list of the 9 best LGBTQ+ dating apps to find your boo:
1. The League: “We are an app if you want a relationship,” Amanda Bradford, Founder and CEO of The League says. “A real one.” The League is for those looking for love.
2. Feeld: Feeld is a dating app open to all genders and sexual identities, aiming to create an inclusive space “where everyone can be honest with themselves while being responsible towards others.” The app offers its members more than 20 gender and sexual identity options to choose from, as well as the ability to pair profiles with a partner for polyamorous couples or couples looking to explore together.
3. Lex: Lex encourages users to focus on the things people say, rather than what they look like ("Text first, selfies second," according to the company), which is why ads on Lex include a 34-character heading, a 300-character body, and the option to link to an Instagram account.
4. Hinge: Hinge differs itself from the competition through personality-revealing prompts in an attempt to allow matches to get to know each other better. It’s also the app where Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met his husband Chasten.
5. Her: HER is focused on "the unique behaviors and community interests of queer womxn," founder and CEO Robyn Exton, explains, saying that as a by queer/for queer app, the queer experience was the top consideration from conception. "We have 17 sexualities and 18 gender identities.
6. Jack'd: Jack’d self-identifies as “the most diverse digital queer space in the world.” According to CEO Eric Silverberg (who also oversees Scruff).
7. Hornet: Originally founded in 2011 as a “better version of Grindr,” according to the company, Hornet has since become the world’s largest gay app with 30 million users worldwide, including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Russia.
8. Grindr: Grindr is often regarded for its contributions to hook-up culture since it allows you to instantly meet up with people that can be as close as feet away. But make no mistake, Grindr can be a place for love.
9. Scruff: One key feature that differentiates Scruff, an app that caters to gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, from its competitors is "Scruff Match": single guys looking for dates are only shown other single guys open to dating or relationships.