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Indulge Your Inner Romantic
Are you out of ideas for fun things to do with your girlfriend? Look beyond the typical dinner dates and movie outings and think outside of the box to surprise your girl and make her smile. It's worth taking the time to indulge your inner romantic—it will likely inspire her to indulge in her flirty side as well. Here are 111 cool ideas that you can use to have fun with your girlfriend. Go on, be the fun boyfriend you always wanted to be!
See the tables below for all 111 ideas at a glance, then read the in-depth section beneath for more detail on how to carry out each activity.
18 Fun Things to Do With Your Girlfriend at Home
Play games with her on your Playstation, Wii, or Xbox
Grab a pen and start sketching on your girlfriend's body
Seize a lazy Sunday afternoon to watch a foreign comedy without subtitles with her
Give your girlfriend some foot reflexology
Solve a thousand-piece puzzle together
Plan a marathon session of her favorite sitcoms
Download romantic apps on both of your phones
Ask to see her childhood photographs
Dress up like her favorite characters from her favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie and have a movie marathon
Tackle a home-improvement project together like painting a room, rearranging furniture, or getting ideas for new looks
Model your favorite clothes for each other, the ones that you rarely get to wear
Listen to an audio book or read out loud to one another
Build a fort like you used to do when you were kids!
Read each other your journals from when you were very young (if you have them)
Share your favorite music with one another
Record videos together
Share your visions of the future with one another
Exchange books with one another
11 Creative Ideas for Things to Do With Your Girlfriend
Play a prank on her and record it on video
Plan a weekend at home when you wear her clothes and she wears yours, including undergarments
Paint your girlfriend's nails
Offer to defragment and clean up her laptop
Organize a girl's night out for her
Appoint specific days for specific activities to make every day a celebration
Let her give you a haircut
Shave your girlfriend's legs
Give each other makeovers in a style that you’d like to see on the other
Go shopping at a department store and try on clothes that you’d never normally try
Make her a scavenger hunt, complete with riddles and clues, that you can solve together
13 Artsy Activities
Make a customized mug using a photo of both of you
Take pottery classes together
Paint something with your girlfriend
Give your girlfriend a Photoshopped portrait
Compose a signature melody for her
Treat your girlfriend to a digital scrapbook show
Tweet a poem dedicated to her
Take an acting or improv class together
Take a dance class together — ballroom dancing, or hip hop, it’s your choice!
Go to an art museum and try to guess which pieces will be her favorite
Make origami together
Make T-shirts for each other with silly sayings on them
24 Fun Things to Do in the City
Book a mini theater for a private screening
Take your girlfriend to a flea market sale
Soak with your girlfriend in a private jacuzzi
Take her to the tallest skyscraper in your city
Take your girlfriend out for dessert
Take her out for a game
Take your girlfriend pub hopping
Go to a crystal ball psychic or a tarot card reader together
Go to karaoke with your girlfriend
Initiate your girlfriend into the world of foosball
Go play around in an arcade
Go thrift-shopping and buy crazy outfits
If you don’t live in the city, make a surprise trip to the nearest big town for a nice dinner or fun outing
Go see an intimate concert at a new venue
Take her on tour in the city to learn more about where you live
Go see live theater—check what plays or comedy acts are coming through town
Check out nearby botanical gardens or arboretums.
See if there are any festivals going on that you can go to
Volunteer at a nursing home or homeless shelter together
Attend a public lecture at a nearby university or college
Go on a sunset dinner cruise
Go to a carnival or amusement park
6 Fun Ways to Escape the City
Take your girlfriend skiing
Take her out on a short road trip
Take your girlfriend to a vineyard for a wine tasting
Take her to a fruit orchard
Visit a nearby lake or park and spend the day in the great outdoors
9 Romantic and Cheap (or Free) Things to Do
Take your girlfriend out for a late night walk
Kiss her in a public place
Many museums have free days—check to see when the best ones in your area are free. Science and children’s museums can be a lot of fun too.
Check out a local 2-dollar theater for what’s playing
Go find a beautiful location and have a photo shoot, just the two of you
Discover a new park that you’ve never been to before.
Go downtown and people watch
Watch the sunrise
Go out to the middle of nowhere and watch the stars
8 Unique Gift Ideas
Give her a unique box-in-a-box gift
Send her exotic flowers. Roses are passé. Orchids are in.
Buy your girlfriend a hot and stylish bikini
Get her a basket of bath products
Buy your girlfriend stone jewelry
Get her a celebrity's style–whether it is clothes, shoes, or jewelry
Get her a bottle of rare wine. If you can't afford that, make an inexpensive wine look fancy
Take her shopping and buy her whatever she wants
12 Fun Food-Related Ideas
Make your girlfriend a signature cocktail
Cook a meal for her
Hand-feed her chocolate-covered strawberries while she lies on the couch
Look through fancy food magazines or videos on YouTube and plan a gourmet meal to cook together
Throw her a surprise dinner party just for fun!
Take her on a food tour of your favorite spots in town to eat
Go to the grocery store and pick out some items that you wouldn’t normally get and then make them!
Make candies or cookies together to give to your friends
Get brunch together
Take her to a brewery
Take a cooking class
Try a new restaurant that you wouldn’t normally choose
9 Ideas for Active Dates
Rent a bicycle and take her for a day picnic
Try out a canoeing trip.
Go hiking, rock climbing, or bouldering.
Take a fitness class together in something you’ve always wanted to try.
Go running together.
Watch workout videos on YouTube together.
Go exploring and walk across your city together.
Play frisbee, basketball, soccer, or whatever sport you like.
Go to a roller skating rink!
Fun Things You Can Do at Home
1. Play Games With Her on Your Playstation, Wii, or Xbox
Neither of you needs to be a gamer to enjoy a hearty session of tennis, ping pong, etc. on Wii Sports. Gaming consoles can offer hour after hour of unlimited unisex fun. If you aren't onto this trend yet, you better hop on. It's the perfect thing to do when your girl is bored—just watch the smile on her face when she begins.
2. Dress Up Like Her Favorite Characters From Her Favorite Fantasy or Sci-fi Movie and Have a Movie Marathon
It’s fun to get into the spirit of the characters and take on different personas while you’re watching a favorite movie or show. At the very least, it will be a fun memory to make together!
3. Grab a Pen and Start Sketching on Your Girlfriend's Body
Ask her to do the same on yours. Just see how the hours go by as you both have fun drawing the craziest things on each other's body. If you are not the creative types at all, you can buy a few temporary tattoos and have fun inking each other's bodies with those.
While clothing is optional, it is recommended that you keep your underclothing on so that you keep drawing and don't get distracted—unless you want to be.
4. Tackle a Home-improvement Project Together Like Painting a Room, Rearranging Furniture, or Getting Ideas for New Looks
Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to go after big projects that have been looming for a while. It’s more fun to do with someone else—not only will you feel very accomplished when you’re done, but it will be fun working side-by-side.
5. Seize a Lazy Sunday Afternoon to Watch a Foreign Comedy Without Subtitles With Her
You both indulge in your own conversations and playful antics while you enjoy watching the idiosyncrasies of a foreign culture. Yes, it is random but it is fun.
6. Model Your Favorite Clothes for Each Other, the Ones That You Rarely Get to Wear
Everyone has those pieces in their closet that they love but rarely get to wear for some reason. Why not pull them out, show them off, and tell each other why you like them so much?
7. Give Your Girlfriend Some Foot Reflexology
In simpler words, massage your girlfriend's feet. Use the Internet to look up everything you need for a nice Thai foot massage session, create some ambient lighting at home, bring a sensual attitude, and you both should be 'reflexing' in no time.
8. Listen to an Audio Book or Read Out Loud to One Another
This is a great idea for the couple that likes to read. Though reading is usually a solitary activity, you can make it more inclusive by either listening along together while doing something like cooking, or take turns reading aloud. It can be very relaxing and engaging.
9. Exchange Books With One Another
Give each other one of your favorite books and read side-by-side cuddled up on the couch or out at a cafe. Share what you like the most or what you think is interesting.
10. Solve a Thousand-Piece Puzzle Together
It's a fun shared goal that involves spending time together and using your brain differently than you do in everyday conversation. And part of the fun is that you can frame the finished puzzle and turn it into a memory that you both will treasure.
11. Build a Fort Like You Used to Do When You Were Kids!
Get your imaginations revved up for a fun afternoon of pure play. Turn couches, big cardboard boxes, tables, and chairs into forts and secret-telling dens.
12. Share Your Visions of the Future With One Another
Make a playlist of the songs that you love and are meaningful for you and share them one by one with each other. Tell each other why you like each one, what memories are attached to it, and what your favorite parts of it are.
13. Plan a Marathon Session of Her Favorite Sitcoms
Watching favorite sitcoms again and again is like drinking chicken soup: soothing. Get the DVD sets of your girlfriend's favorite sitcoms and become couch potatoes for a few hours. Cheesy bites and coolers as accompaniments are a plus.
14. Read Each Other Your Journals From When You Were Very Young (If You Have Them)
It’s often hilarious to hear what your younger self had to say about the world. This is also a great way to get to know what you each used to be like and gain an appreciation for how much you’ve grown.
15. Record Videos Together
Goof off in front of the camera and try making a talk show, filming a short skit, or even singing! You don’t have to be actors to have a laugh doing this, and obviously there’s no pressure to share the videos with anyone else.
16. Download Romantic Apps on Both of Your Phones
As trashy as they are, romantic apps can be really fun sometimes. From calendar apps that help you plan your intimate sessions to apps that help you determine your love score. There is a lot of variety out there—Avocado and Between are two of the most popular.
17. Share Your Favorite Music With One Another
Make a playlist of the songs that you love and are meaningful for you and share them one by one with each other. Tell each other why you like each one, what memories are attached to it, and what your favorite parts of it are.
18. Ask to See Her Childhood Photographs
There's no better way to get to know your girl than by looking at all of her crazy, demure, and embarrassing childhood photographs. A trip down memory lane is a sure way to hear some interesting stories about her yesteryears. Enjoy looking at old pics over a hot cup of homemade hot chocolate.
Creative Activities to Spice Things Up
1. Play a Prank on Her and Record It on Video
Play a prank—it can be something as simple as creeping up behind your girlfriend to scare her or something as complicated as setting up a prank situation with the help of your friends. Don't forget to take her out for a nice dinner afterward to make up for your mischievous ways.
2. Plan a Weekend at Home When You Wear Her Clothes and She Wears Yours, Including Undergarments
Arm yourselves with a camera and take pictures as you both pose for priceless snaps that you'll laugh over for years to come. Just make sure that you store the pictures safely. In the wrong hands, they can cause a lot of unnecessary jokes at your expense.
3. Paint Your Girlfriend's Nails
Girls love it when their boyfriends pamper them. The best thing about painting your girlfriend's nails will be the all the banter and mischief in between. Paint outside your girlfriend's toe nails if she behaves badly.
4. Offer to Defragment and Clean Up Her Laptop
Does this sound far from romantic? It's actually not. While you will have to clean up your girlfriend's computer, you get to scatter love messages all over your girlfriend's PC. On the desktop, in her photo gallery, on her homepage, in her My Documents folder, and elsewhere.
5. Make Her a Scavenger Hunt, Complete with Riddles and Clues, That You Can Solve Together
Put on your creative hat and lead your girlfriend on a fun adventure around your neighborhood or city, with a fun surprise at the very end. It could be a special gift, a restaurant that you’re going to eat at, or even a trip to somewhere that you have a memory together as a couple.
6. Organize a Girl's Night Out for Her
Who said being fun and romantic was only about doing things as a couple? Be creative and imagine the fun time that your girlfriend could have with her pals at a high tea or at the salon. You don't need a special occasion—organize something for her out of the blue and make her smile.
7. Go Shopping at a Department Store and Try on Clothes That You’d Never Normally Try
Pick out the craziest, most outlandish things for each other to wear. Who knows! Maybe you’ll find a new look that you really like. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures.
8. Appoint Specific Days for Specific Activities to Make Every Day a Celebration
How does a Rose Day, Kiss Day, Massage Day, Picnic Day, Long Drive Day, Sitcom Day, Alcohol Day, Jammies Day, Pillow Fight Day sound to you? By making these days unofficial holidays, you will always have a reason to celebrate together.
9. Give Each Other Makeovers in a Style That You’d Like to See on the Other
Sometimes it’s hard to change up your style once you’ve gotten used to it, and it’s fun to hear someone else’s opinion on what looks good for you. You can either go out and try on clothes and makeup, or stay in and wear things that you don’t usually wear or wear them in a different style.
10. Let Her Give You a Haircut
Don't worry about how your hair will look afterward. What's the worst that could happen? If she messes it up, all you need to do is go to the hairdresser and fix it up. You both will have a fun time. Make sure you take lots of pictures of this episode.
11. Shave Your Girlfriend's Legs
While this is borderline gross for some people, it is really just a matter of treading beyond the line of comfort and doing something different for once. Don't freak out and don't let your girlfriend see a weird expression on your face; else it may lead to a majorly foul mood.
And if you really want to be playful and experimental, maybe let her shave your legs too—after all, the 21st-century woman wants her man to keep his body hair in check! It will be a day that you will remember for a long, long time. Not to mention the mockery you will be faced with the day after when you parade your nicely shaved gams.
1. Make a Customized Mug Using a Photo of Both of You
Getting personal photos printed on coffee mugs is cheesy, but fun. Gather some of the best photos of the two of you and get your local photo shop in town to print them onto a mug. You can also buy them online.
2. Make T-shirts for Each Other With Silly Sayings on Them
This can be a really fun activity, and the best part is that you get a memento that you can wear for a long time. T-shirts and puff paint can be found at most craft stores and are fairly cheap.
3. Take Pottery Classes Together
Do you remember how things began to sizzle over pottery between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in The Ghost? Believe it or not, the chemistry brought out by sculpting objects over a wheel is a real thing.
You will first have to start off by taking some pottery lessons together. Then you can graduate to having your own pottery wheel at home where you both can merge your creative juices to come up with beautiful artifacts.
4. Make Origami Together
For the couple that likes details and making tiny, intricate things, this is a fantastic activity to try, especially if you’re both learning how to do it together. Make something to gift each other, along with a little note.
5. Paint Something With Your Girlfriend
Painting on a large canvas or revving up a wall in the house with your girlfriend can be unexpectedly fun and romantic. If you are ready to go a step further, spray graffiti on the walls or use it to write romantic messages to each other. The wall is the limit!
6. Finger Paint!
Be a kid again and forget using brushes! Finger painting is fun because you get to play with the fun texture of paint and be a little less self-conscious about making anything that actually looks good. Put whatever you make up on the fridge like your parents used to do!
7. Give Your Girlfriend a Photoshopped Portrait
Dust off that lovely picture of your girlfriend that you took when you were learning amateur photography with your SLR. Crop it, add some hues, or do it up in sepia. Frame and give it to her—make her feel like Audrey Hepburn.
8. Go to an Art Museum and Try to Guess Which Pieces Will Be Her Favorite
Art museums can be places that provoke interesting conversation about lots of different topics, even aside from the art itself. Usually they have little cafes or restaurants that would make a nice place to chat about your opinions.
9. Compose a Signature Melody for Her
You don't need to be a musician for this! There are tons of free sound/music apps and software available today. You can simply download one, create electronic sounds, and compose a signature tune specially for your girl.
10. Take a Dance Class Together—Ballroom Dancing, or Hip Hop, It’s Your Choice!
Ever wanted to be more confident on the dance floor or learn how to dance with a partner? This is your chance! Learn how to strut your stuff in style with your girlfriend in hand. There are many different kinds of dance classes that you can take depending on the style that you want.
11. Treat Your Girlfriend to a Digital Scrapbook Show
Did you know how simple it is to make a short movie with Windows Movie Maker? Similar software come with most computers and are fairly self-explanatory and intuitive to use. You can take the best of your pictures and videos with your girlfriend and add captions, a voice over, picture effects, and a background score. It's like your relationship Timeline coming alive. When you're done, snuggle up on the couch as you watch it.
12. Take an Acting or Improv Class Together
Acting can be a fun way to get out of your comfort zone and even surprise yourself with the things it makes you notice about yourself. You’ll enjoy watching each other do something that you don’t normally do.
13. Tweet a Poem Dedicated to Her
Girls love it when they are praised in public. You can compose an original poem about your girlfriend or, if you're not much of a writer, dedicate a famous love poem to her. Imagine how happy your girlfriend will be if someone retweets it! Don't go overboard with this one though—keep it simple. Once you have done that, engage yourself in a heartfelt conversation with your girlfriend on Twitter.
Fun Things to Do in the City
1. Book a Mini Theater for a Private Screening
How cool would it be to be alone in a movie theater, holding hands and munching on popcorn? Most cities have small 15- or 20-seat theaters meant for special screenings. Pick a romantic movie and enjoy a secluded, private movie watching experience—celebrity style. What a fun thing to do!
2. Check Out Nearby Botanical Gardens or Arboretums
Stroll through beautiful foliage and learn more about nature. This is great especially for when the weather is nice.
3. See If There Are Any Festivals Going on That You Can Go to
Many cities have lots of festivals to attend, especially in the summer. Some are cultural, celebrating a specific identity or heritage, some are around an activity, and others are food-related. All of them, of course, will have food, so make sure you go with an empty stomach!
4. Take Your Girlfriend to a Flea Market Sale
Everyone knows that girls love shopping, and they're not always suckers for big brands. Show your girlfriend some love by accompanying her on a unique and quaint shopping spree. Keep half a day spare for this!
5. Go See Live Theater—See What Plays or Comedy Acts Are Coming Through Town
There are so many different types of live performances that you can enjoy together, from dramatic plays to comedy acts, to sketches to musicals. Most often, the performers are very talented and dedicated—you might be surprised at how much you enjoy what you’re watching!
6. Volunteer at a Nursing Home or Homeless Shelter Together
Giving back together can make you both feel good as well as help bring you closer together as you work side-by-side. This can be an important way to gain perspective on how lucky you both are.
7. Soak With Your Girlfriend in a Private Jacuzzi
Mid-tier private spas and Jacuzzis are not as expensive as you might think. A private session with healing aromas in the air is bound to steam things up.
8. Take Her on Tour in the City to Learn More About Where You Live
If you live in the city and have some spots that you especially like or mean something special to you, take her on a tour of your personal history in the city. This can be a great way to share more about yourself and spark interesting conversation.
9. Attend a Public Lecture at a Nearby University or College
Expand your intellectual horizons together by learning from experts in fields that are either related to or different from your own, and learn about each other’s opinions on the subject matter and other topics.
10. Take Her to the Tallest Skyscraper in Your City
If you're in New York, it could be the Empire State Building; if you're in Chicago, it could be the (former) Sears Tower. Most of these buildings have a lookout deck where you can get cheesy photographs taken and spot your city hangouts. Touristy, but fun to do!
11. Go See an Intimate Concert at a New Venue
If you’re music lovers, or even if you’re not, it can be a fun change of pace to go try out a new spot or a new type of music, even if it might end up being something that you hate. Check out your city’s best underground venues and go see the stars of tomorrow.
12. Go on a Sunset Dinner Cruise
If you live near a body of water and a bigger city, chances are there are chances to take a sunset dinner cruise. These can either be simple, or lavish, but either way it’s certain to be fun (if a bit cheesy).
13. Take Your Girlfriend Out for Dessert
Everyone seems to have forgotten that eating dessert is a ceremonious ritual. It is to be savored slowly, devoured willfully, and washed down blissfully with a bubbly drink. So make that run-of-the mill tiramisu a little more extraordinary by ravishing it slowly in a good ambience.
14. If You Don’t Live in the City, Make a Surprise Trip to the Nearest Big Town for a Nice Dinner or Fun Outing
A quick trip to a big city turns a Saturday into a really special event. Plan a whole itinerary, complete with a cultural element, a nice restaurant, and a walk in a scenic area.
15. Go to a Carnival or Amusement Park
Go win her that teddy bear! Amusement parks are day-long affairs that can be slightly expensive, but you’ll create so many memories together it will be worth it. Find out more about what kind of thrills the other likes.
16. Take Her Out for a Game
Even if your girl is not be interested in the technicalities of a basketball or a football game, she will love the excitement in the air. And if her favorite team is playing, there's nothing better.
17. Go Thrift-Shopping and Buy Crazy Outfits
Set a dollar limit on how much you can spend and see what kind of costume you can dig up in your local thrift stores. Who knows—maybe you’ll find something you really like!
18. Take Your Girlfriend Pub Hopping
Are you bored of going to the same club every time you're on a night out? Then change it up and surprise your girlfriend with some pub hopping. Make a list of the pubs and nightclubs you'd like to visit beforehand. Check on their cover charges, etc. so that you're not embarrassed in front of your girlfriend when you actually get there.
19. Go Mini-Golfing
This is only a good choice if neither of you are particularly anger-prone, as mini-golf can be very frustrating, and it’s probably a good idea to try to avoid injuries from thrown clubs. Some places have glow-in-the-dark mini-golf which is a blast.
20. Go to a Crystal Ball Psychic or a Tarot Card Reader Together
Even if you don't believe in psychic readings, you can go to these seers just for fun and to take a sneak peek at a whole different world. Get your love score read, and ask about your compatibility as a couple or ask when you're finally going to become the next dot-com billionaire.
21. Go Bowling
No matter your skill level, bowling can be a fun activity for you both. Bowling alleys have a certain, fun vibe that will probably be a change from your day-to-day. Some cities have upscale bowling alleys with great food and drink, and others are retro. Either way, you’ll have fun.
22. Go to Karaoke With Your Girlfriend
When was the last time you drunkenly sang a duet together? This is most likely to happen during a round of karaoke. It's a fun thing to do with your girlfriend, and you both can let loose.
23. Go Play Around in an Arcade
Get some quarters and challenge each other to a variety of arcade games! In some cities you can find old-fashioned arcades or even arcades that double as bars (or bars that double as arcades). No matter what, you’ll have fun pretending to be kids again.
24. Initiate Your Girlfriend Into the World of Foosball
If you think she'll end up breaking the table, you are under the wrong impression. Show off your teaching skills and your expertise in the sport. Don't forget to lose the first match you play with your girlfriend to make her feel great.
Ideas for Getting Out of the City
1. Take Your Girlfriend Skiing
Skiing wins over other sports because it's fun for both sporty and non-sporty people. So even if your girlfriend isn't the exactly the athletic girl, she'll love whisking down snowy mountains. And if it's her first time, even better.
2. Take Her Out on a Short Road Trip
Treat this as a combination of a long drive and a sleepover. The beauty is in keeping it short and quick so that it's over before you know it. Why? Because you both will crave your next quick getaway.
3. Visit a Nearby Lake or Park and Spend the Day in the Great Outdoors
You don’t have to drive very far usually to find yourself in a great spot to enjoy the outdoors. Rent a canoe or kayak, go on a nature walk, or even just head to a park and spend time with each other outside.
4. Take Your Girlfriend to a Vineyard for a Wine Tasting
She will enjoy the serene and romantic setting of the vineyard, and you both will have fun tasting a variety of wines and cheeses. Some vineyards will also let you experience the wine making process—so you'll be learning all about the different wines, types of wine glasses, and much more. You may even have a chance to crushing grapes beneath your feet!
5. Go Camping!
Camping is a great and affordable weekend getaway option, especially if you already have the equipment and don’t need to rent anything. Getting out into nature will hopefully spark interesting information between the two of you.
6. Take Her to a Fruit Orchard
Do you remember your parents taking you to fruit orchards when you were younger? And how much fun it was to pluck unlimited fruits until your hands ached? Then why not take your girlfriend for a fun fruit-picking spree? Roll up your pants and arm yourself with the giant fruit baskets. Pick peaches, strawberries, grapes, or apples, and lick them off each other's fingers after!
Free or Cheap but Romantic Things to Do
1. Check Out a Local 2-Dollar Theater for What’s Playing
Many cities have discount theaters that have a fun atmosphere and play selections that came out in theaters month ago at a discounted cost. Save your money for the popcorn and soda!
2. Go Downtown and People Watch
Sometimes it can be really fun to grab a coffee and sit in a well-trafficked area and watch people go by, wondering who they are and where they’re going. Learn about how your girlfriend thinks about other people and if you all have similar ideas about who these strangers are that surround us.
3. Take Your Girlfriend Out for a Late Night Walk
Everyone seems to have forgotten that some of the most romantic things keep it simple. When did you both last stargaze together or walk under the sky with naked feet touching wet blades of grass?
4. Many Museums Have Free Days—Check to See When the Best Ones in Your Area Are Free.
Take advantage of the cultural offerings of your city and go on a field trip to a museum, either one of the big ones, or even one that’s off the beaten path. Don’t forget to check out science museums or children’s museums — these often have times during the week where they’re open later for adults and have plenty of hands-on activities to try.
5. Discover a New Park That You’ve Never Been to Before
Head to a different part of town that you don’t usually go to and see if you can discover a new favorite spot.
6. Watch the Sunrise
Get up the gumption to wake up really early, head to a vista point, and watch the sunrise together. Your other option, of course, is to stay up all night! It all depends on what you want as a couple.
7. Kiss Her in a Public Place
It's creepy when people show PDA by feeling each other up. But stealing a kiss in public is like rejuvenating your teenage romance. Keep it subtle, romantic, and not too in-your-face. Make it fun by surprising your girlfriend and catching her off guard—a time when she least expected you to kiss her.
8. Go Find a Beautiful Location and Have a Smartphone Photo Shoot, Just the Two of You
Take your smartphones and head into the city with the eye of a photographer and try to capture each others’ essences (or at least have a blast doing it). This will likely crack you both up and will provide some fun photos for the memories too.
9. Go Out to the Middle of Nowhere and Watch the Stars
See who can spot the most shooting stars in the night sky and try to find constellations and other formations. This is the perfect activity for those warm summer nights.
Unique Gift Ideas
1. Give Her a Unique Box-in-a-Box Gift
Get about 20 different sizes of boxes, ranging from the very small to the biggest you can find. They should be able to fit inside one another. Place a small token, romantic message, or other sweet nothing inside of each box, so that your girlfriend finds them one by one. Don't forget to pack each box in a unique gift wrapping paper.
2. Send Her Exotic Flowers. Roses Are Passé. Orchids Are In.
Expensive as they may be, a small bunch of rare exotic flowers will show your girl that you're a man of sophisticated choices.
3. Buy Your Girlfriend a Hot and Stylish Bikini
Buying sexy lingerie may be a little tricky because of size issues, but you can never go wrong with a bikini. Don't think expensive; think creative. Pick up an embellished bikini, a cocktail bikini, a monokini, or another style that she doesn't already have. Then plan a day out at a secluded beach so she has a chance to wear it.
4. Get Her a Basket of Bath Products
Pick up a bath basket that includes everything from bath salts and bathing oils to feet scrubbers and fragrant loofahs. A bonus is that you can help her use the bathing basket.
5. Take Her Shopping and Buy Her Whatever She Wants
Have you ever been out trying clothes and just wished someone were there to bankroll all of your fashion fantasies? Well, maybe you haven’t, but your girlfriend almost certainly has. Now is your chance to fulfill that fantasy! Maybe make it a surprise while you’re out shopping together.
6. Buy Your Girlfriend Stone Jewelry
Stone, because it looks great and won't cost you much. Jewelry, because girls love it. Most girls love wearing things that symbolize their love or signify the fact that they're in a relationship. A stone piece is the perfect compromise between meaning and price.
7. Get Her a Celebrity's Style—Whether It Is Clothes, Shoes, or Jewelry
Don't make the mistake of buying her an ordinary outfit. Buy her an outfit that a celebrity, preferably one of her favorites, wore to an A-list event. Buy her a piece of jewelry that a celeb wore at an event. Girls love replicating a celebrity wardrobe although they will never admit it. Look up a fashion archive on the Internet and you should be able to find out where to buy the items.
8. Get Her a Bottle of Rare Wine. If You Can't Afford That, Make an Inexpensive Wine Look Fancy
Your girlfriend will love it if you send her the bottle with a nice ribbon tied gracefully around the neck. A sweet card tucked into the ribbon will add to the charm. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, simply scout for a wooden bottle case and put more inexpensive wine inside. Remember, the sentiments behind the gift are more valuable that the gift itself.
Fun Ideas for Eating and Drinking
1. Look Through Fancy Food Magazines or Videos on YouTube and Plan a Gourmet Meal to Cook Together
Let your imaginations run wild as you watch delectable videos or look at pictures of mouth-watering food, and then you have the great adventure of actually making it and seeing if you got close to the picture.
2. Make Candies or Cookies Together to Give to Your Friends
This is an especially fun activity around the holidays. You’ll have a blast sampling the treats as you make them, decorate them, and then put them in decorative bags to give away to your friends.
3. Take a Cooking Class
You’ll have a blast learning new cooking techniques and items to make as well as sampling your creations together.
4. Make Your Girlfriend a Signature Cocktail
I'm not talking a Bloody Mary, Sex on the Beach, Martini, Margherita, Screwdriver, or Long Island—been there done that. How about a Mark Granita, a Steven Fruity Sundowner, or Dark Deep Robin? Mix and match amber fluids and come up with something original and unique, just for her.
5. Throw Her a Surprise Dinner Party Just for Fun!
Invite some of your close friends over and cook for everyone. This will be even better because she won’t be expecting a party just out of the blue.
6. Go to the Grocery Store and Pick Out Some Items That You Wouldn’t Normally Get and Then Make Them!
This is the time to get those items you’ve been eyeing and thinking, “What if . . . . .” Get those different ingredients, and then get online and find out what you can make with them.
7. Take Her to a Brewery
Brewery tours can be very fun, especially for the couple that loves a good beer. With micro-brews popping up everywhere, you’re almost certain to be able to find a brewery within good distance. As a bonus, you’ll also learn a lot about beer!
8. Cook a Meal for Her
Add your own twist to this traditional method of wooing your girlfriend. Download a simple, but tasty recipe from the Internet, invite her to your place, and let her watch while you cook. Garnish with love and serve hot.
9. Take Her on a Food Tour of Your Favorite Spots in Town to Eat
Be her own personal tour guide as you show her your favorite spots to eat and sample a dish from each place. Choose 4 different restaurants for two appetizer spots, an entree, and a place for dessert. Make sure you’ll be able to get in and sit down on time, though.
10. Get Brunch Together
Sure, this might seem like a normal activity, but you can make it special by getting there before the rush, getting there a different way than normal (walking or cycling), trying out a new spot, or going to somewhere unusual or especially nice.
11. Try a New Restaurant That You Wouldn't Normally Choose
Get out of your routine and try a cuisine that’s a little out of your comfort zone or in an area that you don’t normally frequent. You could even have the Internet choose for you, and go to the top-rated restaurant in whatever neighborhood you choose.
12. Hand-Feed Her Chocolate-Covered Strawberries While She Lies on the Couch
The idea is to make her feel like a princess and be at her service for a day. Pamper her and make her feel special by preparing her favorite treats.
Active Things to Do Together
1. Try Out a Canoeing Trip
It doesn’t matter how athletic or experienced you are—you’ll have fun splashing about in the water together and hopefully catch some beautiful new scenery that you don’t usually get to experience.
2. Go Hiking, Rock Climbing, or Bouldering
Of course these all depend on what’s available in your area. Many places have climbing walls which are physically challenging, but great for the couple that likes to be active together.
3. Take a Fitness Class Together in Something You've Always Wanted to Try
Try a martial arts class, a dance fitness class, boxing, or another kind of physical activity that will get you out of your comfort zone and help you break a sweat.
4. Rent a Bicycle and Take Her for a Day Picnic
It's usual to go out on picnics in a bus or a car. But have you considered cycling? Get a breath of fresh air, discover clandestine labyrinths, and come back home recharged and rejuvenated.
5. Go Running Together
Discover new places to run in your city or the surrounding areas and see who has the best time for a mile!
6. Watch Workout Videos on YouTube Together
There are so many different kinds of workout videos on YouTube—at the best, you’ll find one that you both like and gives you a really good workout and at the least, you’ll crack each other up trying to follow along to the instructors.
7. Go Exploring and Walk Across Your City Together
Walking is a great way to explore your city, no matter where you are. In fact, it can be especially fun to walk somewhere that you might normally drive. You’ll notice so many different things that you never saw at all!
8. Play a Sport Together — Frisbee, Soccer, Golf, or Whatever You Like
Get the frisbee, soccer ball, or volleyball out and head to a park, a field, or the court. You can even just play in your yard (if you’ve got one). You don’t need to get competitive, though, unless you both want to!
9. Go to a Roller Skating Rink
Roller skating is a retro way to enjoy an afternoon, not to mention it’s very physical and will leave you both sweating (and laughing).
Let's Hear from You
© 2012 princesswithapen
Mubarak on August 29, 2020:
Emmanuel on July 15, 2020:
I love that
john on June 08, 2020:
me and my girl friend are spending time together we have been dating for months
Malonzi on April 10, 2020:
I really love the tips ..
kenzo on October 11, 2019:
this is so one sided its literally about the guy doing things for the women?
why isnt it for either whys it always the guy having to put more effort in when he spends his life working most of the day to already pay for all her pleasures in life, then he has to spend this extra time like he doesnt do enough for her... i can tell a woman wrote this site
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 21, 2019:
Yowsers what a list! I clearly have not been trying hard enough. Thanks for the tips!
Jeff on February 27, 2019:
Thank you for the best ideas I’ve seen yet
A on October 06, 2018:
Hi! You saved my relationship.. I had to take aloan and sell my house and car but my girlfriend wants to be with me.. and really loves me.. quick question though... how do I keep her satisfied without money??
seb on May 19, 2018:
great site thanks for help my girlfriend loved your ideas
Jasmeen on March 28, 2018:
These are good
Angelo H on January 24, 2018:
Most of these are ridiculous
:( on July 13, 2017:
thank you for stereotyping gender roles in your suggestions.
Cavin on March 13, 2015:
Nice. Some were pretty weird like #4 but other than that helpful.
Michelle Widmann on August 13, 2013:
Thank you for this list! I'm currently trying to find things for my partner and I to do that isn't watching movies together. This was immensely helpful!
Although I have to say, a lot of the things that include money or "buying your girlfriend" something aren't really ways to spend time, but ways to "buy" her interest, which tends to not work on me, as a female, personally.
Max Zvyagintsev from New Zealand on July 21, 2013:
Wow! Most hubs I've seen show the standard 5 or 10 things to do...etc, but 50!
You definitely have a lot of imagination and great ideas. This is an awesome hub.
stranger breath on November 21, 2012:
its g8 bt not for does who lost they r love
moncrieff on June 09, 2012:
Voted up! Thank you for not the standard "5 Things To..." but 50 ways to inject the rays of infatuation back into our dim hearts. The list is long enough to try them all throughout one year, although some suggestions were questionable or inapplicable in my circumstances. However, it is a great generator of ideas.
chrisinhawaii on June 08, 2012:
Up and interesting! I found several that I think my wife will enjoy. Thanks!
b. Malin on June 08, 2012:
Wonderful Ideas Princess...Not sure if I'd want my legs shaved, but HEY...it's not for EVERYONE. Interesting Hub. I now look forward to Following your Hubs.
Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on June 08, 2012:
princess, what an awesome article... so many great ideas. I voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. I am going to have my boyfriend read this and I am going to use some of them myself. Thanks!
hi friend from India on June 07, 2012: