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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.
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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.