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4 Ways to Avoid Kissing Goodnight at the End of the Date

Avoiding the Goodnight Kiss

Sometimes a date just doesn't go as well as you had hoped. And maybe it went better in your date's eyes. Perhaps this is the last time you want to see that other person, or maybe you just don't want to kiss on the first date.

You're anticipating what will happen at the end of the night and are fervently hoping that the other party is hoping for a hug at most.

If you have that horrible blind date set-up on Valentine's Day or anytime, you may want to find a way to avoid the goodnight kiss at the end of the evening. Whether you're a man or a woman, there are ways you can avoid that kiss at the end of the night.

1. Keep Your Distance

In order to avoid the dreaded kiss at the end of the night, just keep your distance. Keep a few healthy feet between you; you can even back away if he or she creeps closer. If you know early on that this person just isn't for you, start distancing yourself as early in the evening as possible.

As the awkward possible first kiss approaches, don't engage in meaningful conversation. Chat instead about the weather, or, better yet, about how tired you are, how busy you are the next day, and how you absolutely have to be going. Don't linger. Just walk away.

Bad lips or bad breath

If you have a cold or chapped lips, you're in business. If your blemishes are not obvious, then just mention—several times—how sore or dry your lips are, how afraid you are they will crack with this cold, dry, winter weather.

If you know early enough in the evening that there is no way you want to kiss this person, eat lots of onions or smelly fish when you go out to dinner earlier in the evening. Eat lots of smelly foods and breathe heavily into your date's face whenever possible.

2. Say You Are Sick

I would hate for anyone to lie, but are you really lying if you are really, really SICK of the date and just want to go home? Surely your tummy is hurting or your head is pounding. Maybe you could cough or sneeze a little bit? If you could run to the ladies' or men's room and vomit, then you are sure to seal a no-kiss evening with the lingering scent from your lips.

If you really can't come up with an illness and don't want to blatantly lie without evidence of even an upset tummy, then there are other ways to avoid the goodnight kiss. Just pick an excuse and go with it.

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3. Cough and Clear Your Throat

Despite your intentions throughout the night to give the signal that a kiss at the door just isn't happening, you may still fear that your partner may think differently. There are some last-ditch efforts at the end of the night that you can certainly implement.

If, at the moment, you feel the impending unwanted kiss, cough and clear your throat off and on. Hack up some stuff and spit if you need to. Be as unattractive as you can. A burp would be a nice touch if you can pull it off. Do what you can to ruin the moment.

4. Turn the Other Cheek

Seriously, and literally, turning the other cheek can save you from an unwanted kiss. If he or she swoops in, turn your cheek, whether the right or the left one. It doesn't matter. Just turn that cheek to let the kiss fall on it. Give a quick hug if you have to, and say your goodbyes.

It is important at this point to follow the previous advice and don't linger. Back off and just walk away. Walk away.

But What If You Want to Kiss Goodnight?

Okay, so now you have some ways to avoid kissing goodnight after your date. However, what if the date does go well, and you do want that goodnight kiss? Well, that's another situation entirely. Do the opposite of the advice given in this article.

For now, I hope that you have some ideas that will help save you from that awkward moment when you are struggling to avoid the unwanted kiss. Good luck!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 21, 2014:

haha, Randall! Now you know the real truth! :-)

Randall Guinn from Pinellas Park, Florida on October 21, 2014:

I knowed it, I knowed it. After all these years now we see. I always thought it was funny, all them girls getting sick.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

girishpuri! I'm glad it made your day! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

Epi--So good to see you! You are so funny. I am sure the garlic has helped! Funny about Jimmy Carter. That has been some time ago. I'm glad you survived the dog pound! :-)

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on May 08, 2013:

Breathing onion breath....hilarious, You make my day

epigramman on May 07, 2013:

Well I usually eat garlic and date only men.


Nice to see you've got a perfect score but then again you are a perfect hubber and I am so happy for your success.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 1:28am

And the last time someone kissed me I think Jimmy Carter was your President and that's only because I had to spend the night in the dog pound, lol

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 21, 2013:

nataliejs--I don't understand forcing one's self to date, either, unless they're just really dying to meet someone. Thanks for your input. I totally agree!

Natalie Schaeffer from California on April 19, 2013:

I couldn't help giggling as I read this, especially the part about breathing onion-breath in your date's face or burping lol Personally, I think blind dates are a set-up for disaster. It's better to just let fate run its course, and eventually the right person will gravitate to you somehow somewhere. I don't understand why people FORCE themselves to date. That just ruins it, in my opinion. This is a great article for anybody who has ever been at an awkward risk of receiving an unwanted kiss.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 16, 2013:

LIzam1--haha, good point! I'll bet it will come back to you when the opportunity rises! :-)

Lizam1 on April 14, 2013:

Ha, as I have just started looking at dating again, this is very timely advice! It seems a lot harder to even think of a first kiss at my age - almost dreading it as much as I did when I was a teen and wondered if I'd know how to do it LOL

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2013:

alexadry--haha! That's good for you. Takes off the pressure! :-) Thanks for reading--and for the comments, too!

Adrienne Farricelli on February 08, 2013:

This hub was fun to read. Thankfully, I am happily married now and don't need to make up a bunch of excuses anymore, lol!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 03, 2013:

teaches--Yeah, when it's your own guy, it's different, huh? haha. Hope you and yours have a great Valentine's Day!

Dianna Mendez on February 02, 2013:

Good tips for warding off that unwanted kiss. I think this will help those out there that want to make a point without being too rude. I do welcome all my hubby's though!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 31, 2013:

Kathryn, I agree about blind dates. They're usually pretty awful. I only tried it a few times. Thanks for reading!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 31, 2013:

agusfanani--"Polite and elegant"--I love that comment. Very sweet!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 31, 2013:

Hey, steph! Good to see you and so glad the title caught your eye. That is very cool. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 31, 2013:

LOL, Angela, the spinach is a great idea! Must remember that one!

adrienne2--Great point about good old-fashioned dating! Just a kiss? Hmmm. . . . :-)

GiblinGirl--Thanks! Maybe the tips will help someone out. haha

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 31, 2013:

These are clever tips for an awkward moment. I have never been on a blind date. I think it is too much of a gamble for me.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 30, 2013:

Effer--Yeah, nauseous is good. Vomit is better. Oh, sorry. hahaha. I always hated that awkward moment when I didn't know what to do--or if I should just run!!!!! :-)

agusfanani from Indonesia on January 30, 2013:

Wow good tips and those are really safe techniques without offending others' feeling, specially by saying : You are sick, that's polite and elegant.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 30, 2013:

Susan--OH, yeah, Mono would definitely be useful! :-)

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 30, 2013:

This is great! The title alone made me want to read it. I was always too concerned about hurting feelings. Wish I could go back in time and use these kissing tips. Best, Steph

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on January 30, 2013:

LOL - Very practical advice :)

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on January 30, 2013:

This hub is to funny! I love it -- avoiding kissing goodnight. I was sitting here thinking to myself --- a kiss goodnight in this day and time. These folks today are all about the hook up LOL!! You have some good pointers here especially keeping the distance. I will have to remember that one. The last few dates I have been on I was wondering what in the world has happen to real dating?? If the guy is into you they certainly don't want a good night kiss they are looking to come in the house with you (if you know what I mean). Thanks for sharing I have voted up and funny.

Angela Blair from Central Texas on January 30, 2013:

One can also wedge a piece of spinach between their two front teeth at dinner -- and wear it the rest of the evening -- works every time! Great Hub and I enjoyed it immensely! Best/Sis

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 30, 2013:

Thanks, lovedoctor! Glad you thought it was funny! :-)

Suzie from Carson City on January 30, 2013:

Well, Vee.....I've only had a couple of blind dates, many years ago....and I don't even remember if there was a good night kiss, if I dodged it...OR, if I was the one who gave it!.....But I can tell you, I had a few intentional dates..where I suddenly got very sick, and asked to go home.....the best trick is to claim you are "nauseous." The thought of someone barfing is a total "turn-off!!" LOL...UP++

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 30, 2013:

It's been quite a few years since I've been out on a date but I think the sick excuse works really from what I remember.

"Oh did I not mention that I'm just getting over Mono?"

Funny yet a useful hub.

lovedoctor926 on January 29, 2013:

Voting up funny! Good tips to avoid that awkward good night kiss.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

girishpuri--LOL. Funny. Thanks for the comments!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on January 29, 2013:

I believe woman do know how to do this, but certainly don't....lol. fun hub, God bless.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

Jeannie--I actually thought of you when I was writing this hub! You write so many funny hubs; I figured that you could come up with some great excuses! haha. You're so funny. Maybe the guy really was sick. :-) heehee

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on January 29, 2013:

Oh man, I know exactly what you mean! I have figured out ways to avoid the kiss goodnight, too. I usually go in for a hug goodnight and the guy realizes he is not going to get anywhere with me. Sometimes the guy isn't worth a hug though... a nice wave and "hey, nice meeting you!" is all he is getting. When all else fails, you are right about being sick. Now that you mention it, a guy used that excuse with me recently... hey, wait a minute. Bummer.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

Seriously, Cags, why blind dates? I used to have friends who thought they had a great person for me, I guess since we were both single. LOL. I think I did just a few blind dates. Awful. Thanks for reading and commenting, Cags!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on January 29, 2013:

Interesting take. Quite funny too! :P As for blind dates? Why would anyone allow someone else setup a date, without first any interaction? Sounds like a plan for failure. ;) But, it seems as though you've covered a few things to help. :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

Bill, maybe women do know how to do this, but perhaps there are some men out there who need these tips. LOL. Thanks for reading!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 29, 2013:

LOL...I just assumed women knew how to do this naturally. Seems like a lot of my blind dates ended up with a cheek turned. :) Fun hub, Vicki!

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