Dark of Winter Date Ideas! - Unique Gifter
Cheap Winter Date Ideas

Dark of Winter Date Ideas!

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With Christmas over, the winter blues quickly start to set in; before you know it March is here and you realize you’ve vegged the winter away in your red-wine-stained sweatpants; or is that just me? It’s too easy to to get into a nasty winter routine: Wake (after hitting your alarm clock 10-15 times, dark winter mornings are the worst), go to work, then rush home and veg the night away, we humans really don’t like the early dark evenings (Hello pitch black darkness at 6pm), combined with the cold and we’re pretty much hibernating all winter.

Well not this year! This year you’re going to break this nasty routine and plan some cheap dates with your spouse. Get off the couch, put REAL clothes on and socialize! I know, it’s crazy talk, but here are some cheap date ideas that won’t break your post-Christmas budget and have you enjoying all that the cold of winter has to offer:

  • Bundle up in your warmest winter gear, grab a hot chocolate/coffee/tea/hot tottie and go for a walk. Explore your city, a nearby park or your own neighborhood. Just get outside, get some exercise and enjoy each other.
  • Go ice skating on your city’s outdoor rink if you’re fortunate enough to have one, or use a good ‘ol fashion lake (but please confirm the ice is safe for skating- it’s suppose to be romantic not a death trap, unless that’s your thing, freaks.)
  • Go skiing/snowboarding.
  • Build a snowman together, playing in the snow is fun at any age and when you’re all done you’ll have to go inside and warm each other up. Bonus.
  • Go Sledding!
  • Have you ever been hiking through the woods in the winter? So much fun. If you’re super adventurous you could even hike in to camp for the night. It’s winter so you’ll need to snuggle to stay warm ;) but please have appropriate camping gear, frost bitten bums aren’t sexy or healthy.
  • Take a blanket, a bottle of wine and star gaze. The winter stars are amazing and often missed.

Any other favorite cheap winter date ideas? A cabin in the woods is always nice if you have access to one…

20 thoughts on “Dark of Winter Date Ideas!”

  1. Those are such great ideas. I love winter because I really do love just spending time at home, bundled up in some blankets with my BF, and chatting or watching a movie. It's a cheap date but I love it.

  2. I love winter. Winter is Southern California doesn't really compare to winter in other places, so I am lucky. But I have always loved winter even when I lived on the east coast. It is too late to do this now, but me and my husband love to drive around town weeks preceding Christmas. Houses all decked up with holiday lights makes it a very pretty drive. Staying home by the fire and watching a movie works equally well.

  3. I love these ideas, but it's been too dang cold here in Minnesota to justify doing anything outside! I'm sick of 0 degree weather :( But in all honesty, I like your first idea, except I may be content staying inside the coffee shop

    1. Okay, I translated your 0 to my -17 and ya, that's frustratingly cold. I think that's the temperature outside my office today :-( Coffee shops are lovely and steamy in the winter, even better if you can find a licensed one!

    1. Haha, you need to live in my building! Our furnace froze two years ago because it never had to turn on, it was so bloody hot. I'll give you your Xbox, but it's not a date for me :-)

  4. Some great ideas here! We love going for walks downtown where it is all lit up looking in shops and stopping for a coffee or latte.Simple but we just want to spend time together. Mr.CBB

  5. These are some great ideas! My personal favourite is a winter campfire. Far less chance to a forest fire in the winter and you can actually use it to stay warm! Our fire pit hasn't gotten much use this winter yet, but that's going to change once this -31C foolishness abates.

    Love the tone of this post by the way, very witty. :)

    1. Hehehe, agreed. Wine-stained sweatpants? I don't quite have those, but PJs, yes! A winter campfire is a great idea. I hope that temperature foolishness abates, too!

  6. Good ideas! We like to go ice skating downtown. There is an outdoor rink that opens seasonally and is free if you bring your own skates.

  7. mercuryviolet

    I enjoy cooking a roast, snuggling under blankets and watching favourite tv shows.

    Your ideas were great :)

  8. I like seeing the lights, since it gets dark so early, the shops are usually nicely decorated and so are the streets. Big cities also generally have great art and music shows during winter that make for a cool date.

  9. Even AZ winters are hard on Tim's joints, so wandering isn't really an option. But he's okay with just curling up under his brand-spankin'-new TARDIS blanket and watching TV with me. Definitely been craving hot chocolate thought.

    One idea, though it doesn't involve going out: Read to each other. It can be sweet, intimate and utterly free.
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    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Good thought! Hehe, I had to look up what a TARDIS blanket was… Dr. Who, I'm guessing?

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