21 Virtual Date Night Ideas That Are Safe
Want to surprise your date? Send them dinner or a sweet treat by a food delivery service like DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, or others. For Valentine’s Day 2021, you can order something from Starbucks for a friend and have it delivered through Uber Eats with no delivery fee, according to Bake Magazine.
Yes, sadly, going to an in-person paint night isn’t the best option right now, but you and your date can still enjoy the aura by setting up canvases, paints, and choosing a work of art for inspiration. Or, join a virtual paint night event like these with Yaymaker to learn from a pro.
This is a great idea for those who’ve been on a few dates already. Schedule and pre-plan a dinner for you and your date, whether that’s making things fancy or soothing like breakfast for dinner. Take dinner to the next level with table decor and candles for a classic, romantic candlelight dinner.
Do you and your date like to read? Create your own “book club” and talk about a good read you’ve both settled into. Decide on a book that you’d both like to read together or read something different and plan to share things you’ve learned.
Since many of us are spending more time indoors, now’s a great time to DIY something, but why not ask your date to join in too? Consider buying a craft or hobby kit and work on something together as you get to know each other. You might find that it’s easier to strike up a conversation while you both are occupied.
Remember those Pen Pal days and when waiting on a letter from a friend actually felt cool? Bring back that excitement by exchanging letters with your date. If it’s your first date, you both can send a letter with 21 questions (and go through them on FaceTime, Zoom, or whatever virtual platform you use).
While escape rooms blew up in popularity in 2014, now you can participate in a virtual escape room or game with a date. There are many escape room games you can find online, including this Midnight Express Escape Game, Harry Potter Hogwarts Escape Game, or one of these remote adventures.
Bypass a bad karaoke night (hopefully) by finding a song that you and your date can sing together. You can choose a song on YouTube to sing together and show each other your vocal skills.
If you and your date appreciate the arts or history, consider taking a virtual museum tour together. With museums closed across the globe, their websites are now posting virtual walk-throughs allowing users to explore galleries and rooms filled with sculptures and antiquities. Admire and question the inspiration behind art, or discuss moments of the years past to build a connection.
Show off your cooking skills by coming up with something you’d both like to cook and share virtually as a meal. Or, make the date more interesting by teaching a dish your date has never cooked before and share tips.
Do you both like cardio? Or jumping rope? Set up a virtual exercise date. Find a way to make things competitive and fun, or simply work out and enjoy the quality time
Set up a Netflix party that you and your date can join. See if there’s something nostalgic that’ll both keep you laughing or new to spark up a conversation afterward. Send your date a Sugarwish box of popcorn so you both can enjoy snacks.
You both only live once! Sit down and come up with a bucket list of things you’d like to do in your lifetime, and share it with your date. To make things a little more fun, consider sharing a slide deck with photos or video instead of reading from a sheet of paper.
Plants can be calming. Grab a terrarium kit online (there are a host of kits you can find on Etsy) and put your design skills together, so you’ll both have something you can look at and remember (hopefully with good memories). While making terrariums, consider getting to know each other by sharing other activities you like to do or hobbies you want to take up.
Are you both fans of nostalgia, particular movies, or television shows? Host a themed date night on FaceTime, Zoom, or your virtual platform of choice. Be sure to dress the part and consider decorating as well. On the date, you can share particular memories centered around the theme.
Put aside the heavy dinner and make something light and delicious with a “Great Date Bake Off.” Grab a traditional family favorite recipe and share it with your date, or find something new and give it a go.
Who doesn’t like a good podcast? Instead of listening to one together, you both can be the stars by lining up a theme and questions. This is another unique way to get in those 21 questions or ask your date questions on a particular subject to get their point of view (without having to figure out what to ask next).
Show off your drawing skills (or non-drawing skills) in an open and light-hearted game of virtual “Pictionary.” You won’t need special software; you can simply grab a pen and paper and keep score. But if you prefer a digital whiteboard, try the same feature on Zoom or Microsoft’s Whiteboard app — which integrates with Teams too.
Instead of getting together to discuss a book you’re reading, try taking turns and reading aloud to make it more interactive. Remember to add emphasis for fun and to engage your date.
Traveling right now isn’t the safest idea, but you can still enjoy a virtual vacation. Consider a virtual vacation tour like these with Lonely Planet’s Globe Trekker series, or even go on a virtual safari to witness amazing wonders with each other from the comforts of home.
Instead of talking about your goals, show your date what you’re interested in and would like to do with a vision board. This is also a great way to hold each other accountable if you’d like to revisit your board in the future.
Bottom Line: Stay Safe While Dating
Ultimately, by choosing to date virtually, you won’t put your date at risk, and neither of you has to spend anything or very much just to have a good time. Dating during the pandemic for couples does have its challenges, but enjoying each other’s company without adding additional risks is something to be cherished.
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