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Valentine’s Day is here, but with the rising Omicron variant Covid cases all around the country, many couples are hesitant to celebrate with a night out on the town. This has led to many of us improvising, trying to plan an at-home date night activity that’s fun, easy to set up and worth your buck.
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Whether that’s opening up a bottle of champagne and cooking a gourmet meal worthy of Gordon Ramsey’s praise or trying out a new video game from start to finish, there are a ton of fun and romantic at-home date night ideas for you and your significant other to try out. We’ve even included out-of-the-box options like taking an online-only painting class together or solving a really compelling fictional cold case murder.
Keep in mind that many of these indoor date night ideas require materials, so order them well ahead of your at-home date night.
What Are the Best At-Home Date Night Ideas?
Looking to do date night at home? Here are some of the most popular couples activities that you can order or participate in online.
1. Date Box Club
Date Box Club
Date Box Club is a subscription service built with busy bees in mind who love a romantic date night but don’t have the energy to plan it out. You can choose between a monthly subscription which you can cancel at any time or jump straight to a 6 or 12-month subscription if you’re looking to save a few bucks.
Each monthly delivery is themed, so you might get a date box that involves making smores or a date box that helps you create your own relationship time capsule. There is also an option for digital dates, in case you and your loved one live far apart.
The subscription service also claims that orders are sent out for delivery within seven days of your purchase, so give yourself ample time before your at-home date night kicks off.
2. Uncommon Experiences
Uncommon Experiences is a relatively new service offered by Uncommon Goods which lets you take online classes like tarot reading, cryptography, mixology, and more from online experts digitally. Once you pick your class along with the date you want to attend, Uncommon Goods will send you the materials you need, along with additional instructions on whether you need to purchase anything extra. From there, all you have to do is log onto Zoom with your partner and attend the class — the Zoom link is emailed to all participants well before the class begins.
From all the experiences available, we recommend the Date Night Painting class for your at-home date night which has multiple slots available for Valentine’s Day. This 90-minute class is made for painters of all levels, so don’t fret if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before. It’s led by an art teacher who will teach you how to mix pigments, fill in large areas on your canvas and add a personal touch to your art.
Most of the materials including paint will be pre-delivered to you before the class. All you’ll need is a palette for your paint and your chosen bottle of bubbly to pop during the class.
Slots do fill up quickly so make sure to check for additional dates if your chosen time slot is sold out.
3. DIY Spa Night
Sure, getting a couples massage from a professional sounds like a dream, but you can easily recreate your own spa night straight at home. All you’ll need is some sensual massage oil and if you’re feeling extra special, a box of chocolate truffles.
We recommend this soothing lavender-infused massage oil from Maple Holistics. It’s got more than 25,000 Amazon ratings for its non-greasy texture and “heavenly” aroma. It’s also got Vitamin E, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil infused to nourish your partner’s skin.
Pair this massage oil with this box of assorted Godiva chocolates for a self-care night better than your usual massage place. There are 14 assorted chocolates including flavors like Milk Praliné Heart, Dark Ganache Hear and Raspberry Star all packed together in an adorable heart-shaped chocolate box in gold and red/pink packaging. Give your loved one a massage while they indulge in this delectable box of chocolates for a truly magical indoor date night.
4. Disney+ Subscription
If you and your loved one can’t get enough of original Star Wars or Marvel content, spend the night binging your favorites with a Disney+ subscription. You can subscribe to Disney + for just $7.99 a month or spring for the Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) bundle for $13.99 a month.
Once you subscribe, you’ll immediately get access to movies like Marvel’s Avengers, Iron Man, Star Wars and more. A number of original shows such as Loki, WandaVision and The Mandalorian will also be available to you. Whether your partner is a Marvel lover or a Star Wars superfan, there’s something for everyone.
Unfortunately, Disney+ does not currently offer a free trial so you’ll need to bite the bullet and get the subscription. You will, however, be able to cancel at any time if you pick the month-to-month option.
Pro Tip: Grab an indoor movie projector to turn your bedroom into a cinema for an even more romantic at-home date night activity.
5. Restaurant Night in
Dressing up in your favorite new clothes and heading to a restaurant is what most people do to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But, you don’t need to leave your apartment to have a fancy meal with your favorite person.
Order your favorite cuisines from Seamless or Uber Eats or prepare a romantic meal for your indoor date night in your kitchen. If you’re not the best cook, you can try a bunch of easy-to-cook recipes using an air fryer.
Grab the Ninja air fryer and do everything from frying a batch of crispy french fries to roasting a healthy batch of Brussel sprouts. The Ninja air fryer also uses 75% less oil than traditional frying methods, according to the brand, keeping you and your date feeling healthy even if you decide to fry up some KFC-style chicken for V Day. Plus, there are reheat options available if you want to recycle your day-old pizza or fries the next night.
Complete the mood with this vanilla-scented candle, and enjoy a stress-free candlelight dinner straight at home — pajamas recommend.
6. Hunt A Killer
Hunt A Killer
If you or your partner is a big lover of true crime podcasts, murder mystery shows or obsessed with Nancy Drew, “Hunt A Killer” is a fun activity for your at-home date night. You can choose between a 6 or 12-month subscription or purchase an entire “season” at once. If you choose the subscription you’ll solve a fictional cold case murder (or paranormal mystery if that’s your jam) over the course of six months. Each box will have its own set of clues and puzzles that you and your date can solve over the course of multiple indoor date nights. That said, if you purchase an entire season at once (essentially all six boxes delivered at once) you and your date can spend the entire day pouring over clues and finding the true suspect.
There is a special Sweetheart Bundle for sale as well this V-day, which packs two murder mystery experiences including Curtain Call (a longer 10 to 15-hour experience) which explores the murder mystery of a famous starlet and Bakers Dozen (much shorter about five hours) which follows your journey as you prevent the judge of a famous baking show from being poisoned.
Sure, spending the night with an online learning subscription service sounds boring but hear me out. MasterClass is mostly known for its famed classes with Gordon Ramsey and Steve Martin but there are a ton of other niche topics you and your date can explore.
You can learn Poker Strategy from Bill Ivey, Producing and Beat Making from Timbaland or DJ-ing from Questlove. There are a lot of supplemental materials to keep you on track with your course and since each of these lessons is pre-recorded, you can take it at your own pace, which means you’re set for multiple date nights.
8. Board Games and Puzzles
An indoor game night can be a lot of fun, especially if both you and your date are extremely competitive. If you’re interested, you can even invite a few other couples to join in on your at-home date night activity fun.
You can play a classic word game like Scrabble or turn up the heat with Fog of Love, a unique two-player game that explores the start and end of relationships. It’s not the most traditional game, but, it’s a fun way of learning more about your partner in a safe space. Think of it as your own private rom-com with ups and downs and the inevitable happy (or bittersweet if you’re feeling dramatic) ending. It is a relatively complex board game to understand though, so make sure you’re willing to put in the work to understand the instructions before you start playing.
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For a more traditional game night with friends or other couples, choose Cards Against Humanity, which has over 100,000 reviews on Amazon. This game will definitely elicit a few laughs as players decide which of the cards they’re dealt is the funniest answer to the prompt from the question card. Trust me, the results are hilarious.
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You can also choose to tackle a puzzle if board games are not your thing. This Canoe Lake 1,000-piece puzzle has more than 7,000 Amazon ratings and will take you and your date all night to complete. You’ll get a reference photo to make sure you’re on the right track and if for any reason, you’re missing a piece, the brand will happily send one to you.
9. Video Games
Game nights can be digital too. If you recently purchased an Xbox Series X or S, invest in Game Pass for hundreds of included games to choose from. Download a classic six-hour dungeon crawler like Boyfriend Dungeon or explore the depts of the Mexican jungle with Forza Horizon 5 — the options with Game Pass are endless.
For PlayStation users, grab the PlayStation Plus membership for new games each month. Each month features new titles, keeping the content fresh and PlayStation players entertained.
Pair your video game night with snacks like popcorn and soda, and make it an indoor date night activity to remember.
10. Explore Your Fantasies (Safely)
If you’ve been looking for the right time to talk to your partner about your kinks, this is fate telling you now’s the time. Spice up your at-home date night with some new toys.
If you’re new to BDSM and just looking to dip your toes in, we suggest using this padded handcuff and blindfold set to add a little intensity when the lights go low. Since the cuffs are padded they won’t leave any marks on the wearer’s wrists, as most metal handcuffs do. The velcro also ensures that you can adjust the tightness of the cuffs.
As for the blindfold, it’s got an elastic headband, so it should feel both comfortable and snug. You can use the blindfold and the cuffs separately or if you have your partner’s consent, you can try to use them together for a more heavy sensory stimulation.
Lovehoney also offers other products to help you and your partner explore your mutual kinks, so check out the full collection if you’re looking for more.
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