Getting dressed up and going out to a fancy five-star restaurant with your significant other can certainly be a fun way to spend date night at home. However, you two may not always have the time, budget, or energy for that. A date night does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. In fact, it can be spent in the comfort of your own home.

Cook for each other

We’ve all heard the proverb that the way into someone’s heart is through the stomach. So, why not have a date night in the kitchen? Try out that new recipe that you have been eyeballing since you saw it on your Facebook newsfeed. Maybe you both have a sweet tooth. Why not bake cupcakes or brownies and decorate them for each other. Or you can cook each other your favorite dishes.

Maybe you want to teach your SO how to make that banana bread recipe that has been in your family for generations. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you do, just make sure there is always some backup food in case a recipe turns out inedible. Hangry is not a good mood to be in on date night. You can still feed each other Easy Mac using tiny spoons in the candle light and it can still be romantic!

Have a spa night

Maybe neither one of you are great cooks and do not want to risk setting your home on fire during your night in. Why don’t you pamper each other instead? Giving each other facials, pedicures, and massages are not activities that only teenage girls do with each other during sleepovers.

Look up DIY articles on Pinterest or Youtube and cut down on costs by making your own masks, salts, oils, and fragrances. Learn different massage techniques and try them on each other. You can talk with each other or remain quiet. It is a great way for both of you to debrief about the day and relax.

If creating masks, painting nails, and massaging each other seems like too much of a hassle, just fill up the tub and take a bubble bath together. Put on some soft music, dim the lights, pour some wine, and just enjoy each other’s company.

Have a game night

Perhaps instead of a quiet peaceful night, you want to get rid of some excess energy. Have a game night! Board games, card games, video games – whatever floats your boat. Not only is this a great way to have some fun, you can also find out more about each other. Small games like Pictionary, Charades, and Would You Rather are fun ways to past time together and all you need is yourselves or some paper and pencils.

Get crafty

If some friendly competition does not sound too appealing, you can work together. Try an activity such as scrapbooking. Use pictures that you have taken together, whether they are from trips abroad, from years ago, or just from two days ago at the park.

You can write down funny moments you have had together in the past or recreate how you first met or started dating. It is a great way to relive great memories and have a physical copy at hand whenever you miss each other.

Have a movie night

When nothing works out, do not forget that it is perfectly alright to just sit back on the couch and have a movie marathon. Maybe you do not feel like planning anything or moving too much. Just put a bag of popcorn into a microwave, grab a blanket, and make sure you pick out a couple of movies for the night. There is no better way to fall asleep than in each other’s arms while watching rom-com or scary movies.

Having a date night does not always require going out to a fancy restaurant or even going out at all. The best moments are spent together, creating some memories, and enjoying each other’s company.