The holidays are nearly upon us and I don’t know about you, but I have been considering what me and Mr. Budget could do as a couple. I want to surprise him with a couple of spontaneous things over the Christmas holidays, but also I want to really have fun doing the simple things we enjoy together.
Go to the Christmas Markets
One way of achieving romance on a budget could be to take your other half to the Christmas markets. Even if you just walk around and look at all the amazing displays, these Christmas markets tend to have a magic all of their own. Treat them to a Gluewein and have a giggly evening tucking in to a Bratwurst, or whatever street food is on offer. In the UK, the majority of major towns run these types of markets. Look up your local council’s website for details of dates.
Open Air Ice Skating
You could try open air ice skating. Even if you guys spend all evening clinging to each other, or the side of the rink, what could be a better way of having a giggle. Afterwards, you could enjoy a warm coffee, cuddled up together on the sofa of a coffee shop.
Get active – go Sledging or Skiing or Snowboarding
This of course, depends on where you live. In the UK, when it snows enough to get out sledging, this the perfect idea for a fun winter date with your other half. It gets you active, having fun, talking about memories of childhood. Afterwards you could make homemade hot chocolate, to warm up. Manchester, for example has ChillFactorE, where you could experience luging, snowboarding or skiing. Book early, to reserve your winter date as these activities centres are extremely popular.
Book an Escape Room
Basically this is a strategy game, where you have to work as a team to get out of a room that you are locked in. This definitely a fun activity for couples at Christmas, if you are needing to get out of the house. It would be worth booking though, because these centres are very popular and book out quickly. Breakout is an example in Manchester.
Try other Outdoor Activities – Inside
Fun things to do as couple, if you enjoy a variety of sports, could be booking a climb of an indoor climbing wall or try an indoor skydive such as Ifly. These are the perfect experiences to be able to look back on at laugh about in the future and also you get to try things that could be out of your comfort zone, but together!
Romance on a Budget
If you’re looking for spontaneous romantic ideas to do at home, have these ideas ready:
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Togetherness is a strong theme here, to strengthen your bond – I really enjoyed decorating the tree with Mr Budget. We ended up being very silly in front our dog and cat at the time. You could play Christmas carols and prance around the room wearing the decorations – again very immature but amazing fun! These memories will stay with me forever.
Another cheap romantic date idea would be to give your partner a full body massage, and run them a nice warm bath to relax in after. Buy a beautiful oil to massage with.
Buy a copy or rent online your partners favourite movie, or it could even be a Christmas classic, you both enjoy. Stock up on your favourite movie snacks and drinks. Settle down on the couch under a warm throw, and just purely enjoy relaxing in each other’s company.
An alternative idea would be to have a box set marathon!
Get Sexy On A Budget
12 Sexy Days of Christmas – The Dating Divas has a free printable 12 night planner for sexy things to do at Christmas, which looks a bit like an Advent calendar. Every night there is something sexy to do with each other. It only needs you to get the things described, which are relatively inexpensive. Oh and also printing and cutting the calendar out!
Buy Some Fun Underwear
There’s nothing better than to surprise your other half with some new sexy underwear. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or uncomfortable, but one idea could be to surprise them with it on one evening you are spending in. People love spontaneity don’t they? I personally love Oysho. Their bodysuits are so sexy. (I am not an affiliate for them)
Make Dinner Together
One of the best romantic date night ideas, in my opinion, is making dinner together. Agree on what your favourite dinner is and enjoy making it together. What makes you both feel warm and cosy? Use seasonal vegetables that you can buy cheaply from the local market. Have a lovely warm drink afterwards. You could make it more special by setting the table with lit candles and turning the lights down.
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Have a Carpet Banquet
Another thing on my list of fun things to do at home with your boyfriend or girlfriend is a ‘Carpet Banquet’. This is our word for buying either a takeway or supermarket Chinese meals/starters and arranging them on the living room floor like a buffet. It’s amazingly simple and inexpensive, but me and Mr Budget started this when we originally had no money to spare at all. Unsurprisingly, we still enjoy it as much, because it is about enjoying each other’s company and sharing food. It’s such a special, romantic thing to do at home, even if you have kids in bed and the baby sitter cancels.
Have a Walk Around Town, looking at the Christmas Decorations
Nothing beats the simple joy of walking around your local area or town, soaking up the Christmas spirit and commenting on the Christmas lights.
Take a Romantic Stroll
Another romantic thing to do in winter, would be to take a stroll around your local park. It’s great just to get outand have some fresh air, especially as you could potentially have quite a busy schedule. Quiet time, walking around and chatting about the past, future and relaxing in each other’s company is always fantastic at this time of year. It would also work as romantic date, if you have a new boyfriend or girlfriend.
Treat Yourself to a Coffee in Town and People Watch
Me and Mr Budget indulge in this simple pleasure every week, but in the holidays we particularly enjoy chatting about the people we see. We make up their life stories, and just love appreciating all the different people we see. Trust me, this never gets boring – particularly with a big town!
Go to a Quiz Night Together
Another fun thing to do in winter, is to test your wits in a quiz. I was pleasantly surprised at exactly how much useless information Mr Budget actually knew. It also got us chatting about the questions we were asked – I felt like I got to know him so much better and all in a few nights quizzing. Plus, it was so funny because he loves to whisper silly comments to me, to try to make me laugh, when everyone is soo serious! Try it, you will find it hilarious!
There are literally thousands of things now that I think I want to do. Now I am going to stick to 4 or 5 things, so that we have time to relax and have space away from work also. Balance is everything to us. If you need more inspiration for what activities to share with the family as a whole, read my guide to Christmas activities for kids, inspiration for Christmas on a tight budget, and taking control of what you want out of Christmas.
Has this been helpful for you in giving you ideas or starting points for romantic or active things you can do as a couple in winter? Has it been the catalyst to even better ideas? If so, do share below please!