Here are five date ideas that don’t rate all that well on our $30 Date Night voting system. True, they’re not the most romantic of ideas – and we are certainly not suggesting you necessarily use them in your early courting phase! But if you are one half of a committed couple that knows each other well, volunteering for your community and giving back is a wonderful way to spend time together (date night tick one) while doing something new (date night tick two!) AND will get your feel-good mushiness levels firing! (That’s the trifecta!)
1. Donate Blood
Obviously not for the needle-phobic! But if you are both fit as fiddles, free of recent body art and not prone to fainting, seek out your local Red Cross centre and give some blood. God knows the world needs it.
2. Volunteer Your Time
There are plenty of ways you can help out by donating your own time. Contact a charity in advance rather than just turning up – and think about what might suit you and your date. Perhaps volunteering at a dog or cat shelter (they need to be walked and groomed and played with!), a soup kitchen (won’t ladle itself!) or helping disadvantaged children learn to read.
3. Pick Up Trash
Get geared up with gloves, trashbags and tongs and head to a favourite park or stretch of beach and make it beautiful again! Once you’re done, disinfect and grab some takeaway (or a pre-packed picnic) to enjoy in your newly cleaned space together!
4. Offer to babysit
Do you have a friend or relative that never seems to take time to themselves? Offer to babysit their kids for a little while – take them out to a park or the movies and give your loved one some much-needed quiet time! If you’re feeling extra generous, arrange a surprise for them to go and have a blow-wave or a spa treatment in the time off you give them! The smile on their face when you bring the kids back will be reward in itself!
5. Op-shopping at charity stores
Take your date shopping at a handful of charity stores. If you’re prepared to dig around, who knows what you might find? Beautiful vintage clothing, great denim, retro knick knacks… if all else fails, go to the uniform section and get some fantasy dress ups! Hel-lo Nurse!