52 Dating Ideas for You and Your Spouse

52 Dating Ideas - AdobeStock_102304031Are you looking for ideas for dating each other as husband and wife, and yet you’re finding it difficult? Well, below are a few links to 52 dating ideas that could help you. Perhaps it has been difficult because:

• Your budget is tight and you don’t have a lot of money to spend…

• You have busy schedules and don’t have a lot of time to commit to each other in this way…

• You need fresh ideas as to what you can do together…

But don’t let that stop you. If any of these reasons sound familiar and fit the bill, then we’ve found some great ideas for you! As a matter of fact we have 52 dating ideas, with a few extras thrown in as bonuses.

52 Dating Ideas

We looked around the Internet to find a few lists of dating tips that you can use. We figured 52 tips would be great to give to you. That would be one dating tip that you can use each week of the year. Now we realize that you may not enjoy every dating tip that is given, so we found several dating lists for you to look through.

The first one can be found on the Fridaywereinlove.com web site. Look around and see what you can find that you and your spouse would like to try to do together. We’ve done a few of them ourselves. See what you can find:


Before we give you another link to some more ideas, here’s a bonus idea given by our friend Debi Walter of Theromanticvineyard.com. You can find additional ideas on that web site, But here’s the bonus:

“Have a laughing challenge date night. Each of you pick You Tube videos that you think are funny. Take turns showing them to each other. See which one makes you laugh the most and that will determine the winner. The most important thing is to have fun together in your very own laughing place.”

Another Link to Dating Ideas

Next, here’s a bonus dating tip, given by Drs Les and Leslie Parrott:

“It’s not always practical to get out of the house for a date night. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create space for the 2 of you there. Pick out a dinner or activity, order take-out or make dinner, and do date night in. Just remember not to blur the lines too much. Honor your time at home as much you would at any other place.”

To help you even more with that tip, here’s an article posted on our web site that will give you some ideas you can use for date nights in: IDEAS FOR DATE NIGHTS OUT AND DATE NIGHTS IN.

This next series of dating ideas are recommended to newlyweds. But if you look at them, they actually will work for most any age group. And since there are only 50 of them, we’ll give you a few extras that we also came across (and have used, as well).


Bonus Dating Tips

Here are two additional ideas, which brings the total up to 52 dating ideas. These two tips come from the the Intentionalbygrace.com article, “No More Excuses: 42 Date Night Ideas for the Date Night Challenged.” Here’s the first one we picked out to share:

• “Watch a TV series together. We got so addicted to LOST last year, and this year we’re into 24.”

That’s a fun idea. Steve and I have done this for a while with each other. We enjoy watching, “Alaska: The Last Frontier” also, Animal Planet’s, “The Zoo” (which you can download for free). It’s a new series, which gives the viewers an inside look at what goes on behind the scene of the Bronx Zoo. “Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.” We also have enjoyed watching two Netflix series. One is called, “The Kindness Diaries.” In it, the host, Leon Logothetis, travels the world with only a vintage motorbike and the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways.”

We also have enjoyed watching the new Netflix series, “Lost in Space.” It’s a spin off of the old TV series that was aired a number of years ago. But this isn’t like the old series. That one was lame (even though we enjoyed it), but this one is not. It’s a bit tense in different parts, but we’ve enjoyed watching it together.


Another date that the Intentional By Grace ministry recommends is:

• “Garage sale date.* Kind of like a scavenger hunt.”

Steve and I enjoy doing this sometimes too. We also go to a thrift store here or there. It helps the budget, but it also is fun to find little treasures. I call it a kind of “treasure hunt” type of experience. And then you can go out for lunch together, or go out to get an ice cream cone. Yes, it’s a bit corny, but we enjoy simple, corny outings. Try it. You may like it!

— ALSO —

Why stop at 52 dating ideas and more? Here’s an idea that may be able to work for some of you that came to us through the Romantic Vineyard E-zine we receive each week:

“When was the last time you planned some spontaneous fun together? Can’t remember? It may be time to give it some thought and enjoy the ‘wife of your youth!’

“Go on a MYSTERY DATE: You literally have no idea where you’ll end up.

  1. Decide ahead of time: Heads = right; Tails = left.  And then choose a number between 1 and 5.  Keep this number and right or left in your mind. (You’ll need it in step #4.)
  2. At every intersection flip a coin to see which way to turn. Do this 5-10 times.
  3. Decide ahead of time how many times you’ll flip.
  4. After the final toss – take the number you selected in Step #1 count the number of restaurants you pass, and whether you flipped right or left. When you get to your number on that side of the street – STOP. This is where you’re to eat. You could make it a meal, an appetizer or dessert.
  5. If the place is unacceptable you can always take a mulligan. How do you take a mulligan, you ask? You have to buy one of course, by removing one piece of clothing! So there you have it.  We think this is a date you’ll both “flip over.”


“The mulligan part, we made up ourselves to add a few more options that are fun! If you take too many mulligan’s you may not care to eat out!”


Here are two bonus ideas. One is a bonus idea, and the other is a tip. The first one comes from Gary Thomas:

“Here’s a wild date-night idea. In the interest of holiness, what if husband and wife were to go to a nice public place and both ask (and then answer) one question: ‘What one area do I need to grow in to become more like Christ?’ Before you do that, friends, please, read, re-read, and memorize, Proverbs 12:1: ‘Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.'”

Drs Les and Leslie Parrott suggest that when you date each other:

”Only talk with one another about positive things that spark happiness. Do not allow the news to interrupt your time together, relationship problems, or negativity! Allowing a conversation to take a bad turn can quickly kill the mood of your date. It will also be hard to recover from. Nurture one another and feed your marriage by focusing only on good things for a little while.”

So there you have it. 52 dating ideas and a few extras. What do you think? Do you have some additional ideas and romantic tips that could be used for date nights that you could share with those who visit this web site? If so, please “Join the Discussion” by adding your comments below.

Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this article.

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