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Dating Ideas And Advice During December

Dating in December can be a bit tricky for a couple of reasons. The first is that there are people everywhere. Don’t you wish that they would all nick off because a quiet night at a local restaurant seems to be out of the question. With staff parties and end of year festivities happening, it’s likely you’ll actually need to make a booking. That throws spontaneity totally out the window for the next month or so.

Then there’s the second conundrum. Is it time for your new lover to meet the Fockers or Addams family? You know, those people who share your genes, but have you seriously considering if you were adopted? It might be tempting to take your date with you, but before you do, please keep reading.

So back to the first issue. Instead of heading to overcrowded restaurants during December, why not mixed it up a bit and do things a little different. Take the opportunity to engage the festivities and go along to Christmas pageants, carol evenings, light displays or whatever else your city or local area has going on.

If this sounds like a chore rather than an opportunity, you might want to pack a romantic picnic lunch and drive out to the country for some peace and quiet. You can pick some wild flowers which can still be found in remote areas or support some of the local businesses, strolling peacefully from shop to shop selecting Christmas gifts.

Hey, it certainly beats the hustle and bustle of the local mall! Plus small businesses out of the city will welcome the extra income. You never know what you’ll find as small towns often support local artists who hand make unique trinkets and create some stunning gifts.

If that doesn’t sound enticing, what about hiring a boat and having a day on the water? Or you could visit a museum, art gallery or do a photography tour. Don’t forget about scary night time tours of old jails. That will get the adrenaline pumping and nothing screams seduction like adding a bit of fear into your dating experience!

There’s heaps of options in lieu of sitting down and eating a meal together, so check out what’s around and do something different together. Some experiences need to be booked in advance and others can be spontaneous. Check online for opening times, costs and if any booking is required.

So, with a few dating options covered, what about that fateful family meeting? Maybe they have invited you for Christmas or vice versa. You really need to consider if you are ready to take that step. The family introduction is when things get serious and you are basically stating that this person is your potential life partner.

If you think it might be getting serious and this person is “the one”, the ultimate thing to remember is this; if it weren’t for upcoming family functions would you go out of your way to take this person to meet your family? If you aren’t ready for that, then the answer is relatively clear. Wait until you are certain before you introduce your family or meet theirs.

It maybe that they are keen for you to meet their family. Take this as an indication of where they would like the relationship to go. Once families become part of the equation you are in a serious relationship. If you don’t want that or are unsure then declining the offer and go to your family celebrations solo.

It’s all a matter of personal preference and you need to decide how you feel about the person. It maybe a simple Christmas invite, but often it signifies where the relationship is heading. Be mindful of this and do what feels right. Your gut instinct will usually lead you in the right direction.

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December 7, 2014

Top 5 Free Date Ideas

Take it from a student – dating is expensive! Paying for two people to eat out quickly puts a strain on your savings, and don’t get me started on cinema prices. But too often I find myself so focused on new and creative things to do with my significant other, that I forget the incredible free, and equally impressive, activities available in my city. To save some cash and have some fun, try these awesome free date ideas:

1. Homemade meal

Cook together or go for a picnic. Of course, it’s not entirely free considering you’ll have to provide your own ingredients – but if you’re lucky, you will already have some of those at the ready. It is also guaranteed to be less expensive than eating out. You can even add a few aphrodisiacs to start the fun for the rest of the evening.

2. Get outdoors

Go for a hike, go to the beach – just be outside. Explore your neighbourhood, or just lay in your backyard and look at the clouds or stars. Wherever you are, there’s likely to be some fun outdoor activities awaiting you. Get creative – the world is your oyster.

3. Check your local guide

Many cities and smaller towns have community events that are free. Whether that is a free day at the museum, or a gig at your local bar – you will be shocked at the number of things you will find!

4. Play a board game

Caution: competitive couples need not apply! If you don’t have any board games, check with your local cafes, community centers, bars, or libraries, which occasionally stock some. Failing that, you don’t even need a board – get to know each other with some “never have I ever…” or play a few rounds of charades. Extra points if you make up your own game.

5. Stay indoors

Enjoy a romantic day indoors. Watch movies, just hang out, take a bath together, or indulge in a bit of cheeky afternoon delight. There should be a number of exciting things to do in your own home if you have the imagination.

September 1, 2014

5 Fun Spring Date Ideas

After spending months inside avoiding the cold, it’s time to get outside with your loved one and enjoy the warmer weather. If it’s not outdoors, forget about it. You just spent months hibernating inside.

Enjoy some of these fun date ideas that will definitely add a spark into your love life this spring.

Get competitive
Golf is the perfect opportunity for you and your date to get outside and have some flirty fun. Now, not everyone may be a fan of shooting 18 holes at your nearest golf course. Instead, who doesn’t love a little competitive fun at the local mini golf course, so grab your sweetie and kick some butt. Make some risqué bets to make the mini golf experience even sexier.

Get beachy
The water’s warming up, but even if it’s still a little nippy, the beach is the perfect place to get a little rest and relaxation, and fresh air, with your honey. Bring a blanket and watch the sunset, or pack some snacks for a picnic on the beach.

Go green
Whether you have a backyard or just a balcony, gardening is a fun way to bond. If you both enjoy gardening, all the better. Get dirty outside by planting your favourite fruits and vegetables, or a some fragrant herbs in a planter on the balcony. Just imagine all the delicious things you will be able to cook up with your partner in the near future.

Dine outside
Beer gardens are open again so head to your local pub and while away an afternoon over cold beers, or enjoy a leisurely alfresco dinner along the water. There’s nothing better than sitting outdoors in the warm spring air, sharing a bottle of wine and great food. Don’t forget your cardi as it can get chilly!

Get active
Exercise may not be at the top of your list of most romantic date ideas, but being active releases endorphins, which makes you happy, and gives you a natural high. Now, skip the gym. That’s inside and doesn’t count. Instead, grab a bike or rent some kayaks, hike the woods or stroll a local park. Getting active together in a fun way will allow you to both feel great about yourselves, as well as one another. Plus, all that hot sweaty activity could lead to some exciting activities later on at night!

What’s your favourite spring date idea?

October 3, 2013