Now that Thanksgiving is over, everyone's raving about Christmas. With winter break just around the corner, it's time to start planning fun dates to make every day of the break worth while. As a high school student, I'd rather not drop a ton of money on dates especially with Christmas just a few weeks away and having to buy everyone gifts. So here are my top five must-do winter dates that won't break the bank:
Ice Skating Double Date
So last Wednesday, me and Shaun went on a double date with two of our close friends (Chris and Carson) who've been dating for a year and a half now. Neither Shaun nor Chris were any good at ice skating so it was a pretty entertaining challenge to teach them how to skate. If you're lucky enough to have a mall near you that has an ice rink inside of it, then say hello to the most instagram-worthy winter date! Most malls decorate their space up for the holiday season so it's perfect for those "#relationshipgoals" photos or videos you've been dying to show off on social media. Hold hands with your S.O in this quintessential winter date. It's so much more fun when you go with friends so double date, triple date, or quadruple date!
Sledding 'n Snacks
Dinner and a movie? That's so adult-y. Let your inner child out with this "winter picnic" date. Bundle up in your warmest jacket, find anything around the house that you can use as a sled, bring lots of snacks and the warmest blanket you have. You can even stock up on your favorite christmas movies to watch on your phone. Then hit the steepest hill you can find. What's better than clutching each-other from the fear of hitting a tree? After you're done playing in the snow, snuggle up in a warm blanket and watch some movies in the car. Don't forget to bring hot coco!
Okay before you start snoring, just keep an open mind. Art museums are actually really interesting. Whether you admire the artistic statement behind the project or squint your eyes to try to figure out what the heck it's suppose to represent, going to an art museum with your date will bring out a humorous imagination that makes the night bound to end in laughter. Most art museums give free admission to children 17 years and under. So with the money you just saved, stay in that creative spirit by trying out a new diner you haven't been too or cook a dinner from a different culture.
Price: Free (basically)
This date is perfect if you two are super competitive and love food. Instead of going out to a cliche restaurant that you've probably had similar food of, why not have a cook off? First person to throw up loses. Totally kidding. There's many ways to have a cook off. You can pick a specific category like "ice cream sandwich" and whoever makes the best one wins or you can have a time limit to cook a certain dish and whoever completes it first wins. For this date you might need to bug a parent or a sibling to judge who made a better dish but I don't think they'd complain. This date could totally be free if you use food you already have at home (well, your parents would be buying it but it's free for you) or you can limit $15 each to get food from the grocery store.
Price: Free or under $15
Whether you two have been dating for 6 months or 6 years, making a memory box is definitely a must-do for any relationship and it's pretty much free. While you can do this any day of the year, it's great for those cold and snowy days where all the stores are closed for the holidays. So bundle up in front of the fireplace and start hunting for things to put in your memory box. Hopefully, you've kept some stuff through your relationship. The movie tickets to your first date, the wrist band to when you went ice skating, or the post cards he sent you when he went on vacation. Write letters for the future. Love letters for him to read years down the road, captions to remember the memory behind the picture. Now THAT would be a precious date night.
Price: $10 (to print out photos)
RIANNE Del Carmen
My biggest goal in life is to just live it. To enjoy every moment and find the beauty in all things. So I write to inspire others. Not to just enjoy life but to better themselves. To become a better student, a happier person, and a more loving human. With tips and stories, I hope to help you through all the rough edges.