Romantic things to do at home might be tricky to think up on the spot. But, once you get into a good routine, you might start to enjoy staying in. Throughout the pandemic, a lot of us were forced to have date nights at home. While this can be more difficult if you live in a small apartment, it’s still possible to get romantic with your partner.
These days, plenty of companies have created monthly boxes and subscriptions — like Date Night in Box — that you can plan a romantic evening around. But, you don’t need too many special add-ons to have a cozy and loving night indoors. If you’re looking for some inspiration for romantic things to do at home, here’re some great ideas to get you started!
9 Romantic Things to Do at Home This Winter
1. Make dinner for each other
This is a classic idea that never gets old. There’re now plenty of companies offering hand-picked boxes that contain all the ingredients you need for a specific recipe.
Constructing one of these from scratch can be a great date and, as a bonus, you’ll get a good meal out of it too! And don’t worry, cooking dinner together can be even better — and a lot more fun — if neither of you knows how to cook!
2. Go traveling…virtually!
While traveling opportunities were limited for all of us throughout the pandemic, new technologies have helped to bring the experience to our doorstep. Post-pandemic, one of the most romantic things to do at home is to whisk your partner off on a virtual tour of an exciting foreign city.
With platforms like Zoosk Great Dates, for example, your date night can take place in some of the world’s most visited cities. Why not take your partner on a romantic wine tasting in Naples? Or wander together through the hustle and bustle of the popular Japanese city, Kyoto?
Wherever you choose to go, this date idea is a great way to break the ice, spark conversation, laugh together, and get to know each other better!
3. Watch a newly released movie
This option is becoming more and more popular, and some streaming services are even offering brand new releases as a perk of your subscription. While there’s nothing like a movie theater (and the accompanying popcorn!) it’s still quite romantic to check out a movie on opening day from the comfort of your couch.
Even better, in your private home theater, you and your partner don’t have to worry about pausing the movie for breaks or discussing the film while it’s still playing. Who knew that one of the most romantic things to do at home would be to create your own home theater experience?
4. Give each other pedicures
More men get pedicures than you think — they often just don’t openly ask for them. If neither of you has a foot phobia, touching each other’s feet and cleaning them up with some polish can be quite romantic. Just don’t expect your significant other to have the same polishing skills as your favorite pedicurist! This activity is just for fun.
5. Give each other back rubs
Back rubs are the perfect way to relax after a long week. They’re also great for helping you and your partner to feel physically connected.
You can learn a lot about a significant other after giving them a back rub, like where they hold their tension and whether or not they’re ticklish or sensitive. It’s also really satisfying to know that you’re making someone you care about feel better.
6. Shop for new homes together
Okay, you might not be able to afford one right now. But there’s no harm in looking, right? Browsing for houses in the local neighborhood (or in the dream neighborhood you both hope to live in one day) is incredibly fun.
It’s also romantic in the sense that you’re discussing your future together casually and harmlessly. You can also consider this winter date idea to be educational if, down the road, the two of you plan to get married.
7. Buy a surprise gift for each other online
Gift-giving doesn’t have to only happen on holidays and birthdays. Set a financial limit — $10 is a great starting point — and choose a day for you both to exchange gifts. Not only is this one of the most romantic things to do at home, since gift-giving happens to be one of the love languages, but it’s also a great way to start conversations you might have never otherwise had.
8. Hide love notes around the house for each other
Remember the notes you used to get from your mom in your lunch box back in school? It was a nice pick-me-up in the middle of the day and a reminder we were loved. Why not try that concept now?
Messages don’t necessarily need to be sexy as much as complimentary. Something like “I love our chats during lunch break” or “still laughing about that joke you told last night” will remind your partner that you love them for who they are.
When was the last time you moved furniture around? Maybe you haven’t moved in with your significant other but feel like you might be ready to take that step soon?
If that’s the case, it’d be incredibly romantic if you asked them to help redesign your space so that they also felt welcome. It could be as simple as adding more drawer space or just buying better towels.
Spending time at home together can be incredibly rewarding if you think outside the box. There are plenty of romantic things to do at home in winter that can improve an already fantastic relationship with your partner.