5 Great First Date Ideas
A study done by the French financial services firm AXA found that participants on a first date knew within the first 12 minutes whether they were interested in the other person. Body odor and bad breath were tops in the off-putting category. While good hygiene is critical, a great venue won’t hurt your chances for a second date, either. Here are five unique first date ideas to make a positive first impression.
5 Great First Date Ideas
According to Match.com, one of the best topics of conversation for a first date is your favorite childhood toy. What better place to stir up those fond memories than a skating rink? A first date at a skating rink accomplishes two things: It shows your willingness to do something potentially embarrassing (such as trying to keep your balance), and it gives you the chance to hold on to one another. Try these topics of conversation during your night at the rink.
A 2010 study by the University of Essex found that doing an activity in nature—even if just for five minutes—had an immediate positive impact on mood and the overall health of participants. Further, nature activities that included water had even greater benefit.
A boating first date provides the serene environment of open water and gives you plenty of things to talk about. Of course, make certain you take a boater safety course and check your boat for any mechanical or structural problems. That dream date can quickly turn to disaster without proper preparation.
Russ Farnsworth, a therapist at Sierra Tucson, a recovery center, takes his patients outside to “tour” the night sky once a month, which accomplishes several things. It helps patients see the world around them as opposed to wallowing in self-centeredness, puts them in a group activity that helps them connect with others, and gives them a sense of awe and wonder.
A telescope, clear skies and a blanket in a park makes for a great first date, replete with natural first-kiss moments and opportunities for long conversation. Make sure to read up on the constellations and stars, so you can impress your date with a little astronomy knowledge.
In this world of excess and materialism, thrifting is a great way to show your human side and share laughs in the process. Establish a budget from $15 to $20 to put together the most hideous outfit you can from thrift store clothes. The catch is you both have to change into the clothes and wear them to your dinner date.
The idea is to become the main attraction at your restaurant of choice (barring dress code issues) and take many pictures. You’ll be able to laugh at one another and have a lasting memory to tell your kids (if, of course, you ultimately get married).
#5 Laser Tag
Bring out the kid in you and your date with a night of laser tag. Indoor venues generally prohibit rough-housing and excessive horseplay, so you don’t have to worry about things getting too out of hand. Use WhereToPlayLaserTag.com to find a location near you.
Most of these first date ideas are inexpensive and serve the purpose of making conversation easy and natural. They also may force you to step out of your normal comfort zone, which is the entire point.
Do you have any great first date ideas to add to the list? Please share below.