10 Creative Gift Ideas for Him

We've put together a list of 10 creative gifts that will make him smile this Christmas. And although this holiday is a great time to show your appreciation for each other through gifts, make sure you spend some time together as well. And don't forget the true meaning of this time of year! 

 

#1 Sports Action Camera Ultra HD Camera

#2 Shiatsu Kneading Rolling Foot Massager

#3 Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset

#4 Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar

#5 Evershop Bluetooth Smart Watch

#6 Nostalgic Classic 6-In-1 Turntable with Bluetooth

#7 Incline/Flat Free Weight Bench | Curl Bar & Leg Extension

#8 SecureTrek 15" Lockable Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack 

#9 VIZIO 29-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar

#10 Sony Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi

10 Creative Gift Ideas for Her

We've put together a list of 10 creative gifts that will make her smile this Christmas. And although this holiday is a great time to show your appreciation for each other through gifts, make sure you spend some time together as well. And don't forget the true meaning of this time of year! 

 

#1 Anne Klein Women's Quartz Metal and Leather Dress Watch

 

#2 Fossil Preston RFID Phone Multifunction Purse

 

#3 Casual Moments Women's 50" Set in Belt Wrap Robe

#4 Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

 

#5 Philips Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation and Radio

 

#6 Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

 

#7 Asmork Modern Art Oil Paintings

 

#8 Free Standing Electric Wood Stove Fireplace Heater

 

#9 Levoit Natural Wood Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

 

#10 Instant Pot IP-LUX50 v2 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

Top 8 Date Nights to Do THIS Fall

fall date night

The leaves have turned red and orange. At this point, many of them may have already fallen to the ground. The air is cool and crisp with a distinct fall smell. We still have a few weeks left in this Fall season, so let's make the most of it before it's gone. Instead of sitting inside watching Netflix, check off some of these activities from your Fall 2016 Date Night List.

 

1. Go on a sunset fall foliage drive

Find a street near you that is covered with trees. Bonus points if the trees are hovering over the road. Make some peppermint hot chocolate and jump in the car for a nice foliage drive. Use this time to reflect on the year together and ask each other "What's the next chapter look like?".

2. Make beef stew and apple cider

Yummm. This is one of my favorite parts of Fall. It's fun to grab a pot and throw together a medley of vegetables, meats, and spices while listening to fun seasonal music. If you're looking for a good beef stew recipe, look no further than here! Over 350 people agree with me :)

3. Create your own Fall photo shoot

I always use this time of the year to look back on the previous year. And every time I do this I always wish I had taken more pictures. Well, now is the chance to not only take some pictures together, but have some fun while you're at it. Grab some decorations, props, and fun fall clothes to set up a photo booth outside. If you want some more fun props, you can check out some of these.

4. Go on a bookstore date

Our first date ended up taking us to a bookstore to browse around. Often times, you can drink coffee while you look at the new best sellers. This could be a fun time to pick out a book to read together as the weather gets colder. If you are looking for something quirky to do, you can write little notes on strips of paper and leave them in books for others to find.

5. Leonids meteor shower

If eating beef stew is my favorite Fall activity, then this has to be my second favorite. This meteor shower comes once a year, so grab some sleeping bags and warm clothes to bundle up. Then head out to a nearby park to spend a few hours stargazing together. Bring lots of wishes, because you will probably see several shooting stars due to the meteor shower. And if you really enjoy stargazing, you should bring a telescope with you to check out some of our neighbors.

6. Enjoy wine with a board game

A quiet night at home doesn't automatically mean dinner and a movie. Grab some wine, cheese, and crackers from your local grocery store (big fan of Trader Joe's). Then pick out a board game to play together. If you are tired of the games you already have, we've got plenty more to choose from.

7. Volunteer together at a local shelter

One way to really grow closer together is to volunteer together. This is the time of the year where homeless shelters need the most help. Serving food and just talking to someone in need can make all of the difference in the world for their life. And there are plenty of other ways to volunteer besides a homeless shelter. You could hang out with the residents of a retirement home or help tutor kids at a local school. Serving together is a great way to learn more about each other.

8. Create your own spa night

Everyone needs a little more relaxation in their life. You could spend hundreds of dollars by going to a spa nearby, or you could create your own spa night in your own home. We're big fans of using massage oil to rub away stress, a massage tool to help you go as long as a professional masseuse, and hot massage stones for the ultimate relaxation. Finish up the night with a warm bubble bath :) 

Thanksgiving Date Night - What Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving date night

This year has flown by and we're already nearing the end of November. You're year has kept you busy with work, kids, education, side gigs, or dozens of other activities. If you're like me, then you need a break. Thankfully, we have a holiday sneaking up to give us a little relief from our busy lives. And Thanksgiving is the perfect day to take some time to think about how thankful we are for our significant others. Let's skip the long lines this Black Friday and add a little thankfulness to our relationships with this "What Are You Thankful For?" date night.

 

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"What Are You Thankful For?" Date Night

Here are some date night activities to enjoy on your day off after Thanksgiving.

Master Chef: Leftover Edition

You will probably have a lot of food left over from Thanksgiving. If so, then use this date night to get rid of some of those leftovers in a creative way. Split up the main course, the first side, the second side, and dessert between the two of you. Don't try to coordinate or share what you are making. You will have 10 minutes to take inventory of all of your leftovers and come up with what you are making. Make a plan for what time you'd like to eat and then get cooking! Try being as creative as you can with the leftovers - you don't want Thanksgiving all over again.

Memories & Thanks Jar

While you're eating, cut a piece of paper up into several strips - enough where you have at least five strips each. Spend the first half of dinner thinking about five ways you are truly thankful for each other and write them down on each strip of paper. Everyone wants to be appreciated, so take some time sharing with each other.

Now find a jar to put those strips of paper in and label it the Memories and Thanks Jar. For the next year, you should each write one thing you are thankful for and put it in the jar every day. And anytime you experience something fun or unique, write that memory down and put it in the jar. It doesn't matter how big or small the memory is. You will appreciate being reminded of it next Thanksgiving. And now'll you'll have a lot to really be thankful for next year.

Wine & Fire

Grab a nice bottle of wine and light up a fire outside. Snuggle up in warm clothes and enjoy one of the last nights we will have before the weather gets too cold. If you live in an apartment, try using this link to enjoy a fire inside :) Use this time to talk about how you'd like to grow closer together over the holiday season coming up. And if dessert wasn't enough, you could always grab some skewers, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for some s'mores. Later, you could use those skewers to make some fall caramel apples on the stove top together.

Fort & Game

Grab couch cushions, chairs, blankets, sheets, tables, and anything else you can think of to create a massive fort in your living room. No electronics are allowed in this fort. Use candles or a flashlight to light up the inside and grab a board game to play together. I'd suggest playing a board game where you are both on the same team with the goal of beating the game - like Pandemic or Forbidden Island. It's always more fun to play on the same team together :)

Top 5 Game Nights

game night

Looking for something to do together after work that can give you an opportunity to talk about your day? Host your own game night and invite yourselves! Playing a game together is a fun way to catch up while adding in some friendly competition :)

We have hand picked five awesome games that you could play with just two people:

  1. Bananagrams - Scrabble meets 2016
  2. Rummikub - Rummy + Tiles + Fun
  3. Hive - A game buzzing with posibilities
  4. Exploding Kittens - For people into kittens and explosion
  5. Forbidden Island - Team up to escape the island together

Do none of those work for you? Check out some more games at our Game Night page.

 

DIY Date Night - Top 5

Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Are you interested in learning something new? Have you been looking to pick up a new hobby that you could share with your significant other? Plan a series of date nights together where you try something new for every date. There are plenty of Do-It-Yourself kits available that could teach you both a new skill set or a fun activity to do every once in a while together. We've put together a list of the Top 5 DIY Dates for you to check out:

  1. Try making sushi together. It's a unique skill and a delicious dinner date.
  2. If you are over 21, you could both take a stab at home brewing. You might find yourselves invited to a lot more parties and gatherings.
  3. Want to stick to the cooking theme? Try making several of your own hot sauces.
  4. Feeling green? Make a terrarium together.
  5. Want to relax at the end of the day? Learn how to make your own bath bombs!

If you didn't see something that interested you, check out other DIY dates here!

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Keep Dating While You're Married!

Keeping the romance and magic of love alive can become a task after some years into the marriage. That’s why it is important to continue taking your spouse on dates. It is the key that keeps a relationship fresh and fun. It will serve as a great benefit to you if you continue dating, as it makes the relationship much more enjoyable and gets rid of the boredom and monotony. Not convinced yet? Here are some reasons why married couples should never stop dating.

1. Casualness is bad

Casualness can be a bad thing and a marriage often falls into this without proper effort. While marriage is based on good understanding between the partners, the adventurous mystery takes a hit when you get very close to a person. Mind you, understanding is good, but routine is bad. One must keep the mystery alive between each other. Take some time out of your daily schedule to share and talk to your partner on frequent dates. Tell them something new about yourself. Share what is on your mind, and what you expect for your future.

2. Dating adds flavor

Dating infuses a spicy flavor into your marriage relationship. It keeps things happening and exciting for both you and your partner. Come up with creative date ideas. You know what makes your partner excited. If you keep surprising your spouse time and again, they will look forward to your date and enjoy the excitement it brings into your relationship.

3. Children

Although a child is a ball of wonder and joy, a baby can often leave you both drained out of your energy. The baby needing constant attention can mean less time between you and your spouse. Naturally, things can get a little frustrating for both of you. Dating brings you both from the parenting mode back to the couple mode. An occasional freedom and time to spend together helps you two stay connected together, which is great for the children too.

4. Prevents roommate syndrome

This is a term that refers to a situation when the partners stop investing in a relationship. You begin to think of your partner as a roommate and nothing more. This could be avoided with dating. On dates, you connect, listen, understand, and both of you will be reminded why you love each other so much. It helps in keeping the romance alive.

5. It is enjoyable

It is fun. When you marry your partner, you want to spend your entire life’s journey with them. It is better to add fun in marriage and make the journey more enjoyable. Have fun together and make your partner feel special with the date night.

6. Provides a romance fix

Men or women, romance is an integral part of a marriage. Often, the romance dies a few years after getting married. Sure, monotony can get the better of you. But, that is no reason for the romance to die between couples. Dating will help you liven it up. You never know, a simple red rose on the date could do the trick.

7. Dating is marriage insurance

Dating is a marriage insurance policy of some sorts. If you grab it while you can, you will ensure that your married life is always protected and happy. Dating is the great way to have a better marriage, while enjoying a great time together.  

Relationships After College

The relationships during the college time are often considered as "vacation relationships". The reason for this is that college relationships are usually not exposed to real life problems. But, what happens when the real life starts intervening with the relationship? What happens when the college, aka that wonderful vacation, comes to an end? A number of things happen when you take your relationship into the real world. The real world can completely change your outlook on the whole topic of "relationships".

1. Change of social life

While you are in college, you are constantly surrounded by people around you, in your dorm, in the living room of the apartment, or at the pool party across the street. The only thing that you actually crave is some alone time with your partner. But the entire situation is turned upside down once you are out of the college. You start working and get a time-consuming job. It becomes necessary for you to maintain a social life and your partner eventually becomes a part of your social life. Dating will not be that easy then.

2. You actually want to sleep

Remember the nights where you bonded with your partner, the midnight visits to the corner fast food places, the late night talks which continued till 6 in the morning? Those were among the most fun moments for you. But now, if you stay awake up to midnight, you might as well call tomorrow done. You’ll be exhausted for work all day. You’ll need to make sure you plan for this as you move on from college.

3. You stress about money

Sure, you used to get a monthly allowance during your college days, which you promptly spent on partying and expensive dates. You were living your life as a free bird and did not have to worry about getting a roof above your head. Things are very different now. When you are 20-something and have started living on your own, you have responsibilities. You cannot just go around wasting your money; you have to pay the bills.

4. You become more demanding

With all your responsibilities, it may become your default state to be constantly stressed out. You have to pay the bills, maintain a social life, and also give a good performance at your workplace. In between all of this, you will require a lot of emotional support from your partner. Remember that you are the emotional support for them as well. If you keep that in mind, it’ll be a lot easier to be on the same page during tough times.

Getting Through the Rough Patches

When you start dating someone everything seems perfect. You ignore their flaws and just see the positive side of everything. You just want to be by their side every day and every night. If you´ve been together for a long time though, you will notice that nobody is perfect and that your significant other might actually have some flaws. This is when you notice your first fight… and then you second and third. Check out some of the relationship advice we have for you to get through these rough patches with ease. Or at least, without killing each other.

Chill down

This is probably the best dating advice you will ever get: stop talking and listen. If you´re in the middle of an argument, chances are you are a little bit (or a lot) upset with the other person. This may lead to you hurting your significant other. Saying things while you´re angry may lead to nasty consequences. To avoid this, just try to calm down for a while. If necessary, just walk away for a few minutes until you are relaxed. Make sure you let your significant other know you just need to cool down.

Talk to each other

Are you relaxed now? Great, now approach your couple and talk about what just happen. Instead of trying to impose your ideas, listen to what they have to say. Now that you are relaxed, perhaps you might realize that it was actually you in the wrong. Remember relationships are all about putting the other person above your pride. Now that your significant other has expressed their opinion, it´s your turn to share your point of view.

Reach an agreement

No that you have talked, reach an agreement. Figure out a way so that whatever it is that just caused you to fight never happens again. If it was your fault, just admit it and promise that you will never do it again. If you can´t admit that something was your fault, perhaps you´re not ready to be in a serious relationship. Make sure you are both comfortable with what you have agreed and that nobody is offended or upset.

Make up for your mistake

It doesn´t matter if it was your fault or not, it’s best for everyone to apologize quickly after a fight. And it is always nice to reward your significant other (and yourself!) with a creative date night to help reset the tone of the week. Just make up for what you said earlier with a glass of wine and a delicious dinner. After you´ve finished eating go out for a walk in the park. Hold hands and tell your significant other a couple of reasons why you love them. Remember, the more you put in to the relationship, the better your relationship will be in the long run.

Don´t lie

Promise each other that you will work on whatever it is you were fighting about. And then actually work on it! This is the perfect moment to prove to your significant other that you really value the relationship. The beautiful part about fights is the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and receive forgiveness from your significant other. You both have to put in effort into making sure that doesn´t happen again.