Sometimes being in a relationship can put a strain on your wallet, which might lead you to look for activities to do at home with your boyfriend. My boyfriend and I are both trying to save up so we can have everything we want in our future together, which means less restaurant dates, less movie nights out, and less bar hopping with friends. If you are in the same boat, you may be wondering how to have dates at home instead, where you can save some cash but still have fun together. Well I'm here to help you out with 22 fun activities to do at home with your boyfriend!
Before we get to the ideas, however, I want to talk about why staying in with your significant other is so great for your relationship. If you usually find yourselves surrounded by other couples, you'd be surprised at how much closer you'll feel to each other when you spend more time one on one.
The first benefit has less to do with your actual relationship and more to do with the opportunities you open up by staying in. That being how much money you'll save. Hitting the bar on the weekends, restaurants every night for dinner and the mall when you get bored on your day off all means you're spending money. If you save that cash, you'll be able to buy a house together, go on your dream vacation or anything else that you've been wanting to do together.
Being home alone together eliminates the distractions that could be interfering with your bond. When you aren't taking attention away from each other to talk to friends, meet new people and find something to do, you are able to focus that energy on each other and that strengthens your partnership and gives you a chance to foster what you have together.
Additionally, when you are able to keep the focus on each other, you are able to build new memories that only the two of you share. Having those special moments with your boyfriend makes you feel closer to each other and gives you great times to remember when the going gets tough. Being at home is the perfect opportunity to try new things and get out of your going out rut.
You probably won't be surprised to find that staying in is healthier too. When you prepare meals and snacks at home, you are able to control what goes into them, meaning they are generally lower in fat and calories. Plus, restaurant and bar food has very little in the way of nutrition. By staying home together, you can try new foods, build your cooking skills and get healthier in the process.
Being home is also more restful than going out. If you and your boyfriend have been skimping on sleep because happy hour drags out late into the night, you're going to feel so much better by staying home instead. You can go to bed at a decent hour, get the sleep you need and then wake up and slay it in the morning. Plus, when you're home, you can relax in your sweats and stay cozy under a blanket. So instead of going to the theater or the bar, rent a movie, grab a six pack and snuggle up with your boyfriend on the couch at home.
Here's something you may not have considered - when you stay in together, you get the chance to try new things or foster a hobby that you share. Maybe you spend your time at home sampling wines, having a paint your own canvas night or you try learning a new card game. Whatever it is, you can build a new dynamic in your relationship by shutting out the world and doing something you love together.
If you're still unsure, consider that staying in is trending in a huge way right now. More and more young people are choosing to stay in and engage in quiet, relaxing activities at home. It's a prime way to practice self care and is a great way to save money and build the bond you have with your boyfriend. I'm not saying you should never go out and have some fun, but try to balance it with your time spent at home for a well-rounded and happy life you're going to love.
Now that you know why it's so wonderful to stay home with your boyfriend, you probably want some ideas on how to entertain yourselves. If you're used to going out, you may be at a loss as to what to do at home. That's why I've collected this list of really fun ways to have a good time with your boyfriend right in the comfort of your own home. Here you go!
1 Have a Video Game Marathon
Most of our guys love playing video games to begin with, so why not work them into your activities to do at home with your boyfriend? Use a dry erase board or sheet of paper to keep score of who's winning and play as many games as you can against each other! Try playing everything from Call of Duty to Dance Dance Revolution. Promise each other that neither of you will get too competitive though, or else you may find yourself in a senseless argument.
2 Start a Home Workout Routine
Have you both been wanting to get in shape but never actually make it to the gym? Start a home workout routine! Whether it's taking a jog around the block, or doing a workout video together, having someone to push you to exercise is a great motivator! If you want to make it even more fun, try one of the Wii workout games together. Not only will you be burning calories, but you'll most likely have a blast laughing together trying to follow the routines.
3 Have a Cooking Competition
Do you have a bunch of leftovers or groceries that you need to get rid of? Make a cooking competition out of it! Using only the ingredients in your kitchen, have each of you concoct something different to eat. Then, have a taste test at the end to see who wins! Grade each other on presentation, creativity, and taste just like they do on TV. Who knows, you may come up with a new favorite recipe!
4 Create a Game
Don't feel like playing any game you already have? Then make your own! Whether it's creating a drinking game out of a movie or your favorite TV show, or creating your own sport that you can play outside. It doesn't have to be a completely logical game, in fact, it would probably be even more fun if it didn't make much sense. If it ends up being a really great game, write down the rules so you can play with your family or friends later!
5 Have a Photo Shoot
Get a little silly and have a funny photo shoot together! Dress up in whatever you can find around the house or put makeup on each other! Then set your camera to self-timer and take a bunch of pictures. If taking pictures isn't really your thing, then try video taping your antics instead and put them on YouTube. There are tons of videos of couples being silly together on there already!
6 Watch Childhood Cartoons
Netflix and Hulu have tons of old cartoons that you used to watch when you were a kid! So stay at home and have each other pick out a bunch of the episodes you remember. It may even bring up stories and memories from being a kid you can tell each other that wouldn't have been brought up in normal conversation! There are always new things you can learn about each other. Plus you can both get a good laugh at all the hidden adult innuendos that you didn't pick up on when you were younger.
7 Create a Spa Day
Even though your guy usually won't openly admit it, he likes being pampered as much as you do. Plan a day around giving each other massages, facials, foot rubs, and anything else your guy is open to trying. Reassure him that it won't hurt his manly image and it will completely relax him. Sometimes, guys need an excuse to do something a little girly, and the perfect excuse is usually having a girlfriend! So treat your guy (and have him treat you) to all the spa products you have in the house.
8 Stay in Bed
Sometimes the best place to spend the day together...is in bed. So stock up on snacks and movies, turn off your cell phones and laptops, change into something comfortable, and spend the whole day together without leaving your bed! Disconnecting from the world for a day can be just what you both need to relax and simply enjoy each other's company. Watch a full season of a TV series you have both been wanting to watch or some movies you haven't had the time to see. Make sure to talk and play around with each other as well!
9 Board Game
Not everyone likes board games and some people like them a little too much. If you're neither one of those people and can play a board game without giving up half way through or being kind of a control freak over the rules, then this could be a lot of fun for you! Play Clue, Sorry, or Monopoly and I'm sure you'll have a great time!
10 Movie Marathon
With all of the ways we can access movies these days i.e. Netflix and Redbox, why not have a movie marathon?! You and your partner can rent a bunch of movies you haven't seen and cram them into one day! Don't forget the popcorn and other snacks! Maybe you don't feel like watching old movies. Why not watch each other's favorite movies or classic movies from your childhoods?
This is such a fun activity to do with anyone, not just your significant other. Make a scrap book of that great vacation you went on or maybe just a scrap book of your relationship. It will be something fun to do together as well something to look back on in years to come. You don't have to show it to anyone if you don't want to, just let it be something special between the two of you.
12 Indoor Picnic
If it's raining outside and you were really planning on spending the day in beautiful weather, don't fret! Get together a a blanket, some food and drinks, or maybe some wine and make an indoor picnic! Just because the weather isn't cooperating doesn't mean you can't have fun. Lay a blanket in your bedroom or living room and set up a romantic picnic for two without ever having to leave your home. Just think about not having to worry about those pesky ants!
13 Get to Know Each Other Better
It may sound boring or dumb, but after a certain time together people in relationships seem to hit a rut where they're no longer getting to know each other. Yes, you learn something about your partner everyday, but I bet there's more to each other that you don't know. Why not sit in front of each other and ask silly questions to find out things about your partner? What superpower would you want if you could only have one? If you could have any job without having to worry about money or education, what would you do? These are just some examples, have fun with it!
14 Camp out in the Living Room
Remember when you were little and used to create forts in your house?! Channel your inner kid and make the living room one massive adult fort! You can heat up some TV dinners, lounge on an inflatable bed, and just talk the night way.
15 Break a Record
An interesting way to spend the day/night? Find a record in the Guinness Book of Records and try to break it. If you can't beat it, see who came the closest to doing so!
16 Sing Karaoke
If you don't have a karaoke machine at home, there's usually a few of them on TV! Of course, you can always just listen to the backing track of songs on YouTube and just sing over it. It's super fun and it's always cool to be silly with one another!
For couples that live together, you can spend the day changing up your home decor! Rearrange the furniture or even spend the afternoon creating DIY crafts for the house!
18 Dress up
This is a fun idea that brings the creative side out of both of you. Find things around the house to use to make a costume and guess who or what the other person is dressed up as! The more ridiculous, the better. You'll both have a good laugh and think of the fun snaps you can take!
19 Write Your Bucket List
What places do the two of you want to visit together? Is there something that you two dream of doing together in the future? Do you want to share a kiss in a foreign country? I bet you two have tons of great ideas. Jot them down in a notebook and revisit the list later to see if you can cross any items off the list.
20 Make a YouTube Video
Reenact your favorite movie scene, have a lip sync battle, or perform a dance routine and upload it to YouTube. Even if it's a total fail, it's sure to be tons of fun and you can rewatch it together in the future. Who knows, you might even start a vlogging channel!
21 Time Capsule
Capture your time as a couple in a time capsule. Find a small container and fill it with things like movie tickets, concert tickets, photos, cards, etc. You can also make separate time capsules for each other and then open it together later.
22 Squirt Gun Fight
Grab some squirt guns and chase each other around the house. You can also do Nerf guns, a game of tag, or even water balloons in the backyard. Let loose and show your guy your competitive side. The winner has to make dinner!
23 Learn a New Recipe Together
If you and your guy like to cook together, this is a fun at home date to partake in. Find a recipe you both would enjoy eating, go grab the ingredients together, and then cook it together. It'll be fun to get down and dirty in the kitchen, and if it's good enough, you both always have at least one recipe you can make for each other!
24 Watch a Meteor Shower
Stargazing is fun, but getting the chance to see a meteor shower with your sweetheart is even better! First of all, it only comes around once in awhile so it's something you'll remember, and secondly, it's extremely romantic. So grab a blanket or two, some coffee/tea/hot chocolate, and head out to your yard for a little romantic adventure.
25 Go Exploring
Sure, this may not technically be at home-BUT it's close by! Find a new park, take a hike, or walk around your neighborhood... Whatever it is, you're doing it together (double bonus because you're also exercising) AND you get to spend quality time together. You can talk or just enjoy the silence together. This new change to your routine could be just what you need to help you two bond a little more.
26 Read the Same Book
I love reading so this one is fun for me. If you've got two copies of it lying around-cool! If not, read together. Maybe you could take turns reading chapters or pages like back in school, or maybe just sit together and silently read to yourselves, whatever the case, reading the same book will give you two something to talk about. Besides, the snuggling while reading doesn't hurt the cause!
27 Have a Pot-Luck
Make some food, invite some friends to bring food, and all of you can hang out and eat and enjoy each other's company! You don't have to leave your house, you and your sweetie can still spend time together, and it'll be good to get everyone hanging out together. You might just end up having a blast!
28 Garden Together
This one seems fun! It doesn't just have to be flowers either. Run to your local garden center, grab some supplies like dirt and pots and seeds of course, and go home to spend the day preparing. You could even turn it into a competition and see whose grows faster, better, etc. It's something fun to do at home and gives you some fresh new fruits/veggies you may no longer have to buy! You could find you have quite the green thumb. ;)
29 Recreate Your First Date
If you two have been together for awhile, this one is great! Make the meals you guys had, have a conversation like you're just meeting, and decorate to make it look like the restaurant. (Cheesy idea but: you don't have to decorate; instead write the restaurant name on a piece of paper and hang it up outside the kitchen. It's cute and funny and doesn't require over the top actions!)
Turn on some music, hold each other close, and dance! It's sweet, romantic, and even if you have two left feet it won't matter because nobody else is seeing you. Another great alternative is to recreate an epic dance scene from a movie (think Dirty Dancing ladies!)
Just because you're stuck at home doesn't mean you can't have fun as a couple! Most of my favorite relationship memories are the creative things my boyfriend and I have done while home together. Just make sure being home too often doesn't cause either of you to become lazy! What is your favorite thing to do with your boyfriend or significant other when you're both stuck home?
This article was written in collaboration with editor Vanessa Salles and Lisa Washington. Amazon products chosen by Lucy Rebecca.