Here’s 25 Frugal No Tech Date Night Ideas for Couples to do at home and keep you entertained without any screens, interruptions or breaking your wallet.
We love having no-tech nights at least once a week, and enjoy getting creative with what we can do together as a couple. What’s even better is using your imagination, and just having fun and being spontaneous. So many nights it’s easy to get sucked into a Netflix binge or scrolling through your feeds on auto-pilot. Taking the time to stop and be in the moment with your partner, checking in and working together on different projects, activities or conversations can do wonders for the soul and your relationship.
1. Pantomime night
Have a whole night by only silent communicating together. From cooking dinner, to explaining about your day – see how much you can tell each other without words.
Print off some instructions for some easy and complicated origami designs you can try together with any paper lying around the house. Get creative and use old newspaper, magazines, receipts etc.
3. Staring up at the stars
Grab a blanket or bean bag and head outside to lay on the lawn and just stare up at the stars together. Talking is optional.
Put a candle on or two and take the time to give each other a massage from head to toe.
5. Swap roles in the kitchen!
Try swapping roles by getting the other person to cook a meal usually made by you, and see what their take is like!
6. Have a candlelit only night
Go full no-tech by only allowing candles on for the evening and spend the night on the couch or sitting outside and chatting together with a wine, tea or favourite drink and snacks.
7. Camp out in the backyard (Frugal Home Holiday)
Set up a tent or swags – or just a blanket if it’s warm – and camp outside for the night. (Don’t have a backyard? Ask to borrow a friend or family member’s for the evening.) Crank out the fire pit and camp stove to make a full night out of it.
8. Couples Meditation
Try doing a couples meditation session by sitting across from each other and practising breathing in as your partner breathes out for 10 minutes. If you want to amp it up, do a yoga session after and take turns copying the other with different moves.
9. Do an art session together
Set up some paper, blank canvas or get creative with reusable items such as wood, cardboard – anything! Then get out any mediums you have around the house such as pens, paints or dyes and create a piece of art for your partner. Have colouring books? Crank them out and see how your skills are going since your childhood days.
10. Cocktail Experiment Night
If you have a cabinet sitting there with a range of spirits – why not experiment by making each other new and weird cocktails for each other to try. Make a game of it!
11. DIY Pot Pourri Or Room Diffuser Making Session
Find a container or bowl and make your own room diffuser or pot pourri. You only need pretty common ingredients such as cinnamon, star anise, cloves, gum nuts and essential oils. Build it to how you like, and have fun together along the way.
12. Write a book together
Grab a notebook and try writing a story where one person writes the first page, then your partner adds to the story on the next page and so on. Or, if you’re not a fan of writing – try reading a story to each other. Act it out if you’re feeling extra energetic.
13. Bake together
There’s nothing better than getting messy with flour in the kitchen together. Grab out a recipe book or print off a simple biscuit recipe beforehand and spend the night baking and then eating the tasty morsels for the rest of the night!
14. Make a diorama of your house from recycled goods
Now this is an activity for crafty creatives! Using what you can find, attempt to build a diorama of your house or if you don’t have anything to build it with – try drawing it together!
15. Upcycle a piece of furniture
This activity will require some preparation beforehand such as getting fabric, paint or borrowing a staple gun. Once acquired, work together to see how much you can transform something from trash to treasure. The chair below was out on the side of the road at the end of our street. It now lives in our loungeroom and we couldn’t be happier with the result!
16. Potting plants or succulent pot creations
If you have succulents or clippings you can make from plants around your garden – grab a pot or bowl, some new potting mix and get to work on a new mini garden. Succulents are perfect for this exercise!
17. Boardgames or Card Games
A classic, but so good! We often have boardgame and card game nights a few times each month together. Some of the board-games available can last hours, and have great replay-ability.
18. Fix or declutter something around the house together
Don’t roll your eyes! Make a game out of it and write down 5 little jobs you’d love to fix or a small area such as a drawer or cupboard you’d like to declutter around the house. Take turns picking one out of a hat and work together on fixing it or sorting it. You’d be surprised how quickly you get into it, and how much better you feel afterwards!
19. Make music!
If you have a guitar or piano sitting around – why not play it or sing together. Not having an instrument isn’t an excuse! Get creative with how you could make music and why not even try and write a song?
20. Have a long bath
If you’ve both had a big day at work, there’s nothing better than making time to relax in the tub. Why not make a food platter for dinner and pop it next to the bath with a couple of glasses of wine!
21. Make an indoor picnic
Move around the loungeroom and pop down a blanket, sparkling and a basket full of your favourite foods. Spend the evening sprawled out on the ground and live it up indoors for the night.
22. Reading (physical books!)
From the library, your bookshelf, or get inspiration here for a new read with our Reading List. Pick up some books and read in each others company on the couch or in bed over the evening with a cup of tea and maybe a sneaky biccie. These are our favourites!
23. Write a few gratitude notes and deliver them around your street or two as random acts of kindness.
This one is simple and for those wanting to do some feel good activities!
24. Be kids for a night
Why not play chasey or hide and seek around the house. Build a pillow fort in the living room with sleeping bags. Or perhaps… the floor is lava.
25. Play 20 questions together.
If you run out of ideas, set the questions around a theme!
26. BONUS: Try making your partner laugh – no tickling allowed!
See who has the most points at the end of the night!
What’s your favourite frugal no-tech date night activity? Have you tried any of the above? Tell us your stories in the comments!