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Updated July 2023
Ahh, Sundays–the best day of the week for relaxation, making them the perfect time to connect with your loved one. There are so many reasons why Sunday date ideas rank so high, starting with the dress code.
Sundays are much more laid-back than Friday or Saturday nights, so there’s less pressure to dress up or look fancy and more opportunities for casual fun. Here are some of the best Sunday date ideas for inspiration.
Shopping on a Sunday
Sundays are for shopping! You can easily turn shopping into a Sunday date–endless opportunities exist. Skip Sunday brunch, grab a coffee and hit the markets.
1. Browse a Bookstore
Bookstores are romantic. Browse the aisles and discuss books you like, books you want to read, and books you’ve heard about. Bookstores can be excellent icebreakers for first dates that allow you to learn about each other’s interests and can be conversation starters for different topics.
There’s something about being surrounded by books that inspires you to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy each other’s company, which makes this Sunday date idea ideal for long-term relationships as well. If you want to take it up a notch, you can have a bookstore scavenger hunt for some friendly competition.
2. Hit Up Thrift Stores
There’s so much fun to be had browsing through antiques and collectibles. Finger the merchandise and have fun sorting through other people’s stuff. Thrift stores and flea markets pose an opportunity to get creative and dress in old clothing styles made new again or even funny costumes.
You can turn this into a game to create outfits for one another that you must wear in public or just have fun sorting through things. Like they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” so you find some gems!
3. Frequent Your Local Farmer’s Market
Sunday can be a foodie favorite. Begin by frequenting your local farmer’s market for some of the freshest organic produce you can find on the cheap. You’ll feel good about what you buy because the tasty goodness comes from local farmers, reducing the emissions used in transport and greening your carbon footprint.
Then, go home to whip up a new culinary treat. Try some inspiralized zucchini noodles with mint pesto for a phytonutrient-rich burst of flavor. Make enough of this vegan dish for two days, and you have meatless Monday covered.
Have an Adventure
Sundays are the perfect days for adventure since they’re usually the one day a week when you don’t have an agenda or somewhere to be by at a specific time. Soak up some sunshine outdoors by hiking or spending the day at the beach.
1. Picnic in the Park
You can make just about any Sunday date idea more romantic by packing a picnic. However, instead of heading down the street, why not explore a new park or nature center near you? Most museums also feature beautiful grounds where you can enjoy your lunch, then learn about the various plants in the manicured gardens by reading placards as you stroll.
Hiking is perhaps the healthiest form of mind-body exercise. Scrambling up boulders incorporates your whole body, and tons of studies testify to the mental health benefits of getting outdoors. If you want to wow your significant other with romance, try hiking after dark to spice things up.
3. Saddle Up
Do you have a full-service outdoor entertainment complex near you? Consider adventures such as horseback riding, where you can tour nature while mastering the saddle. Is it hot, hot, hot, thanks to sweltering summer temperatures? Rent a canoe or a kayak and head to calm waters where you can practice getting back in the boat after you capsize — the dunking will feel like a sweet, refreshing treat.
Stay in Your PJs
By the time Sunday rolls around, you might want to stay in your comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day to chill in your pajamas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Explore these Sunday date ideas that you can have in the comfort of your home.
1. Have a Movie Marathon
Movies, popcorn, and some snuggles–what better way to spend a Sunday? You can have a marathon and spend all day cuddled up on the couch with your favorite snacks, immersed in a series. Or, you can add some fun by each choosing one of your favorite movies to share with the other. You can have so much fun with this idea, but the key is to spend time together so phones down and eyes on the screen (or each other).
2. Break Out the Board Games
Sundays are the perfect time to break out the board games and have a friendly competition. Share your favorite board games or try something new. Some couple card games initiate deep conversations that offer ways to get closer to your partner and learn about one another. Eliminate screen time that distracts you from one another and spend some time competing with good old-fashioned board games like Scrabble, Scattergories or Monopoly.
3. Get in the Kitchen
Whatever happened to Sunday dinner? This day used to be the one time of the week where you could break bread with loved ones free from interruption. Bringing back the tradition could make your relationship closer, and isn’t that the point of Sunday dates?
You have the time — so try that gourmet recipe that takes hours. Now’s the time to test your skills at beef wellington or bearnaise sauce.
4. Share Memories
Life can get hectic, which doesn’t leave much time for engaging in conversations. You can learn so much about your loved one by exploring their pasts. This Sunday date idea can prompt you to learn things you may not know about your partner.
Swap stories from childhood and share photos of your favorite memories. Take a walk down memory lane and share some of your favorite things. You might find things you have in common, like things you loved as kids or memories that overlap in a sense, which can make you feel closer than ever to your partner.
Epic Sunday Date Ideas
Sundays are for recharging for the week ahead. What better way to do that than spend quality time with your loved ones? Explore these Sunday date ideas to have the most epic Sunday with your loved one.
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