ProFlowers Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Win a $70 Bouquet of Flowers for the Woman In Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay on February 2, 2009 · 304 comments

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In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, Valentine’s Day is next week. While giving flowers to the woman in your life shouldn’t just be reserved for Valentine’s Day, it’s still a good day to get her some. Even if your lady says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s, remember it could just be a secret code that she doesn’t want anything except for flowers.

To help you become husband/boyfriend of the year, is giving away five gift certificates to five lucky Art of Manliness readers so they can give the lady in their life a $70 bouquet of flowers. How do you land this prize? Read on.

The Prize

A $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners. The gift certificates can be used on any flowers and gifts.

If you happen to be the lucky winner, don’t do the stereotypical thing and get your lady red roses. A recent study has shown that 76% of women would prefer something else besides red roses. Don’t know what sort of flowers to get your wife/girlfriend? Then make sure to check out our guide on how to give flowers like a gentleman. It has a short list of flowers and their different meanings.

How to Enter

Leave a comment on this post sharing your best date idea and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the gift card.

Deadline to enter the contest is Saturday, February 7 at 10PM CST. We’ll randomly select five comments and give a gift card to those five lucky individuals. We’re looking forward to reading your ideas.

201 Jonathan February 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

on valentines day the whole day is set aside for what she wants to do. because the best gift for me would be to spend time with her while shes happy. shes got the best smile. the only thing that i refuse to do is go to a movie, because you don’t take a girl that you really like to a movie, its far to impersonal. you need to talk to her, laugh with her, listen to her, love her.

im gonna spend my whole valentines day doing what i like best, spending time with the most beautiful woman in the whole world.

202 scallon February 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Pick your significant other up early from work on a Friday without telling her in advance, after clearing it with her boss/secretary, and take her for a drive to a distant Bed and Breakfast for the night/weekend.

203 Dave February 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

This woman and I had been dating on and off casually for almost a year. On Valentines Day last year I noticed her favorite play was being performed in Dallas. She wanted to go see it. I came up with an idea.

She had no clue what to expect. I had a limo pick us up at the hotel we were staying at. I had arranged before hand for her to meet the cast afterwards.

We have been almost inseparable since.

204 Chuck February 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Man, the first date with my wife was at Harry’s in downtown DC. Not Harry’s Taproom, but Harrys. The total Reagle Beagle type place that has free popcorn. Total rathole. We drank Miller lite until we almost couldn’t see straight and watched GWB announce the war on Iraq.

We have been almost inseparable since.

205 Sam Roberts February 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm

The perfect date would be to go day-camping at a local wildlife reserve with my girl. Start up the grill and cook us up some salmon. Then I would have a picnic with her there and then take her to go boating or fishing later. And finally we would conclude the day with a bottle of wine and both of us laying back staring at the stars.

In fact next time I get the chance, that’s what I’m gonna do.

206 Sam February 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

“Well I can think of three things I’d like to do. One would involve some ice cubes and a nine iron. Two would include a buffalo…Live or stuffed, preferably stuffed for safety sake, and three, we bring back some of those ice cubes and switch it over to a pitching wedge.”
-Billy Madison

207 Nate February 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

For the single Art of Manliness readers out there, like myself:

I’ve been on more blind dates and first dates throughout my dating “career” then I’d care to count, but I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two along the way about how to make these successful. And naturally, being an avid AofM reader, it’s important to approach the process in a gentlemanly way.

First off, don’t wait until to the last minute to ask her out. Even if she probably will be grooming her cat and watching a movie alone on Friday night, you can’t call on Thursday night assuming that. Flatter her by asking several days in advance.

And for goodness sake give her enough information so that she can prepare adequately for the date. Should she plan on eating beforehand, or plan on coming hungry? Will she be outside and need something warm to wear? If you’ll be walking during the date, then the 4 inch stilletos are probably a bad idea…

And lastly, especially for a blind date, practice the art of the “mini-date.” Nothing worse than planning a whole Friday night out, only to realize that there’s obviously no connection within the first 10 minutes. Saturday morning breakfast is my personal favorite. No connection? 45 minutes and you’re out of there (w/o the awkwardness of dropping her off at 9pm on a Friday night…) Soulmates? Then talk for hours and ask her out for a real date on a coming night.

208 Al Lo February 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

The best date i have had was when we went to central park on a sunny Sunday and just lie in the grass together on a blanket. We would bring some food, and lay out and even take a nap together. All notion of time seems to fade away when you’re just together at a park with nothing better to do.

209 George February 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm

First I will bring my girl flowers, because flowers are key. Next I will take her out to a fine restaurant probably a Japanese one that serves sushi (yeah I know it’s not manly but my girl loves it) or maybe I’d take her to a small jazz club (but if we did it would rule out my next plan). Then afterwards I would take her to a concert, most likely something small or low key and especially a band she enjoys. Finally we would close the night atop a high-rise watching the city lights and enjoying a couple glasses of champagne together (ever seen ‘Heat’? if it’s good for De Niro then it’s good enough for me). And the rest.. Well the rest I’ll leave up to your imagination.

210 Jimmy Rogers February 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Well I think I’m actually planning on doing this, so you’d be helping me out with the added flowers…

I’m a suburb guy and I just started dating a girl in the wilds of Washington, DC. Her birthday is on Friday and we’re going to dinner and then having a small party with her friends.

Our date is the next day….I’m going out to her neck of the woods…we’re going to explore Chinatown before eating at the most highly rated among them, which has a distinctive”chef standing in the window.” It’s know for always having a prep chef preparing the meats right in the front. After that we’re going back to her part of town which has a gazillion bars and we’ll probably drop into one of the ones we hit on our first ever run at bar hopping. Finally, we’ll probably go down to the local “adult store” and purchase some things that make sense for where we are in our relationship. We haven’t had a chance to have a night to ourselves yet so I want to make sure it’s special before as well as after.

Overall, it should be a varied and wonderful evening!

The next week will be Valentine’s weekend and while I won’t be with her till later that day (I’m interviewing for a grad school), she’d be thrilled with a bunch of beautiful flowers to remind her of my affection (and she wouldn’t get mad at me for spending so much money if you guys paid for it!).

We’re newly in love and it would be a wonderful touch! Let me know!

211 Isaac February 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

My girlfriend has a fascination with ships and the ocean. We both like that movie Napoleon Dynamite, especially the scene where Uncle Rico uses the ship as a bonus for buying his tupperwear and the husband can’t break the bowl. The wife condescendingly glares at him for his lack of strength. I scoured the shops in our quaint mid-western town until I found a great ship lamp, almost like the movie. After getting a box of tupperwear together, I found my dress clothes and slicked my hair back until I looked like Uncle Rico. I entered the house in full character and tried to make it as fun for her parents, treating them like the couple and her dad like the strong young pup who can’t break the bowl. We all had a great laugh and it turned her otherwise disappointing day around.

Now she’s on a missions trip in New Zealand on a ship of her own. I’m trying to be creative with how to surprise her when she’s 5 hours ahead (but a day forward) and in a more interesting place than I am. I’m going to definitely write a note and include it with the flowers that are getting sent her way. Who knows what else I’ll find to include.

The main point is to customize it to your particular woman. Make it special to her and don’t forget to make it about her instead of just doing something to get by and get past the day.

212 patrick February 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I once woke my girlfriend up before dawn and took her to the beach to watch the sunrise. We ate breakfast at an extremely popular restaurant overlooking the ocean. Since we live in Florida it is only a few hours to west coast, so we spent the day together, making our way to the Gulf where we were able to watch the day end as the sun settled back into the water.

213 Karl Selzer February 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

So, best date… I make a whole day affair out of a picnic and visit to the Opera. Lavish? No, but extraordinary. It started early in the morning when I drove to her house to pick her up. We fixed an extravagant breakfast and lunch and packed the picnic basket full with all the amenities proper to a refined day out at the park. After driving out the most remote part of the fields and creeks, we parked and took a stroll to an area behind some trees with a beautiful sun soaked view of the rolling country side. We planted ourselves down, blankets and all, and fixed our breakfast with tea. A nap followed shortly thereafter, yet was interrupted by the birds singing in the trees around us. As lunch time approached we noticed that there were clouds fast gathering, but we dismissed them, only to reconsider after lunch. We had our lunch, filled with wine, cheese, fruits, cold cuts, bread… it was splendidly aristocratic and certainly very perfect food for a date, especially since it was ended with superb European chocolates. The clouds, however, started to appear more ominous, and darkened the sky, wiping away much of the blue that had provided us with such a comforting and beautiful mantle. 30 minutes later, the deluge struck. It seemed like God himself had released the belly of some lofty sea high above, as my date and I were soaked right through, everything was drenched and sopping as we struck camp and hurried back to the car for shelter. Shocked at the situation, and still not quite realizing how wet we were, we stopped in the middle of the field, dropped the basket and blankets, and kissed.

We made our way back to the car, where we held up till the rain and thunder passed, leaving a cloud streaked sky. The drive back to her house was jubilant, but wet, marked by the whispers of reminiscence at the beauty of what had just happened, and a very excited talk about the fast approaching Opera. When we returned to her house, her whole family greeted us, and was quite ecstatic as to the stories of our travels, especially after seeing how soaking wet we were. Nevertheless, we both managed to get changed into proper attire for an evening of music, and we left for the Opera-house.
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was rather quite palatable for a young romantic couple, and it certainly closed the evening perfectly. For, as we strolled the scenic views around the Concert Hall, looking out on the river, and the stars above, her hand gently intertwined with mine, it seemed like this was a moment, and a memory, that would last forever.

214 Andrew Hein February 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm

A strole through the park, a quiet home cooked meal at home, a candle-lit bath, and breakfast in the morning!

215 Dan February 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm

My perfect date:

I met this girl and invited her to go on a date, we had some trouble picking the time (we both worked odd hours), so i finally said, “what are you doing tomorrow morning–early?” She said, “I dunno, sleeping.” and I said, “Ill pick you up at 5, bring a pair of hiking shoes, and and a bottle of water.” That morning a picked her up, and we drove up into the mountains. I gave her one of my headlamps, grabbed my bag and we hiked a couple miles in darkness up to this amazing lookout over the city and mountains all around us. We got to the top just as the sun was peeking over the horizon. As the mountains changed colors all around us and the city lights began to turn off. I pulled out my backpacking stove and bacon and eggs and orange juice and we ate breakfast and watched the city wake up.

216 Dan February 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm

The best date would be a cheesy B horror movie at a drive in theater. Some place where you can relax and watch, but it doesn’t hurt you much to ignore the movie for a bit to talk, since the movie itself isn’t as important as the atmosphere.

217 Jordan February 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Skydiving for two followed by dinner for two at a fantastic restaurant (after the adrenaline wore off), and a romantic night under the stars. Amazing date.

218 RagPicker February 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I lived in CO. My girlfriend from WV came out to see me over Labor Day. I fixed a nice picnic lunch for us (table cloth, sandwiches cut fancy like, candles, the whole works) and we went up to the edge of the Black Canyon near Montrose, CO for a picnic date. Since we attended a church that did not allow alcohol I bought a bottle of sparkling apple cider and a couple of wine goblets. Like I said, I did it up nice.

We had a great time. Talking, laughing, dreaming of a future together. The whole works. All too soon it was time to head home. We loaded our things into my near mint condition, low mileage Buick LaSabre, two door, hard top and began winding our way down to the valley.

That was our best date ever. But it didn’t end there. On the way down the pressure got bad. Gas pressure that is. Inside me. Finally I said “Sweetheart, I’m sorry, but I gotta fart.” as I rolled down my window and let’er rip. She blushed and said “Well, me too”. And so she rolled down her window and followed my example.

We farted the whole way down off the mountain. And laughed until we cried.

We figured it was the sparkling cider that did it. It was the last time we ever drank sparkling cider.

But hey, it wasn’t all bad. We just celebrated 13 years of marriage. And we love it. So our best date also turned into our funniest date.

But the whole fancy picnic idea was a winner. You just can’t beat that for a low budget, high impact date.

219 Frank February 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

My girlfriend and I went to Six Flags last November with some other friends. They all left at around 4 because they “got bored,” but we stayed on until the park closed. We rode the biggest coaster in the park until we were forced to leave at 10 o’clock. Now we’re planning a road trip of American theme parks.

220 David February 4, 2009 at 12:53 am

I took my girlfriend on a weekend get away to a aquaruim and we had a blast checking out all the underwater creatures. The late night walks on the river bank were a great stress free time. The room we stayed at also connected to a rotating restaurent.

221 Shalabh February 4, 2009 at 1:07 am

It was late in the evening and the cold. The white fence glowed in the moonlight as the dark silhoutte of the mulberry bush delicately swayed in unison. Fresh evening dew clinged on to the shingles giving it a slippery look. Gracing the mud path were white wild flowers, and a few wild weeds here and there. The neon light right above the door bell gave off a sporofic enticing look. I stood there looking around, consuming all I could see. The wind vane shook as the door clicked open. There she stood. The pearl necklace encirclled her lady neck, rising over the collar bone. She wore a light grayish-blue sinlge dress. The white embroidered flowers seemed to put the wild flowers to shame. Ah! Whoever said natural beauty is unmatchable.
She adorned a little cream sweater buttoning it under the neon light. I smiled at her and she waved, still buttoning her little sweater, now only with one hand. She walked towards me and the moment I opened my mouth to say something, she placed her finger on my lip and whispered “shhhh”

She said that and took my hand and led me out the picket fence.
We walked along the circutious path. It was a lovely place she lived in. Surrounded by tall redwood trees and a little flower bed on the left, the place was tucked neatly between the city and the woods. We just sat there and gazed afar.

That was the best date :-)

222 Scott February 4, 2009 at 2:26 am

The most important thing on the first date is to make sure you treat her with love and respect.

223 Jared February 4, 2009 at 4:26 am

Before we had children, there was a spare bedroom in our house. I spent week turning it into a miniature forest, using some of her favorite stuffed animals as woodland creatures. I even included a little rubber duck pond. Then I suprised her with an indoor picnic while it was snowing outside. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she saw the room.

Of course, I was kind of lucky that she hadn’t wandered in during the middle of the transformation.

224 Nick February 4, 2009 at 5:04 am

My girlfriend and I were with a large group of students in Barcelona, Spain (we were all studying in Germany at the time). As the never ending search for a restaurant that could seat 15 went on and on, my girlfriend grabbed my hand and we took off down La Rambla. We ducked into a tiny, but packed, tapas bar, grabbed a seat and ordered a pitcher of wonderful Spanish Sangria. We spent over 3 hours drinking and selecting various tapas from a man who spoke no English. With the Mediterranean Sea in the background, the night simply could not get any better.

225 Bradley Looy February 4, 2009 at 5:08 am

My ultimate date would be riding horses to a wild place and having a picnic on top of a hill with a great view.

226 TheX-Man February 4, 2009 at 5:26 am

My favorite date was not a first date, but an anniversary date; 3-6-12 months, you know women will eat it up (a.k.a. appreciate your tenderness) that you are “celebrating” a 6 month date anniversary.
Anyways, I took my beau to the place we spent our first date…a nice little Italian restaurant. It happened to be on a slow night, so I asked for a quiet table on the deck where I had asked the owner earlier in the week if I could decorate it with every white strand of Christmas lights I could find. I took various items that we had shared or laughed about and even had our pictures taped to a menu collage style so when the waitress brought them out we had a few minutes to reminisce over a glass of her favorite wine (brought straight to us, preplanned of course). Dinner was already ordered and was brought out with “the nod”. At the end she was appreciative that I thought so much about her and I felt like a Manly Man for planning something to such detail to show my affection for her.

227 Michael February 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

A weekend at the Art Deco style Edison Hotel on West 47th Street. A Saturday morning walk in Central Park would be followed by Lunch at Carmine’s. Afternoon features a visit to Tiffany’s to procure something to wear to La Rondine that evening. This performance as well as Sunday’s visit to MoMA provides lots of conversation for the trip home.

228 Ricky Jones February 4, 2009 at 6:06 am

Date, I have two dates that I use, invite her over for my cooking or out for a cup of coffee.

229 Brian February 4, 2009 at 6:17 am

My wife and I will usually go to a Bed & Breakfast for our anniversary. We always pack a picnic basket for the weekend with a bottle of champagne and fresh strawberries or wine and cheese. We will find a hammock and spend the afternoon in the shade just relaxing and enjoying nature together while sipping our wine or champagne. It is a nice setting to renew our vows privately and talk about our future goals.

230 Nick Moore February 4, 2009 at 6:21 am

Best Date Ideas:
During our time at University we had the chance to travel to San Francisco on a business trip. On our day off we took the oppurtunity to go on a ballon ride over the wineyards of Napa Valley in the morning, had a 3 course meant at the famous culinary school there in the afternoon, then took the wine train tour in the late afternoon. Finished the day off by enjoying a short walk up the hill behind the dorms we were staying in and enjoyed the sunset together. I was reminded of the Lou Reed song “Perfect Day”: “Oh it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you.” It was.

Second would be the business trip we took years after that, now in grad school together, and married. We had the opportunity for study abroad in Chile. we had one “free” day in which we had to decide on what activity would best compliment the experience. For us we choose the opportunity to ride bikes together through the vast vineyards of the Chilian country. Beautiful! What a day! We had breakfast at this very quaint authentic joint and had the best eggs and sausage breakfast of our lives follwed by a 3 hour ride through the vineyards. We stoped occasionaly to visit the tasting rooms of at least 5 different wineries. Stopped under a large tree for the picnic of prosciutto and 3 different cheeses…and more wine. Took a little nap there together in the cool afternoon. I could get used to this. In the afternoon we rode back and had the chance to see the entire business process of one of those wineries. For two who may want to own one some day this was a joy to do together. Then dinner. The best meat filled empanadas, grilled scallops, fresh plantains, and enchiladas. Just the best food of my life! We ended the day by watching the beautiful film “Paris je t’aime” in a quaint moviehouse near our hotel. Again Lou Reed’s song was runnnign in my head head again, it usually does when I’m with Her. “Then later a movie too, and then home. Oh it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you. Oh such a perfect day, You just keep me hanging on.” She does keep me hanging on, she does let me forget myself, forget my problems. These two days are just the epitome of our life well lived.

231 Nick Moore February 4, 2009 at 6:22 am

Best Date Ideas:
During our time at University we had the chance to travel to San Francisco on a business trip. On our day off we took the opportunity to go on a balloon ride over the vineyards of Napa Valley in the morning, had a 3 course meant at the famous culinary school there in the afternoon, then took the wine train tour in the late afternoon. Finished the day off by enjoying a short walk up the hill behind the dorms we were staying in and enjoyed the sunset together. I was reminded of the Lou Reed song “Perfect Day”: “Oh it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you.” It was.

Second would be the business trip we took years after that, now in grad school together, and married. We had the opportunity for study abroad in Chile. we had one “free” day in which we had to decide on what activity would best compliment the experience. For us we choose the opportunity to ride bikes together through the vast vineyards of the Chilean country. Beautiful! What a day! We had breakfast at this very quaint authentic joint and had the best eggs and sausage breakfast of our lives followed by a 3 hour ride through the vineyards. We stopped occasionally to visit the tasting rooms of at least 5 different wineries. Stopped under a large tree for the picnic of prosciutto and 3 different cheeses…and more wine. Took a little nap there together in the cool afternoon. I could get used to this. In the afternoon we rode back and had the chance to see the entire business process of one of those wineries. For two who may want to own one some day this was a joy to do together. Then dinner. The best meat filled empanadas, grilled scallops, fresh plantains, and enchiladas. Just the best food of my life! We ended the day by watching the beautiful film “Paris je t’aime” in a quaint movie house near our hotel. Again Lou Reed’s song was running in my head again; it usually does when I’m with Her. “Then later a movie too, and then home. Oh it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you. Oh such a perfect day, You just keep me hanging on.” She does keep me hanging on, she does let me forget myself, forget my problems. These two days are just the epitome of our life well lived.

232 David Zinner February 4, 2009 at 6:24 am

When my wife and I first started dating, I was a bit more cash strapped than I am now. Wanting to do something special for her, I decided to make the night all about her. When she got home from work, I took her shoes off and gave her a quick massage to relax her from a stressful day at work. I then put on some relaxing music while I made her favorite meal. After clean-up was finished, I gave her a more thorough massage including hands, feet and head. She has extremely long hair and LOVES to have her hair played with (she calls it a “hair job”). The point of the evening was that she was the focus of the entire evening. I did not have to spend a great deal of money to make it a wonderful Valentine’s day for her. I spent money on a card and the food, and an investment of time cemented our relationship even further.

233 Todd Farrell February 4, 2009 at 6:28 am

Pack a picnic basket with some cheese, crackers, bottle of red wine and a couple of wine glasses. Strap them to back of a bicyle built for two (or the back of the motorcyle), show up at the door unexpected and take your date to a park, flower garden, lake, stream, etc. and enjoy.

234 Hollis February 4, 2009 at 6:38 am

I proposed to my wife on campus of my alma mater. She thought I was gone for the weekend, was brought to the oldest building on campus by one of her friends, and then had to walk through hundreds of candles up to the second floor where I proposed and we had a candle lit dinner. I had purchased her some of the china that she wanted and that was what we ate off of. I just need to keep up that level throughout our whole marriage!

235 Kevin February 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

Best date? We’ve got three kids, the best date is a relaxing dinner with no kids demanding our attention!


236 Steven Domoslay February 4, 2009 at 7:15 am

I usually get my wife 4 flowers. One representing each member of our family. I then take her out to eat in the evening and just have a quiet time and talk. By talk I should mean, listen to her exclusively for that evening.

237 Erikk February 4, 2009 at 7:32 am

In today’s chaotic lifestyle, I’ve often found that nature works wonders as you get away from the common distractions of daily life… A nice romantic dinner of sorts followed by an escape to the beach has always worked wonders. And to wrap it up, stop by her favorite desert place on the way back home, and top it off with a bottle of wine-

238 Victor February 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

We are not supposed to exchange gifts for valentines this year. Were saving money so she can move up here with me.

Im always telling my girl that Im not a performing monkey. Partly due to the size of my ears (theyre not big, they just stick out). So, I bought a plush monkey. And put the pearl necklace and earings on it. I bet she likes it. Specially coupled with dinner and then going to the beach with a bottle of wine.

239 Travis February 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

The best date my wife and I had was a shopping excursion in a rural area of Indiana, a bad Christmas play that we still laugh about today, and a very romantic bed and breakfast.

240 brent February 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

We have a newborn so any time we leave the house together alone is a special treat. However, we’ve come to love quiet evenings with a nice meal and a DVD at home together.

241 Jeremy February 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

My signature date when I am first dating is this:

I pick up my lady; always 15min early to show her I can’t wait to see her. Then I will go to the local mall. Then tell her the game begins.

The game is this, we both take $10 (or any dollar amount) and we are supposed to go around separately trying to purchase as many items for the other with said denomination of money. We set a meeting place and a time limit for the game to end.

Once the game is “over” and we have met up, we exchange gifts. The winner is determined by who was able to purchase either the most items, biggest items, or mutually who got the best gift for the other.

The winner gets treated to dinner of the winner’s choosing. Every woman I have had the liberty of doing this date with has always walked away saying that was the most fun and creative date they had ever been on.

I still have ex’s that I run into tell me they always remember those dates.

242 Shane February 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

To truly relax and take your mind off of the normal grind, I find it works best to get away. Take a road trip, it doesn’t have to be too far, and spend the day/night in another town. See the sights, eat out, shop and unwind.

243 Robert February 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

I’d pack a picnic dinner and take her to the beach. After tossing around a frisbee or playing volleyball we’d eat a candle-lit dinner. Then we’d watch the sunset go down as we swinging in our beachside hammock. We’d spend another hour uttering sweet nothings to each other and singing to the stars.

244 Frank Alberts February 4, 2009 at 10:17 am

Any idea can be a good one. Just make sure you have a plan, none of that what do you want to do stuff. Wjhen you artr talikng with her bnefore the actual ate, find out about her likes and dislikes and then come up with something that fits her. (Hopefully it’s a ball game or something you can both enjoy!)

245 Chris February 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

A walk thru the city, dinner, and a show.

246 Ben February 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

Get a sitter, take her out to HER favorite restaurant, even if YOU hate the place, (it’ll mean ALOT!) take her to the movie she has been dying to get you to, but you have refused on the grounds of “It’s a chick flick and no guy would ever be caught dead in that theater” a little dancing afterwards, a few cocktails at a nice place, then home to a flower filled room, with no mention of the word SEX, let her decide what is right.

247 Nick Shimondle February 4, 2009 at 11:30 am

Best date I have ever had was when I took a walk with her on a beach, and we found a rock that looked like a heart, I later made a necklace out of it and gave it to her as a gift.

248 Mike February 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

My best date was the day I proposed to my wife. I didn’t actually have the proposal planned for a specific day, but I had bought the ring weeks earlier, secretly carrying it around with me, lying in wait for the right moment.
I got home one day after work, and Shawn (my wife), was in a particularly saucy mood. It was one of those days where the planets were aligned and all that jazz and I could do no wrong (i.e. start a fight over absolutely nothing). So I asked her out to dinner… and brought the ring with me.
We went out to dinner and everything was going great. My plan was to engage Shawn in deep conversation so I could switch into proposal mode. I asked about kids and careers and dream houses and stuff like that.
Then our food came out. My food, as always, was better than hers (we both find this kinda funny). Because she didn’t like her food, I quickly had to turn this around so this wasn’t a memory about a proposal with crappy food. So I gave her half of my food. And then she was happy and lovey dovey again.
We got back into deep conversation mode. And then… I was ready to do it… and a friend of ours comes out of nowhere. He’s the head chef at the restaurant. It wasn’t bad to see him or anything… it’s just… this wasn’t the time. So we chat it up for a bit and then he goes away.
Deep conversation…. deep conversation… and our friend shows up again….
All right… I’m doing it! I got down on one knee, whipped the ring out and proposed… with our friend watching… dumbfounded.
Shawn cried… Kerry (our friend) cried… I waited… for a “yes”.
A few minutes went by. She’s still crying… that wasn’t good. Was I not the one?
Then Shawn managed to squeak out a “yes”. That was good enough for me.
And we’ve been HAPPILY married since. Best date I’ve ever had.

249 Larry February 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Sit down and WRITE a love letter. No e-mail. No word document. No Hallmark card. Sit down and hand write a letter that states what she means to you and what you love about her. You then have the options of giving it to her after a wonderful evening out that includes a romantic restaurant and flowers, or the letter could be included in flowers delivered to her work so all of her friends to see. Or the letter could be a part of a romantic evening at home in which you cook and pamper her. Use your imagination, pick up the pen and paper, and open your heart.

250 Lowell Morrison February 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

We never had alot of money for things since were both broke college students so Ive had to be original. Once I was away for Valentines day so I went to target and bought a 2 dollar heart shaped box. Then went home and spent the next three weeks writing everything I love about her on tiny paper cut out hearts. By the time came to send off the box it was full of every little way that I love her. She thought it was the greatest thing I could have ever given her.

251 Erik February 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Well, I don’t have a significant other, so my lady currently is my mother. And I must say that I love her dearly. Typically we don’t need much to enjoy our time together, so that’s all we really plan – lots of time. We will eat a nice dinner and just laugh about what ever. I really love it.

252 Chris February 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

My best date idea is to take my girlfriend on a trip to a Texas Vineyard. We would drive up to one and take the tour enjoying and sampling many different wines. Finally we would enjoy a picnic, some recently acquired wine, and a beautiful sunset out there in the Texas hill country. After that it’s back to Austin for some concert-going and bar-hopping. Yes sir, it’s great to be in Texas.

253 Adam Snider February 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm

A truly romantic date is really just about connecting with the one you love. Ideally, doing something you’ll both enjoy, and that will give you something to talk about is, well, ideal…

One of the best dates I’ve had with my girlfriend—and one that I’d like to repeat—happened when we were staying in the mountains. We spent the day hiking in the mountains and at the end of the day, we went back to our hotel (it was early spring, so the campgrounds hadn’t yet opened for the season), cleaned ourselves up nice and went for a romantic dinner at the local Italian restaurant.

Afterward, we got a bottle of wine and headed back to our hotel room for the night…

The mix of natural beauty and rugged terrain followed by a refined and cultured Italian dinner gave us the best of both worlds and made for a very romantic day.

254 Fred February 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I’d write my girlfriend seductive letters and give them to people to hand over to her throughout the day. Eventually the letters would led her home to get dressed for a big date and then to a limo which would take her out to a boat. From there we would enjoy a candlelight dinner alone together while cruising along in bay. After that we’d be dropped of for a little while to walk around the beach. All in all, my idea of the perfect date.

255 Michael February 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I like how it says, “We’ll randomly select five comments and give a gift card to those three lucky individuals.”

Randomly select “five” and give a gift card to those “three” lucky individuals. Hey, it’s free… so who’s counting?

Hee hee… anyway… best date idea…

Go to a park nearby and walk, watch ducks, lay on a blanket and stare at the sky. Eat someplace you’ve never been before. Go to a drive-in movie and make out in the car (remember in the restaurant: if she eats curry, you eat curry). Have fun!

256 Dave February 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Take her for a flight in a glider…champagne afterwards

257 Dustin February 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

One of the best dates I ever went on wasn’t my idea, it was hers. Which is a good sign! On the ends og Las Vegas there’s a park that used to be a divorce ranch, where celebrities used to go to live out Nevada’s 6-week residency requirement for a quicky divorce. We each brought food for a picnic lunch, drank wine from a thermos, fed the peacocks that roam wild, and walked around the fishing ponds where the rich and famous of yesteryear wiled away the end of their Hollywood marriages. Some might say that’s bad karma (and indeed, things didn’t work out with her) but it was a beautiful date!

258 Eric February 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Geocaching is definitely tons of fun. I’ve always had success with that one, though I have not had an opportunity to do it with my current girlfriend.

But, she absolutely *loves* riding on the motorcycle with me, so some of our best dates have begun with a leisurely ride to anywhere and then being spontaneous wherever we end up. Once spring decides to come back, I am going to surprise her with a day trip to her hometown (’bout 4 hours away) where I will have arranged a nice picnic at her favorite spot in the city.

Great contest!

259 Aaron February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

The best date is one which serves the other person the most. If she likes fish, take her to the aquarium. If she likes to read, take her to a book signing by her favorite author (and buy the book). Just make sure there is plenty of time to talk, because women love it.

260 Daetan H. February 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

My best date idea:

With your lady friend, grab water guns, water-balloons, and buckets full of water and stage a drive-by water-gun shooting; wreck havoc upon the community on a warm summer’s day or night. Little children love this. Bring them along.

261 Joel February 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Personally I feel that doing something together that is creative is the way to go. For example, take her to a walk-in ceramics,glass-blowing, or painting class. Something where you both can make something to remember the time spent together. This followed by a light meal or coffee is great. I think it is good to make it something light though, so you can spend more time getting to know one another instead of just eating.

262 Jay February 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm

One of our best dates was to go for dinner and a stroll through Fort Worth’s marvelous downtown. Arm in arm, locked in our own little world amoungst the throng of people, we gazed at the sights and sounds. Though I can’t remember a single thing we talked about, I do remember that we laughed, a lot. We stopped for a gellato, and capped the evening off with a carriage ride. Perfection.

263 Chad February 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

My perfect date for my wife and I would be for us to spend the evening learning a new dance (it is something she has always wanted to do) at a nearby dance school, then it would be off to dinner at St. Elmo’s downtown Indianapolis. After dinner we would walk around the canal in Indy’s downtown and then drive out to our country home and spend a few hours lying under the star soaked sky holding each other.

264 A. Hollis February 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Basically, so something you both will enjoy.
For example, I think a great date would be to go see a film at the local independent theater (the Kentucky here in Lexington), have lunch at the organic restaurant and check out the fair-trade stuff they sell there (ladies like shopping), and then play in the fountains downtown in the square. Pretty basic, but I think it has real romantic potential.

265 Charlie February 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

It was a first date with a girl I’d known for years. We met at a coffee shop, and I brought two pads of post-it notes and two pens. We then headed to a local chain bookstore and wandered around, leaving notes in some of our favourite books to future readers. She was an English major. You get to know someone based on the books they read, and get a good feel for them as a character.

266 Brody February 4, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Our best date was when I proposed to my wife.

We went to the dinner theater in a neighboring town to see “Guys & Dolls”. We both were dressed to the nines, and it was a really nice evening.

I was dropping hints all through the evening, holding her hand and saying things like “Hrmmm…that finger sure looks kind of empty there.” and other things to that effect. Alas, the whole show went by and we were leaving the theater and there was no ring on her finger. We were walking out to the parking lot and nearing our car when the conversation turned something like this:

Me:”You know how much I love you?”
Her:”How much?”
M:”So much that I want to ask you a question…(cue dropping to one knee here)…Melissa, will you marry me?”
H:”Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, (repeat a lot)”
M:”Melissa, I need an answer…will you marry me?”
H:”Yes!” (real long kiss and crying here)

Apparently, and I don’t recall this detail, cars were honking at us and some people were cheering at us when all this was going on.

All in all, it was a good date. We have been married for almost 6 months now and couldn’t be happier.

267 Randy Lewis February 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

Does your date like to read? My wife does, and for my wife a good date can often involve books. Sometimes we will go out to Barnes and Noble and get a coffee and spend time reading. Some of the more unique dates to Barnes and Noble involved looking through books with baby names, and picking out a name for the baby we were expecting. Other times we’d go to Barnes and Noble and pick up one of the “If” books, which contain hundreds of different scenarios and/or questions that are great for finding our more about your date.

268 Jason February 5, 2009 at 5:39 am

Plan a “movie night” at home, buy some Red Vines licorice, and make some popcorn on the stove top. Melt some butter, and then snuggle under a blanket and enjoy your ladies favorite romantic movie(or your favorite romantic movie if you have one. Mine is “Say Anything”).
You know women like it when a man cooks, and technically making popcorn with hot oil is cooking.
Just an idea.

269 Tate Davidson February 5, 2009 at 7:11 am

We have a toddler and an infant, so the best date is the one I can bring home:

I leave my wife with the impression that i will be working a little late and that i am sorry. Instead, I bring home dinner from one of her favorite places before she starts cooking. I also have a DVD, a bottle of wine, and a bit of chocolate from the local store.

The nightly routine occurs and we get the kids to bed a little early. Then I reveal the candy and DVD – later followed by candles in the bedroom.

If I get flowers, I usually choose a flowering plant – because it has a longer life span and we can look at it and remember the day later on.

270 Bill February 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

My best date I ever planned for my wife was for her birthday. I took her to a nice restaurant in downtown Louisville where they prepared a cake for us beforehand and had flowers on the table. When the meal was finished, there was a horse and carriage waiting for us at the door to take us around the town. After that, I took her ice skating.

271 Hoss February 5, 2009 at 11:21 am

My perfect date is one that comes after 14 years of marriage and five kids- quiet time alone. When I can get a babysitter, or coax the oldest into it, my wife’s choice is a quite time alone. We’ll ride horses, or go for a long, slow walk, talking and holding hands. Extra points to me if I get her a great cup of coffee and some chocolate. Super bonus points if I can sneak in and do the dishes before the date. Simple, undistracted focus on nothing but each other is what she needs, not elaborate, expensive plans. Sunsets, if I place the orders far enough ahead, usually are the best backdrop! Holding hands and just letting out minds wander to what we really feel.

272 Iain Boyd February 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

One of our best dates was our last anniversary. One of my co-workers lives in an area that has a private beach (just outside of Myrtle Beach). You can only access the beach with a magnetic access card. So, I went to the local wine store (winestyles), where I have built a relationship with the owner (which might be a better idea than getting to know your florist). I can go in there and tell him I’m having hot dogs and mac n’ cheese, and he’ll find the best wine to go with it for less than $20! I asked him for a good wine to go with a lot of different cheese, and he got me a bottle. He also helped me select a bottle of dessert wine that would go well with my wif’e's favorite dessert (raspberry pie), a sweet white wine with just a hint of bubbly. I packed everything up in our picnic basket and grabbed my wife. We headed to the beach right at sunset. As the sun was setting, we had a picnic on the private beach with cheese, bread, wine, and dipping sauces. By the time we finished, the sun had set, so I sang some of her favorite songs to her as we danced on the beach. Afterwards, I brought her home, where I had made her raspberry pie. We fiished the evening with dessert, dessert wine, and more dancing! It was easy and required little planning, and yet she won’t forget that night for a long time.

273 Ed February 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Best date idea: show her something you are passionate about, while keeping in mind that she has to enjoy herself too.

For me that is the outdoors and I have arranged dates for short walks in the woods, shark-tooth hunts along the beach, nights at rustic cabins in state parks, and of course picnics. I was lucky enough to have this work and ended up honeymooning in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Have fun, do something you enjoy that might be different for her, and be mindful of her need for conversation, comfort, and attention while you share a part of yourself.


274 Allen February 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm

During the summer months look online for days there are going to be meteor showers. Then late at night go pick up your date and bring her somewhere where there is little to no light pollution; a beach or park is usually a good place. Make sure to take a look at the weather because you want it to be a clear night. Try and get there before the shower is supposed to star. Bring along a blanket and lay out underneath the stars. It is important to know what area of the sky the shower will be in. Get a book from your local library and learn some of the constellations so while your waiting for the shower to start you can point them out to impress your date.

275 Allen Frans February 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

My goal when dating was to take a girl on the most creative date she had ever been on. most really creative ideas are expensive, however, out of poverty comes creativity. i really wanted to impress one girl so this is what i did.

i picked her up and we drove to the parking lot of the HEB. past the lot is a big field that sits at the corner of a busy intersection. i pulled out 2 chairs and said we were going to people watch. so we sat down and began watching and talking about all the people and cars passing by. after about 15 minutes, one car drove by and threw a bag out the window. i went to pick it up and she told me to “leave that trash alone”. i said, “one mans trash in another nam’s treasure.” and proceded to open the bag. inside was a book she had been wanting to read. i showed it to her and she was cautiously excited. i sat back down and acted as though we had gotten a really cool surprise. about 10 minutes later another car drove by and threw out another bag. this one had sub sandwiches, wrapped tightly in foil, complete with napkins. i said, “look! dinner’s here!!!” we opened the sandwiches and started eating. then came a bag of chips, then another car with a bag that had drinks and plastic cups in it. we were enjoying our meal, and her head was on a swivel wondering what car, from what direction, would throw something else out. next up was a frisbee with a teddy bear attached to it. we were playing frisbee,when another bag came with a half gallon of ice cream and 2 spoons in it! woo-hoo!!! dessert!! we were having a blast, when the police showed up to inform us that we were loitering on public property and escorted us over to his car. great, a ticket is the perfect way to end this date!!! he opened the trunk and proceded to tell us that it was against the law, unless you were playing croquet!!! out comes a croquet set and away he drove. we set it up and played and laughed until sunset. i took her home, where on her bed was a photo album with the pictures of each of the deliveries in it and a rose on top. thank God for friends who are willing to help you out.

276 Andrew February 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Making dinner at home for her is always a good one. Simple, but if you can cook, can work out well.

277 Kevin February 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Our best date ever : the two of us in a 3 room cottage. Some of the most focused, quality, one-on-one time we have ever had.

278 Matthew February 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm

A bottle of a booze that will get her drunk fast and any room will do. A bed is optional. Oh, Don’t forget to tell her you love (even if you don’t mean it)

279 chris February 6, 2009 at 4:42 am

I think a lot of the best dates I’ve had have just sort of happened while out on a normal night, dinner in little 5 points (ATL), walk to some shops, etc. However, I’ve had a few good planned ones as well. My wife loves ballet so I surprised her with tickets to Dracula put on by the Atlanta Ballet. It was cool because she loved the whole thing and I was entertained as well (vampires and whatnot). We then wen’t to the Varsity (famous) and chowed down on some chili dogs and onion rings.

We were fancy and we kept it real. all in the same night.

280 Jessica February 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

Best date idea? A chocolate tour of Manhattan in the spring. Select two or three places in advance, figure out the route and bring along a picnic lunch to eat on a sunny day in Central Park. If you’re there and time it well, you can also go to a museum for free. At the very least you can enjoy Central Park in the nice weather and talk.

281 Kevin Cox February 6, 2009 at 7:46 am

I like to do something that gets us both being ourselves. For example, miniature golf. We’re are in public, we can make mistakes (which are expected in miniature golf), and just talk. We then see how we react to stress, conversation, and thinking on our feet. It usually turns out to be pretty fun.

282 Jay February 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Whatever you do has to be personal; something that lets her know you’ve been listening and that she’s on your mind. One year for my wife (then girlfriend), I secretly borrowed all the old home movies her parents had of her, and together with many of myself as a boy, spliced together a back and forth interchange between the two us as kids, wherein a young me was essentially hitting on a young her. I even had a special “bonus reel” of silly stuff that I played back after dinner, drinks, and some quality time in bedroom.

283 Jason February 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

One of the most memorable dates I had with my girlfriend (now wife) was back when we met in college. For our 1 year anniversary, I picked her up and she had no clue where we were going. I brought her to some of the most significant places that meant something to us in our relationship. When we got to each spot, I said a little something about why it was important to us, and gave her a kiss. Some of the places are where we first met, where we had our first kiss, where we held hands for the first time, and where we went on our first date. The best part about this is that it didn’t cost a penny, but was more memorable than any piece of jewelry or gift.

284 Hyperbollocks February 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

To show a gal a little contrition over weeks of making light fun at her vegetarian lifestyle, I once had her over for champagne dinner and cooked an entirely vegan meal. It was a disaster, but the drinks were good and she appreciated the gesture.

285 P. F. Hawkins February 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I am currently planning a perfect first date – it will involve going to Church.

286 John Paja February 6, 2009 at 8:49 pm

During the summer, when fruit is ripe and ready for picking. Take her to a fruit orchard. Bring a blanket and a basket. Go pick some peaches or apples or oranges. Then, lay your blanket somewhere nice and shady and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Have a picnic and enjoy each other’s company

287 Ralph Hill February 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm

My best date idea is getting a babysitter, letting my wife nap and taking her out to dinner! If I get her a gift certificate for a massage, it’s an out of this world date!

288 Southern Gent February 7, 2009 at 6:34 am

This was a great post, as usual. I have been following the Art of Manliness for some time now, and have been most impressed. For those who live in the Southern states, there are many charming small towns of historic significance. Being from South Carolina, Abbeville comes to mind. With buildings dating back to the war, charm of this small town makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Many towns like this are scattered throughout the south, I would encourage any couple within driving distance to pick a weekend (perhaps next weekend), and visit one of these towns.

289 Kevin Lindley February 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

My favorite date is making dinner together. This usually doesn’t work so well as a first date, but it’s great if you already have a relationship where you can practice give and take. Plus it’s ten times better when you can have a good conversation too. After dinner I like to go for a walk in the park. Come home to some homemade dessert and it’s a great night.

290 Dawn February 7, 2009 at 11:13 am

I am entering this on behalf of my significant other on the off chance that if I won…I am handing him the gift certificate and telling him to use it. I couldn’t be more specific if I hit him in the head with a vase full of flowers. I may not seem like the type…but I love to get flowers! Shamrocker99 at aol dot com

291 Salvatore Coccaro February 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

My best date idea… well heres what i did for my first. (It will always be the best to me) Thoughout my sophmore though junior year in highshool I had fallen in love with a wonderful girl that i knew. Over the year we had become great friends and she were together everyday but I still hadn’t told her how I felt about her. We had both been studying japanese in highschool and wre both also planning to go on a trip to Japan that year with our school. So one week before the the trip i confessed my love for her…One week later we had our first date togrther for two weeks away from all the troubles of home solely focused on each other and our wonderful trip abroad.

292 Lindsay February 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm

The best date for me anyway is a long walk in the park with a cup of coffee…you can learn so much from eachother

293 Dan February 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

My best date idea is one I used. I came home Friday early, told my wife to throw a few overnight items together, and we left. An hour away is an old Inn. The weekend we were there, it snowed the whole time. It was magical.

294 Randy February 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm

My best date idea:

I will arrive at her house around dinner time, with ingredients for a Spanish dinner (still choosing the exact courses, but:,,,,, candles, flowers and Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain in hand. The chicken calls for white wine, which means we’ll have wine while the meal is prepared. We’ll eat, then I’ll take her to the local symphony for a show (with discounts…. expensive does not always equal manly).

295 picnic basket July 1, 2009 at 1:45 am

Picnics could be very exciting and recreational. Though we are experiencing a great economic crisis, we should not forget to have leisure time with our kids and family. Picnic is one good way of doing it. Not that expensive but full of fun and excitement.

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297 John January 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

Romantic dinner and (live) theater (Broadway) is always a big hit at my house.

298 Wayne January 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

A trip to try out the Flying Trapeze. Something new and physically exciting/challenging leads to adventures later on that evening…..

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