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, ProFlowers.com 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 Proflowers.com gift certificate to 5 lucky winners. The gift certificates can be used on any Proflowers.com 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.

1 David February 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I packed a nice lunch for the two of us (in a traditional picnic basket of course!). And drove her up to a park that overlooked the area around us. Spread out the blanket and voila! the scenery was set. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon relaxing together under the warmth of the sun. We were even able to take a nap in each other’s arms.

2 Ray February 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I find that the best way to always be prepared for a date is to find a local florist and build a relationship with them. You never know when you’ll be stopping by for a last minute gift or calling them for some help with a big surprise.

3 Matt February 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

We recently had a night in Italy, where we drew ourselves mustaches, made homemade pizza and gelato, talked in italian accents, and then watched a foreign film. It was great fun, and could be done with other countries as well.

4 Shane February 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

One of the best date’s I’d had was thus: The two of us first spent the morning making our own food, which was very fun. We then took it to a park to play Frisbee and eat, followed afterward by a trip to see a movie. When we got home for the night we watched comedy movies and drank some wine. Not the most romantic ever, but tons of fun!

5 James February 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Best date… A Cubs game and 2 Old Style’s.

6 aliotsy February 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

On our first date, I found out that my future wife and I had a common interest in space travel and aviation.

So for our second date, I tracked down the area’s only public planetarium. When we pulled into the parking lot, we saw two huge rocket engines. Almost immediately, she ran over excitedly, exclaiming “Those are Saturn V engines!”

I was smitten.

It was at a hands-on children’s museum, and we had a great time with all the different experiments while kids ran around us.

Afterwards, we stopped by an aviation museum on a closed-down airbase. We had a blast walking around old fighter jets on the tarmac and looking at space exhibits.

To round off the date and keep the theme, we had burgers at Johnny Rocket’s for dinner.

Easily my best date idea.

7 Joshua February 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

One of our best dates was what inspired the spot for my proposal! We had a day all to ourselves, and just decided to drive as far north that we could get in a day and still arrive home before midnight. We only got a couple hundred miles away, but it was a marvelous day! We spent a few hours racing up the coast and then the rest of the afternoon lounging on the beach and exploring tidepools… a great date!

8 Jonathan Atkins February 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Simple, fun date: late breakfast at a cozy cafe, miniature golf, air hockey in an arcade, see a movie

9 Jean D. February 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm

In this house, the #1 date would be our favorite La Casa pizza, La Casa onion rings, movies, chocolate candy, chocolate ice cream. Trust me. Life couldn’t get any better than this.

Great giveaway. Thanks!

10 PointSpecial February 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

The most perfect date. Ever.

My wife’s golden birthday was Oct 22nd 2005 and I told her for her birthday, I’d plan a special date. We’d been dating for about 3 years and we’d been talking about getting engaged… she’d been hinting that her birthday would be a great time to do it.

Well, in the lead-up to her birthday, we knew we’d be in Chicago for my grandpa’s birthday party… his 100th birthday was on Oct 18th, so we were planning on celebrating the next weekend and having our date in Chicago on the 22nd.

Unfortunately, my grandpa got sick and passed away 6.5 hours before his 100th birthday. That really put a damper on the whole situation… but we still planned on this date.

It just so happened that this was the first game of the White Sox World Series, so we drove past Comisky Park and saw the skyline alight with “Go Sox” banners… it was a great sight! We drove downtown and had dinner at the Rosebud, then walked around the old Water Tower to let our food settle. Then I took her to the Ghirardelli chocolate shop (she lives for chocolate). After having our fill, we walked around a bit more and then I her on took a carriage ride. She just about lost it… she was so surprised… but she didn’t have any idea what was coming next. We walked down Michigan Avenue and stopped in a few stores, then watched an inning outside the WGN tower. We went down to the Billy Goat and had a true Chicago sports moment with several Sox fans (and some grumpy Astros fans…) for a beer and another 1/2 inning, and then we went back up to Michigan Avenue, this time heading back towards the Water Tower. We got just past Nordstroms… and something wasn’t right… I made her turn around and go back in front of Nordstroms, and suddenly, there it was.

See, 3 years previously, the day before we started dating, we’d been walking downtown and a homeless man stopped us and told us a poem. We were with a group of people and just hanging out… so we humored him. He started off and said how great and manly I was and then said how beautiful friend (at the time) was… and then he said how great we’d be together. We’d only known each other a couple of weeks, and, though we both individually knew we liked the other, we hadn’t talked about it. The next day, we had a “talk” and started dating… but it all began in front of Nordstroms.

So, on that spot, I got down on one knee and reminded her of that moment and asked her to marry me. Funny thing, she never actually said yes (don’t worry, we’ve been married for 3.5 years now)… she actually was so shocked that she told me to shut up about 15 times. We took a cab up to Wrigleyville to her favorite bar and watched the Sox finish off game one and we got married 8 months later!

This was the best date because it was something special we normally wouldn’t do (we were both in college at the time), but it was in a special place and at a very special time. It also was both very personal and yet a very public display of our feelings for one another.

11 Jesse February 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

best date i have had was when we go to the park on a sunny breezy and just lie in the grass together on a blanket. all notion of time seems to fade away when you’re just together at a park with nothing better to do. :P

12 Jacob Marsh February 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

One of the best date ideas is to find an out-of-the-norm side of your hometown, something or somewhere that neither she nor you has seen before. Usually stepping outside of the coffee or movie date makes it easier to create a memorable moment tied to that unique place.

13 Samuel Woods February 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

A picnic is not a very original idea but it sure can be romantic. Especially if it’s set on top of the majestic angels landing on a nice spring like day with the warm sun shining down upon you and your angel. Making sandwiches with your angel is fun and you can have a nice conversation while preparing. The hike is spectacular the entire way through. And since it’s not too late you don’t have to ride the public transit up the canyon. After the hike you can go drive up to weeping rock which is a short hike just off the road. You can then drive back down to Springdale and have a nice dinner at Oscars (the local café). After you return home you can snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie or maybe something else.

14 Brandon February 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

A hot air balloon ride followed by a private picnic near a lake with a chilled bottle of champagne or hard apple cider.

15 Justin February 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

The best date ever is quite simply spending a week backpacking in the high Uinta mountains.

16 Valerio February 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Best date…uhm…it would be great if only I had one, instead of studying all the time :D
But if I win the flowers I’ll find a girl to give them. I promise. ;)

17 Algernon February 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

So much of this is subjective, so I guess the best date is one that reminds both of you why you’re together. A balloon ride sounds great, but my favorite “dates” have been trips to the petting zoo or picking out new flowers at a nice home garden store. The main goal is to find something that you both find exciting.

18 Phil February 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Vancouver, Canada is a fantastic city for activities on a date. One of my first dates with a very special girl was a place called “Science World”, a huge, silver golf-ball shaped building right on False Creek off of English Bay. It was a beautiful sunny day. We took a walk on the grass and then headed inside to the Imax at the top of the dome. We had a great time looking in awe at the unique film. My stomach started to growl – a bit of an embarrassing moment for myself – so we went to the cafe right on the water and had lunch. We spent the afternoon checking out unique gizmos and gadgets, optical illusions. After our tour, we bought some unique bubbles which you can blow and then actually touch (and they won’t pop!), and an old-school disposable camera. We had a great time fooling around with the bubbles and taking random pictures. After we finished drinking iced tea, we sat on the dock and wrote a quick thing on a tiny piece of paper (which we kept a secret to the other), placed it in the empy iced tea bottle, and threw it in the ocean…it’s prolly still floating around somewhere. Overall, a great date!

19 Matt February 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Take a day off, so not as many people are out, and spend the day walking through the mountains–it’s doubly great if there are infrequent spots where you can look out over the countryside for miles.

20 J.J. February 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I live in Seattle which is famous for its lack of sun… so how about an indoor picnic? Make a sun and clouds out of construction paper and paste them to the sealing, turn the heat up, grab a fan and some flowers, tell your date to wear summer clothes, make some sandwiches and finger foods, bring wine, put a blanket on the floor, have a real basket, and don’t forget the Beach Boys.

21 Otis Sherman February 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

If all goes to plan, a sunny bike ride to a park for a picnic is going to be a memorable valentine’s day. I should have a few rolls of super 8 to document the journey as well as the destination.

22 Chris February 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Valentine’s Day is not so big here in Sweden, but I like to continue the tradition anyway. The selection of roses is horrific around this time of year (here) so it’ll be another challenge of putting something together as it will be our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife!

23 John M. February 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

I think a great date is a day at the beach because you will find things to talk about but its also ok to not speak and just take in the view.

24 Trevor February 3, 2009 at 1:47 am

I’m a man, and if I won, I would give the flowers to my boyfriend. But I guess I’m out of the running, judging by your heterocentric language above.

We gays can be manly too you know.

25 Michael February 3, 2009 at 3:39 am

My best first date was actually really crazy. I went with her exploring an abandoned building.

We found and old balcony and ate in the shining sun.

Awesome first date. :-)

26 Derek February 3, 2009 at 3:51 am

With so many great ideas already I figured I would lay out some general dating concepts.

I like to stick to some simple rules:

1. Set the right conditions – make sure you get a babysitter for plenty of time if needed, plan so you are not rushed to get somewhere, try to ensure that no tension or stress arises during the time you have set aside for the date.

2. Put your cell phone on silent and check it when you excuse yourself to the restroom. Nothing says she’s not important like catching up with your buds while you are supposed to be wooing your lady.

3. Movies are fun and can be great, but I prefer activities where you are engaging each other. Take a class together, go somewhere scenic and talk (more importantly, listen) but whatever you do show your loved one that you are invested in her and your collective lives.

4. A caveat to number 3, it doesn’t always have to be a crazy complicated event. Mastery of the simple is far more impressive than bumbling through an attempt to be overly romantic.

5. Be a servant – “the greatest among you will be the greatest servant”. Show this in your date and follow up in small ways daily and it will have a huge payoff. You will be reciprocated.

Not that any of you guys need but I hope it helps!

27 Glen February 3, 2009 at 4:11 am

This takes a bit of research, as each location is different.

Go to dinner and on the way back to her house make a detour.

Rather than taking her straight home, find a relatively easy location to get to that is just outside the city. By me, there is a small parking lot near the everglades. The beauty of this lot, is it is far enough away from the city lights to really see the stars – and almost no one really knows it exists.

Then, break out some ice cream from the trunk that you prepared beforehand in a cooler with some dry ice and take out a blanket. Then just relax in the grass nearby looking at stars and feeding each other ice cream.

28 E.C. February 3, 2009 at 4:19 am

Cooking a meal at home, of course.

29 Norm February 3, 2009 at 4:20 am

Best Date:
Arranged with wife that we would be going ‘camping’. Told her we would be going up state to a friends place for the weekend, pool, sauna, etc. They lent it to us since they weren’t going to be using it. Hot summer that year and we packed ‘light’. :D

She was expecting bugs, wildlife, etc.

Turned out, I took her to an ‘adult’ resort/hotel. We were in the room the whole weekend and it didn’t matter what clothes she packed, we didn’t wear much that weekend anyhow. First time she was there, great place, hot tub, sauna, whirlpool, indoor private pool, room service, fireplace……

Definitely a !! Nice !! weekend.

:D

30 Michael Q February 3, 2009 at 4:21 am

The best dates are the ones where you can do what you do best (without showing off too much, of course). I love to cook so I think a date that starts with a homemade dinner is a lot of fun. Taking a short dance class together is another great way to learn about each other and get some friendly physical contact.

31 Dad of Divas February 3, 2009 at 4:25 am

Our best date (or at least my thought on it) was the day I asked my wife to marry me. On that evening I decided to take my wife to a local natural wildlife area which had trails which followed a beautiful lake near where we lived. Once we arrived we walked and talked for a while, which was a bit difficult as I had been fighting bronchitis for about a week and had very little voice and it took a lot of effort to speak.

As we came in the clearing there was an area by the lake where I wanted to propose, and as luck (or fate) provided, when we got there there was a chair waiting us. I asked my wife to sit down as I wanted to talk to her.

When she talked I got down on my knee and began trying to speak the words I wanted to say. It was not easy, but she said yes, and that was the overall intention of the evening.

The evening was not over though. I had set up a surprise birthday party for her (it was her 21st birthday) at a local restaurant, and she was floored by the amount of people that ended up showing up for her special day, and they all got to be the first to hear of our other news.

Though I know this was a big life event, as a date, I would rank this as probably the top date I was ever on.

32 Brian February 3, 2009 at 4:34 am

In light of the tough times for many out there, it makes me think about when we were quite a bit younger with much less money. I think we picked up a pizza and took it back home. There in the garage, I had my trusty ’74 Nova with the 19″ TV and VCR on the hood. We shut the garage and had our own drive in movie. There we were eating pizza in the garage and watching one of our favorite movies, “Say Anything.”

I am not saying that you have to go cheaper but don’t let the budget stop you from being creative.

… and I absolutely love this site.

33 Greg February 3, 2009 at 4:39 am

At this point in our lives (married, two small kids), it’s hard to go out on a date without kids. But we knew we needed/wanted quality dates with each other, so we hired a babysitter as a standing gig–every week she would come over and my wife and I took a ballroom dance class. Not only did we both want to learn to dance, but what other date activity do you get to do something fun and learn it together? It was a great time and great for our relationship.

34 Shaun February 3, 2009 at 5:31 am

Volunteering together at a rescue mission or home for the elderly.

35 Kevin February 3, 2009 at 5:33 am

i think an ideal date would be to go rent a double-seater beach cruiser. i haven’t seen one in decades and i’ve always want to ride one because i think it’d be something geeky and romantic to do. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/ModernMechanix/8-1934/twin_bike.jpg

36 Jason February 3, 2009 at 5:42 am

Anyone else notice that the guy on the poster looks like a pervert? lol.

37 Neal Davis February 3, 2009 at 5:43 am

On our first-year anniversary, my wife and I went to a beachside restaurant on San Clemente pier and had breakfast there in the early summer. It was gorgeous, and just spending the whole day together made for a memorable date.

38 Tony February 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

The best dates we’ve had, I think, contained some element of surprise. It’s way too easy to get stuck in a rut, even with dates, so not telling your gal where you’re going or what you’ve planned sometimes can make a special evening.

39 Steve February 3, 2009 at 5:47 am

One of the most fun dates I’ve had was actually allowing ourselves to revert back to childhood a little bit by going to a local carnival and jumping on the Tilt-A-Whirl and all the other rides along with the kids – it was a blast ;)
Aside from that, packing a picnic basket (I don’t know why, but having an actual picnic basket seems to add more romantic theme to picnic) and blanket and finding a cozy spot near the lake was also a great lunch date.

40 Jason February 3, 2009 at 5:59 am

His voice would be similar to the guy who sings this song from South Park:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=aCZx5-b9tlE

41 Dan February 3, 2009 at 6:05 am

Ice skating in Boston Common’s Frog Pond, then dinner at Top of the Hub overlooking the city.

42 Nathan February 3, 2009 at 6:06 am

Take her out to a nice candle-light dinner, then a stroll through a park or somewhere romantic and just hold each other in the moonlight.

43 O February 3, 2009 at 6:06 am

For our first date, I had the car packed with blankets and dinner. We drove about an hour out of the city and watched a meteor shower. She had no idea until we got there.

44 Ben February 3, 2009 at 6:14 am

For a fairly inexpensive date, both you and your significant other can take $20 or so to the nearest casino and play the nickle slots. It’s a lot of fun and you even have the chance of walking out with more money than you went in with!

45 Seth February 3, 2009 at 6:15 am

matinee movie… a trip to whole foods for fresh salmon and wine… cooking and eating together… wine and music on the front porch in the rocking chairs – our favorite date (we try to repeat as often as possible)…

46 Eric February 3, 2009 at 6:16 am

Best date idea? Flowers, fantastic dinner, some great wine, candles and a great bath…. (depending on time and place – dancing too)

Flower – Always give tulips on Valentine’s Day. Also hate the rose cliche’. My wife’s birthday is a few days before VDay. Ideally, I stretch the celebration or specialness out. Dozen tulips, and if I feel like it a single stem rose.

When I was courting this girl – I dropped a red rose for three days, ending on valentine’s day with a dozen tulips.

47 Spud February 3, 2009 at 6:16 am

Take your lady-friend to an old-fashioned soda fountain, and then maybe to a bookstore. Besides using the great opportunity for conversation, you can find out a lot about the girl from her soda choice and the book sections to which she gravitates.

48 Pat February 3, 2009 at 6:18 am

After being in a relationship for eight years and taking two years to recover I started dating again a year ago this week. Using online services, I have gone on A LOT of first dates this year. No mater who it is or what their back ground, I have found that taking a girl geocaching is the best first date by far. Geocaching is a treasure hunt involving a handheld gps, where people publish the coordinates of their cache (treasure) online and you seek it out. Girls love the idea of searching for hidden treasure. It creates a lot of interaction and many times it is a completely new and unique experience for them. It is easy to do so you can hand over the gps to them and let them go and there is some amount of oxytocin (key to female attraction and desire) that is produced when they find the first cache, a perfect time for a first kiss.

49 Chris February 3, 2009 at 6:19 am

Hiking in the foothills in BC. Finding our secret island and taking a picnic there. We’re going back for our anniversary :o)

50 Aaron February 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

Taking a sunset ferry cruise around the bay, and surprising her with a late lobster dinner and a night at the swank romatic Inn out on one of the islands. Went over well.

51 Aaron February 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

Um, ‘romantic’. Rats.

52 Bob P February 3, 2009 at 6:27 am

My wife and I have been dating since college (we are now both 40). Back then, in order to get away from dorm life we would rent a room at an inexpensive hotel, bring a cooler full of drinks, snacks you can eat in bed and candles. We would get out of bed once to go out to dinner. 20 years later a good date night for us is to recreate this in the comfort of our own bedroom. We send the kids to the grandparents and stay in bed all day/night. We spend more time sleeping and reading than we did 20 years ago ;) … but still a good date nonetheless.

53 Brad February 3, 2009 at 6:28 am

A hot air balloon ride in the fall when the leaves are changing colors followed by a picnic with wine, cheese, and other goodies.

54 Jon February 3, 2009 at 6:29 am

My parents lived in Lisbon for a brief time and we flew over to visit them. They were working for the first couple of days we were there so the first morning, by the time we were showered and dressed, we were alone in a suburb of Lisbon. We walked across the road from my parents apartment building. We went into a café and were the only ones in it. (The only time we were in an almost empty café during our two week stay.) We didn’t speak Portuguese so we had fun ordering and sat just the two of us in a brightly room overlooking some green space. It was the equivalent of just going down the road to a coffee shop, but being in a different culture and surrounded by a different language made it a special time for us to just sit still in the quiet and talk away from the busyness of our lives back at home.

55 Steve C February 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

Best Date:

Took my current gf out to Seneca Rocks/Dolly Sods for a weekend (two years ago) of backpacking. The drive was nice, and the foliage was amazing. As the evening went on a blanket of fog rolled into our campsite making for a very cozy environment for me to cook her dinner over the campfire and head off to sleep. The next day we got up and continued hiking (bright blue skies), did more sight seeing and had a great relaxing trip back home.

56 Luke February 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

Here’s one of my favorite date plans:

During the Christmas Traditions festival in Old St. Charles, when the snow is lightly dusting the trees I’d consider the following fun and romantic date.

Take her out to dinner at a nice romantic restaurant, enjoy some of the fantastic wine available on Main St. Then take a ride on an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage down the cobblestone streets while gazing out on the river. Huddle up next to one another under the big furry blankets they offer you.

Then take a walk side-by-side through the park and find your way to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis. Enjoy whatever is showing that night and then come home to some warm hot chocolate and a fire, watch a good old movie like It’s a Wonderful Life together.

Anyway, I don’t know if that’s everyone’s idea of a fun evening but for me it’s special.

57 Jon February 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

My wife positively HATES surprises, to the tune of making me return jewelry if she wasn’t expecting it, so the whole hop-in-the-car-and-drive thing fails for me. We’ve got a 1 year old, so these days, a good “date” for us is dropping him off at my folks and then taking a nap for a few hours.

58 Zach Dunton February 3, 2009 at 6:37 am

I think one of the best dates I ever had was at the beach. We met serendipitously at a small deli and shared breakfast and grabbed some sandwiches and went to the beach and ran around for most of the day. Then went shopping and stopped by a little Mediterranean place had falafel and turkish coffee. We later finished the evening drinking mimosas in the sunset. We then parted ways and I haven’t seen her since.

59 Tuff February 3, 2009 at 6:37 am

A clear night, a blanket, and a bottle of sparkling cider by the river.

60 Tucker February 3, 2009 at 6:50 am

Favorite Date: Our first day, I took my girl and her daughter to a park and we all just played for hours, then went for ice cream.

What I’m doing with her this Valentine’s: We got a sitter and we’re going to a wine/chocolate tasting in a tropical plant greenhouse at our local conservatory.

61 Paul February 3, 2009 at 6:57 am

A trip to the museum followed by a nice lunch. A walk afterwards by the lake and a trip back to my place for a home made dinner.

62 Tim February 3, 2009 at 6:59 am

For us it’s the museum. Can usually make an entire day of it, and it stimulates conversation and thought.

63 Ed February 3, 2009 at 7:05 am

Arrange for babysitting and surprise her with an evening out at her favorite restaurant.

64 Jim February 3, 2009 at 7:07 am

Taylor your date to her personality and interests. My first date with my wife was spent hiking and having a watercolor painting contest (she’s an artist). We also went and saw a movie that she knew I didn’t want to see.

65 steve February 3, 2009 at 7:12 am

my wife loves being outside and with flowers, so i would take her to our Botanical Gardens and treat her to a lunch in their lovely restaurant.

66 aaron February 3, 2009 at 7:12 am

Showing up to her place on a busy night and making a simple and elegant dinner (and cleaning up)

67 danielo February 3, 2009 at 7:14 am

Best date I ever accomplished involved a full body massage, from which I picked up the girl in a horse-drawn carriage. However, my best date idea in general is relaxing and being yourself, and determining to enjoy yourself no matter what. It’s catching.

68 Emilio February 3, 2009 at 7:20 am

Best date ever,

You decorate your apartment like a restaurant in a foreign country. Make it cheesy as possible while keeping it looking nice. Decorating is easy, use construction paper and cheap things you find a micheals or something. Cheap and quick. Then you have a friend dress up like a waiter and speak in the accent of that country. Cook the themed food yourself and then have you friend “wait” on you two. He can buzz off after the food is served. It shows off your cooking skills, your romantic side, your sense of humor and your creativity.

69 Garrett February 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

No doubt in my mind – Couple’s massage. Not only are you spending some quality time together, she gets a massage out of it and so do you.

70 Sean February 3, 2009 at 7:26 am

I had no real money to go out on the town, but I still wanted to get out of the house with my girl, so I decided to pretend we were all of 10 again. I took her to my old elementary school around 11:30 pm and we talked and played on swings for a few hours before we went home and cuddled and watching stupid tv. That happened months ago, and she still talks about it to me. If she remembers it and wants to do it again, its a perfect date.

71 Tyler February 3, 2009 at 7:32 am

Geohashing. Find the day’s GPS coordinates and drive to them! It always keeps things spontaneous and unique, and even when there’s nothing really at that day’s site, at least you’re prepared with each other and maybe a good meal or drink.

72 Chris February 3, 2009 at 7:43 am

Best date idea? Try to do something new as a couple. I have found that trying something new, together, helps build a sense of wonder and exploration strengthening the relationship between the two of you. While we have not liked everything we did together, we have enjoyed learning new things and have each developed new interests as a result. We have each found places that we like that the other didn’t for the times we need alone time but when we say tothe other, “I am having lunch at the X resturant.” we know where and what that entails.

73 ced February 3, 2009 at 7:53 am

my best date was meeting up with a really beautiful woman, the perfect woman as far as i am concerned. dressed up and went to dinner at a good local pub. had good food and drinks talk . the nite ended with a really great kiss.

74 Nick February 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

We got up early and had an awesome breakfast of eggs benedict and mimosas at our favorite cafe. We sat on the patio and it was beautiful. We headed to the beach, swam, sun-bathed, and sipped margaritas as we walked in the surf. We changed in the car, and waited for an hour and a half at the best seafood restaurant in town, but it was fine because we spent the time goofing around in the souvenir shop and chatting with people at the bar. The food was incredible. Nice talk on the long drive home. Good date.

75 Mike Gardner February 3, 2009 at 8:22 am

Best date for me and my wife is when we get the chance to have a weekend getaway without the kids. I love our kids and I miss them when we are gone. But, it is nice to reconnect with my wife. It reminds me of why I fell in love with her to begin with.

76 Tom Rundel February 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

I am taking just the two of us on a missions trip for our 10 year anniversary. Doesn’t sound romantic, but I know my wife, and she will love it.

77 Michael Luevane February 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

Best date idea? Right now, the best date would be ANY date, as it is difficult to get time alone with a 2 1/2 year-old daughter.

But what *would* be my best date? A quiet evening at the local Melting Pot, staring at each other with silly grins on as we feed each other with long forky things, followed by some art movie (that I’d let her pick), followed by a walk in the park holding hands in the moonlight.

Or, really, just any time together.

78 Micah February 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

I’ve always wanted to take a girl on a hot air balloon ride. The only problem is they’re so expensive around here– like $400 per person for just two people. One of these days…

79 The Manliness Evangelist February 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

The perfect date is something that allows the two of you too connect. Every women likes to be romanced, so I start off with a nice evening out, some dancing, dinner, and a walk on the beach.

80 JWD February 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

Something fun and active, maybe a hike or an hour at the range….

81 Jesse February 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

While not a best-thing-every-time date, this was a winner for a first date.

We went to a community play in which several mutual friends were performing, followed by a light dinner and lots of conversation.

Seeing friends there watching more friends helped take many of the “first date” uncomfortableness out of things since it wasn’t purely a one-on-one. (we didn’t mention that this was a date, so we didn’t get any nudges or winks from those friends) It was great for providing lots of conversation fodder too, to help out with the tounge-tiedness that can afflict those first dates. Then a nice restaurant for dinner, but we kept to the bar area and ate appetizers – again it helped keep things comfortable to be a bit more casual on the first date, and conversation flowed well. (strictly one-on-one, broadway, fancy dinner and dancing dates came later)

Nice flowers (not red roses) delivered to her home were sent the next day.

82 Patrick February 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

When my girlfriend and I started dating, we were long distance (half of the country between us) and only got the chance to visit each other every month or so. One of our first dates happened to fall on the peak of the Leonids meteor shower. We drove up a nearby mountain after a movie, pulled off onto a gravel viewing area and laid on the hood of the car until we realized that it the engine was making it too hot for comfort. After finding a cool spot, we watched meteors for several hours and called it a night.

83 Rob February 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

Our best date was probably the day we spent the entire day in Niagara Falls just doing all of the stupid touristy stuff that out of towners do, like haunted houses and wax museums and getting airbrush temporary tattoos. It was a beautiful summer day and we just had the greatest time without any kind of plan or anything.

84 Jeff February 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

My best date idea: For the right woman, a quiet evening ice fishing. Bring plenty of snacks and hot cocoa, make sure the fish shack is warm, and bring along soft music that she likes. Make sure you give HER more attention than the fish, no matter how well they’re biting! When you get home, she may want you to help her get warmed up.

85 Albert February 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

Take your date out on a hike in God’s good creation. Virginia is for lovers :)

86 Chris February 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

First date with my wife was a basic Mexican restaurant, a matinee movie, and pool at a bar in town. Nothing fancy, just good conversation. The bottle of vodka I brought for her was a great ice breaker, too. She’d told me she liked to make cocktails, so instead of wine or flowers, I figured she could use the vodka more.

87 Matt February 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

Take her out dancing. Not to some bump & grind club. Real dancing, with steps.

88 Michael Moon February 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

Get to know her interests before you decide! Hey, dates are about getting to know each other, right? Well, she won’t want to get to know you if you choose something that doesn’t interest her. When I was dating my wife, I knew she enjoyed eating at small, unique restaurants over wine and talk about anything and everything. One of our favorites was a French restaurant in NYC called Gascogne.

89 Uberhack February 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

Nowadays, with 2 kids, any time we can get a babysitter and a couple of hours alone is a perfect date.

90 Joel Cundiff February 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

The best date idea that I had was when I took my wife for a walk on the beach this past month, just as the sun began to set. We are exchange students in Brazil and spent all of our money just to get here, so we stick to the motto, “if it’s free, there we’ll be.” I guess happiness really is all about the simpler things in life. So there we were, a white sand beach stretching for as far as the eye could see, cool crystal clear blue green water with waves gently lapping at our feet, a spectacular sun setting just below green mountain tops as the salty sea breeze blew across our skin, and as if it could not get any better, the best thing of all was that her hand was in mine sharing the moment together.

91 amyd5 February 3, 2009 at 9:17 am

Guys, take it from a woman: the best date(s) my husband and I have had are the ones that he is 100% invested in. The dates that he has planned, putting some thought and effort into preperations, etc. It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, it matters that he is giving me and what we are doing his undevided attention (no Blackberry action thank you very much) and that he has made a real effort to spend time with me. Don’t get me wrong; flowers, a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant, a picnic, walk, they are all nice…but what really makes a difference for me is that he wants to be with me and has made the same effort (after 13 years together) that he used to when we were dating and he was wooing me :). That’s amore.

92 Chip February 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

I usually make a special meal for my wife followed by a play, concert, or movie. I’ve learned how to cook pretty well over the past 5 years.

93 Patrick February 3, 2009 at 9:26 am

Naked Man
Step 1: You and the woman you clubbed enjoy rotting deer carcass by torch light.

Step 2: Your woman steps out to use the little girl’s cave. You take off your loin cloth.

Step 3: Delighted by your boldness and unharnessed masculinity, you make the two-humped mastodon.

This works…2 out of 3 times.

94 Brock February 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

Well, the best date experience I had was probably… We ate some delish mexican food and then after we called up my friend’s dad (all the kids were gone in college) and asked if we could come over and chill over at their house and watch a movie (there was 4 of us). After that we decided to get some ice cream but all of the ice cream shops were closed so we went to hte nearest supermarket and bought whole tub, some animal spoons and sat outside on their recliners sharing the tub. It was epic.

95 Andrew February 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

Simple date idea:

Make foil dinners and take drinks and s’mores to your favorite hiking/camping place.

Keep your drinks cold in the lake/creek-bonus if you bring a watermelon and cool it off the same way for a snack).

Spend the evening skipping rocks, and exploring before you build a nice fire and cook your meals in the coals. Spend some time by the fire making s’mores and then find some place nice to watch the stars.

Simple and romantic. Very relaxing. I’m from Oregon and this is fun do to in small groups or with just me and my date. There are variations depending on your local geography etc. (Spend the time at the beach, in the mountains, watching a distant thunderstorm etc.).

Key point here: making fire to win the affection of a beautiful girl is in our DNA! Bonus if you collect your own wood (bring a hatchet and make sure its legal) and light the fire with flint and steel without any propellant! If you use friction, even better!

96 Jim February 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

Have our local babysitter pick up both kids at 4 pm to bring them to HER house, have a snack and maybe drinks, watch a movie, call for Chinese or Indian takeout at 5:30, have a sweet conversation and eat until 6:30 or 7, watch two more movies at a leisurely pace, interspersed with plenty of conversation, then receive two very sleepy kids at the door around 11 pm. It’s called enjoying our own home (and each other’s company) to the fullest!

97 Sean Conklin February 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

I like to pick a day that I know she has been having a tough time at work (shes a teacher so it happens pretty often), and suprise her by cooking something special and setting the table. We usualy eat in front of the TV, so lighting some candles and opening a bottle of wine can really make it special. After dinner, if we’re up for it, maybe go out to a movie, but usualy its a night in with no distractions but eachother.

98 Mark February 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

I surprised my wife with a surprised getaway for us to a B & B. Had reservations at a restaurant and her favorite chocolate cake in the back of the car.

99 Craig February 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

First: surprise her with flowers and a stuffed animal when I show up. Take her to our favorite local restaurant where we can sit, relax, and talk for an hour +. Go to redbox and let her pick the movie. Cheap, fun, filled with conversation, and classy.

100 Brian February 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

My girlfriend and I are both in college, so my idea had to be relatively cheap.

I surprised my girlfriend out of the blue with an evening of salsa dance lessons (at a local dance studio that offers 1/2 off pricing!), then a dinner at a dimly lit restaurant, and then a quick drive up into the mountains where my favorite stargazing spot is located. We jumped up on top of my car and slipped into a sleeping bag together and watched the stars.

I think it was romantic and classy.

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