60+ Last-Minute Date & Gift Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Rekindle the love with these easy last-minute date and gift ideas that won’t break the bank – some can even be enjoyed at home after the kids go to bed!

As life gets busier and our ‘to-do’ lists grow, our special someone can slip unnoticed right off the bottom of this list. The love and laughter aren’t lost, they’re often just hiding under a pile of dirty washing! This is why it’s so important to make a conscious effort to carve out time to reconnect and unwind with our partners, show them that you love them, or simply have a good old giggle.

Date days and expressions of love needn’t go out the window simply because money is a little tighter and kid-free nights are as scarce as an elephant in a supermarket (I love that visual!). It’s love and laughter that makes the world go round after all, so rekindling those magical moments doesn’t take time, simply a little creativity and a lot of love!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

  • A love letter
  • Bake their favourite cake
  • A massage (professional or at home by you)
  • Frame your favourite memory
  • An indoor plant (you could even make your own tin can planter!)
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A night off all parenting duties
  • A yummy home-cooked meal
  • A gift voucher (and the time to use it without the kids in tow)
  • A sleep in!
  • Clean their car for them
  • Flowers (of course!), and having them delivered is even more special!

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At-Home Date Ideas

  • Share a tub of ice-cream while watching a movie
  • Put on 80’s and 90’s music and dance around the lounge-room
  • Cook a fancy meal together
  • Board games with a cheeseboard and wine
  • Do a puzzle together
  • Have a wine and painting night together
  • Sort through old photos – it’s a great way to relive all your special moments
  • Eat by candlelight
  • Be a kid again and play online games like Mario Kart
  • Picnic in your backyard under the stars
  • Make a time capsule together – and then open it together 10 years from now!
  • Find a TV show to binge-watch together
  • Recreate a couples day-spa at home
  • Watch a stand-up comedy skit together
  • Go camping in the backyard
  • Give each other a massage
  • Pull out the kid’s Nerf guns and have a battle – or get the water pistols out in the backyard!
  • Watch a movie under the stars by taking a blanket, some pillows, and your iPad or laptop into the backyard
  • Have a few drinks and watch your favourite songs on youtube together

Day-Time Date Ideas

  • Fish and chips by the beach
  • Go bike riding (most cities offer a bike hire service)
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Go for a scenic bush walk
  • Catch a ferry and take in the view together
  • Morning tea at a coffee shop
  • Go to your local swimming pool
  • Let loose at a trampoline park
  • Visit a bookstore then read by the pool together
  • Pack some food and have a day at the beach
  • Go roller skating or ice skating
  • Fly kites
  • Go on a breakfast date (breaky often costs less)
  • Visit the museum or art gallery
  • Take a soccer ball or cricket bat to the park and play
  • Go fruit picking
  • Donate blood together
  • Do a gym class together
  • Get an ice-cream and just wander the streets together

Night-Time Date Ideas

  • Go out for dessert
  • Do karaoke (this can also be done at home if you’re feeling shy)
  • Go to a trivia night
  • Bingo – it’s actually a lot of fun!
  • Get kebabs and eat them in the park
  • Check what local events are on in your area (these are often free!)
  • Go for a long night-time walk around your neighbourhood or somewhere scenic
  • Meet at the movies and pretend you’re strangers on a first date
  • Listen to local live music
  • Go to a drive-in movie (they are often a lot cheaper, and you can take your own snacks)
  • Check out local stand-up comedy nights


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Kerryn Collins October 11, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Thanks for the dating ideas.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 14, 2019 - 1:51 PM

You’re very welcome Kerryn 🙂 Kat x

Heather February 13, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Oh this did make us laugh! We’re on a farm, so most of the ideas don’t apply anyway. I think our romantic time might be chasing the sheep in for shearing together.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Heather that sounds quite romantic to me 😉 Kat x


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