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Unique Date Ideas for Every Type of Relationship

Dating Tips
Written by Lilia Ortiz

We are all one-of-a-kind and our relationships are no different. Whether you’re in a long-distance, long-term, polyamorous, new or pre-exclusive relationship, going on a unique date is sure to improve your bond with your partner or partners.

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A report released by the National Marriage Project found that couples that spend time together at least once a week have higher levels of commitment and communication. Furthermore, the study also found that non-traditional dates are the most beneficial for couples.


We are all one-of-a-kind and our relationships are no different. Whether you’re in a long-distance, long-term, polyamorous, new or pre-exclusive relationship, going on a unique date is sure to improve your bond with your partner or partners.

Pre-Exclusive Relationship

It’s difficult to come up with an ideal date idea if you’re both still exploring your options. Since pre-exclusive relationships haven’t advanced to the commitment stage yet, keep the dates casual and, by all means, avoid splurging. Going out for coffee or on a morning run together will let him or her know you’re interested but won’t make you seem too available. Pre-exclusive relationship outings should be two things: simple and quick. Wait on the longer romantic dates until he’s ready for something serious, suggests Elite Daily.

New Relationship

Everything is exciting when you’re in the first stage of a relationship. Fortunately, you don’t have to roll out the red carpet to get to know your partner better. Simple date ideas such as going on a picnic, visiting a used bookstore or attending a music festival are all great (and inexpensive) ways to help your new relationship grow. Avoid the cliché dinner and a movie date and, instead, choose an outing that encourages conversation.

Long-Distance Relationship

Skype is your best friend when you’re in a long-distance relationship. However, that’s not the only way to enjoy spending time with your sweetheart when he or she is miles away. Plan date nights that are interactive. For example, playing a co-op, multi-player video game, such as Lego Marvel Super Heroes or Watch Dogs on the interactive PlayStation 4 can be a great way to feel closer to one another in a long-distance relationship. Plus, the whole “us” against “them” creates an unforgettable bonding moment.

Long-Term Relationship

Chances are you’re running out of date ideas if you’ve been in the same relationship for awhile. The best way to bring back the spark is to add an element of surprise or newness to a date. Get creative and make a date night idea jar with a Mason jar, markers and a few Popsicle sticks, recommends Personal Creations. As a couple, brainstorm date ideas that range in price and color-coordinate them accordingly. Then, randomly choose an idea when you’re in a dating rut. Dates can range from enjoying the sunset together to taking a trip to the zoo to going on a stay-cation.

Polyamorous Relationships

We’re a non-judgmental bunch here at Identity Magazine. And, since “more than two” relationships are becoming quite common, it’s only appropriate that we mention poly couples. In fact, there are an estimated half a million polyamorous families in the U.S., reports Newsweek. Non-conventional couples will enjoy non-conventional date ideas, such as going on a hike and connecting with nature or playing a round of nighttime miniature golf. The idea here is to choose an activity that accommodates all partners involved.

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About the author

Lilia Ortiz

Lilia Ortiz is a freelance writer, graphic design student and bookworm with three years of writing and editing experience, particularly on lifestyle, design and tech topics. She edited Pax the Polar Bear, a children's book on global warming.

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