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Equip: 12 Date Night Essentials, Week of September 14th

Whether you’re getting back into the dating scene or rekindling a years-long relationship, date night is something you should look forward to. It’s the perfect time to get to know your partner better and keep that fiery passion burning bright. After all, a relationship can go stale quickly if you run out of fun things to do together. 

If you’re looking to try something new and reignite the romance, make sure you have a few of these essentials on hand for your next date night. 

1. Phase 10 

If you’re looking for a new card game to play on date night, try Phase 10. It’s a mix between Rummy and Uno that makes for a fun and exciting evening full of laughs and friendly competition. Complete various phases with sets and runs of cards before advancing to the next round. 

$9.99 from Amazon

2. Datebox Club Subscription

Get fun and flirty with a monthly Datebox subscription. Each box contains a fun activity to create deeper connections and encourage you to try new things together. From decorating mugs to facing off in a hot sauce challenge, this box is bound to make some memories. 

$39.95 from Datebox Club

3. “Date Night In” Cookbook

Rekindle some romance in the kitchen with the “Date Night In” cookbook. Roast, mix, dice and saute your way to a more intimate relationship and try out some new recipes along the way. Fill your hearts and your bellies with everything from fennel-crusted lamb chops to dulce de leche and make dinner at home fun again. 

$13.69 from Target

4. Bananagrams 

This game includes ceramic tiles that come in a banana-shaped case, and gameplay is reminiscent of Scrabble. Race against each other to build crossword grids. The first person to use all their letter tiles wins and claims ultimate Banagram bragging rights. Be sure to have a pencil and paper handy if you want to play several rounds and keep score. 

$13.99 from Amazon

5. Sensual Massage Oil

If you’re having trouble putting your emotions into words, try using your hands. This sensual massage oil allows you to communicate your appreciation for your SO while helping them relieve tension after a long day at work. The long-lasting formula glides smoothly and contains almond, jojoba and lavender oil for a relaxing, sensual experience you’ll both love.

$12.95 from Amazon   

6. Heart-Shaped Tea Light Candles

Set the mood with some heart-shaped tea lights. This pack of 50 candles is perfect for a date night bubble bath, romantic dinner or even a movie night. Each candle will burn for about one and a half hours and is available in four different colors.

$12.59 from Amazon

7. Wine of the Month Club Subscription

What better way to spend an evening than sipping wine and engaging in some amorous conversation? A subscription to Wine of the Month Club ensures you have at least two bottles of wine to enjoy together each month. Every shipment also contains a newsletter with cellaring suggestions, recipes, history and more. 

$39 from WOMC

8. ROYAMY Bamboo Cheese Board Set

Complete your wine night with a charcuterie board full of crackers, meats, cheeses, jams and dips. This bamboo cheese board set has enough space for it all and even comes with two ceramic olive bowls, a knife holder and cheese knives with bamboo handles. 

$29.99 from Amazon

9. Panlen Large Picnic Blanket

 

If you really want to impress your date, grab a picnic blanket and head to the nearest park with your wine and cheese spread. This extra-large blanket is waterproof, sandproof and is incredibly resistant to rips and tears. Plus, it’s comfortable to sit on and easy to clean. 

$23.99 from Amazon 

10. OYS Telescope AZ70400

Take your lover stargazing with this quality OYS telescope. With a 400 mm focal length, multicoated optical glass and 70 mm aperture, this portable scope produces stunning images of the moon, stars, planets and everything in between. Use the phone adapter to capture what you see through the telescope. 

$99.99 from Amazon

11. J Mark Art Canvas Paint Set Supplies

Get artsy with a canvas paint set. This particular kit comes with two canvases, a wooden easel, six paint colors, three brushes, a palette and a mixing guide. Follow a Bob Ross tutorial or use your imaginations to create your own masterpieces. 

$17.95 from Amazon

12. Love Language: The Card Game

Sometimes, the best date nights consist of long talks and lots of eye contact. This card game encourages both, allowing you to explore and deepen your relationship without things getting too serious. Simply pick a card, read the question and get to know your significant other like never before. 

$24.95 from Amazon

Finding Common Ground

When it comes to planning the perfect date, the key is to find activities you’ll both enjoy. In the beginning, this may require some trial and error, but eventually, you’ll discover common interests.

For now, don’t be afraid to try something new. Adventure is what keeps the spark alive.

Oscar Collins