Winter is cold, it's blustery, and it's grey. Summer can give you and your partner the free trips to the park that you want, but by the time February rolls around, you could easily be broke from spending every date night buying dinner and movie tickets. If you're looking for free couples activities to do this winter, look no further than your own home. With a little bit of thrift and a lot of resourcefulness, you and your partner can have tons of shared experiences that enrich you and bring you closer together, without having to spend a single extra dime.
If you don't believe me, think about all the things people normally do when they hunker down for the winter. I don't mean spending every day with your covers up to your chin watching Netflix in bed. (Although, I do love doing that). I mean doing things like cooking elaborate stews, cuddling up with a good book, learning a new skill, or even knitting. You might not be spending as much time outside, but that doesn't mean that winter can't be a delight for the both of you. So if you're looking for free things to do as a couple this winter, try these classic ways to pass the time.
1. Have A Book Club For Two
As an alternative to starting a new TV show — which is fun, but can also make you feel like a couch potato after a few hours — you and your partner can read the same book this winter. Reading the same book means that you don't have to wait for one another to watch the next episode on Netflix, either. You can read at your own pace throughout the month and then get together to talk about it. If you want to expand your social circle — which is always a great thing for couples to do — try to get some friends and co-workers to join in. You can still have your own private little conversations about what you're reading, and you'll get to entertain as a couple, too. And you don't have to spend a fortune on Amazon to do it. If you live in a city, you can usually request multiple copies of a book from different libraries and check it out for free.
2. Do A Skills Share
Is your partner amazing at hanging shelves, but you don't know how to swing a hammer? Or maybe you're an incredible baker, but when your partner cooks, they constantly use sugar instead of salt. Try giving one another at-home classes so that you can both gain new skills and have fun in the process. Teach your partner how to make five different meals, and in return, they can finally teach you how to find a stud in your wall.
Don't have any interest in learning what your partner already knows? There's nothing stopping you both from acquiring a new skill together. Look up some YouTube videos on bike repair and spend a day together figuring out how to winterize your bikes. Or brush off the guitar that's sitting in the corner and start working on your first joint EP release. With a little ingenuity, your apartment can be your oyster, and you'll never have to spend money in the cold outside again.
3. Feel Good Together
Winter is hard on your body. The dry air makes your skin crack, your skin gets wan from lack of sun, and you don't need arthritis to feel more aches and pains when the temperatures drop. That's why it's important to take extra special care of your body in the winter, and there's no reason why you and your partner can't do it together.
You can start by pulling up YouTube, cranking up the heat in your room, and rolling out the mats to have an at-home hot yoga session. Just 30 minutes will get your blood pumping enough to warm you up. Afterward, you can spend time clearing your minds together in a quiet meditation. Draw a bath for you to take together. Then, you can paint each others' nails, dye your hair, or even have a massage session with some nice lotion. It's probably the most soothing date night you can imagine, and I bet you have everything you need for it right at home.
This winter, you won't have to set foot in the cold or spend extra money on indoor activities to spend quality time with your partner. If you really burrow into your love nest, you'll find lots of free, cozy ways to spend time together indoors until it's finally spring again.
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