- by Elliott Bailey
- Filed under Cheap dates, Love language: Gifts, Love language: Time, Outdoor Fun, Top 10.
This date activity gets you outdoors and is a total surprise!
$2 is for the present. $1 is for the packet of chalk that makes it a magic date night!
Head to the store and get the nicest chocolate bar you can for $2 as well as a $1 packet of chalk
Use the chalk to make a trail of arrows and hide the present at the end
She thinks you’re just going for a walk/jog – in reality she’s following the clues you’ve left until she finds the little something you’ve left her at the end!
Along the way she’s going to see her name and some nice notes on the pavement – and she will know that everyone else saw them too
Makes her feel one in a million!
You only need 2 things for this date idea – chalk and a nice block of chocolate. This inexpensive date list should come in at about $3 all up
It’s nice to wrap a present so if you don’t have anything at home like white printer paper you could also buy a piece of wrapping paper – you’re still less than $4 in total!
Making it look nice is one of the things that turns a cheap present into a nice one. Here’s two alternatives:
Normal wrapping paper, white printer paper or brown paper turn chocolate into a present! The brown paper is handy in your Date Stash too
Add a romantic note on the inside of the wrapper for some easy flare – cheap can still be awesome!
Cut a 1/3 inch (1cm) fabric strip and wrap it around the gift for extra uniqueness. Check out my Gift Wrapping Guide for more details
For that finishing touch you can grab a Wax Seal Kit! I bought a set years ago and have used it ever since! Totally worth the $$ since they make any present look totally unique!
Next up you want to head out and leave her a chalk trail on the sidewalk to follow!
There’s no hard and fast rules but you probably want to leave an arrow or mark very 30 or so steps so they’re easy to find
Just dropping an arrow on the pavement is the easiest way but you can make it more special by:
This is a fun idea which add another layer to the date
When you’ve eventually chalked clues all the way to where you want to end up draw a circle and leave any extra chalk in it. Then write a note saying Continue The Love… or something similar
Someone else might see your clues, follow them to the end, and then keep going with their own trail
If they do you can both follow theirs when you return for some more fun
Stash the present near the end where someone wont randomly walk past and find it
Think of a clue that hints where it is like I’m hidden among all the bushes if there’s a garden nearby. When you get to the goal just drop the hint and she gets to have some fun searching for it
Make it a surprise! If there’s no surprise then she’s just following chalk and finding a block of chocolate. There has to be that moment where she stops in her tracks trying to work out what’s going on
Here’s some creative ways of getting her out of the house without letting the cat out of the bag:
This real life treasure hunt is an Arrgh-venture they’ll never forget! The guide includes step by step instructions for crafting an authentic map, stashing the loot and having a blast together!
There’s even a printable map template to make it easy to prep!
When you get to the start of the trail she may not see it straight away. This is ok as when she does it’s an even bigger How did I miss the giant chalk message! and a lot of fun for both of you. Just make sure there’s a pretty noticeable chalk mark with her name in it close to the beginning
When she finds the trail let her take charge and find the way to the end. When you get there someone may have continued the sidewalk trail for you but before you keep going give her the clue for where the present is
Lastly there’s no time like now so chill out somewhere and enjoy the present!
Even though this is a cheap date idea it’s still fun and romantic because:
The chalk all over the sidewalk it likely to get some great chit chat going but here’s a few rounds to keep the action going:
You could obviously spend a lot more $$ on this date, by adding a nice breakfast or an expensive present, however some of the best things in life are (almost) free. Why not try out some of these cheap ideas to add some more magic to this date:
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