Time flies when you’re having fun, so it's no surprise that you and your S.O. are about to celebrate another 12 months together. If you're seemingly always going out to the same restaurants, it probably doesn’t seem very special to celebrate with dinner (unless you secured a reservation at the coolest place in town). To help save you from another year of borderline boring anniversary plans, we've rounded up some of the best under-the-radar things to do instead.
From sexy salsa lessons to spontaneous road trips to dreamy merry-go-round rides, we've got you covered with fun date ideas that are sure to liven up your annual celebration. Keep scrolling for inspired ways to keep the spark alive on your anniversary. We've got you covered with creative ways to embrace romance (minus the cringe factor). Now, all that's left to do is pop a bottle of bubbly and raise your glasses to another wonderful year together. Cheers!
Salsa-dance the night away with a private lesson. What better way to heat things up?
Have a cook-off at home: One person cooks dinner, and the other’s on dessert duty. Whoever’s recipe turns out best doesn’t have to do the dishes.
Plan to make each other homemade gifts this year. That means no expensive jewelry or pricey material things. Give something from the heart like a photo album of memories or an original poem.
Host a party with friends and family. An anniversary is a perfect excuse to gather up loved ones for a cocktail party or dinner party hosted by the happy couple.
Attend a local mixology class so you can learn to whip up little-known cocktails. How’s that for a party trick?
Rent out a private room at a karaoke bar—and woo your partner with your singing skills (or lack thereof).
Head to a rooftop bar or restaurant to celebrate your love with a spectacular view. What could be more romantic than that?
Spend the evening reminiscing. Look through old photos, videos, and love letters to remember how you started out and take stock of how far you've come.
Book a room at the chicest hotel in town for a mini staycation. Don’t forget the bubbly, rose petals, and all that good stuff.
Rewind and re-create your first date—whether it’s been six months or six years, there’s no better way to remember the good old days.
Head to the outdoors for an adventure. If you live in the mountains, embark on a hike. If you're close to the beach, hit the sand for a day of sun.
Keep it simple. Busy days mean you need to slow down and appreciate the little things. If your day falls during the week, enjoy breakfast in bed before rushing off to work.
Pick a romantic piece of art to re-create at Paint Nite (don’t forget to BYOB)—then hang the masterpiece as a remembrance.
Sign up for a cooking class to take your culinary skills to the next level and learn something new together.
Stay in. Order your favorite takeout, grab a bottle of wine, and share good conversation with one another right at home.
Make it really special by getting dressed up as if you were headed out to a hot new restaurant.
Take a week to write mini toasts to each other, then share them on your special day.
Pack a picnic of all your favorite foods as a couple, and enjoy them at the park (if it’s raining, the living room floor will totally do).
Relax at a spa together. Book a few couples treatments at a nearby retreat and enjoy some rejuvenating downtime with one another.
Go camping. For an outdoorsy couple, what could be more romantic than a night spent in the wilderness in a cozy tent beneath the stars. It's the perfect excuse unplug and reconnect.
Find a drive-in movie theater and catch a flick—is there anything cuter than cozying up in your car?
Book flights to your favorite beach destination (be sure to turn on your out-of-office message).
Set sail on a sunset boat ride. If you're lucky enough to live by the beach or a lake, this makes for a seriously romantic evening.
Skip the spa and give each other relaxing massages. It's a fun, intimate activity that you'll both love.
Head out on a spontaneous road trip and see where the drive takes you.
Catch your favorite type of live music—jazz, rock, classical, or whatever makes your heart skip a beat.
Hire a professional to your photos. Pick a meaningful location to snap a few shots of you and your love. You can look back on the final prints year after year.
Draw a bubble bath and spend the evening soaking together. Set the mood by lighting candles, playing soft music, and popping a bottle of bubbly.
Go for a couples bike ride around town, stopping at all your favorite spots along the way for coffee, ice cream, you name it.
Find an old-fashioned merry-go-round and take a romantic ride.
Head to a vineyard or even a local wine shop for a bit of wine tasting. Go big and plan a trip to Napa or Sonoma or keep it simple and stay local. Either way, the romantic beverage will have you and your S.O. feeling the love.
Renew your vows. If you're celebrating a wedding anniversary, why not make this year truly special and recommit your devotion to one another with a ceremony? Keep it small or invite all of your friends and family.
Hit up a comedy club—the couple that laughs together stays together.
Have someone to pick an activity for you. Join DateBox to get a fun date idea delivered straight to your door (ideas include a couples scavenger hunt and sushi making).
Go skydiving or bungee jumping together. It's a great way to cross something off of your bucket list and take a leap of faith.
This story was originally published on May 16, 2017, and has since been updated.