First dates come in all shapes and sizes, although Happy Hour, Coffee or Dinner first dates are the most common. They are so typical that it is delightful when something different is planned. The challenge about Happy Hours, coffee or dinner is that they require constant verbal interaction, which sometimes feels like an interview rather than a social event.
You might think that you can learn more from sitting and chatting than engaging in different kinds of activities together, but we think the reverse is true. Everyone knows first-dates are all about being on best behavior and saying just the right things. What that often means is that both people wind up providing standard answers - the ones prepared for on-the-fly questions - which rarely reveals much. The repartee and flirty responses are fun but can be saved after you know one another a bit better, right?
Our relationship experts developed a list of first date ideas that will expand your repertoire and ensure memorability. The ideas are not expensive, because getting to know someone doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Of course, no one's going to mind if you feel like throwing a little money around, just buy a little extra something for him/her while on the date as an added surprise. Make it something memorable.
Comedy clubs are one of our first date ideas. Most cities have their version of a comedy club, which creates an opportunity to learn more about your date's funny bone. The great thing about comedy clubs is that they feature a few comedians during one show. So if one comedian's bits aren't all that funny, it is pretty much guaranteed that at least one of the entertainers will find a way to make you both laugh out loud - hysterically. There is generally a small cover charge, a two-drink minimum and a small food menu, so it is sort of like a Happy Hour with jokes.
If you are a person who loves to have fun and laugh, this option is for you. The two of you will bond much faster finding your mutual bed of humor than hours of superficial chatting and interviewing.
Art Gallery Opening
It helps if you are both art enthusiasts, but even if you don't check out the local art gallery receptions and featured artists and can be the first stop of the evening. While there, enjoy the cocktails and appetizers while viewing the art that will surely bring up opinions from both of you. Having a conversation about the art you are viewing, will be entertaining. It will also reveal each person's preferences for classic, abstract, contemporary and other styles. It will also be an eye-opener about how each person handles a public event that can present hiccups along the way due to bar lines, parking, and crowds. If the party is not stimulating for long, stop off for dinner or cocktails elsewhere to discuss.
Playing miniature golf is another great first date idea. There is nothing worse than starting off a relationship competing with one another. But miniature golf is anyone's game and even golf pros won't have a big advantage while playing this fun course with a more amateur golfer. Games have a way of bringing out the worst in some people, as they want to win at all costs. Others just want to have fun and aren't invested in much more than seeing their date enjoy themselves. You will gain a few insights into his or her character while having fun.
Whether listening or having a go at singing, Karaoke Bars are always surprisingly fun. It is one of the greatest first date ideas for most people. Sometimes it takes a cocktail or two before either of you have enough nerve to get up on stage. And if you do, be prepared for everyone's reaction. You could surprise everyone and sing like a songbird or wind up piercing their ears... or somewhere in between. That goes for your date, as well - be prepared for anything. The whole evening should end up being a lot of laughs.
Picnic at the Beach (or Park)
Not all beach picnics are alike. We would like this one to be fun, not all about eating and chatting. So when you're selecting the location, consider setting up near a local Botanical Gardens, frisbee golf course, kayak rental or with room to throw around a ball. If you're not the athletic type, then toss other games in the basket, such as a deck of cards, a travel game or sand castle tools. The actual food and wine you pack should cover the bases and not be overly fancy. Be sure to take a few "couple selfies" that can be sent later to show you had a great time.
Before technology, it seems like the most common gifts given to men were ties, watches and slippers. But now, there are so many choices, it is difficult to decide exactly what to get Mr. Wonderful. Although he is wealthy enough to buy anything he wants for himself, he doesn't always have the time or the shopping acumen to get it done. That's where you come in.
Since most men don't like shopping, it leaves the world of gift-giving wide open. To make your hunt for the perfect gift go a little more smoothly, we've selected some of the most unique and interesting Millionaire Valentine's Day gifts for him around. If nothing else, are selections will give you a few ideas.
Now, selecting just the right sexy outfit for that special night is up to you. Give him a great gift and make it the most memorable evening you'll both remember for a long time.
Millionaire Valentine's Day Gifts for Him
The Trunk Club
Nordstrom recently purchased this popular brand intended to get your man to dress stylishly. It is basically a personal shopping service for men. You can determine the first trunk for your man by working with the stylist by phone or email and have it delivered prior to Valentine's Day. Although there are no subscription fees, it is a club where the recipient receives selection recommendations from their stylist every month, thereafter. If the man likes the styles, they are sent out with a 10-day try-on period. He can choose to keep or send back whatever works for him, as desired. Another great element of the club is that when returning items, postage is covered by a prepaid return label.
The advantages of this club is it allows men to shop without having to go into a store. It also allows them to receive personalized service that continues to learn their tastes, so that clothes shopping becomes a no-brainer.
Double-Walled Whiskey Glasses
Since this trendy new whiskey glass was highlighted at Askmen.com, we knew it was worth showing our readers. There are several brands and styles, such as these Pilatus Double Wall 8 oz. glasses, which come in a set of two. The double layer allows drinks to stay cold and prevents condensation; it also keeps hot drinks warm. The borosilicate glass is strong and lightweight. Every man would love a couple sets of these for his man-cave, without a doubt, as they spell "cool".
Up24 by Jawbone
For those who don't know how Jawbone works, it is basically a data tracker for fitness enthusiasts. The gadget can chart progress and keep track of important stats, such as how far one has gone throughout the day, sleep patterns and food intake. It works by syncing with an iPhone app. Although there are other companies that make similar gadgets, Jawbone is known for their high-quality Bluetooth devices and is reasonably priced.
Solid Gold Shoelaces
They are 24K gold, so that means these shoelaces are soft and pliable enough to act as sturdy replacements for the regular ones he has already laced up. They are so expensive ($19,000/pair) that they are delivered by security guards, especially if purchasing more than one set. Purchasers are limited to less than ten sets, as these woven gold laces are produced by hand, so supplies are limited.
18K Solid Gold Earbuds
These are truly for the man who has everything. Close to $15,000 a pair, these earbuds are extremely unique and are produced by hand in Stockholm, Sweden. Each earbud weighs about 25 grams and the sound quality is reported to be outstanding. Of course, the House of Solid Gold has a few other gift ideas up their sleeves, and many are perfect for your millionaire man, so happy shopping!
If 2015 has left you single and feeling alone, take heart, every new year is an untapped opportunity to find a new, even more lovable side of yourself. It takes guts and some effort to make the mental, emotional and possibly physical changes needed to attract love in 2016. But we know you can do it and we're behind you all the way.
Many love coaches will tell you to stop concentrating on finding love. It is said that when you look the other way is when you will find it. We, at MillionaireMatch, agree with that basic concept with one exception. Get your ducks in a row and make a few changes before taking that step. We've come up with the top five most important steps that will surely help you find true love in the coming year.
If you are one of those singles who think they have it going on but can't seem to find partners to match your hotness - think again. You may not be the person you think you are. So take a few minutes to review this checklist, see where you stand and recognize the fact that you, too, are not perfect and can afford to make changes.
Are you a good listener?
Do you talk about things that interest the other person?
Do you ask about the other person?
Do you complement your date's personal choices/lifestyle?
Do you focus on the present and the person you are with?
Have you ever updated updated your look?
Do you connect with your femininity (or masculinity if a man)?
Are you kind and considerate?
Are you prepared to have a great time?
Are you ready to do what it takes to make a great relationship?
If you answered no to any of those questions, we think it's high time you made some changes. If you don't know how and need a little help, we encourage you to talk to your most honest friend, relative or even seek help from a life coach. Making changes isn't always easy, but it is necessary all throughout life. Be the person you want to meet.
Now that you know what you need to change emotionally and mentally, how do you feel about yourself physically? Are you still wearing the same hairstyle? Have you updated your wardrobe to suit the new you? Is it time to pop into the cosmetic and fashion departments of your favorite store to get a little makeover? Believe us, updating your personal style will make you feel more attractive and confident. Confidence attracts. Period.
Expand Your Perfect Mate Checklist
Now, let's review that checklist you've been adding to all these years. You want the perfect mate and have little tolerance for imperfection. This is a common pitfall for both men and women. The truth is - no one is perfect. The trick is to ferret out the imperfections that you can live with without ongoing grief. Example: If you need to be with someone who is intelligent, can you cut someone a little slack if there are areas in which their intelligence does not shine? You have to give a little and find the person who will also tolerate any annoying habits you may have.
Set Your New Compass
Now that you have taken the time to review the situation in the way you experienced it in 2015, and made the necessary changes, it is time to set your compass to attract love in 2016. You are open, ready and willing to meet the partner that is going to make your head swoon. So stop worrying and use your newly enhanced confidence to know that your love is right around the corner. Now get out there so he/she can find you!
Did someone say, diamonds are a girl's best friend? Well, that is true to a large degree, but there are definitely other gifts that have the ability to warm the hearts of women everywhere. Candy, flowers, and diamonds are always welcome, but going the traditional route is no longer the only way. While some women prefer the traditional Hallmark image of Valentine's Day, other women are edgier and enjoy technology, gadgets, and gifts that fulfill their personal, passionate hobbies.
So today, we're going to present the créme-de-la-créme of gifts for attractive women, to make your Valentine's Day shopping a little easier. Take a look and let our ideas inspire you to find the most perfect gift that she might ever receive. The payoff will be worth it, as demonstrating thoughtfulness goes a long way with our typical Valentine.
1. Tiffany & Co. - Blue Box
Most women will admit it, almost anything from Tiffany's is a welcome gift. Once she gets a glimpse of the precious blue box with the famous Tiffany & Co. logo, her heart starts racing. It isn't that most are expecting an engagement ring to pop out, it is more about knowing that anything from Tiffany's is high quality and above the normal price range. However, guys - if you're going this route, don't cheap out and buy a key ring or the least expensive thing in the store. This is also the type of gift that is best accompanied by flowers, her favorite candy and a romantic evening out... or in.
2. Couples Massage
Most women love a spa day, but since this holiday is for couples - consider booking a couple's massage at a nearby spa. Or for a real treat, reserve a flight to a spa destination so the two of you can spend a couple days just relaxing and enjoying one another on every level. If you're not familiar with massages, keep in mind the reservation desk will ask what type of you would like, as it may require a different type of massage therapist. The most common is the Swedish massage - which is über relaxing. The other two most popular massages are Thai and Deep Tissue. The Deep Tissue is generally a bit painful, as it aims to wipe out any knots and stiff muscles the masseuse can feel in the body. The Thai massage has gained much popularity over the years and can be accomplished with clothes on. So if you're a clothes-off kind of guy who doesn't want this particular message to exude pain for either one of you, we recommend sticking with the Swedish for this holiday.
3. Dear Bowie Emilia Romper
This luscious romper is sexy and comfortable - which will encourage your honey to wear it often. The Dear Bowie designers are sisters from Montreal and they keep batting it out of the park with their designs that appeal to both sexes. Men love to admire their women who wear these 70s-retro-style rompers that manage to have a contemporary feel and women love to feel sexy while nothing is binding, such as undergarments.
4. Solid Gold Cell Phone Case
It might seem a little extravagant, but unless your partner consistently changes out her cell phone sizes, this gift is a sure hit. Solid gold means it is not inexpensive - but it is a gift that can last as a lifetime. There are also solid gold cases that are encrusted with diamonds or other precious jewels. Prices range from expensive to exorbitant - although if you do not buck up, imitations can always be found. For a little extra, consider having it inscribed.
5. Electric Bicycle
Electric bikes are the latest in fun fitness, as the rider can rely on the bike's power to pedal uphill or long distance when too tired. There are many shapes and sizes, but this iPhone-controlled Xkuty One has so many capabilities that others don't. This is made by Electric Mobility Company of Spain and it is advertised to use silent technology for the motor and is armed with an iPhone holder on the handlebar. When the app is downloaded, the rider has the option of using the phone to set maximum speed, acceleration styles, battery consumption and GPS navigation. And, the bike will call for help if the user has had an emergency. So you know you're giving her a safe adventure.