by Girl TylerFirst dates can be awkward. Rekindling an old flame is a gamble. Keeping the spark alive requires work on both parts. You don’t have to break the bank to invest in love, no matter your current relationship status. Keep an open heart, open mind, and consider this list of thoughtful, summer-inspired date ideas. Pull out your new sundress that you’ve been dying to wear since 2020 and pair it with your favorite Issa Statement Mini Satchel Bag, then cool off with your sweetie for a series of unforgettable summer dates. Wake up super early on the weekend for a day of thrifting at yard sales or the flea market. Compile a list of must-read books, then hit up a bookstore. Pack lunches and care packages, then distribute them to your homeless neighbors in need. Volunteer at a charitable organization near and dear to your hearts. Go to a local open mic comedy show. Get in tune with Mother Nature and embark on a nature trail. (Kick it up a notch if you’re feeling adventurous and make it a camping trip.) Make a scrapbook of special memories from your relationship. Rent a bike or scooter and cruise around your favorite spots in the city. Plan a museum trip. Turn your home into a day spa and enjoy a day of self-care rituals together. Be a kid again and go wild at the arcade. Get your Quincy and Monica on for a game of one-on-one basketball. Go fruit-picking. Hit up a food truck. Enjoy an outdoor concert series and make it a weekly ritual. Organize an outdoor potluck with other couples. Sign up for an outdoor workout class. Start a garden together. Throw it back to your childhood and show off your moves at the skating rink. Take a swimming class together. Indulge your sweet tooth for an ice cream date. Grab lawn chairs and a blanket for a movie night under the stars.