While the focus of the holidays tends to be on shopping, wrapping, and more shopping, it's crucial to remember that the season is actually about spending time with the people you love. Though normally that means your family, there's no reason that the holidays can't also be a good time for dating — you just need some great date ideas that fit in with the holiday season.
"For any couple, setting aside time that's dedicated to them is critical for the relationship," clinical psychologist Dr. Josh Klapow, host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tells Bustle. That's especially true during busy and stressful times — like the holidays. Whether you've been together a long time or you're still getting to know each other, it's important to make time to see each other — if possible — during the holiday season. So if you want to escape the stress and consumerism of Black Friday, there are plenty of ways to spend the day that have nothing to do with shopping. In fact, there can be something lovely about spending quality time with someone you care about while everyone else is busy hunting for deals.
So here are some Black Friday date ideas that have nothing to do with shopping — because there's so much else you can do with the day.