Date your best friend. No, not your significant other who’s like your best friend, but your platonic best friend. Intimacy between close friends is often treated like a fine line to prevent appearing like a couple or raising assumptions that you may be a couple, but unabashed best friend love is quite possibly the purest love that exists (new mothers may disagree, but anyhow). Everyone spends time with their friends and goes out with their friends, but take the time to plan something one-on-one. Here are five ideas for doing just that:
- Dress up nicely, go out to dinner, and then pay for their meal. Maybe even pick one restaurant and save that restaurant for just you and your best friend (my best friend and I go to a particular Italian restaurant together that we never go to with our other friends or with a group). If you don’t have the money to shell out for a fancy dinner, make one at home for the two of you.
- Go to a museum together. If they have a particular exhibit they’ve been dying to see, visit that exhibit one weekend and then visit an exhibit of your choice the next.
- Go grocery shopping together and buy them a dessert at the bakery counter. It’s a simple way to show them how much you appreciate them, even during more mundane outings.
- Make a date out of watching your favorite Netflix series together. Pop some popcorn, build a pillow fort, and turn off your phone for some quality time together.
- Picnic in the park. Make lunch together and then pack it up and head towards your nearest park. Whether it be a small park near your home or a national park that’s a short drive away, nothing beats a classic picnic.
Intimacy isn’t limited to romantic relationships, and dating your best friend is a great way to deepen your relationship and show your best friend how much you appreciate them. And even if you don’t have time for a full-blown date, just buying your best friend flowers or chocolate is a great way to show you care.