11 Date Night Boxes For When The Dinner & Movie Routine Is Getting Stale

Time to retire the takeout and Netflix.
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Jamie Cuccinelli the knot writer and wedding expert
Jamie Cuccinelli
Jamie Cuccinelli the knot writer and wedding expert
Jamie Cuccinelli
Senior Editor, Sex & Relationships
  • Jamie is a Senior Editor for The Knot where she oversees all sex and relationship editorial content.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, she worked with an array of digital publications that include Brides, The Zoe Report, Bustle and MyDomaine.
  • Jamie graduated with a degree in English and Media, Culture & Communications from New York University.
Updated Jul 31, 2023
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While sharing things like favorite TV shows and restaurants is part of what makes your relationship so special, if your regular date night routine could use a bit of a boost, try something out-of-the-box (figuratively speaking, of course). We're talking about a date night box subscription—which comes with all that you need to create a unique date night right from home.

Available as both one-off purchases and monthly subscription services, date night boxes offer the opportunity to try something new with your partner while nurturing your relationship and, oh yeah, having fun too. With goodies like creative activities, recipes and conversation prompts, the supplies and surprises you'll find inside your date night box will have you breaking out of what you ordinarily do together and bring new adventure to your relationship.

Ready to try something new? Below, see our favorite date night subscriptions, from a DIY crime-solving experience to date-in-a-box full of mood-enhancing products and sex toys.

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The Best Date Night Subscription Boxes For Couples

    Best Overall: The Adventure Box

    The Adventure Box date night subscription box
    Photo: The Adventure Challenge

    Inspired by The Adventure Challenge's Couples Edition activity book, which prompts couples to scratch off unique date "challenges," this creative subscription box delivers curated supplies meant to elevate DIY date experiences. Wondering what kinds of activities you'll unbox? Think: a Titanic-inspired body painting session, a s'mores night or hand-stamping leather journals together. There are nine total boxes that complement dates found in the bestselling book, so you can have a unique and memorable date night every month for nearly a year.

    Best Digital Option: The InBox by The Modern Love Box

    The InBox digital date night subscription by The Modern Love Box
    Photo: Modern Love Box

    Those looking for an affordable option or want to cut down on clutter should consider The InBox. This digital date night subscription provides couples with tips for communication and relationship-strengthening activities, plus a monthly digital date download that'll have you connecting on a deeper level. And with all of that delivered straight to your inbox, there's no need to stress over shipping.

    Best Personalizable Option: Happily

    Happily date night subscription box
    Photo: Happily

    When planning dates, you take each other's personal tastes into account—so why shouldn't you expect your date night subscription box to do the same? Happily earns one of our top spots by offering a customizable experience to subscribers. When you first sign up, you'll take a questionnaire that'll detail your and your love's interests, personalities and even dietary requirements. Happily will then curate date night boxes based off of your preferences. As a bonus, you'll also score access to Happily's digital content, which includes additional date ideas, playlists, guided discussions and more.

    Most Unique: Uncommon Goods

    Unique date night subscription box by Uncommon Goods
    Photo: Uncommon Goods

    If you and your partner are already fans of the unique gifts sold by Uncommon Goods, you'll love the company's date night subscription for couples. Choose between three or six months of date ideas, then delight in the all-inclusive boxes that arrive at your door, like a paint-by-shadow activity and (our favorite) a chocolate lava cake kit. Your first order is shipped as soon as you check-out, then your next box will ship 30 days later.

    Best Themes: Date Night In Box

    Date night subscription box from Date Night In
    Photo: Cratejoy

    If you and your S.O. are self-proclaimed homebodies, you'll love Date Night In's date nights in a box. The service delivers a fun monthly activity (that's not takeout and a movie), designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of home. Each date box is centered around a specific theme that's meant to foster connection with your significant other. Past boxes include "Vegas Nights," which offered a casino-level thrill without leaving the living room, and "Sensing More," an audio-guided exploration of the five senses' influence on romance. Each package includes mood-setting accessories, delicious snacks and other add-ons that help you go all out for a night in. Date Night In Box ships between the 16th and the 21st of each month, and you can buy a one-time box or pre-purchase regular deliveries.

    Best for Crafting: Pottery Date Night Box for Two

    Pottery date night in box from Etsy
    Photo: TheCraftSocietyUK

    Don't be shy about getting crafty! This date night box is a one-time purchase that offers the opportunity to create something special with your partner. Inside you'll find all the necessary supplies for making DIY pottery pieces, including clay, sculpting tools and sealant. You'll also receive conversation cards and beverages to complete the date. That's it: Time to channel Ghost.

    Best for Foodies: Blue Apron

    Cooking subscription box from Blue Apron
    Photo: Blue Apron

    Couples who cook together stay together, right? Connect over amazing food (and never argue about whose turn it is to go to the grocery store) with a Blue Apron subscription. Designed to make cooking at home easier and more exciting, each box comes complete with pre-portioned, fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make delicious recipes. Together, you'll have a chance to try new dishes and flavors, like seared yellowtail with creamy dijon sauce and spicy zucchini quesadillas. You can choose to have anywhere from two to four boxes delivered each week with plenty of customization options, too. (Vegetarian? Sharing with kids? There are personalized options to meet your foodie needs.)

    Best for Cocktail Aficionados: Shaker & Spoon

    Cocktail subscription box from Shaker & Spoon
    Photo: Shaker & Spoon

    Do you normally take your partner out to a nice cocktail bar for date night? Be your own bartender with a subscription box that'll shake up your usual routine. Shaker & Spoon delivers everything you need (besides the liquor) to make artisanal cocktails right at home—which also means you can safely tip one back without worrying about driving. Each box comes with four recipes and enough ingredients for four servings of each, so you can mix up a new drink every Friday night. We like the sound of this new date night tradition!

    Best for Sex: Seductive Pleasure

    Seductive Pleasure adult subscription box
    Photo: Cratejoy

    Spark new romance in the bedroom with an adult subscription box like Seductive Pleasure. Each month, you'll receive a shipment filled with pleasurable products for added intimacy and exploration like lingerie, body oils and sensual toys. Simply choose your box preferences, including the subscription duration, then wait for your monthly surprise. Whether you're dating, engaged or married, this box offers a great way to experiment and discover new sexy finds you may not have tried otherwise.

    Best for True Crime Fans: Hunt A Killer

    Murder mystery date night subscription box from Hunt a Killer
    Photo: Hunt A Killer

    If you're looking for a date subscription box that'll really keep you up at night, check out this hauntingly good delivery service. Hunt A Killer is exactly what it sounds like: Each month for six months, you'll be sent clues surrounding a murder mystery. Together, you and your partner will examine the evidence and try to solve the crime. (It's a great date night idea if your go-to show is NCIS or Criminal Minds!)

    Best for Games: Finders Seekers

    Escape room subscription box from Finders Seekers
    Photo: Cratejoy

    A fun twist for couples who love a good board game night, each Finders Seekers subscription box delivers escape room challenges right to your door. Every month, you and your partner get to explore a new place and culture while cracking codes and solving puzzles with exciting challenges. While it's recommended for ages 10 and up, they're not easy feats. Each box takes between two and four hours to finish. Stumped? There's even a Facebook group ready to lend a hand. It ships on the 23rd of every month, and you can choose between a one-time date night box or a three-, six- or 12-month subscription.

    What Are Date Night Subscription Boxes?

    Date in a box, you ask? It's not as weird as it sounds! These packages take the planning out of planning date night by providing you with all of the details and must-have supplies. Want to solve a true crime-inspired mystery together? Or try your hands at mixology? There's a date night subscription box for that.

    What's Included In Date Night Subscription Boxes?

    Each date night subscription box includes relationship-building activities and products that you and your partner can enjoy together. This may include ingredients and a recipe for a home-cooked dish for two, supplies to craft DIY gifts or conversation starters and guided discussions to help bring you closer.

    How Much Do Date Night Subscription Boxes Cost?

    Date night boxes vary in cost, meaning there are plenty of options suitable for a range of budgets. The prepacked goodies on this specific list range from $33 (Finders Seekers) to just under $95 (Pottery Date Night Box for Two) for a one-time delivery—but you'll often save money per box by purchasing a longer subscription upfront. We've also included a virtual date night subscription (The Inbox), which clocks in at an affordable $12 per month.

    How We Picked Our Favorites

    With so many available options, it can be hard to determine which is the best of the best (and thus, worth your money). So, when curating our selection of the top-tier date-in-a box subscriptions, we considered factors like price point and value, bestsellers and standout features—such as unique dates and activities.

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