30 Guilty Pleasures to Bring You and a Loved One Closer Together
Being lazy. Being irresponsible. Forgoing moderation. Practiced regularly, these things are a recipe for disaster. But individually, and every now and then? A truly undeniable bonding experience. Here are 30 of our favorite guilty pleasures for couples.
#1. TV binge-watching marathon. God created Netflix for a reason. If you devote an entire weekend to "Breaking Bad" or "The Bachelor" (no judgment), all we ask is that you shower at least once.
#2. Playing hooky. Use this one sparingly and on a day when you'll both be able to truly enjoy yourselves, whether that means leaving just a light workload behind or waiting for the best possible weather (or the worst, depending on how you plan to spend the day!).
#3. Midnight fast food run. Taco Bell? Pizza Hut? You only live once. We don't suggest making a habit of it, but just this once, pick your poison and forget about it by the morning (if your intestines let you).
#4. Eating in bed. Crumbs in bed: not ideal — perhaps disgusting to some — but honestly, not the worst thing in the world. Kind of deliciously irresponsible every now and then, actually, as long as it's followed by a swift and thorough clean-up.
#5. Breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, bacon, eggs: What is it about breakfast food that makes dinner feel so wrong, but oh so right?
#6. Day at the amusement park. Who says two adults can't spend a day riding rollercoasters? How else are you supposed to feel like teenagers in love?
#7. Long, prune-inducing bath. Fill the tub and soak it up — as long as there's room for two.
#8. Shopping spree. Don't drag him to watch you try on shoes (unless he enjoys that sort of thing). Instead, settle on something you're both excited about (electronics, lingerie, ski gear) and set out for some retail therapy.
#9. Watching porn. Plenty of couples watch X-rated flicks to enhance their "experience." What goes on between you, your partner and your laptop is your business, and honestly, nothing to be ashamed of.
#10. Death by chocolate. Raw, Belgian, bittersweet — so many varieties to consume, so much pleasure to be had.
#11. Cheesy love songs on Spotify or Pandora. Phil Collins? George Michael? Barry Manilow? The key word here is "cheesy." Go big or go home (and remember to turn off your social sharing settings — or just let your freak flag fly).
#12. Karaoke. Belt out "Pour Some Sugar on Me," you crazy kids. Sing like no one's listening (and hope that no one is).
#13. Luxury hotel splurge. You may not be Beyonce and Jay Z, but you can certainly roll like them. Book a stay at a fancy hotel that caters to couples — even if it's just for one evening.
#14. A "dining experience." Speaking of busting your budget, there are restaurants, and then there are dining experiences — the kind where reservations are scarce and you plunk down a pretty penny in advance. Plan well, because many of these restaurants don't grant refunds for cancellations.
#15. Game night. Cards Against Humanity, anyone?
#16. Old photo albums. Hole up at home with old photo albums and take a stroll down each other's memory lanes.
#17. Face masks. Has he said he refuses to indulge in an at-home skin treatment? That's probably because he hasn't tried a cucumber and aloe mask. Call his bluff.
#18. Baking. A tray full of gooey chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven? This is a childhood-level guilty pleasure.
#19. Visit to the "toy" store. We're not talking FAO Shwartz.
#20. Pedicures. Real men get pedis. Throw in a 10-minute massage for good measure.
#21. Video games. Grand Theft Auto: not just for dudes anymore.
#22. Horror movies. Jumpy scares and crazy suspense are an amazing, adrenaline-rush of an excuse to get very, very close.
#23. A bottle of wine — each. (Or two.) This is wine: Please don't hold back.
#24. Springing for a second movie at the theater. Why do you have to pick just one? Especially during Oscar season. Or during the summer when you want to take advantage of free A.C. Or anytime, really.
#25. Naked Sundays. Good enough for Christina Aguilera and her former husband, good enough for you.
#26. Expensive bedding. 1000-thread-count Egyptian cotton. Satin. Beechwood. Whichever fabric you prefer, luxurious bedding changes the entire experience.
#27. Champagne and caviar. Live like the other half tonight.
#28. People watching. Better than just watching, make up a scenario for each person who walks by. "The next person who walks by was your spouse in another life." "The next couple who walks by met at a swingers' club."
#29. Dance party. Crank it up, let it all hang out, repeat.
#30. Velveeta. There's a shortage of your favorite guilty-pleasure food. Run, don't walk, to stock up on this ooey, gooey, cheesy delight.