I Took My Crush on Our First Spa Date—Here's How It Went Down

Before you call me dramatic for being nervous about a couples massage, hear me out: Figuring out what to gift someone with during the in-between stage of meeting and dating is so hard. Especially when you don't want to go the basic route of, like, a scent or an item of clothing. Lately, material gifts have run their course with me, and I've come to appreciate experiential gifts more and more. Nowadays, I love putting people on to an experience they've always wanted to try but never had the opportunity to. I get massages regularly—it's a form of self-care that I take very seriously. It's also a really personal experience. During my massages, I meditate, pray, and get lost in my thoughts. This is all to paint a quick picture.

So the birthday of the guy I'm dating was quickly approaching, and I had absolutely no idea what to get him. I was racking my brain and stressing out, so I called together a mini brainstorm with my closest friends. We sat on my couch and started throwing out ideas.