Teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolates, and rose bouquets. These items may be synonymous with Valentine's Day, but they're not exactly original. Valentine's Day has a reputation of being a commercial or 'Hallmark Holiday', but it's always nice to show your partner how much they mean to you. Avoid the obvious this February 14th and give something that showcases your relationship's uniqueness.
The key to a romantic gift is to bring it back to your partner and your relationship. Make it something meaningful and personal. This means it doesn't have to be expensive - it's the emotional weight that really counts.
Go on a special date night.
It doesn't have to be the fanciest restaurant in town. In fact, it probably shouldn't be. Go somewhere uniquely special to you: the place you first met or had your first kiss, for example. If you've been together a long time, you could make an adventure or scavenger hunt out of it. Not to worry if your relationship is still fresh: score points by taking them somewhere they've wanted to visit (pay close attention to any upcoming conversations). It could be a new food place or a new activity.
Make a calendar or scrapbook.
Fill it with your special dates and memories - firsts are always helpful! Besides being able to reflect on your happiest and most special moments whenever you like, it will also provide the perfect excuse to celebrate those memories and create new date nights.
Tell them exactly why you love them.
Write them a love letter or fill up a notebook/post-it pad with reasons of why you love them. We often say 'I love you' but don't have the time to elaborate. Think of every big and little reason, from personality traits to physical features to quirky habits.
Make them a playlist.
No mixtape required! If you have a streaming service like Spotify, it's easy to compile your favorite romantic songs into a single playlist. If you're not the best at expressing yourself verbally, music is an excellent way to convey your feelings.
Create a date box.
Keep your romance alive and well long after Valentine's Day has passed with a date box. Maybe you already do a weekly/monthly date night. Show your dedication by filling up a box with date night ideas.
Romantic gifts like these prove that it's the thought that really counts. But no-one ever got hurt from a gift made out of chocolate.
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