Updated on May 28th, 2018
Valentine’s Day has become a totally over commercialised mess — but it’s still the perfect opportunity to let little romantic gestures shine. And who couldn’t use a chance to celebrate love in their life a little more?
Some might dream of a large bouquet of roses, and others might picture a beautiful candlelit dinner to boots your romance. While each of those options are incredibly kind gestures of love, it does not have to be so planned, or expensive. Here are fourteen simple yet lovely ways to express your feelings to the one who matters most.
1. Plan a surprise outing
Start with dinner at your partner’s favorite restaurant, then reveal tickets to a show or sports game.
2. Have a romantic photo session
Have a romantic/sexy photo session done together or have sexy pictures taken of yourself and make a private album for your partner.
3. Have a talk about the future
Have a talk about the future and let him/her know that he/she is a part of it (even if you’re married, this is a nice reminder).
4. Explore your adventurous sides together
Do something daring that neither of you have tried before, such as bungee jumping or skydiving. The experience will bring you closer.
5. Tell his/her family
Tell his/her family how smart you think he/she is during conversation. Reminding your partner you’re on their side is essential.
6. Write your Valentine a note
Write your Valentine a note about the small yet perfect aspects of their personality that make them so special to you. Record all of the things that they do daily to make you smile. Discuss how they have molded you to be better in all aspects of your life. Last but not least, write about how you are slowly falling in love with every part of their being.
7. Do not initiate small talk
That is never really acceptable, but especially not on Valentine’s Day. You certainly do not have to play 20 Questions with your special someone, but take the time to share in a meaningful conversation. Ask your Valentine deep, meaningful questions. Make it your personal goal to learn one thing about your loved one that you did not previously know before.
8. Don’t be afraid to express how you truly feel.
Overcome that little voice in your head slowly trying to talk you out of it. Follow your heart and listen to your gut. They never lie.
9. Compliment your sweetheart.
Of course you can always let your girl know that her dress is stunning, and your boyfriend deserves an acknowledgement of his hair, but make sure your compliments extend past physical characteristics. Remind your Valentine that they are strong. Make sure they know what a beautiful mind they have. Physical compliments are always reassuring, but intellectual compliments―those truly strike the soul.
10. Create a playlist of some rad songs
Create a playlist of some rad songs you and your Valentine love most. Fun music is always perfect, but especially when you’re nervous. Just make sure you include gangsta rap. You cannot forget about the gansta rap.
11. Small and appropriate public displays of affection
Small and appropriate public displays of affection are always acceptable. A few examples might include holding hands, sharing your jacket when you’re cold, and sharing a milkshake with two straws.
12. Wear your Sunday best
Wear your Sunday best. Of course you aren’t going to the Prom, and more than likely you will not be getting married, so fancy-schmancy outerwear will not be necessary. However, invest a few ounces of extra effort into your appearance in all aspects. Your Valentine will smile knowing you found them worth preparing for.
13. Have a pre-Valentine’s Day coffee date with your sweetheart.
Make sure that your friends and your cell phone are not sitting in on your time together. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with one another and create a flawless February 14th itinerary.
14. Take them out to dinner.
Restaurants on Valentine’s Day will be crowded at most places so plan ahead of time and make reservations. A restaurant with a beautiful view of the city is a great place to go.
15. Tell your special someone you love them—and why.
Whether you’ve just started dating your valentine or have been together for years, express your appreciation and love in a way that will let them know how much you care about them. Spend every day after this Valentine’s Day repeating numbers 1-10 and hopefully that will lead to many more years with your valentine.