It’s almost that time of the year again…Valentine’s day. It’s silently expected from your girl that you do something special for her, something to show her how much you love her. But what do you do for Valentine’s day this year?
Personally I think that Valentine’s day, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have become way too commercialized. It is stamped into your mind by social conditioning that you need to spend money on these days to show people that you care about them.
What happened to, ‘The best things in life are free’? Love is totally independent from material cost or possessions. I’m sure that you’d much rather spend the day taking a walk on the beach with the person you love than getting a $5000 watch from them while they’re too busy to see you. (I bet some of you will say you’d rather have the watch but in that case it’s not really love).
Valentines Day Ideas
This brings me back to my main point. It’s Valentine’s day, and what do you do for your girl?
I was thinking of some things that I could do, like:
Booking a night in a luxurious hotel room for $200+ or booking a night in a spa hotel for $600+. Heck, you could even take her out for a fancy dinner which will likely cost you around $80 or more.
I think that you should do something special for your girl on Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t necessarily have to cost you a lot of money. Often the most memorable and meaningful gifts are ones that are handmade or gifts that offer experiences (like a picnic on the beach at sunset).
57 Valentines Day Ideas
I’ve written all of these ideas from the perspective of guy to girl, but ladies, of course you can use any one of these ideas to make your man’s Valentine’s Day special too.
1. Pack a Picnic
Whether you just go for a lunch in a park or do a romantic evening picnic on the beach at sunset, the idea is that you get to spend quality time together, chat, laugh an enjoy great food.
2. Cook Her Dinner
This is really special if you hardly ever cook. Get a tasty recipe with all her favorite food and cook it at home for her. Add candles and a couple of roses and you’re set! (If you can’t cook you might want to practice the recipe before the actual day).
3. Play Her A Song (Yourself)
Imagine being able to play your girl’s favorite song on piano or guitar. She’ll be crazy about you!
Even if you have no musical experience, if you have the instrument it’s not that hard to learn a single song. Just search on Youtube for a tutorial and you will find dozens of videos that teach you note for note how to play the song you are looking for. Depending on the song you can learn to play it with a couple of hours of practice.
4. DVD Night With Sweets
It’s kind of cliche really, but still fun. Hire a couple of DVD’s (romantic comedy/drama get bonus points), pack your fridge full of cake, chocolate and her favorite sweets and enjoy an evening of cuddling and fun.
5. Under The Stars
Do you live in a place where you can see the stars at night? Then find a place where you can safely and privately relax, pack a blanket and cooler box with champagne and spend some romantic time under the stars together.
6. Flowers and Candles
This is also very cliche but your girl will still love it. Beautiful flowers or the bed covered in rose petals. Lots of candles around the bedroom. Let her come home and lead her into the bedroom like that and it’ll be a perfect Valentine’s day for her.
7. Take Her Dancing
If you know how to dance then this is an especially nice thing to do for V-day. Whatever your style of music (salsa, jazz, ballroom), if you can find a nice restaurant or club where youc an dance slowly and romantically she’ll love it!
8. Give Her a Massage
Not just a short 5 minute massage but a to-die-for massage. Learn the proper technique, get massage oils and lotions and pamper her for at least an hour or even two.
9. Scavenger Hunt
Plan an adventure with clues and little rewards leading up to a big treasure. This can be done in your house but also outside in the city or forest. If you’re feeling creative this could be a lot of fun.
10. Rent a Hotel Room
Even if the hotel is right next door to where you live, the whole luxury thing makes the day and night seem like a perfect romantic getaway. I know it’s expensive and you should only do this if you can afford it and because you really want to do it. Don’t do this just because it’s Valentine’s day.
11. Make Her a Mixed Tape
Well, in today’s time it’ll be a mixed CD. Get all her favorite songs and some of the most romantic songs of all time and compile it on a CD that you’ll give to her and play on the day at your place.
12. Look deep into his/her eyes with love and say ‘I Love You’
You may never have said it before or may you be so used to saying ‘I love you’ that it has lost meaning. If you really love your partner then say ‘I love you’ this time like it counts.
13. Take her out for a long drive at night.
Whether it be on a scenic drive out into the country or right through the heart of the city, a long drive with just the two of you can be incredibly intimate.
14. Plan a dinner out with your loved one.
It can be at a fancy restaurant, a posh place with a view or even some hippie joint with great food. If you want to make it really special, go to the place where you had your first dinner date together.
15. Surprise her.
Give her the dress or shoes she left at the store because there was no money or it just seemed like too much at the time.
16. Give her a plant.
Pot a plant in her garden which will grow up and remind her of you everyday, she crosses the garden.
17. Send her romantic love quotes.
You can give her a book, you can write a page, you can record a video. Give her a selection of romantic love poems that you think apply to her and your relationship together.
18. Give her a CD with pictures.
Make a selection of all the best pictures you’ve taken in your time together. This will be an amazing memory and very thoughtful from your side. Ladies, if you want to surprise your man, make him a CD with lots of naughty pictures of yourself.
19. Arrange a pool party for her at night.
Find a private pool you can use or rent at night. Make sure there are lights under water, and place candles all around the pool.
20. Go Clubbing
There’s nothing wrong with some wild partying and clubbing on Valentines day. Just the two of you, go out and have fun. You can even pretend like it’s the first time you’re meeting each other and flirt and roleplay.
21. Sexy Times
If you want to appear wild, give her red, hot lingerie. She can put it on for you right away.
22. Fake Stay-Away
Surprise her by saying that you won’t be in the city but convince her to stay in that night. Show up at her door with dinner and a movie.
23. Breakfast in Bed
Serve a breakfast in her bed in the morning of Valentine’s Day. Add her favorite dishes to it.
It might be cliche, but personally I can never get enough of my favorite perfume/cologne.Gift a perfume which she loves.
25. Baths & Spas
Women love to have romantic baths and spas. Make her both, especially with scented soaps, floating candles and message oils.
26. A Simple Card
Make a valentine’s Day card, full of the feelings you have for your valentine.
27. Home-Made Movie
If you’re any good with video editing you can make a very special and meaningful gift by combining and editing footage of her and of the two of you. This is really where you can get creative.
28. Take Her Shopping
All girls love shopping. Tell her you want to spoil her and let her choose whatever she wants. This may be very expensive so be sure that you can afford it (or tell her how much she can spend)
29. Photographs Are Forever
Print the best pic of both of you and give her a pretty photo frame with your photograph.
30. Write Her A Poem
Write a poem for her though you do not know how to write. She will love it.
31. Stick With The Theme
Arrange every moment of the day in the theme of love and hearts.
32. Burn Baby, Burn
Light a small bonfire at night and feel the warmth of each other around it.
33. Share a Laugh
Write some love words on craziest things like toilet paper, napkins which can be scented too. Make her laugh.
Buy her some romantic jewelery like a necklace or bracelet etc. You can engrave her name or a romantic message into the jewelery if you like.
35. Outsource A Musician
Take a group of musicians to her house who can sing romantic chorus for both of you.
36. Basket of Goodies
You can make a basket fill of little goodies and things your partner needs daily (like body sprays, lotions etc.).
37. Lipstick Love
On her mirror, write in lipstick, ‘I love you’. Be sure not to use her most expensive lipstick, she might not appreciate that.
38. Give Her A Day Off
Do her household job or chores for the day so that she can have the day off to do what she wants.
39. Get a Tattoo
Get a tattoo that’s symbolic of your love for her. I’d be careful getting her name tattooed, but if you’re absolutely 100% certain that she is the one for you, then go for it.
40. Be Adventurous
Go camping or for an adventure trip on this Valentine’s Day. How about bungee jumping or sky-diving?
41. Give her a manicure and a foot massage
If you know what you’re doing, make her feet pretty and give her the most relaxing foot-massage in the world.
42. Boardgame Love
Play scrabble, chess, act like teens, using ‘love’ words as many as you can.
43. Lead The Way
Leave a trail of rose petals from door of her room to the nearby part where you have arranged champagne and lit candles with romantic music.
44. Make a Donation
Donate to a charity or noble cause in her name. If she’s the kind of girl that will appreciate that then this can be a very meaningful Valentine’s Day gift.
45. Engrave Your Love
Carve your names in a heart on a tree. This way a symbol of your love for each other will be around for longer than your time on earth.
46. Romantic Cleaning
Secretly was her car and decorate it with hearts and flowers. Leave her a romantic note under the windscreen wiper.
47. Puzzle Love-Letter
Write her a love letter and cut the letter into jigsaw puzzle pieces that she needs to put together before she can read it.
48. A Formal Invitation
Make her an invitation letter, very attractive, decorated and romantic, inviting her to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you.
49. Romantic Reading
Hide some heart shaped bookmarks in her books and magazines.
50. Be An Artist
Draw a silly (or pretty) picture of both of you and write ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ on it.
51. Publicize Your Love
Publish your love story in the personnel column of the local newspaper.Celebrate your Valentine on social networking sites like Facebook. Make profile of your partner special. Post some lovely message.
52. Visit a Church
Visit church for praying and remaining together, or even just for being thankful for life. If you’re someone who never goes to church then this may be really special.
53. Arrange Tickets For Her Favorite Rock Star Concert.
If you’re lucky enough to have a cool concert playing close to or even on Valentine’s day, take her there and enjoy the music together.
54. Give Her A Gift That Will Remind Her Every Month
Gift a monthly subscription of favorite website of magazines that he/she usually read.
55. Give Her Your Favorite Cologne
Give her your cologne, even if it’s half-used. This way when she misses you she can still smell your favorite scent and be reminded of you.
56. It’s In The Stars
Give her a love horoscope that describes your wonderful future with together with her.
57. Be Anonymous
Send her gifts without a sender’s name on it. Flowers, chocolates. You can even have them delivered to her work address during the day.
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