Ah, Valentine’s Day. The holiday of romance - and stereotypes. Every year we see the traditional rose bouquets, boxes of chocolates, and 3 course dinners at fancy restaurants. If you really want to show your partner how much you care, think outside the box this year. After all, it’s not very romantic to just do the same thing as everyone else.
They key is to make it personal
Everyone loves chocolate and a nice meal, so you’ll want to go even deeper and make it specific to your relationship. Take your partner to a place that holds sentimental value to the both of you. For example, the place you first met, asked them out, told them you loved them, etc. It will be way more special than even the fanciest restaurant in town. If time/distance permits, you can also surprise them by taking them somewhere they’ve said they want to visit. Once you’ve figured out the perfect location, you can start planning the small details of your evening.
Show your partner how excited you are to spoil them beforehand. You can start the day before or during the day. Leave them a love note in their lunch or on the bathroom mirror. Send them flowers at work. And don’t be stingy on the cute texts!
Make them a playlist filled with your favorite love songs (or just favorite songs in general) that you can listen to during your date. They’ll surely melt!
Set the mood
Whether you’re staying indoors or going on an adventure, bring some props with you. Though it is stereotypical candles and flowers are always a good idea (and since you’re being so personal otherwise it’s ok to give in to this stereotype). If you want to go all out consider balloons and toys.
Actions speak louder than words, so physically making something will give that “I love you” much more meaning. It could be as simple as a nice home-cooked meal or as permanent as a scrapbook of your favorite memories together.
And last but certainly not least … make sure to tell them and show them just how much you love and value them. Take some time beforehand to write down all the qualities you love about your partner and share it with them however you feel is best. It’s great to do this in physical form (a card, a letter, a poem) because your partner can keep it and treasure it forever. You’ll definitely have a romantic night to remember!