With Valentine's Day right around the corner love (and commercialization) is in the air. Valentine's Day serves as the yearly reminder to do something special for that special someone in your life. People go all out on Valentine's Day, getaways, jewelry, flowers, fancy restaurants, proposals and some people even get those planes to write romantic messages across the sky. On Valentine's Day acts of love have no bounds, but what about the other 364 days of the year? You know the uneventful Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the year. TV and social media shouldn't have to be flooded with reminders for you to do something for the one you love. Thinking about things and coming up with ideas can be hard when life gets busy. To help you out I have made a list of things you can do for your partner, maybe some of them will be helpful and maybe looking over them might make other ideas pop in your head (write those down) that you could do.
On the fly
Things you can do when you don't feel like you have a lot of time.
Flowers, Chocolates, Cards: All three of these can be picked up on a routine trip to the grocery store, and all of them tell your partner you were thinking of them.
Post it Notes: Give yourself ten or fifteen minutes, grab a stack of post-it notes and then write as many nice things about your partner as you can. When the time is up, take all the post-it notes and hide them in random places, sock drawers, coat pockets, wallets, purses, and the like. Depending on how many you write and how well you hide them your partner could be finding love notes for months, and it only took you 15 minutes.
Musically or Technically Inclined
Love song: Bust out that guitar, piano, or whatever it is you play and serenade your partner with a cover or your own original.
Slideshow or Photobook: Make your partner a slideshow or photo book of all your memories together. If it's a slideshow you can throw your song on there and get all the swoons.
Plan a weekend getaway: Surprise your partner with a surprise trip out-of-town or to a quaint bed and breakfast for some alone time.
Romantic Night In: Light some candles and have the bathtub drawn with a glass of wine waiting. While your partner relaxes prepare a nice dinner or order out. Throw in a massage, some slow jams, and you are on your way to putting romance novels to shame.
For those of you who want something completely different.
Ice cream: Wait for it, delivered. Surprise your partner at work with having amazing ice cream delivered to them. Anyone can send flowers but sending ice cream will make your partner blush and his/her co-workers jealous and one part happy depending on if your partner shares.
Mix Tape: Anyone can make a playlist, or mix CD, but if you really want to come out of left field surprise your partner with a mix tape and cassette player to listen to it. The 80's never died, they just went away for awhile. (Click the link below for cassette or check out your local Goodwill)
Hand Written Letter: Long ago are the days when hand written love letters rained supreme. Surprise your partner with mail he/she won't want to throw out, and bonus points if you can make yourself sound all old-timey. (My Dearest Margot, Oh how I have counted the days until my eyes will befall your beauty again)
Date night in a box: Put a coupon in the box for one date night and then fill the box with what that date will entail. Maybe it's a movie and popcorn, or a night in with cheese and wine.
Build a fort: If you think you are too cool for a fort then I'm afraid you might not be cool at all. Turn your living or bedroom into a fort of blankets. Then top it off with some grilled cheese sandwiches, Disney movies and hot chocolate to bring back the nostalgia of being a kid.