When Valentine's Day rolls around every February 14, many men rely on tried-and-true methods of celebrating the day, including taking their significant other out to romantic restaurants, buying their partners nice lingerie or other types of gifts for women.
If these traditional romantic ideas are getting worn, or perhaps finances restrict some of the more expensive things to do on Valentine's Day, consider some of the following creative ways to express your love.
Unique Valentine's Day Ideas
Although many people enjoy receiving flowers and chocolate for Valentine's Day, a lot of partners will probably appreciate help with household chores even more:
- If your partner is the one who typically cooks dinner and cleans up afterwards, offer to cook dinner and do the dishes.
- Offer to clean the house such as vacuuming, cleaning the windows, cleaning the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, or organizing closets.
- Offer to do the laundry and ironing.
- Offer to do odd jobs around the house which are in need of attention such as hanging mirrors or pictures, caulking bathtubs, or repairing or refinishing furniture.
- Offer to clean your partner's car, have the oil changed, or the air pressure on the tires checked.
- If you partner typically runs these routine errands, offer to do the groceries, pick up the dry cleaning and/or pick up the kids from school or activities for the next few weeks.
Romantic Ways to Say "I Love You"
Many partners will appreciate these romantic ways to express your love on Valentine's Day:
- Offer to give a body or foot massage to your partner.
- Offer to wash your partner's hair.
- Give your partner a glass of champagne to enjoy while soaking in a hot bath.
- Light the fireplace (if you have one), and read to your partner from his/her favourite book.
- Watch your partner's favourite movie with him/her.
Ways to Express Your Love
These romantic Valentine's Day ideas, which can be combined with any of the ideas above, will surprise your partner with their originality and simplicity:
- Leave work early in order to spend a longer evening with your partner.
- Write your partner a love letter.
- Take your partner on a romantic walk through your neighbourhood or along the water.
- Take your partner ice skating at the local rink.
Expressing your love on Valentine's Day does not need to be done through flowers, chocolates, perfume or expensive meals. By offering to help with everyday chores such as cleaning the house or cooking meals, and paying attention to your partner's needs, your thoughtful gestures will speak volumes and mean more to your loved one than simply participating in less meaningful Valentine's Day rituals.