10 Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day

10 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day – by Kerri Wood Thomson

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the old standard of dinner and a movie. If you’re busy, its a week night, you can’t find a babysitter, or you’re just plain broke, the idea of any celebration sounds good. But if you’ve got the time and a little extra dough why not spice it up and make it a Valentine’s Day that you and your significant other are sure to remember?

1. A surprise weekend away. Every woman wants to feel like her man has taken the time to plan something special just for her. And every woman wants a little pampering and relaxation. No matter where you live in the United States, or the world, you’ve got a romantic destination within a few hours drive. This may be a quiet B&B in a small town nearby, a chic boutique hotel in the city, or a cabin in the woods. Make a reservation at a hotel, make a reservation at a restaurant and you are good to go. Just let the rest of the weekend flow.

2. Finding that perfect gift. Nothing practical, no vacuum cleaners or blenders. But that doesn’t mean all cooking appliances are banned–maybe your wife always wanted an Easy Bake Oven and never had one. Find a sentimental present that means something to her, or to you both, and present it in a creative way.

3. Check Ticketmaster. Sometimes a gift just needs to be presented, and the rewards of the present can be eagerly anticipated. If you know that your significant other’s favorite band, comedian, or play is coming to an area nearby splurge for the tickets. Then you’ll have another special event to look forward to together.

4. Give her, or him, a complete day off. This means from the moment your significant other wakes up they are free–no obligations to kids, jobs, pets, or you. Get them out of the house to enjoy a day of pampering, or just reading a book at a cafe. It’s what they want to do, and you’re the one making it possible.

5. Plan a night where you try something new together. Maybe you’ve never been ice skating, or taken a drawing class together. The evening could be as simple as trying a new ethnic cuisine together, or visiting a local bookstore you’ve always wanted to check out. Creating memories together fosters romance.

6. If you’re a little strapped for cash remember that mood and ambiance are key. Can’t splurge for a fancy dinner out? Make dinner yourself. The extra thought and a little creativity will go a long way. Light candles, uncork a bottle of wine (even cheap wine is fine), set the table with your best dishes, lower the lights, and turn on some Marvin Gaye.

7. If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, or when you can take an afternoon off, surprise your loved one with a picnic. This idea can easily be a money saver as well, since picking up a variety of snacks and finger foods will keep your costs low. Pack a blanket, maybe a portable radio, a bottle of wine (don’t forget the opener), and a special gift–maybe a book you know your significant other has had on their wish list. Find a secluded spot and just relax.

8. Create a memento that will last for years to come. The easiest way to do this is to find a favorite picture of the two of you, or your family, and have it blown up, framed, or even printed on a piece of canvas. Art serves as a reminder of special days and times in our lives.

9. Make a scavenger hunt for your significant other. Come up with a variety of clues, possibly using inside jokes that only the two of you understand. Make it light hearted and fun, not too difficult. Hide the clues around your house, or even leave clues around your town, creating a full day of scavenging. Find a special gift to conclude the hunt–maybe a nice piece of jewelry!

10. Make plans for the rest of the year. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to chat about your goals and aspirations for the rest of the year, and beyond. Do you want to take a big trip together? Start a family? Buy a house? Dreaming and planning keep you on the right back towards fulfilling your dreams, the ultimate goal.