You and your significant other might ascribe to a low-key Valentine’s Day style or embrace grand romantic gestures. Either way, a surprise is a sweet way to make Valentine’s Day special this year. Here are a few ideas – big and small – that will make your better half smile on the upcoming holiday.
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Breakfast in bed
Ambitious partners can make breakfast from scratch. Whip up a batch of pancakes or waffles and a fresh pot of coffee. But, there’s nothing wrong with picking up breakfast from your S.O.’s favorite diner. Remember to grab the right coffee or latte! There’s nothing quite like breakfast in bed to put a smile on your face on an otherwise drab Tuesday in February. This idea is a simple, romantic gesture perfect for couples who prefer to celebrate privately.
Take a trip down memory lane
One of the best parts of being a couple is collecting memories: first dates, favorite restaurants, and inside jokes. Maybe your first date was at the zoo. Maybe you stumbled onto a hole-in-the-wall bar and spent the whole night there laughing together. Pick a place from your history together and book a date for Valentine’s Day. You can relive the special moments you shared there and make new ones.
Take a cooking class together
You might be a hopeless cook, or maybe you’re an aspiring Julia Child. In any case, taking the time to learn how to make a new meal together is a fun and delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You and your partner get to spend an evening together and eat the fruits of your labor. Plus, a lot of cooking classes encourage you to bring along a bottle of wine. Cheers to you!
Set a romantic mood
If your better half is a sucker for the classics (we are too), plan an evening at home. Create mood lighting with candles and sprinkle rose petals around your home. Pick up a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates and you’ve just won some major brownie points for pulling off the perfect Valentine’s Day date.
Try something new together
It’s easy to fall into a routine with your boyfriend or girlfriend, and Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to shake up that routine. Try a type of cuisine you’ve never had together or explore a neighborhood you’ve never wandered through before. If the two of you have a taste for the adrenaline rush, try something like skydiving or zip lining.
Put your love into words
You don’t have to be a poet – although kudos to you if you are – to put your feelings down on paper. You can do something as simple as writing a list of reasons you love your partner. You might think those things go without saying, but hearing just how much you are loved is undeniably romantic. On the cheesier, but still adorable, side, you can create a booklet of coupons your partner can redeem at any time. Who doesn’t love a freebie massage from the boyfriend?
A night away from it all
If you want to do something a little bigger for Valentine’s Day this year, book a night in a hotel for the two of you. You can spend a night in a hotel near home, or even travel to a neighboring city. Pull out this surprise and you’ll be the very definition of #relationshipgoals.
Concert tickets for two
Music lovers will go crazy for this surprise. Maybe you can snag tickets for a Valentine’s Day performance, or you can buy a pair of tickets for and upcoming performance by his or her favorite band.
Treat yourselves to a day of indulgence
Just because you’re surprising your partner doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself too. Book a couple’s massage or spa treatment. After an hour or two of pampering, you and your S.O. will be in a state of pure bliss.
Be a tourist for the day
If you’re new to your home, you probably haven’t had a chance to explore all of the tourist destinations. If you’re a lifelong resident, you’ve probably let yourself became a tad jaded when it comes to those spots. Set aside time on Valentine’s Day for you and your better half to get to know your city with fresh eyes. Eat at the tacky, but oh so delicious restaurant that ropes in tourists in droves. New Yorkers, go to the top of the Empire State Building. Chicagoans, take a selfie by the Bean. You’d be surprised how much fun you’ll have as a couple of tourists.
Remember, any surprise will be all the more memorable and beautiful if you bring along a bouquet of Valentine’s Day roses!