Short on time? Don’t want to spend a lot of money? But still want to acknowledge your undying affection on Valentine’s Day? All it takes is one trip to the grocery store, a little effort, and a lot of love.
1. NO Red Roses!
Go with their favorite flower instead — it’s less cliche, more personal.
2. Do Your Partner a Favor
Fix something they need help with, organize their junk drawer, wash their car, fold their laundry, mow their lawn . . .
3. Make Dinner Together
No need for reservations at a fancy restaurant (they’re too late to get now, anyway). Get the ingredients for a favorite meal, turn on some good music, and heat things up in the kitchen. Set the table with the good dishes, light some candles, use cloth napkins.
4. Skip the Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
But that doesn’t mean you forgo the sweets altogether. DO have something decadent & elegant.
5. Write a “Love List“
Love letters can be daunting. But a detailed list of everything you adore about your partner will just flow. And it’ll have the same heart-warming impact. (You can find more detailed instructions HERE.)
6. Or Just Crib from Classic Poetry
Borrow from the best — they won’t mind (they’re dead): Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, e.e. cummings, John Donne, Christina Rossetti… Check out our curated collection of sexy, romantic poetry HERE.
7. Draw Your Partner a Bath
Use bubbles, oils or salts. Light some more candles. Wash their hair for them.
8. Give a Great Massage
Who doesn’t love a good body rub? Put on some relaxing music, use oil, and make sure the room is warm. You can learn all the best techniques from our friends at Melt: Massage for Couples (they always have a Valentine’s Day Sale!).
9. Try Something New in Bed
Like a new toy (LELO.com makes all the best ones), a new technique (know where the PS-spot is?), a new position (have you mastered the C.A.T.?), a new lube, a new condom, anything! Just make sure it’s something you’re absolutely sure they’ll like (because Valentine’s Day is not the time to introduce strap-ons into your relationship).
For longer than usual.
For more details on all of the above, read
Our Special Valentine’s Day Issue