Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine Suggestions for the Romantically Challenged

So for many couples Saturday (Valentine's Day) is coming up soon. I know that there are a lot of guys out there (maybe some girls as well?) that are romantically challenged and will be scratching there heads about what to get their sweety for the big day. A little while ago I asked the readers about what their suggestions were, so here they are along with some of my own.

Alan Roberta suggest some nice craft projects including a picture frame that you make yourself. Another reader had a suggestion of a gourmet gift basket from gift-baskets-4u. The Dating Papers had their own Love Hack,which included a silly gift, sending/giving half of a note (the remaining half to be done later), and some other neat ideas that aren't too expensive. Thanks to DesignPepper for turning me on to that last one!

While chocolate and flowers are going to be welcome by many women, what they want to see more is that you thought about them and how much them mean to you. As the expression goes, its the thought that counts and just a little bit of thought can really brighten up their day. Here are some other ideas...

  • Be creative- write a poem about your love for your sweety, write a song, or maybe draw a picture of them or the two of you together
  • Be creative (part 2) burn a CD (or fill their iPod) with their favorite songs or songs that mean something to the two of you as a couple. You could make your own liner notes saying what you think each song means to them or what it means to the two of you
  • Give a puppy/kitten/other pet- because a pet is such a personal thing, I suggest giving a stuffed animal version of what you plan to give, with a note that the two of you will select it together. Maybe you can later pick up an animal from a local animal shettler later
  • Take them to their favorite restuarant- but don't do it on Valentine's Day, this is a big day for people dining out and you're not too likely to get that romantic feeling in a huge crowd. Promise to go on another day, perferably at off-times when the you have the restuarant practically to yourself (maybe you can even arrange this)
  • Buy them a massage- or some other way that they can feel pampered
  • Write a little story about how the two of you met and how this has changed your life.
  • If you're a busy person who's cell phone is always going off when you're together, turn if off, at least for a few hours, make your sweety feel like they are the center of your world
  • Cook them a meal. I know that many of us aren't good cooks, so maybe make something simple and try to dress things up. You could lite some candles, decorate the table nicely, play some romantic music or something that you know that they like
  • Take a nice walk in a scenic place. Go to the park, in the woods, on the beach, in the mountains, some where that nature provides a nice backdrop
  • Spend the night at a nice hotel. You don't have to go to an expensive one, but just something out of the ordinary, maybe even a nice bed and breakfast
  • Go for a drive. Pick a destination where you can enjoy the scenary along the way
  • Do an activity that you both enjoy but don't do that often or just make something you enjoy doing special. If you both like to go bowling why not have them make a nice announcement over the loadspeakers. Be creative
  • Watch a movie that you both love together, or a favorite of their's (especially if it is one that you don't like that much, by accomodating a little you can really set the mood). You could also select a movie that will put you both in a particlar mood (happy, sad, grateful for each other, you pick)
  • Propose- I'm not suggesting that you do this just to do, it should be something that you want to do and that you think that your sweety wants as well. A Valentine's proposal can be very memorable.
  • Tell them that you love them and how much richer you are with them in your life.
So I hope that your creative juices are flowing now and you have an idea of what you're going to do for Valentine's Day. I hope that everyone has a great Valentine's Day. Do you have any other suggestions, feel free to write about them in the comments.

Photo credit: Heart shapes courtesy of iprole.

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