I think Valentine's day could be an incredible day for some couples. It's a day for people to appreciate the person in their lives and show them that you care. However, what I see more often for V-day is more lazy attempts at the holiday such as chocolate and a teddy bear or a dinner date. Is this really how you showcase your love for someone? Valentines day should be the one day of the year where a girl can live out her Romance movie fantasies and be shown real reflective displays of love. If you are at a loss for what that means, let me show you eight ways to make your Valentines day surprise epic for your significant other.
1. Write a letter a day for the month
Remember on the notebook how Ryan Gosling's character wrote Rachel McAdam's character a love letter every day FOR A YEAR! And guys wonder why we go crazy for Ryan Gosling. But honestly, you do not have to write a letter for a full year, just try for a month. Tell her something you love about her for 30 days. Put it in a notebook, and boom. Gift complete. The best part about this one is it does not cost anything.
2. Write A Poem
You don't have to be a poet, heck you do not even have to be a writer. But I believe the best art in any format (writing, painting, music, etc.) is because the passion that is put into it. If you spill your soul on paper, your partner will be able to tell. Do a spell check online, handwrite it on a fancier paper and set it up with some flowers. But you have to focus on the details of this one and make sure the presentation is right.
3. Reenact your first date
If you are going to do the whole date reenactment idea, you have to go all out. Go to the place where you had your first date, where the same clothes if you remember and do the same things. This is not only a fun idea but makes you appreciate that person in your life and be thankful that your paths crossed in the first place.
4. Romantic free or low-cost Weekend staycation
An annoyance I have with Valentines day is that people believe that the more you spend, the better the gift is. Even if you are broke, you can make Valentines day surprises unique. One way to do this is to have a free weekend staycation where you go to a bunch of places and not spend a dime. You could pack a picnic, go to a museum on a free day, take a hike or even just go to a local art show. You'll be surprised at how many free things you can find in your city when you are looking for them.
5. Personalized M&M's
I created personalized M&M's for a friend's baby shower recently, and they were a big hit! You can create your blends with 25 colors and add a personal touch to your photos, messages and a clipart library for any occasion printed right on the candy! A special photo of the two of you or an inside joke you two only share is a great way to make it special. If you are fresh out of ideas on what to put on your M&M's they, have a nifty idea gallery for you to come up with awesome things to put on your custom M&Ms. Design your's today so they make it in time for Valentines day!
6. I love you because notes around the house
I am a huge fan of this idea and have done it many times just because. Leave post-it notes all over the house telling your partner all the reasons why you love them. Something my boyfriend and I do before we leave each other for more than one night is written each other a little note on a post it before we go. We've been doing this for years, and I can attest that it does not get old, and it is never annoying. Go above and beyond for this Valentines day surprise by getting up a little earlier and putting about 50 of them all through the house. That way, your partner will be finding notes from you all day.
7. Make a video
This one may go into the cheesy department a little bit, but there is a lot of effort that goes into putting a video together, and that effort I am sure will be appreciated. You can choose the topic of the video from the reasons why I love you or 10 things you do that I love. Or maybe put a montage together of your partners favorite things. Whatever you decide to do, make it personal and speak directly to that person with it. A little video editing can go a long way with this Valentines day surprise.
8. Host a day of appreciation
Lastly is just having a day of recognition. Who doesn't want to be appreciated? Let your partner kick up their feet and relax while you wait for their every beck and call. Make them food, give them a foot massage, and tell them why you think they are the best. It does not cost money, but anyone could benefit from a day like this. And just by you showing your appreciation, I am sure they will appreciate you even more.
I know I can be a little cynical about Valentines day, but the truth is, I a just as sappy as any other girl out there. If you get to a point where you do not know how to be more romantic, watch a few romance films and get some ideas. Us girls are waiting for all those romantic things to happen to us secretly. Happy Valentine's day everyone and may it be like your favorite romantic film!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.