Valentine’s Day is upon us! With less than two weeks until the big day, you may be scrambling for gift or date night ideas. Planning a surprise for your sweetheart shouldn’t be hard to do, but here are a few ideas, just in case you need help.
Flowers and chocolates are the run-mio m m iiof-the-mill gifts that most people look to during Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, these gifts are so cliché that, even though your SO might smile and say thank you, he/she may be disappointed. Flowers are beautiful, but they die. Candy is tasty, but it’s calorie packed and eating too many causes stomach aches. And neither of these are very romantic. You can supplement a gift with flowers and chocolate, but as main gifts, they might fall flat.
Book a nice room at a hotel.
It’s nice to get away, sometimes. If it’s been a while for you and your SO, this might be a nice surprise. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, it might be more convenient to plan for the weekend prior or following. If you hold off for the following weekend, just be sure to inform you SO, so she/he doesn’t think you’ve just blown it off.
Set the mood before-hand. Soft lighting (or candles), rose petals on the bed and a bottle of chilled champagne waiting in the room can take your romantic evening up a notch. Check in early and put your decorating skills to work. Bring any items you believe will put your SO in the mood and set up a love den for the two of you.
If the hotel has a restaurant, book a reservation for two, and have a bouquet of roses waiting at the table. Order a good champagne, and if there’s a special meal your SO likes, check into having it prepared especially for him/her. It may cost extra, but it will be worth it. If the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, in-room dining is the next best thing. Order from a favorite restaurant and pick it up on the way.
Get out of your comfort zone
Is there something your SO has been wanting to do, but you refused because you were uncomfortable with it? Here’s your chance to surprise your him/her. Valentine’s day is the time to express your love for your SO in new ways. So why not give it a try?
Maybe your lady has been wanting to explore bondage. Start simple with a pair of furry handcuffs or a blindfold. They’re simple enough to work with, and not so extreme that you feel like the Gimp in Pulp Fiction. Put them in a gift box, and present them to her with an open mind. Who knows? You might like it more than you think.
Or perhaps your guy wants to record your next sack session. Make him a card, consenting to his desire. Then after he reads, lay out your terms. If you want to guarantee it doesn’t get leaked, put in a stipulation that you will watch it together once, then immediately delete it. If that’s not good enough, demand that you keep the video on your (insert device here) and he doesn’t have access to it without you being there. He’ll be so excited about making the video, he won’t be concerned with happens when you’re done.
When in doubt, give jewelry
Let’s face it—everyone loves jewelry. Even people who say they don’t wear jewelry love jewelry. It doesn’t have to be diamonds and pearls either. A nice timepiece, a simple silver necklace with a heart pendant, or a pair of cufflinks are very thoughtful gifts that your SO can truly appreciate.
There are plenty of things you can do for Valentine’s Day that don’t include clichés. Re-enact a scene from your SO’s favorite movie. If she loves The Princess Bride put on a black mask and outfit, don a sword and repeat the line “As you wish,” to her as you bring her a glass of water. If he likes Scarface put on a blond wig and a sheer dress, then pout, and say “You deal drugs and you kill people. Oh, that’s wonderful, Tony.” Whatever your SO’s favorite film is, you can come up with creative ways to act out favorite scenes, or better yet, add a few new scenes.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t require a lot of money either. Since it’s the middle of the week, make a plan for you and your sweetheart to play hooky from work or school. Pack a picnic lunch, and if the weather is nice, hit a park and enjoy the day together. Go to the movies and make out in the back row (if you’re watching something you don’t care about.) Better yet, stay in, and set up your own private theater on the couch or in the bed with Netflix, popcorn, candy, and drinks—wine is a good choice.
You are only limited by your imagination when planning for Valentine’s Day. Make a list of thing things your sweetie likes and narrow down your ideas until you’ve found the perfect gift.