. Saint Valentines Day, also known as Valentines Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.Valentines day is a lovely event where roses are sent from a secret admirer, gifts are exchanged between lovers and couples enjoy romantic candle-lit dinners. Apart from the traditional bouquet of roses and box of heart shape
Concentrate on your partner
. Focus on how special they are to you. Instead of stressing about the perfect Valentines gift, think about all the fun, silly, spunky, sexy, serious and loving things that this person does for you. Think about who he or she is. What makes them smile? What are they truly passionate about? What small little things could you do every day that would make them feel more loved?
Small box with Kisses
. You can get a small box like a small gift box and fill it with 365 chocolate kisses! Then add a little note explaining that he now can have a kiss everyday of the year from you. This is a great idea especially for those long distance relationships.
. Another great gift idea is to take a picture of you and your boyfriend or even just one of yourself and have it framed nicely. If he has his own place itwould be a great addition dont you think?
Its the thought that counts
. Remember if you are on a tight budget its just the thought that counts. Even just buying them their favorite chocolate bartells them that you love them enough to remember what their favorite bar is. Just wrap a red ribbon around it and add a card and thats a cute way to say Happy Valentines day.
Just wanted to say I love you
. This is another great idea for the long distance relationship. Local dollar stores will have cue cards, just make sure you get 101 cards or you could do 365 depending on how you want to make them and how much writing you want to do. On these cue cards write a love quote for every card and a reason you love him. Write them up with pretty markers and tie them with a ribbon add a love note explaining that these cards are 101 reasons why I love you,
Movie for 2
. Another relatively inexpensive gift is a movie for 2 dinner date. All you need to do is pick up a movie, you can either rent it or buy him his favorite movie. Get a plastic bowl from the dollar store and some popcorn place the movie, popcorn and add a few chocolates like chocolate kisses in the bowl and wrap it with cellophane. This is a fun gift because you both can cuddle up watch the movie and eat the popcorn its a casual date and a unique gi
Dinner for 2
. Another quick and easy gift is to go to a restaurant Get a gift certificate to the restaurant, put the certificate in a nice card that says how much you cant wait to make another memorable moment at that restaurant.
Sports and sports
. If he is in to sports then think sports! There are so many sports memorabilia that you can purchase and some even at very reasonable prices.Check out your local sports equipment store, or sports memorabilia store. You can find great things online as well. If you can afford it get two tickets to a sporting event. If he is into hockey but authentic hockey tickets are to expensive then get two tickets to the minors so you can both go and watch your
Get whats needed
. If your boyfriend is in school or living alone then there could be a few things that they may need. Whether it be a new backpack or something for the house see if there is a need that he just cant afford and you can. If he needs a backpack buy one and fill it with some chocolate kisses and a notebook where on the first page you have written a love letter. If he needs a toaster then get one and add a card and some chocolate. It sounds corny but so
Under promise and over deliver
. Make promises early and make them often just keep them. No emergency is more important than love. Show your love and respect by honoring your time together and your commitments. Leave work early and call them on the way home to say you just couldn't wait to see them. Ask if they'd like you to pick up something special before you get there.
Be a mirror
. We reflect the world around us, the good, the bad and the ugly. Be mindful of your partners moods. When you are approached with love and joy, mirror it back and they'll feel especially loved and close to you.
. Love notes are a sure way to inspire a loving connection every day of the year. They dont all have to be sappy poems. Buy a calendar, keep it in the bathroom and write a reason a day that you appreciate and admire your oneand only. Follow the object of your affection to the store or the dry cleaners and leave a note on their car in the parking lot. Drop them in a purse or write them on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase pen for a pleasant surpr
Plan a dream date that wont cost you a dime
. Tell this person that the only topic of conversation is to hear about their dreams, what they love, what they want to do before leaving the planet, what they did like to learn, where they did like to travel, and who they most admire. Let them talk freely without stopping and then write a few down later and help create those dreams.
Prepare a romantic meal
. or just pick up restaurant delivery on the way home or have one of the online gourmet delivery options deliver a five course meal to your doorstep. Dim the lights. Play Sinatra or another one of their favorites and tidy up the kitchen , too.
. Prepping your hair in the morning can seriously cut down on time. After you wash it, dry it to the point that its slightly damp, twist it up into a bun and leave it up for the rest of the day. When you're almost ready, shake it out and spritz it with a curl spray or lotion for soft waves that literally take minutes.
. What better day to rock a red or pink lip than on Valentines Day? The benefit; a bold lip calls for more subtle eyes and cheeks certainly a time saver! Be sure to use a lip primer so your color stays in place longer. For flirty eyes that pop, line just your top lids, winging out the edges a bit and finish with two coats of mascara.
. Use a body lotion with shimmer for an all over glow. It instantly give you a fresh, just-showered, dewy look.
. If you havent had time for a mani and your polish isnt presentable, just take it off its OK! Bare nails are better than chipped polish . Oh, and they match with any outfit. If you have a minute, swipe on a clear topcoat. It dries super fast and a little bit of shine will help you feel pulled together.
. be confident and laugh! A bored or miserable expression on you wont look good.
. Having fun is just as, or maybe even more, important as looking good.
. Be yourself, be confident with who you are, and love the skin you are in. Whether your on a date or just with your friends, always remember that they love you for who you are, so never try to be different or someone else. Friendship, family and love means a lot more then looks.
Book a hot reservation
. While cooking together might be something you do every day, theres no reason it cant be special. The twist: Devise a unique menu that you will mak together every year on Valentines Day . Start the tradition now and you will never have to worry about making last minute plans in the future.
Vamp it up
. Buy yourself three new lingerie outfits in totally different styles over the top, cutesy, and subtly sexy and use your shopping spree as an excuse to suggest a predinner fashion show.Cause what guy wont love his very own Victorias Secret fashion show and what girl wont be touched that her man ventured into a lingerie shop to surprise her?
Help him out
. If your boyfriend is the one planning your special night, channel your inner domestic and help your man out. Do some laundry, make his bed or wake him up with breakfast. It may seem old-fashioned but hey, housewives can be hot and he
. I know, we can all get a little carried away with a Valentines Day fantasy. But even if you spent the past three weeks dreaming of sailing on a yacht with your boyfriend or opening a Tiffanys box, be appreciative if he gives you a teddy bear. Im not talking being understanding if he forgets the day altogether, but V day can be a little stressful for everyone, so make sure to acknowledge the effort he makes you will have more fun and he will be th
Snag him a Love is Art Kit
. Get down and dirty in a different way this Valentines Day with a Love is Art Kit. Using your bodies only , you and your man can fashion your very own abstract expressionistic painting, and hang it in your house as a constant reminder of the special bond you share. The kit comes complete with everything you need (a plastic tarp, white cotton canvas, washable paint, disposable slippers and a soft mesh body scrubber) to DIY. Not to mention, Love is
Wow him with flirty photos of you
. In exchange for a couple bottles of wine and dinner, PR girl Kelli Hartsock managed to talk her good photographer friend into holding a photo shoot for her.I intend on doing a few yoga poses in my yoga gear and putting a sign next to me saying, See, yoga is fun, she says. I will also do a normal photo of me cooking, another one of me in a corset reading his favorite book, another sitting at my laptop working in his shirt and so forth.
Book an unforgettable experience for him
. Has your guy always wanted to go sailing? Or perhaps its his dream to learn how to fly? Head on over to Cloud 9 Living and make him the happiest wifed up dude on the planet! You can choose from over 1,700 unique experiences in 43 regions across the U.S. Plus, with experiences starting at just $59 and the average costing only $150, you wont have to break the bank to blow him away with a gift he will cherish forever.
Make a picture postcard trail for him to come home to
. Nothing says, I love you quite like a picture postcard trail, right? Grace Pamer, author of RomanceNeverDies.com, suggests printing out photos that hold a special meaning to you both. Then, on the back of each, write what made that moment or memory so dear and anecdotes from the time. Have the postcards lead as a trail, either to the bedroom, where you will be waiting in your favorite lingerie, or to the dining room table where a candle lit dinne
Send him a personalized video card
. Lets be honest, men adore heartfelt Valentines Day cards almost as much as us ladies. So this February 14th, step up your gift game and surprise him with a personalized video note from Animoto. Create your own slideshow set to music and include all the cute pics and video clips that capture the essence of your relationship. The best part is, its totally free to create!
Leave love notes for him on his car
. Take a cue from self-publishing consultant Laura Orsini, who, one Valentines Day, got a stack of heart-shaped sticky notes and wrote on every single one of them something she loved about her then boyfriend and now husband. I went to his house in the middle of the night and stuck them in the shape of a giant heart on the back windshield of his car, she recounts. I made sure to do it on a weekend so he wouldnt be late to work pulling them off. He w
Get creative when it comes to dinner
. You really dont have to spend $85 to $250 on a romantic dinner at a restaurant. Why not have a nice candlelit dinner at home? You could even get all dressed up for it. If you know you are going to be too tired to cook after work on Valentines Day, which falls on a Thursday this year, order a special meal ahead of time and pick it up on your way home.
Enjoy a little ambiance
. If you both really want to go out on the town together, you could have coffee or a drink and dessert at an expensive cafe, restaurant or romantic bistro. This is a way to savor the atmosphere and and your date and without emptying your wallet.
. OK, do NOT follow this tip if your job or your partners job is hanging in the balance. But if you have racked up some vacation time, or if your employer allows you to take personal days from time to time, why not see if you can take Friday, Feb. 12 or Monday, Feb. 15 off and turn Valentines Day weekend into a three-day weekend for the two of you? Depending on where you live, the two of you could stroll through a park, walk on a beach, go snow-sho
See some live music
. Check to see whether a university or college in your area is offering any potentially enjoyable concerts on Feb. 14. Performances by the college music department would likely be free or cost a fraction of the price charged by professional orchestras and opera houses.
Seek out some silence
. Heres a potential date idea if you have both been stressed out lately: You could wander through libraries and bookstores with coffee shops that encourage browsing. Rediscover passages you love from your favorite books, and enjoy the quiet.
Have low cost fun with food on Feb 14
. You can pull out the cookie cutters and make heart-shaped cookies and even cut your lunch sandwiches into hearts. You also can make heart-shaped cupcakes by placing a marble inside each muffin tin on the outside of the paper cupcake cup.
Give thoughtful gifts
. Most people stick to the same general gift themes on Valentines Day: flowers, chocolates, cards, maybe a piece of jewelry. Can you think of something different that might mean a whole lot more and and maybe even cost a whole lot less? how to avoid overspending during the holiday season includes a tip about making your own gifts. Such gifts could include cakes, cookies or gift certificates for your services. The gift certificate idea might be jus
Reflect on that flower purchase
. If you are sure your special someone will be devastated without the gift of flowers, then you probably should get some. But once again, you dont have to follow the herd. Everyone opts for roses at this time of year, but there are plenty of other gorgeous and neglected flower varieties to choose from. And red isnt your only option, either. You also could choose peach, pink or yellow. Whats more, if you place your flower order early, you stand to s
Write down how you feel
. Using a package of inexpensive Valentines from the drug store or grocery store or, for that matter, any kind of paper you could write out dozens of reasons why you love your mate. Leave the messages all over the house, in both noticeable and hidden-away places. This is a gift that could keep on giving for weeks or months to come.
Plan ahead for next year
. If Valentines Day is a holiday that matters to you and your significant other, make a mental note of how quickly it can sneak up on you after the big winter holidays in December. Think about realistic ways you can cut back on your spending so you will be able to use cash to cover all of the holidays without relying on credit cards and going into debt. Can you cut back on costly coffee drinks, snacks and sodas during your work day? Or maybe put o
. Give flowers that will last forever. If you have some talent when it comes to painting or drawing, framed originals are wonderful. Silk or glass flowers really will last forever. If your beloved has a green thumb, give flowering plants to put in the garden to enjoy year after year. If you have space, a spring flowering tree or shrub is an annual reminder of your gift of love.
. Take a walk down memory lane for a tribute to everlasting love. Create a recollection collection scrapbook filled with favorite photographs, love letters, keepsakes from special occasions, and cherished mementos that have special meaning to the two of you.
Valentines Day card
. OK, it may not be the most original idea, but if you do it right. it can be a gift that is treasured forever. Create your own Valentines Day card. Compose a poem or an expression of love that expresses your personality, make a photo collage that captures your special together moments, scan the tickets from your first date, a copy of your wedding invitation, a picture of the restaurant you think of as your special place. Hallmark has some nice sen
. While getting drunk on V-day is probably not the best idea, making Valentines Day-themed cocktails with your boyfriend is a fun and festive way to celebrate the day. Make each other drinks post-dinner; after all, ending Valentines Day with a homemade Be Mine Mojito doesnt get much better. If you are under 21, check out these awesome mocktail recipes.
. Its true, coupon books are hardly a new concept, but what guy doesnt want his Valentines gift to last all year? Make him a coupon book for things like fresh baked cupcakes, a movie night or a massage and feel free to spice it up.
Meet him at class with hot chocolate
. This year February 14th falls on a Tuesday, so why wait until nighttime to celebrate? Make him a thermos with hot chocolate and surprise him outside of class.
Splurge on a hotel room
. If you are willing to splurge on a gift, why not get away from roommates and sharing twin beds . Sometimes, the best way to get in the mood is to invest in a change of space. Spend the night ordering room service, cuddling in a big bed, and taking bubble baths
Take him down memory lane
. Even though Valentines Day is about celebrating the moment, theres no better day to reflect on what makes you so happy with your man in the first place. A great way to celebrate your relationship is to make a scrapbook and look through old pictures, find cute stickers and paper and then channel your inner Warhol. If making a full scrapbook is too time consuming, make a collage card or mini scrapbook.
Head to Victorias Secret
. To ensure a smile on his face this V-day, the HC team recommends wearing hot underwear that he has never seen before. Lets be real, what makes him happier or you feel sexier than a new lacey bra. My bra pick is VSs new love balconet bra because it provides a lot of lift but still looks flirty.
. Go the extra mile and let him know exactly why he means so much to you. To really touch him this Valentines Day, personalize your gift. A great gift you can make or buy is Lovopoly. Lovopoly is monopoly customized with memories and photos. Another idea from HC Tulane Campus Correspondent Catherine Combs is to buy your boyfriend a deck of cards and write a memory or inside joke on each card.
Set a budget and make it fun
. Lets face it, Valentines Day can get pricey. Instead of stressing about buying an expensive gift, set a budget with your guy and get creative. For 10 dollars you could buy a cheesy V- day themed stuffed animal, bake cupcakes or better yet purchase massage oil to really make his night.
A classic card
. Whether you have been dating for a while and want to tell him how you feel or havent been dating long at all but want to show you care, a card goes a long way. Get out the construction paper, doilies and stamps and get artsy. For amazing card ideas, check out Martha Stewarts card projects. When it comes to writing, a cute poem or heartfelt message is always a hit. Cosmo came up with an awesome list of tips for writing a Valentines Day card and r
. Strawberry bellinis, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and chocolate mousse and nothing will make your man swoon more quickly than a delicious Valentines meal. If you are feeling ambitious and extra sweet, cooking dinner for your boyfriend is the way to go. If you are an all star in the kitchen, check out The Food Networks Valentines Day food and dessert recipes. However, if you are like me and cooking a full gourmet meal is not a possibility, look at
. HC Harvard campus correspondent Olivia Ford suggests taking the dinner in bed idea even further with an indoor picnic. To decorate your space, string white Christmas lights around the room, buy some picnic snacks, pop the champagne and set up a blanket and pillows for you and your boy to sit on. Oh, and dont forget to ask your roommates for some alone time.
Dinner in bed
. Going out for Valentines Day dinner is a tradition that needs to go. Unless youare Posh and Becks the service is bound to be terrible, the menu limited and the prices steep. Instead, try ordering in from a favorite restaurant and eating the meal in bed. Spend the night relaxing over good food and cozy company instead of cramped with strangers.
Buy him tickets to a sports event
. If you want all of his friends to be saying you seriously have the best girlfriend ever, tickets to his favorite sporting event are the way to go. Not only will you make his night and show that you are into his interests, but you will also get to share something special to him, together, and whats better than that? Stubhub is a great place to look for discounted tickets.
. If ice skating is too tame and your school is in a sunny place, many HCers recommend nighttime skinny-dipping. Seriously, not much is hotter than a steamy late night swim. Just be careful please, getting caught for trespassing might kill the mood.
Go ice skating
. The HC teams number one recommendation for a perfect Valentines date is ice-skating. If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating with your BF and dont forget the cocoa.
Give a gift that keeps giving
. As I searched for the perfect gift for my boyfriend last Valentines Day I knew he loved two things, beer and lots of beer. It was with this information that I stumbled upon amazing clubs. Amazing clubs is a website that lets you send a 6-pack of gourmet beer to your boyfriend every month for as many months as you choose. If beer is too pricey you can also order coffee, BBQ sauce or ice cream.
Dress the part
. The easiest way to spread Valentines cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red. Meet your boyfriend for a day date in fitted jeans and a pink top or sport a red mini for your night together. For after hours, try Victorias Secret Valentines-themed lingerie.
Be a snow bunny
. I know, I know, were all tired of freezing every time we step outside and slipping on ice when we walk to class. But few things are as romantic as playing in the snow with your boyfriend on Valentines Day. Channel your inner 10 year old and head outside for a snowball fight and snow angels and Im sure your man will be happy to keep you warm.
Muse over your magical moments
. As Cloke said, All relationships have unforgettable moments or you wouldnt be in it. Take the time to talk about those special moments when you were first falling in love. You can even write them down, and exchange your lists, Cloke said.
Fill a need for your partner
. If mushy romanticism isnt for you, think of something your partner really needs, Orbuch said. This might be anything from getting his car detailed to replacing her tattered briefcase, she said.
Know how your partner likes to be loved
. Partners have different needs and find different things appealing. For one partner, a bouquet of flowers is a special gift. For another, flowers are meaningless but a book makes their heart skip a beat.This is where your partners love frame comes in. This term originated from psychologist George Bach, according to Bill Cloke, Ph.D, a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles for over 20 years and author of Happy Together: Creating A Lifetim
Little gift box
. Most local dollar stores offer little gift boxes that are decorative and inexpensive. Then just be creative, You can fill it with his favorite chocolates, candy, coffee, a small stuffed animal, and even add something pertaining to his hobby like guitar picks or drum sticks, even sports memorabilia. Wrap it in cellophane and add a card and bow. Its quick, creative and yummy too.
Make your gift personal
. A simple handwritten note telling your partner why you did still choose him or her if you had to do it all over again says I love you much better than a box of candy, said Terri Orbuch, Ph.D, psychotherapist, researcher and author of the forthcoming book Finding Love Again: Six Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.
Give the gift of giggling
. As long as it isnt at your partners expense, a silly gift and along with a more serious one and can be a fun way to express your love, Cloke said. I remember when a girlfriend of mine gave me a birthday gift of a small leaded glass case with marbles inside and the word replacements lettered on the top, he said.
Give the gift of touch
. Touching, such as kissing, hugging and cuddling, is another great way to express your love, Orbuch said. Even if you are not romantic, everyone needs and responds to the loving touch of a partner, she said.
Remember that money isnt meaningful
. With all the ads and commercials about presents, theres a lot of pressure to spend and spend big on Valentines Day. This might lead you to spend money you dont have or turn you off from the holiday altogether. But remember that romance doesnt have a price tag, Cloke said.Instead of viewing Valentines Day as a wily marketing ploy, Orbuch suggested seeing it as an opportunity for quality time. And this means different things to different couples. F
Get the Zen treatment
. Book a couples treatment at a local spa for Valentines evening. By the time you get home, you will be ultra-relaxed for some late night fun.
Play Truth or Dare
. Begin with each of you writing out five dares anything from trying on a sexy outfit to something naughty like stripping on separate pieces of paper. Place them in a bowl. Now take turns asking each other naughty questions such as, Whats the sexiest fantasy you have ever had? or Whats the most unusual place you have ever wanted to have sex? If you dont answer, you have to dip into the pot and select a dare
Go back to high school
. Relive those turbulent, testosterone driven high school years by driving to your towns Lovers Lane, listening to love songs on the tape deck, and getting hot and heavy in the backseat.
Watch the sunrise
. Sure you have seen the sunset together, but have you checked out how spectacular a sunrise is in the winter? You will have to wake up early and bundle up, but its so worth it. Besides, you can always crawl back into bed and cuddle afterward.
Channel your inner poet
. Light some candles, pour a couple glasses of merlot, and whip out those poetry primers you still have from college. Reading powerful verses together may open up the doors of communication and lead to an intense, um, connection.
Give each other erotic massages
. Make sure your hands are warm and you have plenty of massage oils on hand. Get naked and take turns giving each other rubdowns. If a happy ending is in order, so be it