Love is about more than gifts; more than words.
There are countless commercials, coupons, and sales telling you how you have to buy your galpal or guy something that will just blow their mind, but it’s really not that important. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never be unhappy to receive a bouquet of flowers, but I’d rather have your time; so if you’re stumped on what to get or what to do for that special someone, fret not! Hope is not lost.
Skip the flashy gifts and go for something more meaningful.
Write them a letter. Express how you feel for them. Tell them how your heart beats to the sound of theirs, how their smile could melt the icecaps, and by golly, you’re in love with them. Let me tell ya, a handwritten letter is so underrated; it’s the perfect way to show them that you’re willing to take the time out of your day to put pen to paper with them on your mind.
Show them you love them, don’t just tell them. Yeah, I know, I just told you to write them a love letter, which you should totally do! That being said, it can be hard to understand why your partner is feeling less than overjoyed when it comes to your relationship, but remember that saying “I love you” isn’t enough. You have to show them. Your actions are essential. They can be used to reinforce the love you speak of or they can destroy the illusion you’ve been creating. So show them you love them, however you know how.
Send them a song that means something. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m easily wooed by music. For me, music always means so much more than what’s on the surface. The song you share doesn’t have to be overtly romantic, it can be anything you like and anything that you know will make their heart pitter-patter. Don’t be afraid to get cheesy! For instance Grow Old with Me by Adam Sandler is one of my absolute favorite love songs. If you need an idea on what to send, listen to it!
Touch them tenderly. Push the stray lock of hair behind her ear. Kiss his forehead. Trace the outline of their lips with your finger. The simplest of touches can make your lover go weak in the knees. I’m not an overly touchy-feely person, but the thought of his hand resting on the side of my face makes my heart beat fast, so give it a try.
Prepare a meal together. You don’t have to go out to a fancy restaurant to have a romantic evening, instead make a meal you both like. Obviously this depends on the personality of your loved one, but my ideal date is a night spent in pajamas and under a fluffy blanket. Sure, getting all dressed up and heading out to dinner is a nice treat, but why not skip the crowds and spend the evening just the two of you? Buy a bottle of snazzy wine or even champagne, eat something delicious, and spend the night wrapped up together.
There are countless ways to show love to those around you.
Valentine’s Day may be geared towards lovebirds, but don’t forget about the other loved ones in your life. Give your momma a call. Tell your dad how much you care for him. Show a stranger happiness and love today. Hold the door open for the fella behind you; smile at people as they pass you on the street. Give others the benefit of the doubt and most importantly, show them love. Appreciate all the ways you’ve been shown love in your life, take that feeling, and share it with someone else. Realize that the act of being selfless and loving others will return to you.
Remember you are loved, all day, every day.
P.S. Happy first Valentine’s Day to the snazziest fella I know. You’re a dreamboat.