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10 Ways to Surprise Your Valentine

Updated on September 4, 2014

A Valentine's Day Surprise

Do you want to TRULY surprise your valentine this Valentine's Day? Let's look beyond the breakfast in bed, roses at work and glittery jewelry. While these gifts are ones that are appreciated and loved, why not treat your Valentine to something special and unique?

My fiancé doesn't like Valentine's Day because he finds it to be full of forced romance. He has come up with some spectacular ideas over the years, so many of the ideas I give you in this lens should be credited to him. These ideas would really work for any occasion, not just Valentine's Day. Isn't it wonderful to have an excuse to show someone how much you really care about them?

#1 Surprise Visit

On our first Valentine's Day, my fiancé lived 30 minutes away. The night before, he asked me on the phone what time I would be waking up, and I assumed that I would receive a good morning phone call around that time. Imagine my surprise when he called me... and told me to come let him inside! He had woken up early, driven to my dorm with an arm full of roses. (Boy were the other girls in my dorm jealous!)

If you and your significant other do not live in the same place, surprise him/her by showing up unexpected first thing in the morning. A single rose in your hand will make them thrilled, I promise!

If you live with your significant other, then they would obviously expect you to be around in the morning. Instead, show up unexpected for lunch, or arrange a time to call because you are "busy" but show up to surprise them instead.

This is a surprise that does not cost very much money (travel expenses aside), but the response will be great!

#2 Take a Cooking Class

Breakfast in bed is a great treat, but it has become rather expected on Valentine's Day. Instead of going to an expensive restaurant, put the money towards a cooking lesson where you can learn how to create a wonderful meal, together. Often you will find other couples at these classes, or you can spring for something more private. Check you your local culinary schools and adult education centers for class options.

If you don't have the funds for a class, or there isn't one in your area, you can create your own cooking lesson at home. Choose a recipe, pick up the ingredients and queue up YouTube videos that will help you out with the craft. Try to pick a recipe that is beyond your skill level. Just in case, make sure you have a frozen pizza in the freezer. You will laugh about any cooking disasters in the years to come!

#3 Learn Something New Together

Glass Blowing Paperweights
Glass Blowing Paperweights

Surprise your Significant Other with a Class

Have you always wanted to learn to fly a Helecoptor? What about sky dive? Or maybe you have always been fascinated with glass blowing. Think about a craft or activity that has fascinated your partner, and surprise him/her with the opportunity to try it themselves. Whatever his/her interest may be, you will be able to find a class on it!

For our anniversary on year, my fiancé surprised me with a glassblowing class. This pictures is of paperweights we made together during our lesson. Now we have a beautiful reminder of a day we spent together.

If you are low on funds, then you may not want to look for a formal lesson. Instead, plan a free afternoon around things you have never done together before. Whether this is sledding, having a snowball fight or exploring the local art museum, experiencing something new as a team will make it seem new all over again!

Tandem Skydiving - The ultimate something new!

So if you go skydiving together, you will not be able to be attached together, but you may be able to be in the same plane! I went skydiving with a friend for her birthday, and the support for each other and the courage necessary to make this leap will make us closer than ever.

Make sure that you discuss this with your significant other BEFORE you book a trip, as you wouldn't want to push someone out of a plane who has no interest in going!

#4 Make a Homemade Valentine

Sometimes creating something yourself is the best way to show your Valentine that you care. You can break out the glitter and create a shiny heart, or even go back to pre-K and make a card out of macaroni. Create a custom playlist, or even go old school and make a mixed tape. (Good luck finding somewhere to play it!)

#5 Valentine's Day on a different day

Valentine's Day Surprise
Valentine's Day Surprise

Wish for Three More Wishes

3 More Valentine's Days

So I mentioned above that my Significant other is not a huge fan of Valentine's Day....

Winter 2009 was a busy year. I don't remember what was going on, but for whatever reason my fiancé hadn't had much time to plan for Valentine's Day. I remember him asking if we could postpone it, but I really wanted it to happen on that day.

So he gave me a card that said my gift was three surprise Valentine's Days throughout the next year! (I should mention that all of our gift giving holidays in a span of 2 months ending with Valentine's Day, so by then we've typically used up a lot of our ideas.) It was wonderful to wake up on a random morning in June to find out that it was "Valentine's Day." (He claims that this wasn't because he was too busy to plan anything... but it was a way that he got what he wanted while still making me happy!)

Now, this idea doesn't mean that you should skip doing something for your Valentine on Feb 14, but it is a great excuse to show someone how much you love them throughout the year.

Wish for a Wish

Do you feel like reading a Romance Novel? These could be a fun Valentine to give to someone who enjoys reading something "soap opera" related.

#6 Get it Framed

Personalized Gift
Personalized Gift

A picture is worth 1000 words

(One of my personal favorites)

If you're like me, you have taken hundreds of photos with your significant other. These photos are sitting around, collecting "dust" somewhere in your home (or on your computer). Take these photos, and use them to make a fantastic photo gift for your significant other. Get a picture frame with multiple slots, and frame those vacation photos that are sitting in a box.

Or you can go to someplace like Snapfish and make a photo book with ease. Take him/her through the years you've had together, or include pictures of places or things that have significance to you.

#7 Make it all about them

It is worth the sacrifice

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In every relationship, there are activities that one person enjoys more than the other. For Valentine's Day this year, give your partner a day of things that they usually have to beg you to do... without them asking. Whether this is going to an art museum, watching a horror flick, going furniture shopping or playing laser tag, your partner will appreciate the effort you made to make a day all about them.

#8 Provide a Service

Is there a chore that your partner typically does? Is there something he/she has been meaning to do, but hasn't found the time to do it? For Valentine's Day, do something that will make your significant other's life much easier.

Some Ideas:

-Buy a small photo scanner, and scan all of the photos in boxes from the pre-digital days

-Organize the garage

-Take over laundry duties for a week/month

Photo Scanners

I'm a huge fan of this idea. Scanning all of the old photos is something that most people have on a "to do" list, but never really get around to doing it. Surprise your Valentine by doing it for them!

#9 Scavenger Hunt

And the prize is you!

Design a scavenger hunt for your significant other. You can make it so they have to run around all over town collecting certain objects with you, or they can search for clues themselves, while you wait for them at the end.

Don't worry, you won't need to come up with all of the ideas by yourself!

#10 Indoor Picnic

Bring the romance indoors

February can be cold in some parts of the world. Sometimes the weather may be so bad that you really do not want to go outside. How can you create a wonderful Valentine's Day if the weather ruined your chance to get the supplies? Have an indoor picnic!

You can use simple foods that you have at home already. Spread out a blanket, light some candles and then eat on the floor together. Soon you will forget that you're in your own home!

What was your most unique valentine's day?

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      Lucey Andrew 3 years ago

      Amazing ideas to surprise and make your valentine happy. You did great job by posting these helpful ideas. I have posted similar type of hub, to let people know about top technology gifts for valentine's day.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      I like your ideas for Valentine's Day. It is fantastic to be in love and celebrate. Any place is ideal for love. From a flower to a painted rock is good when it comes from the heart. Live is beautiful. A person who does not have a partner can gift by herself or himself with some of your ideas. It is a big possibility of meeting another single person. I like your hub.Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Lindsey A S 3 years ago from Delaware

      Love your hub ideas, I wrote and article for Valentines Day I put so much into it I didn't want to make it to big so I stopped. I loved the cooking class one and how you put in a link so you can buy a cooking book! Good ideas!

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      Mary Ellen Block 3 years ago from Southern California

      I love your ideas! I really like the idea of doing an activity together instead of just exchanging presents. It makes the holiday more special more special. I want to sign my boyfriend and I up for a cooking class now!

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      Steve Mitchell 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Some nice ideas for valentines.

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      sasirekha 3 years ago

      Nice surprising ideas and i love all.

      I see some awesome gift ideas on

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      I love your ideas!

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      sjeff35 5 years ago

      Great article, you put a lot of thought into this and it shows.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Thanks!~

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Some great ideas here. Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I liked when I surprised my family with a fruit basket from Edible arrangements. It was such a refreshing treat before dunner.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Listen to a funny Valentine by husband & wife team Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg during your Valentines date! ttp://

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lens! Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas! I'm nominating this for the Valentine's Day LOTD.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Great Valentine's Day surprises here. I especially love the gift of three bonus Valentine's Days. Thanks for the wonderful ideas. Appreciated!

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Nominating your lens for LOTD for Valentine's day :) Love your ideas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like get it framed choice, that would be a surprise.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. I'd rather be shown love because he wants to, not because of the calendar. Plus I used to work at Hallmark and customers were insane that time of year. But I like your ideas and will think of using them this year for a nice change from chocolate and a movie. Blessed!

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas! I agree with your fiancé that the "forced" expressions of love are not as meaningful as true expressions of caring.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I like the 'Valentine's Day on a different day' idea. :)

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      You sound like you have a very romantic and creative fiancé, I think he's a keeper. I think all the ideas are great...except not so much the skydiving. LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely collection of Valentine's Day ideas that are a bit different from the usual!

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      Great ideas for celebrating Valentine's day. Some very creative thoughts. Blessed.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your suggestions and that you shared your Valentine's Day stories. Sounds like you have a "keeper" there in your "significant other!"

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      You've laid out so many creative ideas for Valentine's Day here. I've tried a couple in the past and will save/fave this lens for inspiration not just for Feb 14 but for anniversary, birthday and just because I love someone.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! Lots of unique ideas for a special Valentine's Day! What a special person your fiancé must be. :)

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @deyanis: Thank you so much!

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      deyanis 7 years ago from Oz

      Sprinkle an angel blessing to the most creative valentine's gift lenses I've read so far. And I totally agree with you, these ideas can also work on any other occasion. --- Blessed ---

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      BrandonJames926 7 years ago

      Very cool ideas for Vday. I've always found doing something rather than getting something was more exciting!

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      SweetMarie83 LM 7 years ago

      This is one of my favorite lenses that I've read so far. What truly excellent, creative, unique ideas! You're a very lucky woman, your fiancé sounds amazing! I hope some day to be able to try some of these ideas (or have them tried on/for me lol). I've just finally discovered what lensrolling is and how to do it so I'm lensrolling this to my Romantic and Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Women - Going Beyond Flowers and Chocolates lens. :-)

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      vinayg972010 7 years ago

      A really great lense, keep it up man!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Very great ideas on here! Such a cool lens!! I might have t okeep these in mind as V-Day arrives. I never have any good ideas (and am too tired to think of anything else).

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      divacratus 2 7 years ago

      The day I got a diamond ring :) Not really an inexpensive gift, but who's complaining? :) :)

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      MikeEssex 7 years ago

      You could also make a lens and give them that as a gift. My favourite valentines gift I've given was an A-Z photobook with a different photo for each letter and something about it. E.g. B= Bacardi island, where we spent our Honeymoon.

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      Julianne Gentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Our first valentine's day. We were just friends, but surprised me with a mixtape (this was many years ago) and we spent the evening together (as we were both recently single), laughing, listening to great music, and totally enjoying each other's company. We did not start dating for 2 more months, but it's still a favorite memory.

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      wow...I have thousands of pre-digital photos, I would even pay him to do that job! On a serious note! I love the photo mosaic idea

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are such great ideas, I love them!