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The Promise of Love: Free Romantic Ideas for Valentines Day Activities

Updated on January 7, 2012

Valentines Day activities typically mean a special night out, a romantic dinner and gifts. But you can add unique touches to the experience with these ideas that don’t cost a dime. In the interest of fairness, the ideas alternate between genders but you can use most of them with either a man or a woman.

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.


Valentines Day Activities at Home

Warm her robe and slippers, so she has something toasty to slip into as the first of her Valentines Day activities. Just before she gets up, you can throw the robe in the dryer for a few minutes on a warm setting, or heat the slippers up with a hair dryer.

Tell him to count as you kiss him for every year you’ve been together. Remember that there are other body parts to kiss besides the lips. If you want to add a bit of intrigue, take off one article of clothing from him or from you. Then ask him what the number means. If he forgets, or loses track, repeat the kissing. But this time put back the clothing on him or you. You may need to repeat the kissing yet a third time to remove the clothing.

Draw a heart or say I love you on the glass door of the shower stall or bathroom mirror using shaving cream or lipstick. If cleaning chores are a sore point between you and your significant other, make it known that you’re cleaning up the romantic graffiti.

Using large headlines from newspapers or magazines, cut out words that express your feelings. Lay them out, one word at a time, in a path that your loved one usually takes, or that leads to a romantic gift.

A foot massage is a great way to end your Valentines Day Activities. But before you start, have her rest in her favorite chair, and bring a warm bowl of water to wash her feet. You may want a separate bowl to catch any drips from her feet. Scented soaps and oils are a nice touch.


Valentines Day Activities Outside

Call her smartphone or answering machine and leave a romantic poem read by you or a romantic song sung by you.

When you’re driving in the car to your Valentines Day activities, rest your hand on his thigh. A bit of a massage might be welcome on a long job. Just be careful how high up the thigh you go, since you want him to concentrate on the road. While waiting at a stoplight, massage one or both of his hands.

Buy a web address in your partner’s name, such as, if it’s available. Create a page with as many of the following items on it: a poem, some romantic artwork, pictures of the two of you, his favorite music, or a YouTube video of a love scene. Turn on the computer and put the web page on the monitor. Then put either the screen or computer to sleep. Your website will be the first thing he sees when the computer or screen awakens.

Hide her present in an unexpected place outside the house such as your favorite park haunt, in a shopping mall store or in the corner of a parking structure. (For the latter two, you may need to convince employees at the site to keep watch over the package. Many will do so eagerly, if you tell them it’s in the name of Valentines Day.) Then at an appropriate moment, ask her to look in the hiding place.

If you have other free ideas for Valentines Day activities, please put them in comments.


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    • Love  Locks profile image

      Love Locks 

      4 years ago

      Cool, but the addition of me: You can hang the lock of love in another country. Read more here

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Cooking a loved one's favorite foods for a snack or special meal is another way to show one's love for that special someone. You have presented some good ideas here. I like the warmed robe idea. Nice touch! Voted useful and interesting. Will keep it in mind for the next Valentine' s Day...or other special days. :)

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a wonderful suggestion, MarleneB. That would work for any special occasion too.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      These are some unique ideas for Valentine's Day. In line with your idea to cut out headlines and lay them out in a path, last year my husband printed out a page with the words, "Happy Valentines Day! I Love You Sweetheart." Then, he placed these (80) little notes all over the house in places (books, cupboards, computer, etc.) where he knew I would find them. Throughout the year, as I went about the house doing things, I have been finding these little notes. I actually found one last week when I opened a cookbook to get a recipe for something I hadn't made all year. It's so sweet. He gets an extra hug and kiss every time I find a note. As a memento, I'm keeping the notes in a jar with the dates and places I find them. I still haven't found them all and now it's almost the next year's Valentine's Day. That was a gift that gave all year long.

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 

      5 years ago from Mexico City

      Great ideas for Valentine's day. I might be able to try some the next month.

      Voted useful!

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I don't know how I missed this one but it's very sweet. And I like that it's free. You always have great tips and ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      You make some good suggestions, often people forget that the extra attention and intimate time is more important than the gifts.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • formosangirl profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Alocsin, many great ideas. This is actually a funny hub. Voted up.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is quite romantic. Perhaps you'll relive some of this memories for this Valentine's.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas. My husband and I had our first date on Valentine's Day 16 years ago.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How wonderful Kikalina. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Alocsin!

      Great ideas! Now I just have to find someone to do them with! : )

    • kikalina profile image


      6 years ago from Europe

      I will be making chocolate in flower and heart molds at home.


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