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Creative ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Updated on August 11, 2014

Sometimes love is best demonstrated with your time and effort

Traditionally when people think of Valentine's Day gifts items like jewelry, flowers and chocolate usually come to mind. While these items are sweet, to some they might be considered too obvious. How much thought does it take to stop off at the store on the way home from work to buy some flowers. If I might be so bold as to make a different suggestion, give a gift that is so much more valuable and expensive; your time. Find an activity that you and your partner can do together and use Valentine's Day to take a break from your hectic schedule and re-connect. Maybe this is time away from kids or work, or maybe it includes the children, either way spending time hopefully reminds you of why you fell in love with them in the first place. While I have some suggestions below, the key here is to do something that you both love to do together.

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A walk into the sunset

It might sound corny but sometimes a simple walk on the beach or in the park accompanied by food can be a great way to let the stress melt away with each step together. Obviously this works best if you live in a warm environment, but a romantic prepared or purchased picnic in the park followed by a walk holding hands has been found to be both cathartic and romantic. Plan this to be later in the day and try to get the bonus of a beautiful sunset. Just remember it might be cool in the evening so for extra points bring a warm blanket, jacket, or warm thermos of hot chocolate.

A recipe for love

Most busy couples see cooking a meal as more of a chore than a pleasure. Yet taking the time to make something together can remind each of you of all the fun they have working together. Plan some of your favorite items for the menu and make sure you include your partner in the preparation. It might seem unromantic to have them help you, but when you turn on some fun music, have a glass of wine and work together it can lead to all the comedy that a kitchen seems to create. Make sure you know your recipes well enough so you are not stressing as you are cooking. Also remember to have some snacks or appetizers handy when working on a long meal since no one likes being starving while working.

Glue your relationship tigher

You know those hundreds or thousands of photos you have from vacations and holidays together? When was the last time you put them in a photo album. Buy a photo album, some caption paper, fun stickers and a number of photos and sit down together to create a love album. Nothing brings back memories of some of your best times together than photos and re-living the stories that went with them. If most of your photos are digital, send them over to your local Costco or other price club to print them out for incredibly low rates (Costco is 5cents per picture). Write funny captions; add stickers or other embellishments to make it even more fun. Many of which can be purchased for pennies at a local Michaels or other craft store.

Create beautiful music together

If either of you are artistically inclined perhaps writing a song together is right up your alley. Certainly not the most easy of ideas but should be an activity that can cause hours of laughter. Most basic Macs have the ability for you to compose and create a love song, while it might seem corny at the time, years later will never fail to bring a smile to your face. Take this one step further and create a home movie together. Maybe recounting how you fell in love with each other, what it felt like to get married or perhaps your first child. Set the camera up on a table and make sure it has plenty of battery, after a few minutes you will forget it is even there as you recount some of your favorite times together. Make sure you set the correct mood prior with a nice dinner or some fun drinks. Just remember to forget about the camera and just talk to each other.

What other ideas do you have to spend time with your partner?

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      Matthew 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @Elyn MacInnis: I had not heard of that book, but will have to check it out. Thank you for the suggestion.

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      Matthew 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @clouda9 lm: Thank you! We have indeed try to make bread together, don't tell anyone but her loaf came out far better than mine :-)

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      Matthew 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      @SusanRDavis: That is an awesome idea, thank you will have to try.

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      When we want to spend some quality time together, we often get in the car and drive. Our goal is to drive somewhere we've never been, down a road around where we live that we have never traveled. Day or night doesn't really matter. We drive and appreciate the neighbors and houses around us and talk. Just lots of talking about whatever comes to mind. No subject is taboo and it's been a source of many serious or thought-providing topics and many, many hilarious discussions.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      When we were newlyweds making bread together did connect us as a couple. Simple pleasures of life have always left me with lasting memories. *Blessed today because these ideas are truly great any time of year!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      It's the thought that counts and I like your ideas very much. Even a walk in cold weather can be fun...keep each other warm!

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Do you know the Five Love Languages book? My favorite is the Five Love Languages for Children. One of the five languages for expressing love is "Quality Time." It is easy to think that we have to do do do, give give give, task task task, but a very special language is just spending time together. You have excellent ideas here.

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Spending time together is what its all about, your Lense sends this message very creatively.

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      MarilynImanse 6 years ago

      Your ideas of doing something different and focusing on time together is great. How about a soak in a hot tub in the evening with a beverage? I don't think only being in a relationship for three years has got anything to do with how you celebrate your love. Love has no bounds or time limits. Love is love.