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Valentine's Day Ideas Beyond the Ordinary

Updated on January 20, 2009

 Do you find yourself always returning to the same ideas for Valentine's Day?  Flowers.  Chocolates.  A card.  When you want to impress your wife do you simply spend more money on said flowers, chocolates and/or card?  Break out of the rut and truly romance your wife this Valentine's Day with one of the following ideas.

More Than Just Flowers

If your wife really loves the flowers you get her every year try a new twist on the theme. Instead of bringing home one bouquet at the end of the day consider having blooms delivered throughout the day.

Have a bloom in a bud vase on the breakfast table. Or, if you can manage it get up a little early and prepare a breakfast tray. Some croissants, fresh fruit and a cup of coffee would be much appreciated on a tray with the bud vase and her morning bloom.

Then arrange to have a bloom or two delivered to her work. And if you couldn't arrange having breakfast with her perhaps you could do lunch. Come knocking with a sack lunch for two and another bloom to add to her collection.

Finally, at the end of the work day, show up at her work with a modest bouquet or even just a few more blooms. Wisk her away to where ever you have dinner reservations with blooms in tow. All her colleges will be green with envy.

Dining Done Right

 If you don't have the bucks to spend on a fancy restaurant consider preparing the meal yourself.  Some meals are fairly simple to create yourself you just need to remember a few things before getting started.

Either clean the house yourself or arrange to have it cleaned by a maid service.  (Actually that alone is a gift most women will really appreciate.)  Should you opt to do the cleaning yourself make sure you do a thorough job.  If your wife has a tendency to follow after you and clean a room you thought you'd already cleaned perhaps you should get a female friend to spot check your work for you.

Also, don't forget to arrange for babysitting.  If you can have the kids out of the house before she even gets home all the better.

When planning your menu if you are not typically a cook don't try anything to elaborate.  Even spaghetti can be nice if well presented.  Start with soup or salad (just like in the restaurants).  A Caesar salad is easy to make or you could even buy a premade bagged salad.

Choose drinks that will complement your meal.  If you know where your wife keeps you wedding toasting glasses now would be a good time to break them out.

French bread makes a nice accompaniment to spaghetti.  Or if you are grilling steaks scrub up a couple of potatoes and throw them in the oven for an hour.  When the steaks are about five minutes from completion steam some fresh vegetables.

If you have or can borrow a two-person table that would be better than eating at the family dinner table.  Serve the meal on the fine china.  Set up some candles for mood lighting and have a little romantic music playing softly in the background.  Set out placemats and napkins and the good silverware.

And don't forget dessert.  Freshly washed strawberries dipped in whipped heavy cream make a romantic end to dinner.  Or go to your local bakery and choose something more chocolaty.  No matter what you serve your wife is sure to be impressed.

The Personal Spa

Another inexpensive idea that is a good choice even if you aren't trying to save money is the personal spa.  Give your wife some personal attention with a pedicure.

Your local drug store or even most grocery stores should carry everything you need:  some foot lotion, foot scrub and a foot soak.  Find your wife's favorite robe and slippers or buy her a new set.  Some stress relieving aroma therapy and some soothing music provide a good background.

Arrange for your children to be out of the house.  Make sure the house is clean.  Then set up a work area for your spa.  You will need a comfortable chair, a basin for the foot soak and probably some towels at the base of the chair.  Dim the lights for a truly soothing ambiance.

Proceed or follow the foot soak with a foot massage.  Serve your wife a snack of some type.  Maybe tea and miniature sandwiches or fresh fruit and sparkling water.  Relax together and talk about how far you've come from the day you first met.

Become a Gondolier

Is your wife a fan of Italy? Gondolier rides under the moonlight? Well you don't need to fly far from home to experience a little of this magic. All you need is a nearby body of water and a rowboat or canoe.

Pack a picnic dinner. (If you are unsure about food ideas visit my hubpage about picnics.) Don't forget a few blankets. It's cold in February and even colder on the water.

Bundle up together and sail out under the moonlight. Share a thermos of coffee and look up at the stars together. It will be nearly as magical as Italy and a whole lot less expensive.

Whatever you choose to do for Valentine's Day if you take time to plan it out, and make it personal your wife is sure to love it.  And with these ideas, unlike with a restraunt reservation, your wife can easily see the time you put into it.  Happy Valentine's Day.


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    • dayzeebee profile image

      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Nice, warm and tender ideas. The spa and the intimate moments under the moonlight appeals much to me. Keep enjoying life and love:)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Pretty sweet ideas :-) At this time, I would love the personal spa :-) a massage would be lovely!

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      megankouz 8 years ago

      Lovely ideas! Not the usual afterthought, oh yeah by the way... here's a plastic rose from the conveince store down the block. lol

      Good Luck Dottie! Sometimes they need a big hint. Add some arrows, too.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I think I'll print this out and circle and put my name on it and then put it where he will surely see it and see what happens. LOL

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      Joy M 8 years ago from Sumner, Washington

        Slow dancing after dinner is a sweetly romantic gesture.  If you can't cook yourself try one of those Dinner's Ready type stores.  They include directions on how to cook the dinner but all the prep work is done for you.

      Whatever you decide to do it sounds like your putting a lot of time and thought into it so I'm sure she'll be impressed.

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      sean.rutger 8 years ago from USA

      Hey, these are some great ideas. This Valentine's day, my wife and I mark 10 years since we first began dating, so I'm looking for some out-of-the ordinary ideas. I'm not much of a cook, but I *think* I know where she keeps the nice wine glasses. I really like the idea of giving her flowers that morning, and then sending her more throughout the work day. She'll LOVE that. She also loves a good foot massage, so I'll be sure to work that in. Also, I think if I invite her to slow-dance with me after dinner, perhaps to one of her favorite songs ("At Last" by Etta James), she'll be very pleased. So, thanks again for the great ideas, I'll be sure to use a few of them!

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      justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas! :D And of course:

      Roses Say It All!

      too! A combination of romantic ideas & roses could be very compelling!


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      Mels SanDiego 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Fun ideas!

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Good ideas, doing something different is fun and shows thought.

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Joy, I enjoy your twists it just shows there are many ways to do the same old thing. Making it special is always a nice touch. Nice hub.