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101 Romance Ideas for Valentine's Day

Updated on February 21, 2014

Calling all Cupids in hiding!

When you hear the words romantic gesture, what do you think about?

A box of fancy chocolates, bright red roses, dinner at a snazzy restaurant, or an expensive piece of jewellery, maybe?

Being romantic isn't about materialistic things. It shouldn't be something that you only celebrate - or spoil the one you love with - once a year. But... Valentine's Day is a popular day for love, and a day when those who aren't as romantic, can really put the sparkle on and show their sweethearts how much they mean to them!

Each couple has their own way of being romantic toward each other, so you're bound to find something that you can do out of these 101 romance ideas.

But first..

When can you be romantic?

Ahem... you mean it's not just something that's saved up for Valentine's Day, then?

Insert {a huge resounding NO} right here... Of course, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't celebrate with your love on the world's most romantic day of the year!

It just means that you can sweep your significant other off their feet ANY day of the week!

Completely blow them away with something magical or sweetly surprise them when they're not expecting it.

So, what this really means is, you can get your love-o-metre buzzing, on:

  • Special anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Valentine's Day
  • Christmas
  • New Years
  • Thanksgiving

In other words...

On ANY day of the year!

There's almost nothing better than putting a smile on your love's face.

And if that's something you want to do this Valentine's Day - or any day of the year for that matter - here are a couple of ideas you can try!

101 Creative ways to express your love

  1. Pick a flower

  2. Bring them coffee in bed

  3. Bake a surprise cake

  4. Draw them a bubble bath

  5. Make dinner and do the dishes

  6. Watch their favourite movie together

  7. Wash their car

  8. Bring them breakfast in bed

  9. Rub their feet after a hard day

  10. Give them a neck and shoulder massage

  11. Make them home-made lunch

  12. Put a secret message in their lunch

  13. Cover the house in post-it love notes for when they get home

  14. Surprise them with a small present to unwrap "just because"

  15. Write a love letter

  16. Write a love poem

  17. Learn how to say "I love you" in 10 languages

  18. Watch his sports team play together

  19. Watch her favourite soap opera or series together

  20. Convert your house into a "mini spa retreat"

  21. Hold hands or cuddle together on the couch

  22. Write romantic words on the shower door

  23. Buy their favourite treat, and leave a note on in the fridge saying, "just for you"

  24. Surprise them with a spur of the moment coffee date

  25. Take out the garbage without being asked

  26. Do the dishes when it isn't your turn

  27. Play a board-game together

  28. Go for a walk around the neighbourhood

  29. Serenade them with a love song

  30. Draw a picture

  31. Have a mini photo shoot just the two of you at home

  32. Organise a professional couple's shoot

  33. Surprise them with a weekend away

  34. Go watch a live game together (for him)

  35. Go shopping together (for her)

  36. Make an effort to get on with his/her family

  37. Invite his/her friends over and get to know them better

  38. Spend the entire weekend at home alone together

  39. Make ice-cream sundaes

  40. Have their favourite CD playing when they get home

  41. Buy him flowers (men like this too!)

  42. Buy her flowers "just because"

  43. Surprise them by visiting a shelter to adopt a pet

  44. Learn French together

  45. Attend a cooking class together

  46. Cook an exotic dish together

  47. Play their favourite video game together

  48. Leave a surprise voice message on their phone

  49. Buy their favourite dessert on the way home

  50. Do a sexy an unexpected dance

  51. Go for a spur of the moment picnic

  52. Make a list of everything you love about your partner and read it to each other

  53. Rent a classic romantic movie

  54. Make a mixed CD of songs from the year you met

  55. Call your local radio station and dedicate a song to your partner

  56. Buy a small teddy or their favourite cartoon character "just because"

  57. Make a scrapbook or photo album of your favourite moments

  58. Thank each other for cooking a meal

  59. Give him/her a compliment in front of other people

  60. Open the door for her

  61. Pull up a chair for her, even if it's only at home

  62. Tell them you're proud of them

  63. Whisper sweet nothings in their ear when you're out in public

  64. Play footsie under the table

  65. Fix something around the house without being asked

  66. Act out a favourite movie scene of theirs

  67. Send an email to say "thinking of you" during the day

  68. Call him/her just to hear their voice during the day

  69. Make a home-made gift

  70. Bring home a balloon that says "I love you"

  71. Spend the entire day together in bed

  72. Call in sick and spend the day at home together

  73. Visit the garden store, and plant a garden together

  74. Go "dessert hopping"

  75. Take a drive to a neighbouring town and play tourist for a few hours

  76. Wake up earlier and snuggle for a few extra minutes

  77. Take some naughty pictures of each other

  78. Leave mini chocolates on their pillow before bed

  79. Learn a hobby together

  80. Wake up early and watch the sunrise together over coffee and breakfast

  81. Drive to a good viewpoint and watch the sun set

  82. Lie down in the garden and look up at the stars

  83. Slow dance together after dinner

  84. Read a romantic story aloud to each other

  85. Surprise him/her with tickets to a special event

  86. Paint her toenails

  87. Play with his hair

  88. Meet in a park or restaurant for a date

  89. Throw a surprise party for the two of you, "just because"

  90. Ask them about their day, and really listen

  91. Play "how well do you know me"

  92. Write a romantic message on the bathroom mirror in shaving cream

  93. Say "I'm glad I chose you" occasionally

  94. Have a pillow fight or play tag

  95. Stay up till morning watching favourite movies together

  96. Hide their favourite sweets in their pockets

  97. Give your partner a head rub

  98. Play with your partner's hair

  99. Offer your partner some "me" time, and look after the kids or household chores for a few hours

  100. Toast marshmallows together and tell each other spooky stories

  101. Go out for the night and tell people you're on honeymoon

Are you ready to get creative?

Do you have any favourite romantic gestures that aren't on this list that you've surprised your partner with, or that you'd like to do?

Romance ideas don't need to be predictable, expensive, or seldom. You can do them anywhere, anytime, and for ANY reason!

How do you normally celebrate Valentine's Day?

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    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hehehe thanks Nell! ;)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      I am one of those sad people who haven't even received a card in about a thousand years...well you get my point! lol! but this is lovely! And if I manage to grab a guy between now and then I will definitely use some of your great ideas! lol!

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you Kathryn :) Have a lovely week as well and I'm glad you liked some of the suggestions.

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a huge selection of romantic ideas! Kudos to you.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great week.

      Voted up, sharing, and pinning.

      ~ Kathryn

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @Deborah - Haha! Good thinking... maybe just chop off the comments first though, LOL! :)

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      Nice ideas. My husband is not exactly Mr. Romance. Maybe I should leave a copy of this hub somewhere where he will see it. : )

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @cclitgirl - Wow, now that's the spirit! Why, wait for tomorrow? I like your thinking my friend. Have a great day right back at you! ;)

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @Bill - There's just something so special about giving surprise gifts to the one you love throughout the year. I love doing that. I hope you had a lovely weekend Bill! :)

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      4 years ago from Western NC

      I love giving gifts throughout the year. Hehe. I love your ideas and I might have to employ two or three or seven - today! :)

      Well done on this hub. Have a great day!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      By mutual consent we don't do much on Valentine's Day...we like to give little gifts throughout the year.....look at you with two hubs this week. A New Year for Mel and it's nice to see. I hope you had a great Friday my friend; Happy Weekend to you.


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