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Sweet and Simple Things to Say and Do on Valentine's Day

Updated on September 21, 2017
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Sadie Holloway is a workshop facilitator who teaches interpersonal communication skills to help people strengthen their relationships.

Looking for some simple, easy, and original things to do for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day? Here's a Valentine's Day activity list to help you get started.

What do you plan to do for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day?
What do you plan to do for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day?

What to Write In a Valentine's Day Card

Valentine's Day is the day when men and women are encouraged to indulge their inner romantic and let love and affection rule the day.

From delivering heart-shaped balloons to sending fragrant bouquets and decadent truffles, there's no gesture too small, nor too grand on Valentine's Day. All that matters is that your token of love is given with warmth and sincerity.

If you're looking for the right words to put in a Valentine's Day card for your partner (husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend), perhaps these sentiments might help inspire your romantic muse. (These suggestions were adapted from the chapter on Valentine's Day messages in Thinking of You, A Card Greeting for Every Occasion, by Katie Hewat, available on Amazon.)

When I’m sad, you bring me happiness.
When things are confusing, you bring clarity.
When clouds threaten overhead, you bring the sunshine.
You’re my one and only Valentine!


You’re the sweetest Valentine a [guy/gal] could ever ask for. When we’re together, I feel like I can do anything! I love you!


Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you so very much. I dream that we can always be at each other’s side, holding hands and making dreams come true.


I love who you are and the way you make me feel. Thank you for being mine! Happy Valentine’s Day!


You’ve helped me through the bad times. You’ve cheered me up when I’ve felt sad. You’ve supported me in everything I do! Thank you for all that you do to bring joy and happiness into my life. You’re the best, my dear Valentine!


Do Some Pretty Valentine's Day Card Calligraphy

if you and you partner share a wicked and witty sense of humor, why not be a little bit cheeky on Valentine's Day. Check out the Huffington Post article featuring a cute slide show of handmade greeting cards for couples who aren't afraid of a little sarcasm on Valentine's Day.

Serve Up Some Romance with a Special Breakfast

Fun Things to Do On Valentine's Day

If cards and bonbons are too cliché for you, try doing one, or a few, of these sweet and simple Valentine's Day activities.

1. Start a date night diary with your sweetheart. In the days leading up to your Valentine's Day date, write down all your thoughts and feelings about the date. What are you excited about? What do you want to talk about? What do you want to do (i.e.; make out in the movie theater)? After the date, write about all the wonderful moments you had together.

2. Meet your husband at your pre-planned date location. Get dressed separately. No matter how long you've been together, you're never too old to experience the giddy feeling of waiting for your lover to arrive at your rendez-vous.

3. Find the pulpiest paperback romance novel you can and then take turns reading passages to each other without laughing.

4. Make separate lists of the romantic marriage advice that you would give to young people two generations from now. Then take turns reading your lists to each other.

5. Meet your partner for a lunch date in the middle of your work day. If you have kids, this is a great way to sneak out on a date without having to worry about arranging a babysitter on one of the busiest nights of the year!

6. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a fancy hotel and spa package, a budget hotel room can be just as cozy with a little bit of planning. Ice, champagne, candles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, romantic music -- it doesn't take an event planner at a four diamond hotel to put all of this together. The important thing is that by spending the night away from home, you'll be creating your own brand of alone time together.

7. Make a silly craft for him. Use Pinterest to browse handmade gifts for him and find something that you think he might like.

8. Draw a cartoon of the two of you on your very first date. Think back to your first impressions of him and write it in a thought bubble over your head. Give this cartoon to your partner as your Valentine's Day card. It will definitely be a one-of-a-kind romantic message!

9. Do one or two of his/her chores (even if it means it might turn out to be a disaster. Disasters can be cute and endearing sometimes!)

10. Ask him what you should wear on your next date night and say yes. Don’t balk, or cringe, no matter how bad you think the outfit is.

11. Read him a page from your journal from the time when the two of you were first dating and you were writing about him all the time.

12. Ask him to apply your lipstick for you at some point during the evening.

13. Make breakfast in bed for your sweetheart.

14. Give your lover a relaxing foot massage and pedicure. (See the video below for tips on home spa treatments and massages for Valentine's Day.)

15. When you serve Valentine's Day dessert, turn out the lights and put a sparkler in your spouse's sweet surprise.

16. Write a sensuous love note to your partner and slip it in between the pages of the book he/she is reading.

17. Hide rose petals in ordinary places such as the seat of her car, his sock drawer, or the medicine cabinet. All day long on Valentine's Day, your spouse will be surprised with a flourish of rose petals at every turn.

18. Take a chocolate-making class together!

Romantic quotes about love can evoke warm vibrations and awaken feelings of adoration and affection. Here is a collection of popular quotes about love and romance that you can use in your next love letter, on a card attached to a bouquet of roses, or even in a short text message to your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

— Emily Dickinson

I love you. I am at rest with you. I have come home.

— Dorothy L. Sayers

Make Your Sweetheart Smile

Jokes and riddles about love can be fun on Valentine's Day when shared with the right person. Here are a few cute Valentine's Day jokes that are perfect for kids, or for couples who are just kids at heart!

Q: What did the vampire's say to his sweetheart?
A: I'm so happy you are my ghoul-friend!

Q: Why do skunks celebrate Valentine's Day?
A: Because they are very scent-imental!

Q: What did the pickle say to his wife on Valentine's Day?
A: You mean a great dill to me.

A homemade candy bouquet is a cute, easy to make Valentine's Day Gift for the one you love!
A homemade candy bouquet is a cute, easy to make Valentine's Day Gift for the one you love!

© 2014 Sadie Holloway


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