Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so what should you give that special someone and what kind of date should you take them on? Well, it depends on who that special someone is. Each person is unique and so is each gift and date. Below we give you some ideas to figure out what someone wants and also some ideas for gifts and date nights in general.
Valentine’s Day Surprise Ideas – How to Come Up with Them
Asking someone straight out what they want for Valentine’s Day isn’t always the best plan, as it removes the element of surprise. On the other hand, you don’t want to give a person something they won’t appreciate. So what to do?
To find out what someone would love to receive, a number of questions can help you figure it out:
- What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
- What do you consider to be a really thoughtful gift?
- What do you think are three really sexy dates?
- What to do you think are three really romantic dates?
- What small gestures do you think are really romantic?
- What’s the most romantic movie you’ve ever seen?
- What do you love in life? What are the things that turn you on about life?
- If we could do anything right now, what would we do?
By finding out what your date thinks is romantic and sexy, as well as finding out what gifts they love and what they enjoy in life, you can figure out what kind of dates and gifts they would love to receive as a surprise for Valentine’s Day. And remember, for some people a date is a gift. They don’t care so much about physical gifts as they do about spending quality time with you.
It’s the Thought That Counts
Most people care more about you putting time and effort into creating a gift than receiving expensive gifts. In fact, for many people, the card with a note from you is more important than the gift itself. So, what can you do to make a gift more romantic and personal?
- You can add a love poem by a poet, or by yourself.
- You can add a handwritten note telling your date what you love about them, why they are special, why they are sexy, what you fell in love with first when you met them and so forth.
- You can write a naughty note saying what you’d like to do to them…
- You can send them a fairy tale invitation to a date.
It’s really easy to add a note like that to a gift. It will make all the difference in the world in making the gift that much more personal!
Turn It Into A Game
Want to make something more exciting? Give your date clues in the hours leading up to seeing them about what they will receive. Turn it into a game where they have to guess the answers to get the next clue, or simply give them clues about the actual gift/date.
Alternatively, you can create a treasure hunt for them on Valentine’s Day, hiding your gift somewhere special and giving them clues as to how to find it.
What Not to Do
As most people think it’s the thought that counts, telling someone on Valentine’s Day that you will do anything they want, or go with them to a shop to buy something, usually doesn’t go down well. Why? Because they feel you didn’t put any thought into it. They want to be surprised by how well you know them, not find out you were too lazy to come up with something, or simply didn’t know them well enough to do so. Giving them whatever they want might have nothing to do with you being lazy and everything to do with wanting them to have exactly what they want. But chances are what they want is your thoughtfulness.
Cheap Valentine’s Day Present Ideas
On a budget? Not a problem! Many small gifts can be put together that still are stunning.
For example, why not bake/buy them some cookies and an old-fashioned bottle of milk and tell them they are sweet as milk and cookies? Add a card/poem as mentioned above to make it more personal.
Another thing you can do is buy one red rose, a chocolate bar, and a gemstone, telling them it’s their special stone they always can carry with them to know you’re thinking of them.
You also can give them a small gift that reminds them of the place you met, even if it’s just a postcard.
Another great budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift is a booklet with “I Owe You” notes. Fill it with notes that promise anything from kisses and back rubs to strolls in the park and home-baked cakes.
Finally, check Etsy. You can find a plethora of homemade gifts that can be personalized, as well as romantic wall prints.
Lavish Valentine’s Day Present Ideas
If your budget isn’t a problem, the sky’s the limit for what you can buy someone for Valentine’s Day!
If your partner likes jewelry, you can get something that you know they’d appreciate and have it engraved with a message from you.
Another popular Valentine’s Day gift is lingerie and, for the naughty ones, sex toys. There are many fancy lingerie and sex toy shops, such as Agent Provocateur and La Perla. If you aren’t sure of your partner’s preference, or size, you can give them a gift voucher and go shopping together — sometimes that’s half the fun. If you give a voucher you might want to give them some other, more personal, gift as well.
A bottle of champagne, roses, strawberries, and chocolate (or chocolate-covered strawberries), never gets old either. Especially when combined with a sweet love poem or something similar.
There is something to be said for gift baskets, especially when put together according to a theme. For example, if your date loves the ocean, making a gift that has an ocean theme (with a romantic twist!) can be a wonderful idea. It shows you know what they like and really have put some thought into the gift. You can do this on a smaller budget as well, you just need to pick smaller gifts!
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
While the weather can be a bit frosty in the Northern hemisphere on Valentine’s Day, picnics are very romantic. Even if it means bringing a bottle of hot chocolate and sitting in the car, looking at the stars. If you want to actually get out, an ice skating date is brilliant. You can do picnics indoors as well. Particularly nice if you have a fireplace!
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Renting a room for the night in a nice hotel, or AirBnB, is another romantic (and, sometimes, naughty) classic. Be sure to bring along some strawberries and cream!
Walking around town to places where you have memories and stopping for drinks, dinner, and dessert along the way can be both fun and very romantic.
Dates also can be centered around something you both love, be it rock climbing, playing paintball, or going to a classical concert. Romance looks different to all of us and doing things together that we love is about as romantic as it gets.
Spa dates also usually are very appreciated — and couples’ massages can be very romantic! Can’t afford a real spa? Turn your home into a spa for the night — candles, massage oils, bubble baths…and possibly some wine and chocolate! And did you know that wine and chocolate can be good for you in small amounts?
Want to do something a bit unusual? Sign up to volunteer for a cause together with your date. After all, it’s all about the love!
In short, the thing to remember is choosing something you both love that you consider romantic, or naughty, or that holds a special meaning for your relationship, like revisiting the place where you first met.