40+ Creative Romantic Ideas

Unexpected ways to add a little dose of love to your relationship

By Gregory J.P. Godek


Looking for a tried-and-true method for declaring your love? Consider these classic romance tips:

  • Spread rose petals all over the bedroom.
  • What could be more classic than a fine gold locket with your photo inside? (Maybe a photo of the two of you.)
  • Bring home one small, unexpected gift each week.
  • Write a classic, romantic, passionate, handwritten, heartfelt love letter. Most adults haven’t written a love letter since high school. (Why not? Have we lost our youthful idealism, or have we just gotten lazy?)
  • When traveling, give your partner a bouquet of roses; one rose for each day that you’ll be away. Attach a note that says something like this: “These three roses represent the three days I’ll be away from you. They also symbolize the love, joy, and laughter we share together.”
  • Say “I love you” at least three times a day.
  • Guys: Surprise her by performing one of her chores for her. (And not something easy like carrying the groceries in from the car, but something that requires some time and effort — like cooking all the meals over a weekend, or cleaning the entire house.)
  • Ladies: Send him a letter sealed with a kiss. (Use your reddest lipstick.)
  • Hold hands.
  • On your yearly romantic checklist, make plans for Valentine’s Day—well in advance!

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