To sleep in
Even if you don't have kids, the idea of sleeping in sounds divine. Forget having to make the bed, or run errands, how about a nice lazy day in bed with no responsibilities bigger than figuring out what's on Netflix? Start her day out on a sweet foot by serving her one of these creatively delicious pancake ideas in bed. (Or get ideas from our free Valentine's Day guide packed with dozens of quick tips and sweet ideas for an amazing V-Day celebration.)
Hotel-quality mattress topper
What better way to enjoy sleeping in (or sleeping in general) that with a hotel-grade mattress topper? This is a lot less expensive than purchasing a whole new mattress or even spending the night at a fancy hotel but has the same benefits: a state-of-the-art fiberfill that has the feel of authentic goose and duck down and promises of a fabulous night's sleep.
Help around the house
Even if you're a neat freak, there's always some housework to do. But on Valentine's Day, why not take care of it for your significant other? No laundry, no chores, nothing! Just give her a truly relaxing day and she'll be in heaven. You lose a point, however, every time you ask her a question about how to do it. You can figure out the best setting for whites on the washing machine and which drawer your kids' PJs go in all by yourself.
So on days that aren't Valentine's Day, why not make life around the house a bit easier? With Amazon's brand-new Echo Dot (aka Alexa) you get voice control over your home, including ordering food, playing your favorite tunes, requesting rides from Uber, and turning on and off the lights. It's smart so you don't always have to be.
Robotic vacuum cleaner
So admittedly a vacuum isn't the most romantic gift, but think of all the time and energy you'll be saving your loved one throughout the year. A robotic vacuum is small, compact, and can be programmed to self-clean rooms. That means she can set it and go, like actually leave the room and go about her day and come back to a clean floor. It can even get under furniture to clean those hard to reach spots.
Being an adult is hard work for everyone. Places like Massage Envy and The Red Door Spa offer gift cards so you can treat your better half to a nice relaxing day. Here are six surprising benefits of massage.
So if heading to the massage table isn't your loved one's thing, why not give her the gift of relaxation all year long with an at-home massage roller? Help roll out the kinks or leave her to do it. This gift is sure to help her relax, increase blood flow, and decrease muscle pain. Check out these tips for a soothing self-massage.
Mani or pedi
Every woman loves a bit of pampering. Treating her to a manicure or pedicure, something she may not normally have the time or the energy to do on her own, will brighten her day and their hands. Most local nail salons offer gift cards. These tips will help make a manicure last one week or more.
At-home foot spa
If time is of the essence during the week, your loved one may not want to schlep to the nail place. So why not bring the pampering to her? An at-home foot spa is something she can enjoy year round without leaving the comforts of the home. (Check out the health secrets your feet wish they could tell you.) The rolling massage works to renew and revive tired feet, while the removable pumice stone softens feet.
Cook a homemade dinner...
Restaurants on Valentine's Day tend to have special menus (read: higher prices) and reservations can be hard to come by, unless you want to have that romantic dinner at 5:30. What about a nice homemade meal instead? It doesn't have to be five-stars, but you can research Valentine's Day meal ideas with easy-to-follow instructions. Plus, isn't it the thought that counts? She'll especially love what you're trying to say if you end the meal with one of these decadent chocolate desserts.