40+ Creative Romantic Ideas

Quick Romantic Ideas

If you don’t have as much time as you’d like for love, try these swift but sweet romance tips:

  • Write “I love you” on the bathroom mirror with a piece of soap.
  • Place a little love note or poem under the driver’s-side windshield wiper of his or her car.
  • Every once in a while, kiss her hand with a flourish. Note: The proper way to kiss a woman’s hand is to lower your lips to her hand. You don’t raise her hand to your lips.
  • Have “your song” playing on the stereo when your partner returns home from work.
  • When out together in public, wink at your partner from across the room.
  • On your partner’s birthday, send a thank-you card to his/her mother.
  • Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying, “Turn me on instead.”
  • Make a toast to one another every time you hold a wineglass. Make eye contact. Take turns making the toast. Whisper it.
  • Get the whole “family of products” in the fragrance of her favorite perfume (bath powder, soaps, cremes, candles, etc.)
  • Call your partner from work for no other reason than to say, “I love you.”

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Classic Romantic Ideas

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!