The best Valentine’s Day gifts depend on your partner’s personality! These creative ways to express love range from romantic getaways to rubber duck races. You’re sure to find a romantic way to say “I love you” here…
Before the tips, a quip:
“When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.” ~ Natalie Clifford Barney
Expressing a romantic thought like that may not be a creative way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day, but a little traditional romance goes a long way. A creative way to celebrate February 14 is to play a couple’s board game, such as I’ve Never – The Game of Truth. Great way to get to know each other!
And here are more ways to express love on Valentine’s Day…
14 Unique, Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her
Create a romantic coloring book. Draw a dozen or so silly pictures of memorable experiences (browse through photo albums for ideas). Outline in black marker and then have the pages copied and bound on heavy paper at a copy shop. Give with a pack of crayons.
Start a computer romance on Valentine’s Day. Change the screen saver on the computer to a scrolling message of love or romance. For added effect, use a wingding or character font that can’t be read without decoding.
Use the kitchen to say “I love you.” Hide a bunch of silly prizes and a card in your love’s favorite cereal.The best Valentine’s Day gift ideas don’t have to be expensive or dramatic!
Show your love in the garage. Tie your card or gift on a three foot string and tie it to the bottom of an automatic garage door. When your honey comes home, the gift will magically arise to greet them.
Start some rubber ducky races. Go to a nearby river or stream and race rubber ducks. The loser takes the winner out for a decadent chocolate dessert.
Warm the towels. While your love is in the shower, put his or her towel in the dryer for a few minutes so it will be toasty warm when he or she steps out.
Make music in his or her ears. In your own voice, record a book, fairy tale or poetry on tape for your sweetheart to listen to on the way to work or while out of town.
Have a winter picnic. Move the living room furniture and have a picnic in the middle of the floor complete with blanket, picnic basket and all the fixings (in front of a roaring fireplace would add to the effect).
Sleep under the stars. Buy some glow in the dark stars from the toy department and arrange a special message above your bed. If you can afford a romantic Valentine’s Day getaways to Maui or another tropical destination, sleep out on the balcony or beach!
Send a romantic surprise via snail mail. Sending a Valentine’s Day card can be romantic if you addi something unexpected: a feather, leaf, matches, lock of your hair, pressed flower or your handkerchief scented with perfume/cologne.
Give the personal touch. Gently scratch his back for ten minutes while he falls asleep or brush her hair for the same amount of time. This may not be the most unique or creative Valentine’s Day gift idea on this list, but it’s still very loving!
Write creative love messages on the mirror. Use Rain-X Anti Fog (used to keep car windows from fogging up) and a cotton swab to write a message that will mysteriously appear on the bathroom mirror while your sweetheart is showering. Or put that old tube of lipstick to good use with a good morning greeting on the mirror.
Play the Jelly Belly game. A creative Valentine’s Day gift idea is to play romantic games. For intance, blindfold him and feed him Jelly Bellys. If he guesses the flavor correctly, he gets a prize. If he guesses wrong, you get a prize. To make it more interesting, combine flavors (rootbeer + ice cream = root beer float, coconut + pineapple = pina colada, chocolate + cherry = chocolate covered cherries, etc.).
Welcome your Valentine home with love! Use chalk to write a loving “welcome home” greeting on the sidewalk. Even a note on the outside door is a creative way to express love.
Do you struggle to find ways to express your love? Read 80 Ways to Say “I Love You.”
More “Quips and Tips” for Valentine’s Day:
- How to Say I Love You on Valentine’s Day
- Gifts for Wine Lovers
- Gifts for Chocolate Lovers and Chocoholics
- Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.