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Think Outside of the Chocolate Box

1. A Hand-Written Love Letter

What could be more personal than handwriting a letter to someone you love, expressing your feelings? Your sweetheart will love this meaningful gesture. Write down what you love about them and how much you appreciate them. Nothing says “I love you” like gushing to your sweetie via pen to paper. *Bonus Points* Send the letter to Loveland, Colorado where it will be stamped with a special message and mailed directly to your mate. This will add that extra touch of love.  Look up “Loveland Remailing Program” or just send your letter to: Postmaster, Valentine Re-Mailing, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538.

 

2. A Lesson on Love

It doesn’t matter if you just started dating, or have been married for years, it is always a good time to find new ways to show your love. In fact, there is even a book that teaches you ways to communicate love. While some people prefer to receive love in the form of gifts, others prefer love in the form of affection. Finding out how your partner prefers to feel loved is key. We recommend picking up this book to learn a few lessons: The Five Love Languages [$9.95]

 

3. “What I love About You” Book

You know those little boxes filled with pieces of paper that have all the reasons you love someone? The project that seems like it takes forever to think of ways you love your special someone? Well let’s think outside of the box. This year, there is a book that helps you do the same thing! All you have to do is fill in the blanks (i.e., “I love how you BLANK every day;” “I love to watch you BLANK,” etc.) And the best part is that you can personalize the book with funny, serious or romantic entries that really relate to the relationship you have. What I love About You [$9.90]

 

4. NO PHONES…. for 24 Hours
There is always one (sometimes both) in a relationship who just can’t seem to put their phone down. Whether it’s when you are talking to them, you ask them to stop, you are trying to do something important or personal with them, they just can’t seem to put the phone down.  I know we are all guilty of this, but it can be extra frustrating to your lover. Here’s an idea… both of you put your phones down for 24 hours. This may be hard, but your loved one is well deserving of 1 day of your undivided attention this Valentine’s Day.

 

5. Secret Notes or Candy
Give your special someone a few sweet surprises. Hide candies or love notes in places you know they will find them throughout their day. Tape one to the mirror, in their shoe, on the door handle of their car, etc. Waking up and finding a little love note stuck to their toothbrush is sure to brighten their day.

 

6. Scavenger Hunt
Want to make them work for their Valentine’s Day gift? Leave clues and riddles around for them to follow, leading up to their gift. This is a fun, personal way to show someone you love them. Plus, it’s kind of fun to watch them confused while running around looking for it.

 

7. Make Dinner Together

Although taking your date out to a fancy restaurant and getting dressed up is nice, sometimes it just makes more sense to stay in, get in your comfy PJ’s, grab a glass of wine, and make a homemade dinner while making memories at the same time. You can even keep it simple by making pizzas or casserole! So instead of making reservations this Valentine’s day, head to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients and get to cookin’!

 

8. Go on a Picnic

If the weather is in your favor, take your lovely date on a picnic. It just takes a few simple supplies; food, wine, and a soft blanket. But don’t think you have to go to the local park. Try heading out to the coast or go on a hike where there is a nice view.

 

9. Become a “Local Tourist”
There are tons of places to discover close to home. Whether you head to the city, find a local museum you haven’t been to, or even go wine tasting. Sonoma County is a great place to be a local tourist for the day. This Valentine’s Day ideas can be inexpensive and fun to discover new places close to you.

 

10. Take a Dance Class!
This Valentine’s Day, sweep your lady off her feet. Take your man to the dance floor and see who has the better moves. Surprise your date with a dance lesson in Salsa, Tango, Swing or Line-Dancing. This is a great way to potentially pick up a new activity with your partner or realize you BOTH have two left feet and leave the night with some good memories. Either way, it is a great way to learn something new with someone you love.  

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