Valentines’ Day is commercially marketed as a day where couples are encouraged to perform ostentatious displays of their affections to their partners in the form outrageous bouquets, opulent gifts, and overpriced dinners.
New couples are inadvertently sucked into an unspoken competition of a bouquet or gift war, and older couples find it harder to top what they did for their partners in the previous year. Of course, this is not representative of everyone, but lets face it, whether you are a new couple or one that has been in your relationship for decades, a little spark and affection never hurts. Here are some ideas of how you can creatively add some spark into your V-day date without emptying your bank account.
1) Role Play
Partners in the previous year. Of course, this is not representative of everyone, but lets face it, whether you are a new couple or one that has been in your relationship for decades, a little
spark and affection never hurts. Here are some ideas of how you can creatively add some spark into your V-day date without emptying your bank account.
Do a pre- Valentines’ dates where you switch the traditional roles around and instead of having the guy buy you flowers and take you on a date, do the opposite! Now, well this sounds like a bad deal for the girls, think about it from another perspective! Taking your man out on a date and treating him like a king gives him an idea of how you should be treated. Give him tips and show him how he can do the same for you, and when it comes to your turn on Valentines’ Day, sit back and enjoy the benefits. He will feel obliged to make you feel as good as you did for him!
2) Take someone you love out on a date!
Commercialized romance has such a limiting effect on what love really means. This Valentines’ day, show your loved ones- other than your partner, that you truly care and appreciate by taking them out on a date instead!
PS: This is not limited to just human beings- your pets will appreciate a day of fun and quality time with you too!
3) Do a Photo Collage- Together
While it is absolutely lovely to give or receive a collage album of your memories as a couple, won’t it be even better to spend an afternoon reminiscing of those fun times together? Create a video montage of your favorite photos with your favorite songs, and guess what, instead of scrambling to find old photos for your wedding montage, you can just use this one and save much needed time at your “busy- enough” wedding preparations!
4) Couple Monopoly
Create your own board game with all your hopes and dreams that you would like to fulfill together as a couple! This is a great way to get to know what each other wants in your future together and to see how you can work towards it. Replace the streets you see on Monopoly with holidays you wish add to your bucket list and build houses and dreams together.
5) Write a love letter
In this day of Whatsapps, emails, Facebook messaging and other technological gimmicks, it is easy to lose the human touch in our everyday communication. This Valentines’, go “old school” with HANDWRITTEN love letters to your loved ones, and I guarantee the last thing they will notice is your bad handwriting.
Spread the love this Valentines!
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in”- Morrie Schwartz