5 Simple and Thoughtful Romantic Things to Do

Let’s face it – finding romantic things to do in this day and age can be a pretty competitive business. We don’t all have the means or the time to surprise our significant others with a spontaneous weekend getaway or an expensive piece of jewelry. The good news is that for most couples, these grand displays may be wonderful in moderation but such flashiness and expense isn’t expected on a regular basis. There are plenty of small, thoughtful gestures that you can do to show your partner that you care without seeming clichéd or breaking the bank. Check out the five ideas below; if none of them are quite right for you/your SO then they may, at least, trigger some creative and romantic ideas of your own.

Give a Spontaneous Massage

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Even a poorly administered massage is sweet if it is offered out of love. If your loved one has been stressing out about work, school, finances, or other typical stressors, they will likely appreciate a surprise massage session from their honey. If you haven’t given a massage before then it couldn’t hurt to learn about the basics by doing a quick Internet search before planning the private event. Add a bit of class to the occasion by getting ahold of some mild-scented massage oil or your companion’s favorite body lotion. This will not only help to prevent friction discomfort during the massage but a soothing scent will encourage your mate to relax and give in to your stress-relieving attempts. Make an effort to set the mood by lighting some candles, starting a fire in the fireplace (if you have one), and playing some soft, relaxing music. Your partner is sure to be impressed by the care that you’ve taken to help him/her unwind.

Leave a Love Note

A love note, or even a “reasons why I love you” list, is a very romantic way to express your love for your significant other. It can be hard to work such complex feelings into a conversation, especially if you and your partner find it hard to set aside some real alone time. If you possess a knack for writing then a love letter or a note could be the perfect way to remind your significant other about your feelings for him/her. If lengthy professions of love aren’t really your forte, then consider putting together a handwritten list of reasons why you love your other half. Once your note is complete, think of a unique but easy-to-see place to stash it. If your SO is attending a work trip, consider tucking the note inside his or her suitcase before they set off. You could also leave it taped to the bathroom mirror, in their lunch bag, or resting on their pillow. Consider leaving an additional treat for your sweetie, such as a flower or their favorite candy.

Prepare a Luxurious Bubble Bath

Bubble baths may seem overrated, but when prepared with care by one’s partner the act can be extremely romantic. In order to really impress your man or lady, you should take the time to transform the bathroom into a soothing and dreamy space. Set an assortment of tea lite candles around the bathroom to create just enough light to set the mood. Scattering rose petals into the water or around the tub is both classy and romantic; but if you choose do to this, be sure to hold off on this part until the last minute so the petals remain fresh and fragrant as your mate steps into the room. This is also a great opportunity to create a playlist or CD containing songs that will add a romantic air to the event, especially any that have special meaning in your relationship, such as the song to which you shared your first dance together. Some nicely scented bubble bath liquid and a natural bath sponge can be cheaply purchased but will also add the finishing touches to this romantic event. You could also consider getting some nice wine and a few truffles or decadent chocolate to pamper your honey, if your budget will allow. If not, a fresh cup of tea or coffee may do just as nicely!

Name a Star After Them or Adopt an Animal in Their Name

How do you think your SO would feel about having a star named after him or her? You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to understand the allure of having a star forever bear the name of an individual. Star naming is an easy process that can be done via several legitimate websites online, such as Star Registry, Name a Star, and Online Star Register. Depending on which website you choose to use, “buying a star” can cost anywhere from $20 to $60. Most websites will send you an official certificate as well as coordinates and even an access link to view the star on a digital map.

Individuals who have a particular fondness for animals may be better suited to having an exotic or endangered animal “adopted” in their name. Of course the animal wouldn’t actually be owned by your partner, but they would receive an adoption certificate and a picture of the animal that has been financially sponsored in their name. There are many different animals that you can choose from, including dolphins, tigers, pandas, snow leopards, wolves, seahorses, and many other species.

Create an “It’s All About You” Day

Sometimes a bit of pampering and extra attention are all one needs to be reminded of how loved they are. To create the perfect “All About You” day, consider the things that your companion enjoys doing but doesn’t get the opportunity to indulge in very often. For instance, if he or she loves to canoe, consider pre-booking a canoe for the two of you and surprise your partner with a fully-stocked cooler and a goody bag of outdoor necessities, such as bug spray, sunblock, and a new pair of sunglasses. If you’re strapped for cash but still want to provide your honey with a special day, don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and prepare your love’s favorite breakfast to be served in bed. Follow that up with a small gift, perhaps a new book or movie he or she has had their eye on and assure them that you’ll take care of any chores or errands that need to be done that day. Encourage your loved one to relax and indulge in some shameless “me time.” Wrap up the day with a romantic indoor or outdoor picnic and a shoulder or neck massage.