Sunday is Valentine’s Day. But do you know what the woman in your life wants the most? Maybe you thought to opt for the usual red roses and heart shaped chocolates at your local supermarket. Or maybe you think that nothing would quite say “I love you” like expensive jewelry.
According to a British study, 87% of women prefer a hug or other romantic gesture over expensive jewelry. The romantic gesture can be anything, as long as it makes her feel loved and cherished. Some women in the study consider a poem or ’n love letter as the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Other prefesr a romantic meal and quality time with their partner.
Since not all men are natural romantics, here are a few tips on making Valentine’s Day special without relying on the clichés:
- Write short love letters on sticky notes and leave it all over the house: on her cupboard, the fridge, the bathroom mirror and even the door of her car. She will be surprised and impressed for sure!
- Use your own words. Even if you struggle to express yourself, write a card or short love letter and do not rely on a bought card to do the trick. Apparently there is something sexy about a man who writes with the hand.
- Prepare a meal. Instead of going to an overpriced restaurant, spoil the women in your life with a romantic meal at home. You don’t have to be a fantastic cook. Even breakfast in bed will do. Add a glass of champagne for that something extra. Or cook her dinner and enjoy it at candlelight.
- If it is your first Valentine’s Day as a couple, it is the perfect time for a new tradition. Give her one flower instead of a bunch of roses. Every Valentine’s Day you add another flower. In a few years, a bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day will remind her of all you years together.
- If you do want to get her a gift, choose something personal. ’n Photo book, for example, will remind her of the memories you share, like a special holiday or recent adventures.
- Spend time with her outside. Go for a picnic or just a casual stroll in a park. Put your arm around her and tell her how much she means to you. And don’t forget to hug her!
Ruth Styles, 2013, “DON’T say it with diamonds! Women would rather get a poem or hug than expensive jewels this Valentine’s Day, study reveals”, Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2277574/DONT-say-diamonds-Women-poem-hug-expensive-jewels-Valentines-Day.html#ixzz3ze6CnGKF.
Teri Cettina, 2016, “What women really want on Valentine’s Day”, Bankrate, http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/what-women-really-want-on-valentine-s-day-1.aspx.