Thoughtful Romantic Gifts

A romantic gift does not have to be expensive.A romantic gift does not have to be expensive.

Romantic gifts that you have put time and care into creating are often the most appreciated by your loved one, regardless of how much they cost. However, coming up with the perfect romantic gesture can often be tricky, no matter how long you have been in a relationship for. Whether your gift is for Valentine's Day, a birthday or just to say "I love you," there are lots of ways to show your partner that you care.

Homemade Coupons

Make a book of homemade coupons that your loved one can cash in whenever he chooses. From his favorite cooked dish to being able to choose which movie to watch or a romantic night for two, there are lots of gestures you could offer to fill a small booklet. Personalize the booklet to match his interests and tastes, such as a coupon that allows him to have a night out with the guys at the casino or an afternoon of fishing without him having to worry about childcare or chores. Present the book of coupons on its own or alongside his favorite candy or beer.

Relationship Scrapbook

For a sweet, sentimental gift, create a scrapbook of your relationship together. Start from the day you met, including photographs from when you first started dating, and work up to the present day. Include tokens of your relationship, such as concert tickets from a gig you have attended together, a photograph of a destination you are both saving to visit or a copy of your wedding vows. Write a love letter or poem and use it as the opening page to your book. Although it may cost little financially, your partner will appreciate the sentiment.

Romantic Gift Basket

Put together a gift basket containing everything you need for the perfect romantic night in. Scented candles, a bottle of wine, chocolates and a DVD are good starting points. Make your basket as personal as possible by sourcing a bottle of wine from the year you were married or the movie you watched on your first date. Include a gift certificate to a local restaurant if you would prefer not to cook.


Arrange a surprise weekend away if you're looking to blow your budget. Create a treasure hunt around your home with clues as to where her gift is hidden. Hide the tickets inside a suitcase or her passport and watch the surprise on her face as she discovers them. Alternatively, arrange to visit a city within driving distance and head out on a road trip instead. Make restaurant reservations at an exclusive restaurant in the city or pack a picnic to enjoy in scenic surroundings instead.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.

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