Romance doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, some of the most romantic gestures are quite inexpensive, requiring some time and thought but little money. To be extra romantic, don’t save these ideas for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. Do something romantic for your sweetheart for no reason other than the fact that you love her.
Write a Poem for Your Beloved
Write a love poem. It doesn’t have to be very good. It’s the thought that counts. If you just can’t write poetry, though, find a poem written by someone else and read it aloud to your loved one. Don’t try to pass it off as your own. Just tell your sweetheart it reminds you of him.
Prepare a Bubble Bath
Prepare your love a bubble bath. Light some candles, put on some soft music and pour her a glass of wine. Offer to wash her hair for her while she relaxes in the tub.
Pack a Picnic
Pack a picnic lunch, dinner or snack and share it with your sweetheart someplace romantic. A sunset picnic is nice. So is a moonlight picnic on a warm evening. Include a special dessert, like chocolate covered strawberries or fresh berries and whipped cream.
Pick a Bouquet of Wildflowers
Picking a bouquet of wildflowers costs less than buying flowers, of course, but it also shows you were really thinking of your love. Tie a ribbon in a matching color around the stems.
Give a Massage
Turn up the heat a little, put a flannel sheet on the bed, get some massage oil or a nice scented lotion, turn down the lights and put on some soothing music. Give your loved one a full-body massage, from his neck and shoulders down to his toes (as long as his feet aren’t ticklish).
Serenade Your Sweetheart
If you have a decent singing voice, serenade your love. You don’t have to do this from beneath her window, though of course you can. Pick a song she loves or a song that really tells her how you feel about her.
Burn a CD of Love Songs
If you don’t sing so well, burn a CD of love songs for your beloved. Choose songs that hold special meaning for the two of you.
Take your sweetheart out on a clear night to go stargazing. Spread a blanket on the grass, lie back and look at the heavens. Take along some wine or a snack, if you like. If it’s chilly out, taken an extra blanket to snuggle under and a thermos of hot chocolate.