It is February and with the most romantic day of the year approaching many women have a burning question: What are good things to get a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day? Guys can just order flowers, plus maybe some chocolates and job done. However, for women the day of lovers can be a bit more difficult. Help is here! We’ve put together a list of some of the best things to get a guy for Valentine’s Day, and only one involves lingerie.
1. Dress the part
The easiest way to spread Valentine’s cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red. Meet your boyfriend for a day date in skinny jeans and a pink top or sport a red minidress for your night together. For after hours, try Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s-themed lingerie.
2. Couple’s sports
A number one recommendation for a perfect Valentine’s date is ice-skating. If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. If there is no skating rink near you, find some other sport you can play as a couple, such as tennis or tandum cycling. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating or otherwise playing with your man.
3. Go skinny-dipping
For something a bit less tame we recommend nighttime skinny-dipping. Seriously, few things are hotter than a steamy, late-night swim. Just be careful, please…getting caught trespassing might kill the mood.
4. Buy him tickets to a game
If you want all of his friends to be saying “you seriously have the best girlfriend ever, ” tickets to his favourite sporting event are the way to go. Not only will you make his night and show that you’re into his interests, but you’ll also get to share something special to him together, and what’s better than that?
5. Do dinner in bed
Going out for Valentine’s Day dinner is a tradition that needs to go. Unless you’re Posh and Becks, the service is bound to be terrible, the menu limited and the prices steep. Instead, try ordering in from a favourite restaurant and eating the meal in bed. Spend the night relaxing over good food and cozy company instead of cramped with strangers.
6. Have an indoor picnic
Harvard collegiate Olivia Ford suggests taking the dinner in bed idea even further with an indoor picnic. To decorate your space, string white Christmas lights around the room, buy some picnic-y snacks, pop the champagne and set up a blanket and pillows for you and your boy to sit on. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your roommates for some alone time!
7. Cook him a meal
Strawberry bellinis, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and chocolate mousse—nothing will make your man swoon more quickly than a delicious Valentine’s meal. If you’re feeling ambitious and extra sweet, cooking dinner for your boyfriend is the way to go. If you’re an all-star in the kitchen, check out Food Network’s Valentine’s Day food and dessert recipes. However, if you’re like most of us and cooking a full gourmet meal is not a possibility, look at ifood’s simple recipes, like heart-shaped pizza. Also, if your boyfriend is up for it, cook dinner together—it will be surprisingly sexy to see your guy move around the kitchen.
8. Give him a classic card
Whether you’ve been dating for a while and you want to tell him how you feel or you haven’t been dating long at all but want to show you care, a card goes a long way. Get out the construction paper, doilies and stamps, and get artsy. For amazing card ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s card projects. When it comes to writing, a cute poem or heartfelt message is always a hit.
9. Set a budget and make it fun
Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day can get pricey. Instead of stressing about buying an expensive gift, set a budget with your guy and get creative. For 10 dollars, you could buy a cheesy, V-Day themed stuffed animal, bake cupcakes or even better, purchase massage oil to really make his night.
10. Take him down memory lane
Even though Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the moment, there’s no better day to reflect on what makes you so happy with your man in the first place. A great way to celebrate your relationship is to make a scrapbook—look through old pictures, find cute stickers and paper and then channel your inner Warhol. If making a full scrapbook is too time-consuming, make a collage card or mini scrapbook.
11. Splurge on a hotel room
If you are willing to splurge on a gift, why not get away from roommates and sharing twin beds (no matter how much you love sleeping right next to your boyfriend!). Sometimes, the best way to get in the mood is to invest in a change of space. Spend the night ordering room service, cuddling in a big bed and taking bubble baths… what could be better than that?
12. Make a coupon book
It’s true, coupon books are hardly a new concept, but what guy doesn’t want his Valentine’s gift to last all year? Make him a coupon book for things like fresh-baked cupcakes, a movie night or a massage—and feel free to spice it up!
13. Whip up some cocktails
While getting drunk on V-day is probably not the best idea, making Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails with your boyfriend is a fun and festive way to celebrate the day. Make each other drinks post-dinner; after all, ending Valentine’s Day with a homemade Be Mine Mojito doesn’t get much better. If you’re under 21, check out these awesome mocktail recipes!
14. Be appreciative
We know we can all get a little carried away with a Valentine’s Day fantasy. But even if you spent the past three weeks dreaming of sailing on a yacht with your boyfriend or opening a Tiffany’s box, be appreciative if he gives you a teddy bear. We’re not talking being understanding if he forgets the day altogether, but V-Day can be a little stressful for everyone, so make sure to acknowledge the effort he makes—you’ll have more fun, and he’ll be thankful to have such an appreciative girlfriend!
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