Running out of ideas for the perfect romantic present for Valentine’s Day? Stop worrying about what to buy and get creative. An expensive gift can certainly impress but if you want to do something more personal this year, then its time to get thinking.Home cooked meal – For a really genuine and personal touch, cook a three-course meal of their favourite dishes. Set the table, light candles and make sure that nobody is home so you get some peace and quiet. If you can plan it out properly, pretend that you have forgotten what day it is and have it all set up for when they get home. Stock up with their favourite wine and have fresh flowers on the table. This is one of the cheapest ways to impress your loved one whilst still showing that you have put in a lot of thought. You can get some romantic meal ideas to inspire you if your talents extend that far.
A Memory Book/Box – Either pull together all of the sentimental keepsakes that you have stored away or think about trips and great memories you have made together. If you don’t have the cinema tickets from your first date then print off the film cover or buy the DVD, collate photos from your first holiday, think of all the things that are personal to you as a couple and put them into a box or book.
A Scenic Picnic – If you have a favourite place where you both like to go for a walk or a place in the countryside where you have some great memories, pack up the car with picnic blankets and go. Keep the destination a secret and then take out your pre-purchased luxury food hampers from the boot of the car. Cheaper than an expensive restaurant and much more original if you find the right setting, so put some thought into that. Don’t just turn up at a random country park and hope for the best. Getting stuck in a foot of mud on a cold night is not going to be appreciated by your other half, so do your homework.
A new, shared hobby – There is nothing better than finding a mutual hobby that you can do together as a couple. Try and introduce more good times to share together. Think hard about the kind of things that you would both appreciate doing, so that neither of you is doing it for the sake of it. If your loved one hates sports then a season ticket to watch your local football team is probably a bad idea. There are lots of different hobbies you could try, from hiking to wine tasting. It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby; it just has to suit both of you. Lots of couples say that mutual hobbies have brought them closer together. From buying a cinema pass to buying mountain bikes, it can be as active or inactive as you wish.