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Valentine’s Day gifts: Chocolates, flowers are dated. Here’s how to be smart, quirky

On Valentine’s Day, stop fretting over how to surprise and delight your partner. There are many ways you can be romantic and make sure the love of your life goes weak kneed. Read right on.

sex and relationships Updated: Feb 12, 2018 11:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The more thought you put into your gift, the more your significant other will appreciate it.(Shutterstock)

A cliché dinner at restaurant just doesn’t cut it anymore. To impress your loved on, you need to look beyond the obvious options. Take a look at 5 ideas that are bound to be appreciated by the special someone in your life.

Get creative with DIY love coupons

These are like shopping vouchers, but even better. Make cutesy ‘love coupons’ that give your special someone to a number of perks. It could be something small, for example: This coupon entitles you to win one argument’. Or something thoughtful like, ‘This coupon is valid for one breakfast in bed’. Gift your loved one a day off house chores, an hour of controlling the TV remote, or even a spontaneous weekend trip. It’s up to you how fancy, practical or funny you want to make it.

You can make your love coupons as fancy, practical or funny as you want. (Shutterstock)

Put together a care package

Nothing else says you genuinely worry and care for your partner than coming up with an assorted mix of comfort products. Oxford dictionary defines a care package as a parcel of food, money, or luxury items sent to a loved one who is away from home for an extended period. But these days, care packages are often put together by couples who want novel methods to demonstrate their affection. They’re a great pick-me-up for when someone’s feeling the blues. A care package for your valentine can include various things like their favourite snacks, cosmetics/make-up product, book, a gift card/voucher, a new gadget, essential oils, a greeting card, some chocolate, photographs of your treasured moments together, etc.

Get out of your comfort zone

There might be something that your valentine has been desperately trying to get you to do but hasn’t succeeded yet. Eg: sky diving, bungee-jumping, hiking, learning salsa, etc. This year, agree to do it. Take a bold step towards the unknown only because you know it will put a smile on your loved one’s face. Who knows, you might even end up discovering a new hobby! And if your partner cannot come up with an idea, try out something that’s new for both of you. Eg: Run a marathon, attend a silent party, sing karaoke, etc.

Step out of your comfort and agree to go hiking with your loved one. (Shutterstock)

Go the old-fashioned way

Remember the time before digital forms of communication took over our lives? We’d scribble love notes to our crushes and feel all gooey about it. Well, what’s stopping you from doing that in 2018? Go ahead and write a love letter. An actual one on (scented) paper, and not on e-mail. Please don’t even think of hiring a service to do it for you! It doesn’t matter if you’re not exactly known for being eloquent – just attempt to put your feelings into words and the gesture is sure to floor your partner.

Schedule time to relax

This is for those busy couples who barely find the time to breathe. This Valentine’s Day, gift your partner the ultra-precious commodity that time has become. Book an appointment for a lavish couple’s massage. It puts you in an atmosphere to unwind with your partner in peace and takes you miles away from the stress of routine life. It’s an extremely intimate experience that’ll invigorate you. If you’re shy, do try keeping your reservations aside and give it a shot with an open mind.

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First Published: Feb 12, 2018 11:53 IST