Valentine’s Day. The day of the year where all of us that are in relationships pull out all the stops, and treat our partner in the best way that we can. If things have been a bit rocky in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, then February 14th is the day where you can both make things better again and show each other your love, dedication and support for each other. It is the only day of the year where Cupid decides to pull back his arrow and fire. Everyone feels romantic (or if they have not got a partner, are inclined to feel romantic) in one way or another and, as a result, there can be a lot of pressure on what to do with your partner and what to get them. As a result, Valentine’s Day tends to be one of the trickiest days of the year to master and get right. So, if you are thinking of the best way of how you should impress that special someone, or show your partner just how much you love them without coming across as too full on, or feel as if you have not done enough, there are plenty of ways in which you can make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Best for 0-6 months relationships
This is your big chance to impress your date, and taking them for a meal out is the most common and popular Valentine’s Day option. Although, you should be sure to book the restaurant of choice in advance – as popular restaurants can get booked up really quickly and there will also be a waiting list. This is essential as you don’t want to leave your date waiting outside for hours, just to get a table at the end of service and you will feel rushed to finish your meal.
A meal out can be great for conversation and can also show your generosity, if you decide to pay for it all. It is also a good way to impress your date, as you can both try exciting new foods and feel as if you’re taking measures to show your date how much you like them.
A good choice for 6-18 months relationships
Going out for drinks is the kind of Valentine’s Day date that allows you to get a little creative and have some fun. If you don’t know the area well, do some research online or ask your friends about good places to go. You could organize a bar crawl through your city, visiting different bars, or you could settle in one place and let the conversation flow. Trying new cocktails or beers and eating good bar snacks, such as olives or cheese boards, can also add different conversation starters while you enjoy your time together.
Perfect for 18 months + relationships
Skip the sandwiches at home and go for an alfresco lunch. You should choose a nice spot, preferably one outdoors with a good view. A nice bottle of wine, to go alongside your lunch, will also show your partner that you want them to enjoy the finer side of life.
It may be a suggestion to go for a late lunch so you can drink wine at a socially acceptable hour and, when the lunch is eaten, you could potentially move on to a bar for more drinks and you can enjoy each other’s company in a more busy location.
Try something a little bit different
A choice for 2 years + relationships
You’ve been in a relationship for a while and your partner has seen your best and worst so you’ve earned dedication, loyalty and comfort. Little things may make a difference, such as buying bed linen that is not your usual duck down, a small pet which you can both share, or re-visiting places which are important in your relationship.
Some fun activities could be: skydiving, white water rafting, beer workshops. Think outside the box. Seeing as you have been together for a while, this may be the chance to introduce some spontaneity and it could be a chance to remind your loved one of how dedicated to them you are.
If you are going to go all out for Valentine’s Day this year, then think about what your other half – or date – enjoys. Whether that is a fun day out exploring a nature reserve, a romantic meal at a high-end restaurant, skydiving or surprising them with a gift they have been longing for, ensure your Valentine’s Day is extra special.