Valentine’s Day is coming, which means the pressure to show our love for our significant other is on. The older I get though, the more I question why do we wait for one day out of the year to show our significant other we love them? Don’t get me wrong, I love the flowers Dan gets me on Valentine’s Day. It’s also one of the few times during the year when we splurge on beef and lobster. But flowers and expensive meals one day out of the year shouldn’t be the only way we show we care.
If you’re looking for a list full of froofy over the top silly romantic Valentine’s gestures, stop right here. On the other hand, if you’re looking for some simple time proven ideas to show your significant other you love them – not just on Valentine’s, but all year round – well then, you’ve come to the right place!
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Bring them an unexpected gift: If you’re out and about pick them up a little something, this can be something as simple as their favorite candy bar or a tiny pheasant egg you come across while irrigating. Some of my favorite little trinkets are little things that Dan’s found while working – feathers, abandoned birds nests, and pretty rocks. These thoughtful little gifts show that not only was he thinking of me, but that he really knows me, which brings me to my next point.
Notice them: Pay attention to the things they like and don’t like. What makes them smile and brings joy to their life? Dan got me cool pens and a couple little notebooks for Christmas this past year. While someone who doesn’t know me might not understand why he got me pens and notebooks rather than something like nail polish, to me they were a wonderful gift that shows how much he knows me and that I love to write. My point is; don’t just THINK you know your partner, actually take the time to REALLY know your partner.
Do something to make their lives easier: A few years back we upgraded from our automatic coffee maker to a French press. What’s a French press, you ask? Well, let me tell you, it’s literally the most amazing coffee maker ever! It’s a glass or stainless steel carafe that you pour ground beans into then pour boiling water over that; you let sit for a few minutes, push the screen down and WAH-LAH, you have some of the freshest coffee you’ll ever taste. And here’s the kicker, if you’re a tea drinker like me, it works on loose leaf teas as well! Check it out here (affiliate link). Anyways, the only thing Dan doesn’t like is washing it 😀! So, while I’m wiping down the kitchen, I usually wash it. Do I have to? No, but I know he appreciates it and it makes his morning just a little smoother.
Cook or Bake them their favorite food: I LOVE Dan’s homemade breakfast potatoes. I mean they’re so good that if I were on death row and looking at my least meal, his potatoes are what I’d choose. It means the world to me when I come home from work after a long stressful day and he’s making breakfast potatoes for dinner.
Complain Less and Listen More: This is my last simple idea and admittedly the one I struggle with the most. What is our partner but to be a sounding board for our daily whining and complaints right? WRONG! Complaining is not constructive and doesn’t do anybody any good. To many times I’ve come home from a long stressful day and whined about my day without first asking how Dan is doing. Not only does this immediately stress him out, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about my rough day. Taking a moment listen to the family happenings when I first come home usually lessens any stress that I’ve brought home with me and reduces my urge to just needlessly complain.