Of all the things to do on Valentine’s Day, simplicity is key. This holiday gives a wonderful opportunity to enhance your relationship and build lasting memories.

If you’re still trying to decide how to celebrate, I’ve listed seven ideal things to do for Valentine’s Day to keep the fire burning.

1. Flowers Don’t Fail – You can’t go wrong with flowers, because they always make a statement. From a single rose to an elaborate bouquet, flowers communicate love as a public display of affection. For us ladies with a non-traditional flair, we know that this idea isn’t only for us. Some men really enjoy the honor of receiving flowers, too.

2. A Greeting Card – It’s simple, but powerful—especially if you’re not very romantic or good with words. A card can say all the right things in all the right ways. If you’re apart during the holiday, send a card via snail mail. This shows that you exerted effort and forethought. But if you’re scrambling at the last minute, an Ecard will get the job done, and some options even allow you to personalize with photos, video, audio, or text.

Just remember…the greeting card shouldn’t be a stand alone gift. Even if your budget is low, the card could grant its recipient a nice massage or back rub. Be creative!

3. Intimate Dinner – Love is best nurtured through quality time. That’s why this traditional method never gets old. If the two of you are always on the go, it will be great to slow down for the evening, get caught up, and spend some valuable time together.

4. Simply Chocolate – Although they only come once a year, the big chocolate hearts are an all-time favorite. Even if your mate dosen’t like chocolate, the stuffed teddy bear and assorted flavors will get your lover instant popularity in the office.

5. Just Say It! – Sometimes we’re making big, elaborate plans and neglect the power of simplicity. Stevie Wonder said it best, “I just called to say I Love You. I just called to say how much I care!” Texting is great, but saying it is even better. You could even spice things up and learn to say I Love You in another language…Te amo! (Spanish)

Some people believe they don’t have to say it all the time, but some of our mates want to hear these words more than once or twice a year.

6. Call A Truce – If you and your mate have been at war, you should declare a truce. Decide to spend the day without pushing negative buttons or hitting below the belt. The peaceful air will be good for you both.

7. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane – Even though time has a tendency to change the dynamics of a relationship, it’s always nice to remember the beginnings. Try pulling out photo albums or watching your wedding video. Put on some old music, then laugh, smile, and enjoy your shared experience.

We all know how fast Valentine’s Day passes. Therefore, I recommend that you continue to utilize these ideas over the next few weeks and months to come. A good relationship takes work on both parts to continue to nurture the passion between the two of you.


Dr. Jacquie

America’s Marriage Coach