Great news: By reading these words, you’re already one step closer to success come February 14th. You’ve remembered to remember Valentine’s Day!
Let’s not get carried away with the high-fives just yet. After all, simply acknowledging the occasion isn’t enough. Guys are usually expected to take some form of action, be it by purchasing a gift or planning a date.
No plan? No problem! February 14th is a day to express your love, and what better way to do that than simply spending time together? Quality time doesn’t have to be expensive and elaborate. Change up your routine with one of these three ideas, to make Valentine’s Day (and hopefully Valentine’s night) all the more memorable.
1. Let them win
A little friendly competition can spice up any evening, so why not make a game out of it? Dust off the Monopoly board, race her up to the local viewpoint, play pool or go bowling, and if all goes well everybody wins. Remember: It’s all fun and games until someone loses their clothes, then it’s Valentine’s Day!
2. Play the tourist
What do visitors to your home base get up to? Explore art galleries? Live theatre? Walks in the park? Sometimes the local diversions you’ve always known about — but never actually do — can shed new light on the city or town you share with that special someone. Celebrating one celebrates the other, and besides, who doesn’t enjoy feeling like they’re on vacation?
3. Get classy
Name one activity your partner enjoys — cooking, dancing, art, music, crafts, the list goes on — and there’s likely to be a local couples’ class devoted to teaching its finer points, especially on Valentine’s Day. Taking an active interest in her interests will get her “interested,” and all you have to do is follow instructions to participate. Who knows? You could discover a hidden passion you both share, meaning that Valentine’s Day home run will just keep on going…
Do you have any other easy February 14th date tips? Help your buddies out by sharing them in the comments below!
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.