The Valentine’s Day gift you choose for your loved one and how you decide to spend the day says a lot about the quality of your relationship, so give something that has real meaning to you. Gifts from the heart don’t have to be expensive and will tend to have more significance when you put some thought into giving something a bit more innovative than the old standbys. Since the traditional gifts of flowers or chocolates don’t last forever, here are some more creative ways to express your love.

1. Design your own Valentine’s Day card out of magazine cutouts of romantic words and images. Inside you can compose a heartfelt poem, copy song lyrics that represent your emotions, or come up with “14 things I love about you”.

2. Create a “recollection collection” scrapbook filled with favorite photographs, love letters, keepsakes from special occasions, and cherished mementos such as concert tickets or postcards from places you’ve traveled together.

3. Make a CD of songs that express how you feel, including love songs that you both enjoy listening to. Or buy some romantic CDs, classic videos or DVDs to watch together or listen to.

4. Frame a nice photograph of yourself or both of you together – something appropriate for your partner’s desk at the office or personal space at home. Or (if you’re female) give a sexy pin-up style photo of you, or create a mini Playboy-style booklet of erotic pictures of you for his viewing pleasure.

5. Rather than standard roses, give a longer lasting flowering plant, herb collection, or a fruit tree to plant in your yard.

6. Prepare your loved one’s favorite dinner and serve it on a romantically set table and dine by candlelight. Make a decadent dessert such as a chocolate fondue to feed to one another. Here’s a great article for creating the perfect romantic dinner.

7. Wash your partner’s vehicle inside and out, then decorate with little love notes, hearts or flowers inside with a gift or a card on the front seat.

8. The gift of togetherness is priceless – plan a romantic, surprise date and not let him know where you’re going until you get there – even if it’s a simple picnic in the back yard or a nearby park.

9. Give the gift of therapeutic massage – whether you do it yourself, go to the spa, or hire a masseuse to come to your house. Here’s a great article on couples massage and sensual massage.

10. Create some naughty personal coupons for your lover that is good for one ________ (fill in the blank). Then they can redeem your ‘services’ in a fun playful way.

As Bruce Lee once said, “It’s not what you give; it’s the way you give it.”

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Allura Joy has worked with women of all ages and of diverse backgrounds for many years in offering support, holistic therapy and relationship counseling, as well as sharing valuable resources and useful information in the areas of women's sexuality, health & wellness. Allura has facilitated various women's groups, retreats, conferences and special events for women to come together in community to share, connect and support one another.

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