It doesn’t always take a grandiose declaration of love to get your message across. Most of the time, it’s those little tricks and sweet words that help you stay connected for the long haul.
Need romantic ideas? The 15 romantic gestures below are just a few examples of everyday actions that mean the world to someone you’re in love with. You can learn to be romantic by doing just a few of these and showing your partner that you love them.
1. Help them reduce their to-do list.
Pick up his laundry, fill his fridge with a week’s worth of groceries, clean his bathroom, frame the poster that has been in the corner of his living room since you met. After all, it’s hard to be romantic with all of those chores hanging over your head.
2. Slip a sweet note in their gym bag.
What better workout motivation is there than a reminder of how much you care?
3. Make them feel at home.
If you and your partner live apart, make an effort to stock your home with specific items (food, shampoo, etc.) that they like. It makes your home more like home.
4. Send a postcard or love letter in the mail.
Emails are easy to use, easy to use. Postal mail packs a punch, especially when it’s not an invoice.
5. Share your feelings through music.
Make it a sweet mixtape or a playlist of songs that drive you crazy!
6. Prepare breakfast.
He doesn’t have to be in bed. It doesn’t even have to be anything fancy. Heart-shaped pancakes are easy!
7. Recreate your first date.
Go to the same place, order the same drinks, etc. Recall your first impressions of your partner and some of the best and most exciting things that have happened in your relationship since then.
8. Show a sentimental snapshot.
Instead of keeping a great photo of the two of you on your phone or Facebook wall, print a copy and frame it. Put it somewhere that your partner will see it everyday.
9. Make the bed.
After spending the night together, tuck in the sheets, stuff the pillows, and make it super neat so it’s relaxing to get back on it later.
10. Help simplify their day.
Maybe he’s been using the same broken umbrella for a year, or she’s still misplacing her keys. Buy something to solve that little problem, like a high-end umbrella in her favorite color or a key ring that beeps when she whistles.
11. Suggest doing something they want to do.
Think about a restaurant, an outing, a movie – something you know is in his back alley – and suggest it before he or she can talk about it.
12. Compliment them in front of other people.
It not only does good for both of you, it inspires others as well.
13. Hold hands.
Even if you just watch TV at home. Touch is an easy and powerful gift that you can give almost anywhere, at different stages of dress.
14. Make a list.
Post a list of three things you like about her on her Facebook wall or send it to Twittersphere.
15. Make a vow to always greet each other with love.
This is especially important after your separation. Although it may seem a little silly at first, it will help you and your partner keep the butterflies alive.
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