Happy Romance Awareness Month! With summer coming to an end and the holiday season approaching, August makes the best month to celebrate romance. Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most, because it’s all about showing how much you care. Setting aside 5-10 minutes each day to put together a small gift will surely put a smile on your partner’s face!
To help inspire you, we put together a list of 31 different ways, for the 31 days of August, for you to celebrate romance with your partner!
1. An “I love you to pieces” Jar
This is such a simple, yet cute idea! Fill up a mason jar with Reese’s Pieces (or your partner’s other favorite candy) and leave it as a surprise for them in the morning!
2. Send a Super Sweet Text
Okay, okay, I know this sounds really simple, like almost too simple. But trust me on this, sending your partner a text that says something like, “I just wanted to tell you I love you lots! 🙂 I hope you have a good day at work and can’t wait to see you later!!” This will surely bring a smile to their face!
3. Go for a Morning or Evening Walk
Not only is walking a good way to get out of the house for a half hour, but it’s also can help you live a healthier lifestyle! This is a great way to bond and spend quality time together, bonus points if you bring your dog!
4. Love Notes
If you prefer doing things the old fashion way and would rather leave little notes than send a text, here’s a fun way to do so! Gather up all those spare post-it notes around the house, write down things you love about your partner, and place them in the shape of a heart on their mirror!
5. Create a Mini-Relaxation Station for Them
If you’re the first one to get home from work, now is the time to put together a simple, yet thoughtful, relaxation station for your parter. Find their comfiest slippers, pour a glass of wine, and have their favorite TV or movie ready to be played! They will absolutely appreciate this, especially after a long day of work!
6. Nerf Battle
This one is for all you spontaneous and competitive couples out there. This is a perfect stress reliever for a long day, and it’ll create lasting and silly memories! So dig up the Nerf toys and have fun!
7. Love Letter or Poem
Start by writing a simple love letter (or your partner’s favorite love poem) on a piece of paper, from here you can either leave it on their side of the bed to find, or glue it to cardboard, cut it into puzzle-shaped pieces, and leave it on the bed for them to find!
8. Lottery Ticket
Buy a lottery ticket for you partner and attach a sweet note like, “I hit the jackpot when I met you!” And who knows, you two could be the next multi-million dollar winners!
9. Send Flowers
This is another super simple gesture, but sometimes it’s the small things that can mean the most! Send your partner flowers at work (or pick some up on the way home) to make their day a little brighter!
10. Gum Gift
Let your partner know how special they are to you and show them some “extra” love!
11. Clean Something
Even if it’s cleaning the bathroom counter (because when he trims his beard it gets everywhere) or unloading the dishwasher before she gets home, these small acts of kindness will go a long way!
12. There’s Always Room for Dessert
On your way home from work, swing by a bakery and pick up their favorite dessert. Either surprise them after dinner or as soon as they get home!
13. Breakfast in Bed
I know a lot of these ideas involve food, but who doesn’t love food? Especially when it’s hand delivered! Breakfast in bed will surely bring a smile to your partner’s face and they’ll remember this for the rest of the day!
14. Ask Them on a Date
When was the last time you (or your partner) were asked on a date? Remember all those butterflies when you asked (or were asked)? Step back into the shoes of a younger you, build up the courage, and ask them out! It’ll be a silly memory you’ll have forever plus can help strengthen your bond!
15. Tech-Free Night
Time to put away the phones, computers, tablets, game consoles, and whatever tech items you have at home. Tonight is all about spending quality couple time (QCT) with bae! Maybe break out a board game you two love playing together!
16. Create a Playlist
Since we live in the digital age, making a playlist is easy! Spotify offers a free account that’s super simple to sign up with and almost all the song options you could possibly need. Put together a playlist of the songs that remind you of your S.O. and send it to them to make their day!
17. Leave a Voicemail
This one might be a little tricker, but so worth it! If you know your partner is going to be in a big meeting and turns their phone off, call and leave a voicemail so they can listen to it after!
Sometimes, all they need (and you) is just a snuggle session. Step up your snuggle game with extra comfy blankets, this will make it impossible to want to do anything else!
19. Send Memes
This could possibly be our favorite, but we love a good meme! Send your partner a meme while they’re working, tag them in that funny post, whatever it is, send that meme. They’ll love you for it! Bonus if it relates to an inside joke! Need some meme inspo? Check out The Odyssey’s list of memes to send your S.O.!
20. Make Them a Packed Lunch
Add a cute little love note to go with it!
21. Take a Drive Together
If you’re like us and located in Central California, the mountains (or beach) are just a couple hours away, making it a perfect getaway! Or if you’re farther away from nature’s wonders, even a drive across town to your favorite ice cream shop will do! (Now is a good time to play that playlist you made for them earlier)!
22. Offer a Massage
Everyone gets stressed, and where does that stress build up? Maybe it’s in their shoulders, feet, back, wherever. Offering to give them a massage (without asking for one back) will help release the tension from the day, putting them in a better mood!
23. The Teapot Gift
A Classic Jim Halpert gift, fill a teapot with your sweetie’s favorite things. Doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy, it can just be a simple surprise for them!
24. Learn a Dance Together
With so many new dances out there, you don’t want to be the couple that falls behind! Clear some space in the living room, pull up a how-to video, and dance!
25. Fondue Night!
Who doesn’t love fondue? Pick up your partner’s favorite veggies at the grocery store and bring them home for a DIY Fondue Night! It’s something simple enough to make and it’ll be a nice change for dinner!
26. Indoor or Backyard Picnic
Have a picnic set up in the backyard (or living room if the weather isn’t ideal) when your partner gets home from work. Leave little hints around the house that lead them to you!
27. Hold Hands in Public
This might be the easiest, yet maybe the most forgotten thing to do. Holding hands is such a sweet way to show the bond you two share. Everyone who sees you two will know you belong together and there’s no better feeling than that!
28. At-Home Movie Night
Let your partner pick their movie of choice for the night and give them options for different flavored popcorn! Afterwards you can make some ice cream sundae’s and fill it up with your favorite toppings!
29. Hot Towel
When your partner is in the shower, throw one of the softest towels you own into the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up and give it to them after they get out of the shower! Who doesn’t love a warm towel?
30. Make the Coffee
Set your alarm just 5 minutes earlier to get out of bed and start the fresh pot of coffee. The smell of coffee is enough to elicit good feelings, and who doesn’t want to start their day in a good mood?
31. Say “I Love You”
Start and end every day together with saying these three simple words. Yes, chances are your partner knows you love them, but there’s nothing quite like hearing it. This can go a long way and make them feel great knowing they’re loved.
There you have it! 31 ways to celebrate romance this month!