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’ve put together a list of 31 different ways for you to celebrate romance with your partner. One for every day of the month!
1. Create an “I Love You to Pieces” Jar
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! Along with the jar, write a quick note that includes 10 reasons you “love them to pieces”.
There’s no quicker way to someone’s heart than through candy, right? More importantly, however, is the fact that you are taking the time to create a small gift you know will brighten their day. Every time they grab a piece out of the jar, they will think about you and those 10 reason you love them.
2. Send a Super Sweet Text
Okay, okay, I know this sounds really simple, like almost too simple. But trust us 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!” will surely bring a smile to their face!
In such a fast paced, busy world, we forget the small things. Yes, those texts may seem simple, but they can have a strong impact in your partner’s day.
3. Go for a Morning or Evening Walk
A walk through the park is not only a good way to get out of the house, it is also a great way to stay healthy! This is a great way to bond and spend quality time together, bonus points if you bring your dog!
Did you know that exercising and doing physical activities can help your body release dopamine, boosting your mood? After a long day at work, it’s easy to feel too drained to do much, but sometimes the best thing you can do to reset and get reconnected with your partner is a quick walk around the block.
4. Love Notes
If you prefer doing things the old fashioned 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!
You can also get a little sneaky and hide them around the house for you partner to find. Tell them you’ve hidden ten notes around the house, and if they find all ten, you’ll give them a big kiss! 😉
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 partner. 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!
This little act of service is a great way to show your partner that you appreciate all their hard work. Plus, who doesn’t love to cuddle on the couch?!
6. Have a Water Balloon Fight
It may be Romance Awareness Month, but that doesn’t stop it from being a hundred degrees outside! Run to the store and get some water balloons ready for your partner when they get home. Great for playful or spontaneous couples or for those that just need to cool down!
Sometimes we don’t take enough time to be playful. Laughter and spontaneity are some of the most important ingredients to building more romance in your relationship and this activity is perfect for that!
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! You can even hide it somewhere you know they’ll see it the next day.
Be honest. How many poems or love letters do YOU write your partner? Sure, after a decade together, it may feel silly and seem like a lot of energy to put into expressing something your partner already knows, but just think of how special that moment will be when they read it. That look will be worth all the work, times ten!
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!
Love is all about taking risks, building and sustaining connections, and getting outside of your comfort zone. Plus, you can always spend a night planning what you would do with all the winnings! Even that could be a fun little date night!
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!
Completely surprising your partner is a great way to make them feel appreciated and loved. Getting a sweet bouquet of their favorite flowers delivered right to their desk can do just that!
10. The Gum Gift
Let your partner know how special they are to you and show them some “extra” love by picking up some of their favorite type of gum.
EVERYONE enjoys a good piece of gum and it’s something you never have enough of. Plus, every time they reach for a stick, they will think of you! Chew on THAT for a moment.
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!
Small acts of service can have large impacts in your relationship and they help show your partner that you care and appreciate them.
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!
Believe it or not, just knowing what kind of dessert your partner enjoys shows how much you love them and illustrates your connection. Sometimes being understood is the best gift. That, and chocolate cake.
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!
All it takes is for you to get up just 30 minutes early. A small price to pay to make your partner feel loved, wouldn’t you say?
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!
As we get further into our relationship, sometimes those romantic things we did for each other early on go away. So, let’s bring them back! How romantic would it be to see your partner all dressed up, asking you out on a special date night with a single red rose?
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 your better half! Maybe break out a board game you two love playing together!
Too many times we let technology distract us from creating quality time with our partners. So, take a night to turn all the gadgets off and focus on each other.
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!
Try and think of songs that are important to your relationship (first dance, song that played on your first date, the song you both belt out in the car on a long road trip). Music can have a strong impact on helping you create special moments with your partner.
17. Leave a Voicemail
This one might be a little trickier, 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!
Small acts like this don’t take much time but can leave a lasting moment, especially if your partner is having a bad day. Maybe just hearing your voice can brighten it up!
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!
Physical touch is important to building intimacy and romance in your relationship. Often times, we don’t take enough time to cuddle, so find some time to wrap each other up in your arms!
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. 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.!
You know what they say, “A meme is worth a thousand words”! Have an inside joke or something that only they would understand? Send them a related picture to make them laugh! That instant connection is so powerful.
20. Make Them a Packed Lunch
Get up early one morning and make them a special lunch for their day. Bonus points if you cut off the crust! And don’t forget to add a cute little love note to go with it!
Again, these acts of service go way beyond the act itself. It shows dedication and adoration. It illustrates to your partner that you are willing to go out of your way, just make their life a little easier. True love!
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!)
Heck, you can even take a drive around the block. The beauty of this activity is that it gets you away from life’s distractions so you can focus on each other. Even 5-10 minutes of alone time together can make a big impact.
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!
That physical touch can help them produce oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) and can decrease their levels of stress putting them in a happier and more relaxed 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!
Head to your local dollar store and find a teapot (or anything that can hold your smaller gifts). Inside, fill it with items that in someway connect to your partner or your relationship.
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!
Even if it’s the Nae Nae, learning a new dance move with your partner can help create laughter, spontaneity, and discovery. All ingredients to building more romance in your relationship.
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!
Sure, this idea may be a little cheesy (see what we did there?), but the focus for this activity is to create some interactive time with you and your partner. Try new dipping combinations and spend a night doing fondue!
26. Indoor or Backyard Picnic
Have a picnic set up in the backyard or on the patio (or living room if the weather isn’t ideal) when your partner gets home from work. Prepare their favorite picnic dishes and spend some time in the fresh air!
Like a lot of our other ideas, this one has more to do with creating some quality time and separating you both from distractions so you can reconnect. Switching things up from time to time can give you the spontaneity you need to create some romance.
27. Hold Hands in Public
This might be the easiest activity on our list, but it’s often one thing we forget about. 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!
Remember when you first were dating? That first time you held hands in public. The rush, the butterflies, the love! Even decades into your relationship, those feelings can still be activated, even just by holding hands.
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 sundaes and fill it up with your favorite toppings!
Definitely a classic, but it’s a classic for a reason, right? Snuggle up on the couch or in bed and watch a movie together. Simple and easy date night!
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?
This is an example of an activity that takes just a few seconds of energy, but it can give such a powerful message to your partner. Small acts like this show that you are always actively thinking about them. How romantic is that?!
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?
Maybe it’s breakfast or getting their things ready for the day, but taking a few minutes in the morning to help them start their day off right can be so powerful and shows you care.
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.
How many times do you say “I Love You”? Not “love ya” or “luh you”, but taking the time to deliberately say those three words, looking them deep into their eyes? At the end of the day, that attention and affirmation that you love them is the greatest thing you can give.
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