Valentine’s Day is here once again and it’s time to celebrate the institution that is love. There are some common elements to this holiday that will ensure it’s success. Along with the flowers, teddy bears, and heart shaped boxes, there are different feelings and emotions attached to this day, depending on where we are in life and in our relationships. There are different stages in all relationships and, therefore, in celebrating this day, there are different levels of plans and gift ideas that will work best.
New Love: You met recently and have been feeling good about how things are going. This stage of romance is sweet and full of excitement and anticipation. Keep it romantic and simple, and take advantage of the staples: chocolate, a romantic dinner with some special intimacy worked in. You don’t want to stray too far from what is expected since you are just getting to know each other.
Not so new Love: You’ve had at least one Valentine’s Day under your belt and now you are enjoying getting to know one another on a deeper and more fulfilling level. For this stage, a nice romantic day is in order. Some champagne, a special gift, perhaps jewelry or electronics would fit the bill nicely. Along with a special dinner, of course. Perhaps doing something that is special to just the two of you.
Experienced Love: Here is where it gets fun to be more creative. It is also a good idea to incorporate an element of surprise as you have spent several years together and the usual and expected can be boring at this stage. It’s a good idea to bring something more personal to the mix, a romantic card with your innermost thoughts, a special piece of jewelry that expresses your unending love. At this stage, it is nice to plan a trip for the weekend just to surprise the lover in your life and make them feel like they are the most important person in the world to you.
Mature Love: This love has stood the test of time spanning several decades, life events, and changes. For this Valentine’s Day stage, it is important to pay tribute to the time spent together. Revisiting the good times from the past and the places that have meant something special to your relationship. This is where things come full circle and you can go back to the simple stage, where just being together is a celebration in and of itself. There is no need to impress here, just share the joy that has been your life through the years. A meaningful time spent together with good conversation, deep looks, and romantic affection is all that is needed here.
With this guide of ideas and tips to make your Valentine’s Day the best yet according to where you are in the relationship, I wish you and yours a beautiful, joyous, and of course, romantic day. And remember, elements of Valentine’s should be with us and in our relationships 365 days of the year.