How to Live a Romantic Life

How to Live a Romantic LifeIf you want to know how to live a romantic life, you might want to take a look at your current relationship first. Romance comes naturally to some people, but others struggle with it. Different lifestyles can lend themselves to romance and romantic gestures. Even if your significant other isn’t an inherently romantic person, you can still stir up some romance in your life. Consider these tips for how to live a romantic life, no matter if you are married or dating, living together, living separately, or even in a long distance relationship.

One of the key things to remember in living a romantic life is to express your feelings and share sweet sentiments whenever you feel comfortable doing so. Simply saying “I love you” is a great place to start. You can find other romantic things to say to your loved one, or you might also try sending sexy text messages. Here are some more tips on how to live a romantic life.

Living a Romantic Life as a Married Couple or When You Live Together
If you are in a serious relationship where you live with your significant other, either married, engaged, or seriously dating, consider these tips for how to live a romantic life:

•    Always say “I love you” and give a kiss goodnight before you fall asleep.
•    Leave little love notes around the house for your sweetheart to find.
•    Burn candles, incense, or wax burners to set the mood.
•    Enjoy a glass of wine with a candlelit dinner here and there.
•    Make your loved one breakfast in bed on a special morning.
•    Make time for cuddling and intimate times together, especially if you’ve been busy.
•    Do special things together like taking a hot bubble bath, trading massages, making a meal together, and snuggling up to watch a movie.

Living a Romantic Life in Separate Homes or in a Long Distance Relationship
Even if you are living apart, you can still live a romantic life. Try these tips:

•    Send snail mail to your loved one. Everyone likes getting something personal in the mailbox.
•    Spray your perfume or cologne on the letter and, if you’re a girl, seal with a lipstick kiss.
•    Send sexy text messages when you can’t be together, or just during the day as you’re thinking of your sweetheart.
•    Plan a surprise visit when you know your significant other will be there.
•    Send cookies or other homemade treats in the mail.
•    Send flowers or a gift basket to their office with a sweet note.

These are just a few suggestions for ways you can stay close and add romance to your life, no matter where you live. What other tips do you have on how to live a romantic life? Share them below in our comments for others to try.


Four Authors Chat Over Coffee; Not a Decaf in Sight

His Grace is Sufficient, Decaf is Not Book PreviewBest-selling author Sandra D. Bricker has been a longtime friend of LLB, and we think it’s time she stopped by again to tell us about her latest books. And I’m happy to tell you that she’s brought along a few friends.

LLB: Sandie, welcome back! It’s been a while since we’ve chatted. I think the last time was when your romantic comedy, Always the Baker, Never the Bride, came out. What have you been up to since then?

SANDIE: Baker was a bit of an unexpected sleeper. It was far more successful than we’d anticipated, and the publishers came back and asked me to write three more books in the series. I’m really excited about the second book, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride (Emma Rae Creation), which came out just recently. Number three releases in late spring, and the last one — Always the Baker, Finally the Bride — gives Emma and Jackson their happy ending when it comes out in the spring of 2013.

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the BrideLLB: That sounds awesome! And did I hear that there’s going to be a very special contest for readers that centers around that final volume?

SANDIE: There is. I think it’s going to really be fun. It will run from November 1st through the end of the year, and people can get the specifics on my Web site if they’re interested. The bottom line is that the lucky winner will be allowed to choose Emma’s wedding cake from five or six options, and then I’ll write that person into the novel as an actual character.

LLB: That’s so great. I imagine there will be a lot of readers playing along.

SANDIE: I hope so.

LLB: Meanwhile, how about you introduce us to your friends, and tell our readers about the new book you all have coming out this month?

SANDIE: Absolutely. These ladies are three of my favorite chicks on the planet, so putting together this book was a joy. It’s called His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not, and it’s the third volume in a line of lighthearted devotionals from Summerside Press that’s geared toward busy women.

Loree Lough has several millions (yes, I said millions!) of books in print, most recently the acclaimed First Responders series of novels centering around the post-tragedy lives of 9/11 responders.

Trish Perry has published nearly a dozen novels, such as this year’s historical, Unforgettable. In addition, she’s written countless articles, short stories and essays.

Cynthia Ruchti is a radio personality and columnist, and she received high acclaim and several award nominations for her debut novel, last spring’s They Almost Always Come Home.

LLB: Welcome to Life Love Beauty. We’re really happy to have you all with us. Can you tell our readers more about His Grace is Sufficient?, and perhaps also tell them why Decaf is Not?

LOREE: Well, for the latter part, I think that’s speaks for itself, right?

LLB: You have a point.

LOREE: As for the devotional, it was a really great opportunity to work on another one with Sandie.

SANDIE: Loree was one of the authors of the first book, Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry.

LOREE: That was such a great experience that, when Sandie invited me to work on this one, how could I say no?

TRISH: It was pretty much the same for me. I contributed to the second one that was titled Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days. I was thrilled to be asked to join in on another one. In addition to the general fun of it all, working on these books leads one to quite a bit of introspection, prayer, and listening for God’s guidance. It’s truly a blessing to us as writers.

CYNTHIA: I’m new to these books, but Sandie and I met at a writers’ conference a few years ago and felt an instant heart connection. I don’t know about Sandie, but from that moment sitting at the dinner table with her, I had a desire to serve on a writing project with her someday.

SANDIE: Yep! Same here. The chance to work with Cynthia has just confirmed what I already knew. She and I are very much like-minded. As I was laying out the final book, several of her very personal stories had me laughing, and then crying like a dork. Like Loree and Trish, Cyn is just an awesome storyteller.

LLB: As I recall, a portion of the proceeds of these books is earmarked for ovarian cancer research.

LOREE: That’s another part of the attraction for me. During the planning phases of the first book, the authors decided to dedicate a portion of our proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. We chose them largely because Sandie is a survivor.

TRISH: And our friend, Diann Hunt, one of the authors of Bad Hair, is fighting it a second time now. Her attitude and grasp of faith in the midst of this onslaught are amazing and inspiring.

SANDIE: We actually dedicated Decaf to Diann. So giving some of the proceeds to OCRF feels a little like we’re helping with her fight.

CYNTHIA: Everything I’ve heard about OCRF tells me it and its leadership have the heart, the diligence, and the passion to make a difference in the fight against this devastating disease and the families and friends it affects.

His Grace is Sufficient, Decaf is Not Book PreviewLLB: It sounds like a worthy cause. Hopefully, some of our readers will pick up a copy of the book and help out with cancer research at the same time.

SANDIE: Well, if they do, I don’t think they’ll be sorry. Decaf is a really fun and uplifting read.

LLB: Speaking of DECAF, how do you ladies take your coffee?

SANDIE: I like crème brulee coffee, with a quick shot of vanilla.

LOREE: Frappuccino with extra caramel and whipped cream, please.

CYNTHIA: I’d love a Milky Way latte with whipped cream.

TRISH: Just strong and black, with heavy cream.

LLB: There you have it! Authors, books, cancer research, and coffee.

SANDIE: All the important stuff, right? … Thanks so much for having us. We’re all big fans of this site, so it’s a pleasure to spend a little time with you like this.

His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not is available for order now everywhere books are sold.


Sweet and Romantic Things to Text or SMS to the One You Love

Sexy and sweet things to text to your crush or true loveMore and more people are using text messages to make plans, share news, and to communicate in general. Flirty text messages can help you break the ice with your crush, but be careful. Text messages can also give someone the wrong idea if a person reads into them too much. If you are in a steady relationship or bravely putting yourself on the line for your crush, you can use sweet and romantic text messages to test the waters and have a little fun in the process.

Here are a few different flirty and sweet text messages you can SMS to your love.

Flirty Text Messages to Send to Your Crush

Consider sending these flirty SMS text messages to your crush to see if he or she feels the same way:

•Hey Hottie!

•I like your dress.

•You look extra cute today.

•What’s shakin babe?

•What’s up babe?

•How’s it goin, hot stuff?

•You rub my back, I’ll rub yours?

•Wanna grab fries and a shake after (work / school)?

•Where have you been all my life?

•You’re the sweetest thing…

Sexy SMS to Send to Your Sweetheart

Consider these sexy text message ideas to send to your sweetheart’s phone:

•I like the way you say my name.

•I love the way you look at me.

•I miss your sexy face. (or I miss your cute face.)

•Meeting you was the best thing ever!

•What are you wearing right now? I’m wearing…

•You make my heart race…

•I wish you were here with me right now. I’m all alone and missing you.

Romantic Texts to Message to Your Love

Here are a few ideas for romantic text messages you can send to your longtime love:

•You are my one and only true love.

•My heart beats for you alone.

•You are my perfect match.

•I love you so much!

•You’re my favorite thing in the whole world.

•I can be your teddy bear. / You can be my teddy bear.

•You’re the best part of my day.

If you are looking for a few tips on sending flirty, sexy, or romantic texts, consider these additional tips:

•Challenge your crush to a little competition to get the sparks going while you hang out for the first time or two.

•Compliment your crush or your sweetheart. Make nice comments about clothing, hairstyle, smile, laugh, or personality.

•Text from the heart. Share your feelings honestly and openly with your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, husband, or wife.

What other flirty, sexy, or romantic texts can you think of or have you shared or received? Please share them in our comments to help everyone who reads this!


10 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Bad weather often brings the need for alternative plans, so a few rainy day date ideas can really come in handy on a dreary day. Whether you are looking for romantic rainy nights indoors or rainy day activities you can enjoy during the day, you should be able to find something to do despite the disappointing weather. Consider these rainy day date ideas so you can still enjoy a wonderful date with the one you love.

Fun rainy day dates don’t have to cost a lot of money. You can find a number of rainy day activities, date ideas, and relaxing alternative plans during thunderstorms and poor weather to suit any budget. Here are a few rainy dates to consider:

Dinner and a Movie – This classic date works well rain or shine. Consider going out to dinner and then attending a movie, or put a fun spin on it for a rainy day and cook together at home, then turn on NetFlix or watch a DVD or movie on television.

Roller Skating or Ice Skating – Get some exercise at the rink despite the bad weather. Skate around holding hands or learn how to skate backwards if you don’t already know. Enjoy a soft drink or a treat following your skating session.

Wine Tasting or Beer Tasting – If you are of legal drinking age, a beer or wine tasting can be a fantastic rainy date idea. Go to your nearest winery, brewery, or micro-brewery to enjoy whatever’s uncorked or on tap. If you aren’t of legal drinking age, consider going to your favorite diner for a custom milkshake or other treat.

Playing at an Arcade – Whether you like the old-fashioned arcades or the Dave & Buster’s type scene, an arcade brings out the kid in you and lets you have a great time no matter what the weather. Go out for pizza before or after your game playing!

Jazz Club or Coffeehouse – Check out your local jazz club or open-mic nite at your local coffee house for a romantic evening with a mysterious mood that meets the weather.

Comedy Club – For a few laughs and a few drinks, checkout a nearby comedy club. You can go with your significant other or plan a ground date with some other couples.

Concert or Live Music – Live music can be a fun date idea for any season. While outdoor music is a longtime favorite for some, you can still find great bands playing at local bars, as well as concerts at local venues.

Shopping – Hit up the mall or your local retail outlets for a fun and productive rainy day date idea. You can window shop or actually buy some of those things you’ve been wanting and needing. Be sure to leave some time for lunch or dinner on your trip.

Museums & Cultural Attractions – Visiting museums and going on a variety of tours can be a great rainy day activity to enjoy with your spouse or significant other. Learn something new and get out and do something despite the weather.

Game Night with Other Couples – When all else fails, invite your friends or neighbors over to play cards or board games. You can get a great game of Scrabble going, or The Game of LIFE, Risk, or Settlers of Catan, just to name a few. Be sure to provide snacks and drinks!

These are just a few rainy day date ideas for what you can do when it’s wet outside. Consider these ideas or share your own in our comments below.


Tips for Finding the Perfect Ring Fit

If you’re looking to propose, ensuring the perfect ring fit is a key aspect to consider. There are a number of different ways to investigate your significant other’s ring size without her knowing, but it’s certainly a sensitive topic, so beware. If you are interested in looking at engagement rings and wedding ring designs together, that is one easy way to find the perfect ring fit. If, however, you prefer to keep your intention to propose a secret, you can try a few crafty ways to find the right fit for her ring finger.

Here are a few easy yet clever ways to ensure the perfect ring fit when you propose:

Buy your girlfriend a casual ring when you are somewhere together on vacation. Look at cute shell rings or natural stone rings – something she can wear every day without a big commitment. That should help you discover her ring size as she tries on different rings and selects one.

Buy her a ring as a gift first, and then get it sized if need be. My husband did this for me about a year or two before he proposed. Of course, this gift came with the all-important disclaimer – it isn’t what you think it is or might want it to be – but it certainly got him my ring size before he actually needed it. Of course, my fingers are super skinny so we had to get it resized like twice after that, but my engagement ring fit perfectly.

When she is not around, take a piece of string or yarn and measure the circumference of one of her existing rings. Mark the string with a marker or cut it where the measurement would be. Take this with you to the jeweler and they should be able to help you narrow down the ring sizes.

If you don’t mind someone knowing what you’re thinking, ask one of her friends or family members for her ring size. You might be able to get it on the sly.

These are just a few ideas on how you can get your girlfriend’s ring size for the perfect ring fit. Once you get the engagement ring, the wedding rings should be easy. You can look at all kinds of wedding ring designs and styles, including stackable wedding rings and vintage style rings. What other ideas do you have for ensuring a perfect engagement ring fit?


Quotes for ‘Moving On’ and ‘Letting Go’ to Help Get over a Breakup or Divorce

Quotes for ‘moving on’ can sometimes help to put a bad breakup or a messy divorce into perspective. If you have a friend or close family member going through the tough end of a relationship, a sweet card with an inspirational quote, or even an uplifting quote about ‘moving on’ may help ease the pain. Moving on is never easy, and most often time is the only way to heal those wounds. There are simple things we can do to help ourselves or help others overcome the feelings of sadness and depression that ensue following the end of a relationship. Consider these ideas for getting over a breakup or divorce, especially related to uplifting quotes for ‘moving on.

Moving on and letting go can be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. Sometimes people in relationships have differences that just can’t be resolved on their own. If counseling isn’t an option, or doesn’t help, the only choice may be to break up or get a divorce. When this last resort is the only option, it can take a long time to recover from the heartache and grief of this type of loss. Here are some inspirational quotes about moving on and letting go to help soothe the pain.

Quotes about Holding onto the Good Times
In some cases, thinking about the good times and keeping the precious memories close can help. In some relationships, it may actually exacerbate the problem. These quotes are still uplifting so they should relate to most instances of letting go and moving on.

–    “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
–    “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson
–    “Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding on to.” ~ Anonymous

Courage in Moving on Quotes
Oftentimes we find ourselves stuck in the same place because we are not brave enough to move on. We may not be courageous enough to start over, to break up, meet new people, enjoy another first kiss. Sometimes that little bit of courage is all we need to find something even better than ever before!

–    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
–    “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~ Raymond Lindquist
–    “Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go.” ~ Len Santos

More Quotes for Moving On

Sentimental and Creative Engagement Gift Ideas for Any Budget

If someone near and dear to you recently got engaged, now might be a good time to start thinking about great engagement gift ideas. Depending on how close you are to the couple, you can choose a sweet and sentimental gift, a thoughtful but modest gift, or an all-out amazing engagement gift. Usually engagement gifts are optional as in you won’t always be required to bring a gift with you if you attend an engagement party or meet up with the couple to celebrate following their engagement. However, if your best friend, sibling, or other close companion has gotten engaged, some fun and creative engagement gift ideas may be in store.

Before you get too far into thinking about the types of engagement gifts you would like to consider, first think about your budget and how much you would like to spend. You can usually find nice engagement gifts at all price points, depending on where you shop. Here are a number of sweet and memorable engagement gift ideas for any budget.

Engagement Gift Ideas for Any Budget
Consider these engagement gift ideas for the couple to enjoy together:

•    Crystal or stainless steel ring holder
•    Gift certificate for couples massage at a spa
•    Special photo frame – engraved
•    Monogrammed bath towels or blanket
•    Photo album with a wedding or engagement theme
•    Gift certificate for a restaurant
•    Bottle of wine or champagne
•    Gourmet chocolates
•    Personalized gifts – holiday ornament or item with engraving
•    Fondue set or other romantic item
•    Relaxation gift basket
•    Savings bond or cash
•    Wine picnic set or other romantic adventure gift
•    Vase or other specialty glassware
•    Gift of experience – wine tasting, scuba lessons, etc.

These are just a few engagement gift ideas for you to consider for that special couple in your life. Remember that it’s the thought that counts, so even if you can’t find the perfect gift, be sure to at least pick up a card congratulating the couple on their engagement. You can also make them a customized video of congratulations if you won’t be able to be there in person. Engagement gifts are not always openly welcomed at engagement parties, so it may be best to do a little research before you make your purchase.

What other engagement gift ideas do you have? Please share them below in our comments.


Five Authors (With Very Good Hair) Unite for a Good Cause

Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair DaysLast year’s devotional, Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, became a fast favorite among women. The book of light-hearted, often heartwarming devotions kick-started a conversation about the common goal of finding time within crazy schedules to nurture the spirit. The publishers, Summerside Press, recognized lightning in a bottle when they captured it, and they asked author Sandra D. Bricker to do it again, this time with a new team of writers. Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days, with the theme of faith in God as the first line of defense against the greatest challenges of life, will hit bookstores on March 1st.

“The combination of authors I chose,” says Bricker, best-selling author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market, “was a no-brainer. Debby Mayne is the writer you always want to work with. She’s a pro, and I thought she fit well with the theme of the new book. Kristin Billerbeck is funny and bright, and she brings a bit of pop culture to the table. Trish Perry has a remarkable reputation, and I was really eager to loop her into a project like this one. I’ve always loved Diann Hunt’s writing, and she had a unique connection to this line of books that couldn’t be denied.”

Hunt had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer when the framework of the book was in progress. Because of Bricker’s history with the disease (she’s a six-year survivor), a commitment had already been made by the authors of the first devotional to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Since Bricker wanted to continue the relationship with OCRF, Hunt was a natural addition, and she penned her segment of the devotional while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

“My Nana had a miraculous healing from ovarian cancer in the early nineties,” says Billerbeck. “Now that I know two more survivors [Bricker and Hunt], it’s something close to my heart.”

Perry’s experience with ovarian cancer didn’t end so well when her aunt lost her fight with the disease within just a few months of diagnosis. “It was horribly frightening,” she says, “because she had no symptoms before it was too late.”

Despite the very serious intentions on behalf of OCRF, the authors calibrated very early on toward the goal of keeping a hopeful and fun overall tone. The collaboration was considered a success by everyone, from authors to publisher. “I enjoy working with other writers,” says Mayne, “who have the same goals and passion for what they do.” Hunt calls the experience “a blessing,” while Perry compares the writing process to “a long-distance slumber party.”

“I knew Kristin and Debby fairly well beforehand,” Bricker explains. “But all five of us had the opportunity to spend a couple of days together when we attended a writers’ conference in Denver last year. You’d have thought we’d known one another our whole lives! Five minutes together, and we were laughing and joking like old friends. I can truthfully say that I consider each of the other four authors among my very best friends. It was kind of magical the way we all fit together, like different parts of one complete body.”

All four of her co-authors label Bricker with adjectives like “compassionate” and “hysterical,” while Debby Mayne emerges as the “joyful” and “hopeful” member of the group. Kristin Billerbeck’s role, as categorized by her friends, appears to involve bringing “spunk” and “fun” to the table; Trish Perry is considered “encouraging, and someone you can always count on.” Diann Hunt? “Positive” and “down-to-earth.” It sounds like a wonderful combination.

“This group of five authors,” Bricker declares, “was the perfect storm. All the conditions were right when we came together, and wham! We’ve formed a very exclusive mutual fan club, with just five members! And I think readers will sense how special the experience was when they have the chance to read the devotions.”

Saving Money on Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day often sneaks up on us faster than we might expect. Sometimes it can be tricky to get a present and a card ready in time when you have a lot of other things going on in life. Even if you do have the time, sometimes you can get a better deal on a gift for your sweetheart if you wait until right around Valentine’s Day to make your purchase. Still there are other ways to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts for the one you love.

No matter if you are shopping ahead of time or if you and your sweetheart decided to exchange gifts a little later in the week, you can find great deals and other ways to save money for Valentine’s Day. Consider these tips for a more affordable Valentine’s Day this year!

•    Look for special sales and deals. Some stores will mark down their Valentine’s Day merchandise on February 14. You can also look for sales leading up to Valentine’s Day.

•    Choose gift items with rebates or special instant discounts. This can be a handy tip for electronics especially.

•    Check out online merchants and make your purchases using Online Coupon codes. Special Online Coupon codes can help you save money on countless gift ideas and sometimes you can even score free shipping! CouponSnapshot is one such site that offers a variety of online discount codes to help you save money when shopping on the Internet.

•    Consider exchanging gifts the day or weekend after Valentine’s Day. This way you and your sweetheart can take advantage of the Valentine’s Day gifts and candy that are quickly reduced to clearance prices as soon as Valentine’s Day passes.

These are just a few suggestions for how you can save money on your Valentine’s Day shopping. If you have other ideas that may help our readers, please share your suggestion in the comments below!

Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

If you are still searching for the perfect inexpensive Valentine’s Day date, then search no further. You’ve come to the right place. Valentine’s Day is a day for sweethearts and romance is in the air, so why not put a little love out there and share.

Inexpensive Valentine’s Day date ideas are really a dime a dozen if you sit down and think long and hard enough. Here are a few ideas that you might not have already seen or tried. Pick one or pick them all. The point is to simply let your loved one know you care.

Valentine’s Date Ideas on a Shoestring Budget
Let’s start with a few free ideas for those lovers and sweethearts on a really tight budget.

1.    Take a walk through the local park and spend some time together talking and enjoying the gifts that Mother Nature has given the world.

2.    Visit the library and rent a romantic comedy to enjoy watching such as You’ve Got Mai, Love Actually, or About a Boy.

3.    Go to a free museum in the area and soak in some art with your loved one.

4.    Go window shopping at the mall and count the number of couples holding hands.

Inexpensive Valentine’s Date Ideas
If you have enough cash for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day date, try one of the following ideas.

1.    Take your sweetheart out for an inexpensive meal. Split a pizza, Subway hoagie, or plate of Chinese food. Some dining establishments are even offering BYOB for Valentine’s Day.

2.    For less than $10.00, you can take your sweetheart bowling for a single game and two shoe rentals.

3.    Take your loved one out for a sweet treat at a local bakery that provides seating. For less than $10.00, you can each get a sweet pastry and a cup of tea.

4.    Visit a local coffee house that provides free entertainment. For a couple of dollars, you can treat your sweetheart to coffee and enjoy some local talent.

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, just remember to say those three most important words, “I love you.”

20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Sometimes it just isn’t possible to plan for a holiday in advance. Work, travel, health, family, or any other number of things can get in the way, preventing even the best of intentions. You can still save your Valentine’s heart with a last-minute gift idea that shows you really care. Here are 20 last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the last-minute shopper.

The romantic Valentine’s Day gift you choose can be as sweet as candy or as sentimental as something you create yourself. When time is of the essence, choosing a gift for your lover at the last-minute can be stressful, to say the least. Take the stress out of your Valentine’s Day by looking at quick-delivery gift options and vendors online who can help save the day, whether you forgot a gift or simply didn’t know what to buy. Choose from pajama-grams, flowers, chocolates, and of course, delicious and decadent chocolate-covered berries, a romantic gift for guys and girls to love!

20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Girls


1.    Flowers
2.    Chocolates
3.    Perfume
4.    Lotion
5.    Bubble Bath
6.    Pajamas / Lingerie
7.    Plush Bath Robe
8.    Wine
9.    Jewelry
10.    Music CDs
11.    Movies
12.    Slippers
13.    Soft Sweater
14.    Sunglasses
15.    Designer Purse
16.    Framed Photos
17.    Artwork
18.    Candlesticks
19.    China Figurine
20.    Crystal Ring Holder

20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys

1.    Cologne
2.    Candy
3.    Leather Goods – Wallet, Belt, etc.
4.    Beer
5.    Booze
6.    Gift Cards
7.    Video Games
8.    Movies
9.    Music CDs
10.    Gadgets
11.    Electronics
12.    Sunglasses
13.    Luggage
14.    Pajama Pants
15.    Cufflinks
16.    Men’s Jewelry
17.    Golf Balls or Accessories
18.    Car Accessories
19.    Gift Cards
20.    Cigars

These are just 20 fast, last-minute gift suggestions for Valentine’s Day for your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Not every gift will be appropriate for each recipient, but you can use these ideas to come up with a perfect gift, even if you are just starting your shopping on February 14!

How to say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word – on Valentine’s Day and Every Day

Sure, it is important to tell our partner we love them – no doubt about it.  But, as the saying goes, talk can be cheap; therefore, back up those 3 little words: “I love you” with actions that validates the true meaning of those words.

1.   Write love notes and leave them in the most unexpected places. Notice I didn’t say write love letters – that can take up too much time.  Just write short, little notes expressing your love for your partner and leave them in a place where they will least expect it.  For example, put the note on the driver’s seat of their car. Or maybe write the words “I love you” in a steamed up mirror when your partner is taking a shower.  Or you could put a note in their lunch bag or under their pillow.  You get the point – be creative and have fun!


2.   Make their life a little easier.
For example, put toothpaste on their toothbrush in the morning or leave their favorite cereal in a bowl at night so they are surprised to find it waiting for them in the morning.  This is surefire way to bring a smile to your partner’s face.   If you wake up before your partner, don’t turn the light on – lay your clothes out in the bathroom the night before.  Surprise your partner and fill up their car with a full tank of gas – who wouldn’t love that? The point is to let your partner know you are thinking about them with tiny considerate gestures.

3.   Make a treasure hunt using little yellow post-it notes and have your partner’s favorite snack – or some other type of surprise – at the end of the trail.  They will love this.

4.   Make a fake temporary tattoo on your body with lipstick or eyeliner – maybe draw a heart with your partner’s initials inside it. How much fun would that be? Maybe it is corny, so what? Can’t adults have a little fun too?

5.   Bring home flowers or a romantic card – “just because”.  Let Hallmark do your talking for you – they certainly seem to have a way with words.

6.   Surprise them with their favorite movie and watch it together on the couch. Buy their favorite snack and drink and hunker away, together, for the evening.(I can almost here the words to the song: “Love is in the Air” here).

7.   Take your partner to their favorite restaurant one evening instead of going to yours. Never underestimate the power of a full stomach – especially for the guys!

Everyone loves to hear those three powerful words: “I love you” but showing your love with thoughtful little gesture are even more powerful – on Valentine’s Day and every day through out the year!

About the Expert:

Dr. Patty Ann is a sought-after public speaker, author, publisher and confidant to other professionals in the field of relationship advice. She is a world renowned relationship expert and a licensed psychotherapist who has helped hundreds of people learn how to increase romance and happiness in their relationships. For more information, please see