1. Get up super early. Prepare a special breakfast ahead of time (croissants, scones, etc.) and set the coffee maker’s timer. Take a short trip to see the sunrise together.

2. When your special someone gets home, have a makeshift massage area ready (bedroom works best) with candles, soft music, and a pleasant aroma (perhaps a scented candle or incense). Offer them a romantic massage and pamper them (and maybe they’ll return the favor!)

3. On a day when you’re short on time, jump in the shower and offer to wash his back. Maybe the shower time can be expanded to a little more time for the two of you to bond.

4. Enjoy an indoor picnic by the fireplace (if you have one, if not, you can light lots of candles to set the mood). Have everything ready: a picnic basket, a blanket, flowers, anything you would use for an outdoor picnic. Of course, a nice bottle of wine would be nice (and you’re already home, so enjoy!)

5. Kiss. If you’ve been together for years, you may have forgotten how fun kissing can be!

6. Prepare a surprise dinner for that special person. Send them an invitation to their office with the date (tonight), the time and the place (your place). Make it romantic with candles, flowers, and a well-laid table. The best of all is to prepare a dish that you know they will love.

7. Go to the movies, but don’t just sit in the movies. Pick one that has been away for a while and attend a matinee. They are most likely the only people in the theater. Feel free to make out a bit, hold hands, and enjoy your refreshments in your private (or semi-private) “home” theater. If you’re in the mood, make it a “double feature.”

8. The alarm clock rings on a Saturday. Children? Blueprints? How about sleeping late for a change! If you can make it work, stay in bed together and just enjoy spending time together. If that’s not possible, let your special someone sleep in late, bring them morning coffee and breakfast in bed. One of the most romantic things you can do is think of something, on a day when you don’t expect it.

9. Take flowers home, whether for a man or a woman. Again, do it on an unexpected day.

10. Buy a dozen roses and attach a note to each rose with a reason why you love your partner. Scatter them on the bed or place them around the house for them to find.

11. If you have a sexual routine (same positions all the time or on the same day of the week), change it. The unexpected can be very romantic. Spice it up (check out the Kama Sutra for some ideas)

12. Buy an unexpected creative romantic gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be for a birthday, anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Just because that’s reason enough.

13. Run a romantic bath with lots of bubbles, candles, and bath and body products (massager, loofah, they even do things like chocolate shower bars). Bring a bottle of wine or champagne and just sit back and relax. Two people who love each other – without clothes – confined space.

14. Take some pictures of the two of you and put them in frames. Place them around the house/bedroom.

15. Book a local hotel room. Send your special someone an invitation to a romantic evening and ask them to meet you at the hotel. When they knock on the door (or you can send them a key in advance), have the room romantically decorated (rose petals, candles, flowers, gifts, decorated bathtub).

16. Book a session with a local photographer for Boudoir photography.

17. Find a nice secluded spot to watch the sunset. Bring a bottle of wine and some snacks/fresh fruit.

18. Do something that really makes them laugh (laughter can be an aphrodisiac), even if you make yourself the butt of the joke.

19. Give up something you want to do with friends and tell them you’d rather spend the afternoon/evening with them.

20. Organize a camping trip so you can spend some alone time together and have everything prepared (all they have to do is come with you, no packing necessary!)

21. Take a class together (cooking, dancing, guitar, something you’d both enjoy)

22. Whether at home or in a restaurant, if his favorite song comes on, get up and ask him to dance!

23. Is there something they’ve always wanted you to do with them but you’ve been too scared (rock climbing, skiing, skydiving, etc.). Just do it!

24. For married couples, renew your vows and celebrate your love.

25. For couples who are dating, celebrate an unusual anniversary (anniversary of our first kiss or anniversary of when I first fell in love with you)

26. Having sex in an unusual place (it will be unexpected and exciting)

27.Help. Without them asking. Help wash the dishes. Help with the children. Run some bums. Do do do.

28. Every once in a while, randomly call them to let them know you’re thinking of them and that you love them (and don’t follow through with “oh why do I have you on the phone, could you do some form?”)

29. Write them a love note and hide it somewhere they won’t find it until they get to work (or somewhere else outside the house).

30. Talk about them – to them. Not talking about the normal day to day, but talking about things that really have meaning for that special person (his hopes and dreams of her). Listen carefully.

31. Try to help them achieve those dreams in any way you can.

32. Have a movie night at home and watch a favorite romantic comedy

33. For a woman, buy her lingerie and leave it in the bedroom after you leave for work with a note, and a promise, for a romantic evening. Or buy her a dress (really good stores can help you with sizing) and treat her like Cinderella. Ask him to meet you for a special evening (dinner, theater)

34. Call a radio station that plays love songs (many are syndicated) and dedicate a song to them.

35. Do something unexpected that is a romantic surprise. For example, secretly take guitar lessons and one night, pull out a guitar and serenade him. Or if you can’t dance, take dance classes and one night, take her dancing.

36. If you want to be adventurous in the bedroom, buy a romantic board game and enjoy the fun, romance, and games.

37. Do a romantic activity together (horseback rides, hot air balloon rides, wine tasting, tandem kayaking, scenic hike, etc.)

38. Stress can really hurt a relationship. Have fun and take the day off and go to a local amusement park together.

39. Plan a weekend away and take care of everything so they just have to get in the car and go with you.

40. Repeat. Don’t let the romance in your relationship die. A good relationship requires work. Don’t put it on autopilot.

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