It’s no surprise that flowers and fancy dinners out have always been representative of Valentine’s Day. Why not try something different this year? The element of surprise isn’t necessary, but it is always nice when your partner isn’t expecting it. Discover 8 ways to surprise your loved one for Valentine’s Day!

1. Make a Love Jar

There are many version of the love jar. Some people fill it with chocolate, others candy. However, there is a variation that will please everyone while including a few sweet treats. Here is a list of everything you will need to surprise your soulmate:

  • A large jar
  • Chocolates or candies
  • Little red pouches made of felt or velour
  • A pen
  • Little pieces of paper (post-it size)

Write what your partner means to you on the pieces of paper. It can be emotions, qualities, happy memories together, etc. Be creative and make as many as you can. Insert a piece of paper and a sweet treat into each bag. Close the bags and put them in the jar.

In the evening before or after dinner, sit down comfortably together and open the little bags. Pssst! You can even do it with little tea bags instead of chocolate or candy if you and your loved one don’t have a sweet tooth.

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2. Prepare a 5 Course Dinner

The number of courses is entirely up to you. However, the more there are the more time you will spend together. Instead of the traditional fancy dinner out, prepare a delicious meal together at home. Prepare the recipes and important ingredients in advance. This will allow you time between courses to enjoy a cup of delicious chocolate spice herbal tea. The only thing left to do will be to set the table and spend quality time together. As your main course, try a smoked salmon with sencha green tea.

3. Be a Tourist in Your own City

We sometimes travel around the world and visit faraway countries. But do we really know everything there is to know about our own city and its history? Surprising our loved one can be as simple as a delicious meal in a local restaurant and a tour of your city. Of course, if you live in a smaller community it can be a bit more difficult to do this sort of activity. However, every place has its history and it is nice to simply take a stroll together in the evening.

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4. Create a Personalized Book

Are you an artist at heart? A simple gift reminding us of all the happy memories and important events in our relationship is a surprising present to receive. Put pictures and little notes on every page of the book.

During hard times, a simple reminder of a happy moment together can make all the difference.

5. Volunteer for a Cause that is Important to You

Do you know any charities in need of volunteers? If so, take this day to give to others. Valentine’s Day is often a day that is celebrated alone as a couple. For others, it is a meaningless day that passes by like any other.

Giving your time also means giving a bit of love to people who need it. Do this activity with your soulmate. You will have a good time together while helping a good cause.

6. Invite Friends Over for 4:00 O’clock Tea

Do you feel like doing something other than a simple dinner out at a restaurant? Why not spend some time with another couple of friends? 4:00 O’clock tea is a great idea that everyone will enjoy. Prepare pastries, cookies, and other little treats. Then, infuse a delicious sencha matcha tea or a pomegranate echinacea herbal tea. For many occasions, it is fun to celebrate with friends and family who are dear to us.


7. Tour Tea Houses

Unusual and fun, a tea house tour is similar to a wine tour. You go from one place to another in order to try several different flavors and aromas. It is a very interesting activity to surprise your loved one.

To keep the evening going, why not choose a different subject of conversation for each tea house? This would allow you to discover new things about your partner; a bit like reliving your first date.

Tea House

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8. A Spa Day

Is your loved one under a lot of stress with the start of the New Year? Why not relax together at the spa? It is important to take care of ourselves, but also to take care of our loved one. It can be very beneficial to the relationship. Accumulated stress can sometimes cause irreparable damage and evacuating it should be a priority.

You could even organize a home spa day. If you are lucky enough to own a spa and have certain hidden massage talents, why not prepare your very own relaxing day at home?

Finally, there are many great options available to surprise your loved one. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your partner happy. Sometimes, the simplest gestures are worth all the money in the world. Let your creativity guide your decisions this Valentine’s Day.