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Ideas to Surprise Your Loved One this Valentine’s Day

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Well, it's that time of the year again.....Valentine's Day- the holiday of love, the most romantic day of the year... Are you ready? If you're like most of us, probably not.

Every year, Valentine’s day comes around and surprises us all in what feels like the early weeks of a new year. With a busy holiday season freshly behind us, a mid-February holiday all about love tends to catch many off guard, leaving us scrambling to create meaningful gifts that accurately express our appreciation for a loved one or partner. If this sounds like you right now, you aren’t alone.

As a matter of fact, you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of meaningful ways you can surprise your special person this Valentine’s Day that don’t break the bank or require extensive research and planning. Trust us when we say that sometimes experiences and thoughtful surprises mean a lot more than fancy gifts or shopping sprees. Whether this is your very first valentine's day together or you are celebrating decades of love, these sweet surprises are sure to make your best friend feel loved and appreciated. By letting your loved one know that you’ve prepared for and would like to enjoy any of the following activities together, you’ll be sure to impress.

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Cook a favorite or new recipe together.

Spending time in the kitchen is one of the best ways to inspire laughter

and enjoyment, and results in a meal you can both feel proud of. Cooking together requires teamwork and patience, and when complemented by a cocktail or mocktail, can be an extra fun way to grow closer to your partner. This pandemic-approved date night idea is the perfect opportunity to show them you really want to spend time together working as a perfect pair. We love this Date Night Cookbook for lots of great inspiration.

Take the Love Language quiz together.

Do you know your partner's Love Language?" Acts of service" or maybe "words of affirmation" holds the key to their heart. There are 5 possible Love languages. Why not take the quiz together? This is sure to inspire plenty of conversations about your relationship dynamic, best qualities, and opportunities for growth - and isn’t that what love is all about? Cozy up on the couch with a laptop or your phone and walk through the quiz together. Talk about the results and ask each other how you can accommodate their identified love language. This may sound like a chore for some, but the strongest couples tend to be great communicators, so don’t be afraid to get vulnerable with your significant other.

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Picnic at Big Bear Lake

Pack a picnic and head to the park, lake or beach.

In this seemingly never-ending moment of social distancing, a crowded restaurant can be way more stressful than a romantic one. A better way to enjoy a romantic dinner is outside. There’s a reason picnic dates are so popular in all of our favorite books, movies, and shows: they’re sweet and thoughtful! Surprising your partner with a pre-packed picnic basket and a trip to your local park, the beach, or even your own backyard is a generous way to express your love and will allow you both to enjoy some quiet time together in a new and exciting environment. Here's a fun twist- write a small love note on a napkin or use sticky notes included in the basket as a pleasant surprise. Don’t forget to add champagne or sparkling cider to your picnic basket!

Make a photo album of your favorite memories.

In 2024, creating and printing photos is easier than ever. With many local pharmacies, supermarkets, and online companies offering instant or ASAP photo printing and delivery, you can download an app, create an album, and get it printed in time to wrap it with care and hand-deliver it to your special someone. Flipping through an album or collection of your favorite photos from your favorite memories is a romantic way to reminisce on your relationship and will show them you care.

Build them a basket of love.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than knowing your significant other pays attention to what you say. And by putting together a basket of their favorite things- lots of small gifts for everyday life, you can satisfy dozens of their cravings and interests all in one gift. Whether you include their favorite candy, candles, self-care items, a coffee mug, gift cards, tickets to a movie, or coupons for a back massage, gifts like these are sure to be appreciated and loved.

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Visit a special place together.

Take them back to the spot where you shared a first kiss, a first date, an engagement, a favorite meal, or simply a special memory together. Reminiscing on memories from this special place will bring you closer together and give you something to talk and laugh about. You can even make new memories in the same place or start a new tradition of visiting on holidays. Plus, you can never go wrong with flowers or a sweet treat as a romantic gesture. Surprise them with something that will make it even easier to remember just how much you both enjoyed visiting this special spot.

Midnight Moon Cabins

Why not surprise your loved one this February 14th with a Romantic Cabin Getaway.

Picture a cozy cabin, blazing fire, soft music on the record player, 2 glasses of perfectly balanced Cabernet, and the one you love snuggled in your arms... Our Big Bear Romantic Cabins are surrounded by towering pines and only a short drive to the pristine Big Bear Lake. Whether you’re searching for the perfect romantic getaway in the mountains or a place to bring the whole family, Midnight Moon Cabins has got you covered. Adventurous couples can enjoy a day on the slopes or a romantic hike in the great outdoors. If cozy fireplaces and lazy snow days watching your favorite movies is more your style then this is exactly where you will want to be. What could be a more romantic valentine’s day than being surrounded by tall pine trees, open skies, and fresh mountain air.

When it comes to love, what’s important isn’t finding the best valentines gift, but the special moments you share and memories you make together. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you enjoy quality time in the company of your special someone and are able to relax and unwind together.

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