The search for romantic Valentine’s Day ideas is, to some, a source of absolute joy on this the most beautiful day of the year, a day of ecstasy, wonder, passion—teddy bears, chocolate—and all manner of different, exuberant displays of love.
For others, it’s a source of stress and worry, as the day gets closer, and that oh-so-fearful modern thought—’What on earth am I going to get him/her this time?’
And then, of course, there are those who choose to kick Valentine’s Day to the curb completely, and cast off those Hallmark-manufactured shackles…
Before biting the bullet and buying or—gasp!—making something for that special someone who can warm even the most coolly curmudgeonly heart.
Dante literally takes a trip through hell and back to visit his beautiful Beatrice amidst the boundless wonder of heavenly glory.
Shakespeare’s Benedick bickers back and forth with his own Beatrice before declaring ‘When I said I would die a bachelor I did not think I should live till I were married’ for some, well, interesting reasons—’The world must be peopled!’—which nevertheless helps
And then, who could ever forget Red Sox fanatic Jimmy Fallon wooing Drew Barrymore (her character, shockingly, wasn’t named Beatrice) with ‘A Dozen [Pete] Roses’ in Fever Pitch?
(And to those who doubt that level of commitment matches that of Dante or the Bard, remember, the was ready to give up season tickets behind the Red Sox’s dugout for her—how can you NOT be moved by such poetry in action?)
In short, there are more amazingly moving romantic gestures out there than you can shake a Jane Austen Book Club membership card at—so how can you possibly hope to compete?
Well, a good start would be to recognize that love, like life, isn’t a competition, at least not in the narrower sense of that word.
Love isn’t about winning, but showing someone you care…which, in its own strange way, is really a way of ‘winning at life,’ as it were. No matter what you choose to do, one thing’s for certain—you want to make sure your gesture or gift stands out from the pack without going over the top.
Here to help you in your amorous quest is this guideline to six romantic Valentine’s Day ideas for the partner who deserves more