Sure, anyone can head out to the mall and buy some jewelry, but it takes real thought and effort to put together a homemade gift. That's one of the reasons why they are so romantic.
It doesn't necessarily have to be cookies, but taking the time to bake for your sweetie is a sweet gesture. Want to get really snazzy? Make your own box of homemade chocolates! Or, if you're not into baking, add a bit of romance to chocolate chip cookies, the old standby (you could even do slice & bake!), by using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
If you want to do more than cookies, bake a cake. Cakes are usually eaten in celebration and you're celebrating your love. Pick up a cake mix or bake from scratch. Add candles representing the number of years that you've been together or leave it simple to represent your "sweet" love for one another.
This isn't necessarily a gift, but I guarantee that your partner will find a candle-lit dinner for two incredibly romantic. Check out our romantic recipes for two section for some inspiring romantic dinner ideas. Want to make it even sexier? Try including some aphrodisiacs in your meal planning!
If you're looking for something a little more casual, but still incredibly romantic (and even a little sexy), try breakfast in bed. Even if it's toast and coffee, breakfast in bed is an intimate affair. Feed each other from your plates and get tangled up in the sheets afterwards. You'll start the day off right. ;)
- Homemade Card
You can get as creative as you want with this one. Design a card on your computer to print out or pick up some decorative papers and other crafty items to create a one-of-a-kind card at home. Check out our love poem and love quote sections for writing inspiration.
- Video Professing Your Love
Use your camcorder, cell phone or webcam to create a short video professing your love. Upload it to YouTube or Facebook for them to find when they get online. If you don't want it to be public, send it via email or text to them while they're at work. What better surprise than a short video of you saying "I love you".
- Custom Playlist
Download Spotify on their computer, cell phone, or tablet, then create a playlist of the songs that are most special to your relationship. These can include "your song", your wedding dance song, or songs whose lyrics describe your love for each other.
- Love Poem
Grab the thesaurus and a pen! The only requirement for this romantic gift is that it represent your true feelings. Pick a subject, such as the way you felt on your wedding day, and write a few lines. Rhyme -- or don't. If you're stumped, read through our tips on how to write a love poem for inspiration. Whatever you write, make sure it's from the heart and tells your partner how you feel.
- Love Letter
Profess your love the old-fashioned way with a pen and paper. It sounds like a daunting task, but writing a love letter is surprisingly painless. A hand-written love letter can be one of the most romantic gifts a person can receive... and it's generally one that is saved and cherished for years. Start by making a short outline that includes your feelings, thoughts, hopes, and dreams for your relationship. Read our tips on how to write a love letter, along with some sample letters to give you some inspiration.
- Printable Love Coupons
Love coupons make a great romantic surprise for your sweetie. Simply print them out, add your own thoughts and ideas, and give them as an unexpected surprise.
- Hand-picked Flowers
You can get these from a garden (not your neighbors!) or a wildflower field. Flowers are always welcome, but when you took the time to pick them yourself, it makes it even more special. Be sure you have permission before doing this!
- Romantic Scrapbook
Gather those photos of the two of you together along with some love quotes or other romantic words that express how you feel. Put them together in a scrapbook to cherish through the years. Check out our romantic crafts section for tips on creating a romantic scrapbook. Women, you can up the sexiness of this gift by creating a small book with sexy photos of yourself. Simply set the timer on your camera and pose!