With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of how you can celebrate your significant other on that day! If you don’t live with your significant other, or don’t have one for the holiday, consider throwing a “Gal – / Dude – Valentine’s Day” party to celebrate all of your closest friends instead. And, if you live with roommates, consider choosing one of the below options to make them feel special anyway.
When your significant other is your roommate, you have lots of opportunity to be thoughtful without spending much money. Living with your SO can be a lot of fun, but it’s also easy to stop appreciating the little things once seeing each other every day has become the norm. Instead of spending a ton of money on fancy Valentine’s Day gifts this year, try treating your SO with thoughtful gestures.
Consider the below options to make them feel appreciated and special!
1. Take on their least favorite chore for the week (or forever)
Most roommate-couples split household chores, leaving each roommate to take on particular tasks to keep the house up and running. Think about the chore that your SO hates doing the most, but they still do for you. Maybe it’s laundry, cooking dinner, doing dishes, or vacuuming the rugs. Take on that task for the week after Valentine’s Day! If they REALLY hate it, consider taking it on for good.
2. Home cook a meal
Cooking together can be a blast, especially if it’s not something you do often. If your SO generally does the cooking, consider treating them for the night and cooking up something special. The meal doesn’t have to be fancy…it’s the thought and effort that counts!
3. Bring home flowers or a treat
Small gifts like flowers, your SO’s favorite snack or candy, or a new book are sweet and inexpensive ways to show you thought about them during the day. These don’t need to break the bank, again, it’s the thought that counts when you think about small gifts!
4. Give them the control of the TV remote
He loves his sports and you like to wind down in the company of your favorite Real Housewives. Or maybe you love to watch shows about animals and your SO is into crime series. Most couples have different tastes when it comes to TV – as the old saying goes, “opposites attract”! So, for a Valentine’s Day treat, yield the remote for a day or a week and let your SO binge on their favorites.
5. Leave handwritten notes around your apartment
A sweet and romantic gesture is also to leave small handwritten notes around your apartment for your SO to find. Think about their bathroom mirror in the morning, their sock drawer, a kitchen cabinet, of your front door! Bonus points if you leave multiple notes in a few different locations!
If you want to spend a little more money, consider choosing something to experience together, like a weekend getaway, concert, or night on the town to celebrate your relationship!
This post was first published in 2017.