3 Ways to Say “I Love You” (Without Flowers or Chocolate!)

Blanche Baxter | Vitacost.com/Blog

by | Updated: February 11th, 2019 | Read time: 3 minutes

Love is magical. It brightens any day and makes you feel you’re on top of the world. When you have someone you really care about, it’s important to let them know it through your words and your actions.

Typical “I love you” gifts revolve around chocolates and other tasty treats. They’re fun, but expected tokens of love.

So this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in the new romance honeymoon phase, together for a few years or in a long-term relationship, why not up your game by showing your love in these unique ways. 

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New love

New love is exciting and a bit unpredictable. Each moment together is like the unpeeling of a flower petal. It’s ripe with new discovery, but you might still be timid or shy in this getting to know one another phase.

Romantic IOU’s make a great gift, and it’s the perfect homemade way to say I love you. They’re easy to make, plus they can be an ideal way to explore all of the intimate things that you and your loved one enjoy.

All you need are some pretty papers. Then write a romantic gesture on each note. Include sweet things like “a cuddle day,” “breakfast in bed,” “dressed-up date night” or “control of the remote.” Then have fun including all those sexy, intimate things that will make you both blush and give you an opportunity to connect on deeper levels – like “50 kisses,” “foreplay of your choice” and “sexy lingerie day.”

Have fun with it. Be inventive and playful, and then let chance set the mood for taking your relationship to new heights.

Established relationship

Don’t let your love get stale. Stay connected by turning your room into a decedent massage parlor. 

Dim the lights, turn on some smooth, sultry music and create an experience your lover won’t soon forget.

Some things you’ll need: A massage oil, scented candles and soft sheets.

Massage can be an incredibly sensual way to say I love you. The act of touch is intimate and can be exciting for both the person giving and receiving the massage. Remember, you don’t have to be a massage expert to make your partner feel good. You’re loved one will relish all the attention and pampering.

It’s also a great way to show how much you pay attention. Your partner will love it when you spend extra time on any areas that they mentioned have held tension, pain or strain. Start with gentle strokes applying light pressure to the body and go from there.

If you’re less then confident on the how tos of giving a massage, check out Youtube for some step-by-step instructions. 

Long-term relationship

It’s easy to get complacent when you’re in a relationship with the same person for many years. Sometimes showing your love can be in simple acts of care, like cleaning the house.

Especially if your mate is the one who usually does certain jobs, finding time to surprise them by taking care of all the household chores can lead straight to the bedroom.

The gift of extra time is one of the biggest ones you can give someone you love, and they are sure to appreciate it. And with all that extra time, you can help them fill it by drawing them a scented bath (for two) with essential oils or giving them a foot massage while you two watch their favorite movie on the couch.

Let one or more of these romantic acts light your fire and give you a starting off point for your own grand romantic gestures. Once you start planning for romance, you won’t want to stop at Valentine’s Day. Keep it going all year long. It’s the stuff love is made of.