Chances are if you have to spend so much money to make your special someone feel extra special, you might have a Daisy Buchanan in your hands. Don’t fret. There are many ways to be amorous without buying her or him a mansion on an island. After all, we aren’t all so fortunate (or unfortunate for that matter) as Jay Gatsby. Here are a few obvious acts of simple romanticism that aren’t so tongue-in-cheek for the average romantic. If you find yourself absolutely mushed the heck out, then maybe you aren’t so romantic after all. Enjoy!
1. Water: the universal solvent
Take a walk on the pier at sunset. Kiss her by the moonlight on the beach. Skip stones together at the lake. Bathe by the candlelight. They almost sound so ancient and lame, really. Try going snorkeling together and find a sea turtle to chase. Or make her a thoughtful jar of strawberry and mint-infused water. Go skinny-dipping together wherever you may please…do it in the winter; just don’t get hypothermia. Then warm each other up. How you would do that is something I will leave up to your imagination.
2. Write it by hand
Email is not romantic. Neither is a Facebook post. Go out of your short way to write a note by hand. Props to you if you are a poet. If you don’t know anything about poetry, google it. Pretend you are Shakespeare and only a couple of lines can woo the un-woo-able. Here’s a good one from Hamlet:
Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.
If poetry isn’t your cup of tea, try your true honest words. The plain fact is nobody reads hand-written letters anymore. The noble effort will be much noticed.
3. The classic picnic
Gingham blanket. Cheap wine and expensive cheese. Tell her to put a dress on and you can put a flower in her hair. Get surrounded by old trees. They carry knowledge you might just hear a whisper of with the wind. Don’t forget to put dessert in that picnic basket. Talk about the world and your dreams in it.
4. If you have to spend, buy meaningful things
Meaningful doesn’t equate expensive. All extravagant things have humble roots. If she’s a world class book collector, rummage through book fairs for an unnoticed first edition priced fairly. If he’s into pricey gadgets, look into accessories instead. One-of-a-kind or personalized items add a special sentiment to any gifts. Creativity is the currency of the frugal.
5. On a whim
Take an unplanned road trip to the closest national monument. Surprise him with breakfast for dinner in bed. Take her out for an all-nighter in your pjs instead of staying in. Steal a kiss when it’s least expected. Take simplicity on a whim and it becomes something a little bit more magical.
Well, after you’ve read all of that, here’s the short of it: Go bold with effort. Hard work goes a long way. If you’re feeling romantic today, make sure you make someone else feel the same! Have a magically romantic weekend everyone! Share the love!