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16 Creative Ideas for a Romantic and Super Special Valentine’s Day.

When I was younger I was always was accurately accused of daydreaming all day. I daydreamed about future endeavors, going on adventures, what my wedding would be like, and of course, how my future spouse and I would do things to give each other a super special Valentine’s Day.  I have always loved Valentine’s Day. Except, of course, after my first break up. That was the worst. If you’re there right now, know that I feel you and more importantly, it gets better!

Thankfully I’m past that stage and I’m in a pretty nice relationship with my fine Chinese boyfriend. As amazing as he is, he informed me a couple months into our relationship that he never celebrated Valentine’s Day before. He never celebrated while he was in America or China. I promptly made it clear that where I am from we never omit opportunities to celebrate, and we certainly would not be skipping holidays, especially not Valentine’s Day. In all reality, I was happy to be the first one to introduce him to the holiday of love. So we both opened Pinterest to search for some of the sweetest ideas out there. Keep reading to see some of the best DIY romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas.

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Heart-shaped Breakfast

Start of Valentine’s Day right by preparing your loved ones their favorite foods shaped into hearts. With today’s fancy cookware, it’s possible to make everything from pancakes to eggs heart shaped with minimal effort. (I’m so into minimal effort things). Go a step further with the pancakes, and make heart-shaped red velvet pancakes. Having a sweet and special breakfast sets the mood for a sweet and special day.


Pictures arranged in a heart shape on your wall

My boyfriend surprised me with this last year and I’m still so in love with it. Get some pictures from your phone developed (he got 18), and arrange them on the wall in the shape of a heart. It’s such a sweet, simple gesture that symbolizes a thoughtfulness and love. This gesture helped me to have a super special Valentine’s Day, and I am sure it wil make your extra special too.

Instax Camera to always snap and keep wallet-sized memories

Another cute way to do this would be to use an Instax Camera. Snap pictures of special memories in the making and they’ll print out of the camera instantly. Secretly collect them, and when it comes time for Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved one with a collage, scrapbook, or heart-shaped wall design, of all of the cherished memories you’ve made together.

Knitted Gifts

Handmade/homemade gifts are really the gifts that get to be called priceless. Time, effort, and love are all represented when you give your loved ones knitted hats, gloves, scarves, etc. Sewing, crocheting, and whatever other forms of handmaking items works too!

Berry Flowers

Bless my boyfriend’s heart, though he never celebrated Valentine’s Day before, he rocked it with me! Last year my boyfriend surprised me with strawberries cut into the shape of roses. This incredibly sweet and creative gesture is a way to show the person you love that you care about the details. You could even add chocolate to the strawberries to make it more romantic.

Dress and Shoes

Who doesn’t love to dress up and go out for a nice date occasionally? You can get your girl a pretty dress and a nice pair of shoes, take her to get her to get her nails done and give her some time to get ready for a date at 7 pm. This is one of the sweetest ideas I can think of! (Hint to my boyfriend, if he’s reading this). Ladies, you can do this for your guy too. Get him a nice suit or a nice tie with a nice pair of dress shoes, and take him out for a nice date. Though guys won’t ever admit it, they actually like to dress up and go out too.  

Decorate with Balloons, Rose Petals, and Candles

Surprise your loved one with a room full of balloons. Get different kinds of balloons, like ones that say sweet things, heart-shaped ones, mixed colored ones, etc. Balloons can be super romantic and a pleasant surprise. They represent celebration. Let your loved ones know you are celebrating them. Add rose petals to the mix to give it a sweet and romantic flare. Candles add even more to the sweet and romantic mood Valentine’s Day is meant to bring.

Please ignore the ugly couch, we are college students.

A Scrapbook

Put to together a sweet scrapbook of memories you and loved one shared. Check your drawers for old ticket stubs, photos, and sticky notes to add to your scrapbook. Fill it in with sweet sayings, stories, descriptions, and memories. This is another instance where an Instax Camera would come in super handy!

Love Letter

Write out a long sweet love letter to your loved one to let them know how you feel about them. Sometimes after you’ve been with someone for a long time, it’s like you forget the need to tell them you love them. I’m soo guilty of this (my boyfriend is too). But it’s okay. Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to remind your loved ones of how much you love them.


You have to be in love with an animal person for this to work. But if your guy, girl, or even children are begging for a furry companion, this is a great time to break down and give them a sweet furry surprise. Alternative ideas include taking a trip to the local animal shelter or getting a cute stuffed animal. This gift would definitely make for a super special Valentine’s Day

Plan a Surprise Getaway

I’ve been waiting for this to happen to me my entire life (another hint to my sweet boyfriend), and it probably will when my guy and I aren’t broke college students. So if you aren’t a broke college student, this may be a viable option for you.

Plan a surprise getaway for you and your special person. For this one, really you can just do what you can afford. If you can afford a Sandal’s Resort Vacation, go for it! If you can afford a trip to DC, go for it. You know your budget, and you know what you and your partner enjoy doing. Unveiling special plans for a getaway on Valentine’s Day is one of the best ideas for a super special Valentine’s Day.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are not just for kids. Create a sweet scavenger hunt around your house, or even around town with sweet clues. This would definitely take some effort and planning on your part, but it would be super sweet, creative, and an exciting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.



For You, By Me, Books seem to be the Valentine’s Day gift of the year. Every person that I have talked to that has got these books has liked them. I got one for my guy, and I love it. There are so many different booklet options. All of them can be filled out with love and uniqueness. On this post, I list out the different books like “Why you’re my hero“, “What I Love About You” etc.

Scratch of Map

This is the sweetest idea, especially if you’re a couple who likes to travel a lot. Get one of these scratch-off maps and scratch off the places that you’ve been to together. Hang it up somewhere and as you keep traveling, keep scratching places off. This would go great with the getaway idea!

*An alternative would be to print off a map from online (or if you have mad drawing skills draw it yourself). And use four different colors. One for the places your loved one’s been, one for where you’ve been, one for where you’ve both been at different times, and one where you’ve both been together. For the not so artsy people or time-crunched people (like me), just buying one is probably the more viable option.


Cheesecake is like thee dessert of romance. My boyfriend got me a decked-out cheesecake for Valentine’s Day last year, and I loved it! Get the special person in your life a delicious and decorated cheesecake of their favorite flavor.

Heart shaped baked goods

If your person doesn’t do cheesecake, there are a plethora of other dessert options. Get a heart-shaped cake, or make heart-shaped cookies or brownies, or other baked goods you know they do like.


I so hope you enjoyed this list of creative ideas for a romantic and super special Valentine’s Day. If you’re still in search of gift ideas for your man, check out my this post! Feel free to share some of your ideas below, I’m always collecting ideas for my guy.

Have a super special Valentine’s Day

With Muchisimo Love!!

XOXO, Gabriella

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  • Reply
    January 29, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    You have some great ideas! The book is so romantic and such a cute keepsake!

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    Sarina Kinnunen
    January 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I love the idea of buying a scratch off map and keeping track of the places you’ve gone together! Such a fun idea.. Great list!

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      January 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Glad you liked some of the ideas! Thanks for commenting!

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    January 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    So many cute ideas! I’ve always wanted an Instax Camera! It’s high on my birthday wish list this year.

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      January 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Instax Cams are theeeee best! 🙂

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    January 29, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    These are all such cute and romantic ideas. I like the idea of making a special heart-shaped breakfast, I might have to do that this year.

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    January 30, 2018 at 12:18 am

    What a great roundup of Valentine’s Day ideas! I especially love the heart pancakes. The strawberry flowers are super cute too!

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    January 30, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Those berry flowers are too cute, but I think I’d rather have the surprise getaway 😉


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      January 30, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      I’m with you on that one!

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    Holly Lasha
    January 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    These are some great suggestions. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    January 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    So many great ideas! Puppies are ALWAYS the best idea, but I love the idea of a scavenger hunt too

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      January 30, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you!

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    Christine A Howard
    January 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I love these ideas. I write a blog for special needs parents who would love these simple gestures. We don’t have a lot of time for date nights and such, but I love the flower strawberries and other quick ideas.

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      January 30, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! Honestly, it is the little things that count.

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    January 30, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    This article is so great! There are so many cheap ideas too. There’s an idea for every budget. It actually promoted me to start an article about Christmas traditions. I plan on publishing that come Christmas time. Thank you for the ideas! 🙂

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    Samantha Leigh Kresz
    January 30, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I love the heart shaped breakfast and berry flowers. I think my boyfriend and I are gong to stay in for Valentine’s Day.

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Love it! Staying in is great too! It can get super crowded if you go out.

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    January 31, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    aww these are some really cute ideas. i love heart shaped breakfasts.

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    January 31, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Ooh, I love that little camera! One thing I want to do this year is get a good camera and learn how to take decent photographs.

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Girl, me too! That’s my goal for the year!

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    January 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You have SO many great ideas! I loved them all- especially the berry flowers! Those are so cute!

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    January 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    These are great ideas!!! Romantic gestures do not have to be expensive or over the top. Some simple ones are the best and the ones we remember in the long run!

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    January 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    That heart-shaped picture arrangement is so cute!

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    January 31, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    These are such great ideas, very creative! I will be doing a similar post next week on my blog!

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    January 31, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Aw I love this list. I really like the idea of the photos on the wall in the shape of a heart in the polaroid photos – I got an instax camera for Christmas so this could well be a possibility for valentines. I have to say too; your puppy Kyla is the cutest!

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting! How do you like the Instax Camera? My mom got me one for Christmas and I really like it! And thanks so much, she’s cute but super feisty haha.

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    January 31, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I like the berry flowers, and the scavenger hunt. I REALLY like the puppy idea, but I’m not sure I can get a 4th dog.! 😉 Awesome ideas!

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks for commenting! The berry flowers were pretty cool, they’re so simple too! And 4 dogs would be a lot! I only have one right now so I’m definitely up for getting one or two more 🙂

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    February 1, 2018 at 12:07 am

    These are such cute ideas! I’ve been racking my brain for things I can do for my fiancé this year – he’s not very in to to this holiday but I love the idea of baking him something!

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    February 1, 2018 at 2:26 am

    These are the cutest ideas!! I’m definitely going to have to try some of these!

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    February 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Aww these are great ideas! Thank you for the suggestions I love the idea of a scavenger hunt

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    February 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Wow you go all out for valentines day. Not something we really do. We tend to do special things for each other all year long.

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      February 3, 2018 at 3:09 am

      Haha that’s a good way to do it too! We try to do special things all year around too. But last Valentine’s Day was my boyfriend’s first time celebrating so we kinda both wanted to make it super special 🙂

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    Emily Fata,
    February 1, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    These are such sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day! I love the heart shaped baked good. 🙂

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    February 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Such great ideas! I’ve actually done many of them myself… including giving a puppy! We’ve had our little pup for almost 4 years now.

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      That’s so sweet! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a puppy 🙂

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    Stacey Jones
    February 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    such cute little ideas! my boyfriend is defo the more romantic one out of us both! but i love the idea of some of these! and i need to get an instax!

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    February 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I loved these ideas, especially the letter. To me, a handwritten letter is the most beautiful gift I could ever receive.

    I would definitely check the “gifts for him” post.

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      February 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Noelia! 🙂

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    Lisa Wingerter
    February 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Very cute ideas!

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    Julie I Aloha Lovely
    February 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Surprise getaways and heart-shaped baked goods, yes please!!

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    February 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    These are all such great ideas! I’m all about the rose pedals and love letters 🙂

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    February 2, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    These are such creative and adorable ideas! I’ve been meaning to get an Instax camera to start my scrapbook, and now’s the perfect time!

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    February 3, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Oh this post isn’t just so cute! I really love the idea of going on a scavenger hunt!

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    February 3, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    i love the idea of a getaway! Those are always a get idea for any occasion!

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    Amy Parrish
    February 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Love these ideas!!

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    Shannon Dewease
    February 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    All such super sweet ideas! Love them!

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    February 4, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Great post! Love it 💕

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