Indulge us for a minute—what would February 14 be like if men ruled Valentine’s Day? Wine would most certainly be replaced by beer, boxes of assorted chocolates for Slim Jims and engagement rings? Maybe next year.
It’s true, all men can’t be cupid. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a little romance. Here are six ways to bring out his sensitive side this Valentine’s Day.
1. Strengthen Your Connection
If you want to bring out your man’s sensitive side, you have to really connect. Relationships work best when both partners are on the same wavelength, so be open and honest and just treat him how you’d like to be treated. Men don’t want to feel like they have to read your mind, so hand-write a card to tell him what will make you happy. Don’t forget to make sure he knows how much simply spending time together means to you. Give love and you’ll get love back.
2. Plan a Weekend Getaway
Grab your hiking boots, lady, because you’re going camping! Plan a surprise weekend away that you know he will love. But, for both your sakes, avoid turning into Carrie from “Sex and the City” and review REI’s ultra-comprehensive checklist so you know exactly what you’re getting into beforehand.
And don’t forget man’s best friend! He loves camping on Valentine’s Day too (just don’t feed him any chocolates).
3. Pamper Him With Traditional Valentine’s Gifts
Maybe men dislike V-Day so much because they aren’t the ones getting showered with flowers and chocolate. Men spend twice as much as women on Valentine’s Day according to CNN Money. So, this year, turn the tables and you do the pampering. There are tons of gifts he’ll love; chocolate-covered jalapenos and blue roses from FTD put a fun twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t leave him feeling emasculated.
3. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane
If you’ve been together for a while, the hands-down best way to stoke the fire is to take a walk down memory lane. Hold hands and take your love on a tour of the places all your important relationship milestones happened. Your first date, your first kiss and where you first said ‘I love you’ are all moments that he likely cherishes as much as you do. The sentiment is sure to bring out his sensitive side.
4. Enjoy Some Comic Relief Together
When you laugh together, you love together. Your man will appreciate it when you don’t take Valentine’s Day so seriously with mushy gushy stuff. Book tickets at a standup comedy show or watch some of the 20 greatest standup specials of all time on Netflix and finish the night at a casual diner that serves some of your sweeties favorite no-frill dishes.
5. Surprise Him With Seductive Strawberries
If your man might need a little more convincing to join in on Valentine’s Day, entice him with a hint of sexy. Slip into something a little less comfortable (hey, sexy has its price) and set up some chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of chilled champagne. Sure, it might sound cliché, but sometimes cliché is exactly what he needs.