Most relationships start out with sunshine and butterflies!
You can’t wait to see each other and you love to do special little things just to make your new-found love happy.
And then, you start to get comfortable – maybe too comfortable.
Some people refer to it as “just being real” or “settling in”, but not making a consistent effort to make your partner feel loved can slowly take its toll on your perfect romance.
Remaining in love takes dedicated commitment from both individuals in the relationship. You have to invest in each other on a daily basis – something that is often easier said than done!
A part of this is taking the time to make little romantic gestures that make your partner feel truly loved and appreciated!
Below are 10 little romantic gestures that help to keep your love alive.
1.) Fulfill Your Partner’s Love Language – Often
If you have never heard about “The 5 Love Languages”, you absolutely need to make this a part of your life.
(Take this test and find out yours.)
To sum it up, we all feel loved in different ways.
The 5 most essential ways are through physical touch, quality time, acts of service, receiving gifts, and words of affirmation.
Of course we love all these things! But usually, one or two of these things mean more to you than the others.
Do you absolutely love holding hands and snuggling up together? Do you love it when your partner does some household chores? Or would you prefer them to bring you home a lovely gift? Or perhaps you love it when they tell you how much you mean to them.
See how each of these “love languages” may mean more to one person than another?
Find out what both you and your partner’s love language is and start fulfilling it!
You never know, maybe you have been focusing on giving your partner what YOU NEED, not what they need.
Find out each of your love languages here.
2.) Improve your PDA Skills
Some couples have a problem with PDA – it may feel uncomfortable, too romantic, or simply unnatural. However, public displays of affection can make you much closer!
Most men are instinctively protective and enjoy putting their arm around their girl or holding her hand as a sign of protection and ownership (in a healthy, nontoxic way).
Women love to feel protected and secure in their relationships – PDA being a wonderful way to increase these feelings.
You shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed to hold hands with your partner, kiss them, or tuck your arm in theirs – in public!
This gesture sends an amazing message to your partner and those around you! “Attention everyone! This person is MINE and I am so proud to be theirs.”
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3.) Surprise them with a gift at work
Whether you personally deliver it or have someone else drop it off, everyone loves a good surprise at work!
If you have any doubt about this, just pop on over to social media.
There are always girls gushing over flowers that their significant other sent to their workplace or a man elated over a meal delivered to his desk.
Not only does it make them feel special, it also announces to everyone at their workplace that their partner is incredibly thoughtful.
4.) Cook their favorite meal at home
Who doesn’t want someone to cook a delicious meal for them?
Better yet, invite them over or surprise them at home with a delicious meal and pre-set table.
You can create a romantic setting with candles and music.
If you don’t feel like a natural romantic – don’t let this stop you! Just light the candles and turn on the music.
This gesture is timelessly romantic and always a success!
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5.) Plan Out A Surprise Date
Once you’ve been together for a while, you start to know each other’s preferences.
This makes it very easy to stop putting any effort into planning your dates!
Instead, you get into the vehicle and ask “So where do you want to go?”
How unromantic is this!
Surprise your partner with a pre-planned date. Don’t tell them where you are going or what you have planned.
Just make the date all about surprising them with new places or taking them to places that have meaning to you both.
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6.) Stay in Bed And Hang Out All Day
Perhaps you love to binge-watch TV shows or have a Netflix marathon?
If you don’t have a TV in your room, drag your mattress out to the living room and spend the whole day watching shows and hanging out.
Have a lazy day! You can never waste time investing in your relationship and bonding.
Order pizza or Chinese takeout. Just make the day about you two!
Pro Tip: If you have kids, invest in a sitter. Sometimes, you and your spouse NEED some time alone (for more than just a few hours).
7.) Bring Back the Little Things
Have you stopped just doing the little things for your partner?
Making them food, bringing them flowers, buying them a coffee, fixing something around the house, giving them a massage, taking them to the movies, buying their favorite little snack, etc.
It is the little things that can add up into a really big thing!
Why, when we get comfortable in our relationships, do we stop or forget to do those little things that our partner loves so much.
Bring back the small things! You’ll notice a big difference.
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8.) The Good ol’ Surprise Picnic
Every classic movie includes the surprise picnic in the park!
This is because it is a timeless gesture of thought and romance.
Picnic lunches do take a little thought, but they are so sweet and fun.
Common picnic foods are as follows: sandwiches or subs, chips, trail mix, cheese, fruit, wine or soda, chicken, bread and cheese spread, etc.
If you are short on time, just go to your local grocery store’s deli section and purchase a few things for lunch.
Bring back the picnic lunch!
9.) Give a Nice, Long Massage
Does your partner like head rubs, back rubs, foot rubs, etc.
Dedicate some time to give them a nice, long massage. (No, not a 10-minute back rub. Make it nice and long!)
Get some body cream or massage oil and invest some time in their comfort.
10.) Do A Little Something Sexy
This can’t be left out because it so so so important!
This tip is rather self-explanatory because you know what to do.
Add some spice back in your life! Don’t let this important area of your relationship go dead.
Yes, it takes effort. And sometimes, you might just not want to.
But put the effort in! It is always worth it.
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Little romantic gestures can go a very long way at creating a happy environment in your relationship.
Put in the effort and try a few of the things listed above.
You will never waste time investing in the people you love.