20 Out-of-the-Chocolate-Box Ways to Show Someone You Love Them

Chocolate, flowers, and cards are all classic Valentine’s gifts, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But how do you show your love to someone special without defaulting to cliches? Here are 20 unique ways to show someone you love them this Hearts Day that doesn’t include heart-shaped candy assortments.

  1. 1. Make a scrapbook with pictures of the two of you

  2. 2. Binge their favorite show together

  3. 3. Bake and decorate sugar cookies with or for them

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  4. 4. Make a mix CD or playlist of songs that remind you of them

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  5. 5. Make a cute cootie catcher for them - here's how to do it

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  6. 6. Cook dinner for or with them

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  7. 7. Plan a self-care night to spend together

  8. 8. Serenade them with a special song

    brunette woman shot from behind facing a window, wearing headphones listening to music and holding them with her hands
  9. 9. Buy or make them a pair or two of warm, comfortable socks

    Person Wearing Gray and White Socks Near Brown Fireplace
  10. 10. Compose a list of reasons why you love them

  11. 11. Help them with important tasks so that they can spend more time relaxing

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  12. 12. Take a day trip somewhere remote and scenic together

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  13. 13. Read them a chapter of their favorite book

    Someone holding a book on a yellow bed.
  14. 14. Have a hot-cocoa making contest

    hot cocoa surrounded by a white blanket, white fluff, cinnamon sticks, and pinecones
  15. 15. Decorate a plain picture frame and put a picture of the two of you in it for them

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  16. 16. Watch their favorite movie together

  17. 17. Take them on a walk in a park or down the street - be sure to bundle up! 

    two friends walking big dogs on leashes on a bright grassy hill
  18. 18. Plant them an indoor herb garden for their windowsill

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  19. 19. Pick up some air-dry clay and make sculptures of each other

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  20. 20. Whether you haven’t said it lately, you say it all the time, or if you’ve never told them before, tell the people near and dear to your heart “I love you.”