How to melt your lover’s heart on Valentine’s Day (guy’s edition)

January 25, 2011

By Iman Baghai

If you want to win the Sweetheart of the Year Award or be the talk of your lover’s friends, then you’re in the right place.

The traditional way: Invite her to your house. Have a homemade dinner by candlelight. Crank up the Sinatra, Kenny G and Barry White.

The overachieving way: Dress to impress. Present her with a single red rose at her front door. Open the car door for her as you both roll into your sweet ride. Take her to a nice dinner at a classy restaurant (not Mickey D’s, sorry). During the course of the meal, present her with a teddy bear holding a heart-shaped box of chocolates. After dinner, take her to see a romantic comedy (a.k.a. a chick flick), like “Waiting Forever” (starring Rachel Bilson and Thomas Sturridge). Bring a box of tissues.

The under $20 way: Whether you’re Homer or not, express your affections through an ink-penned letter. Elaborate on all of the lovable qualities your girl has. (Emphasize her quirks, her sense of humor, her good music taste, etc.) Weather permitting, also take a stroll on Alki Beach, watch the sunset and enjoy a picnic under the stars. This letter-night-time-picnic combo will surely melt her heart!

Whatever your style, I guarantee that any of these plans will make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one for your special someone.

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