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5 Standout Ways to Impress Your Spouse on Valentine’s Day

need some gift ideas for your valentine?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner—do you have your Valentine’s gift yet? If not, our mommy blogger Stephanie has some great ideas that are slightly out-of-the-box, yet incredibly thoughtful. Check them out.


There’s a lot of ways to send the sentiment of love this Valentine’s Day, but some gifts, if done right, might be remembered long after the glittery cards and heart-shaped chocolates are gone.

So to make a mark that’s Cupid-worthy, I’ve complied a list of five out-of-the-box gifts that’ll not only show your love on this heart-shaped holiday, but all year long.

Print Photos

We live in the day and age of point, post, and move on to the next photo-worthy moment.

But nothing says love like walking down memory lane with a good old-fashioned photo album. Luckily, it’s easy to compile your family’s best and brightest moment with companies like Chatbooks, who for a $5 fee will create family photo books straight from your Facebook or Instagram feeds.

For the same price as a card, surprise your significant other over a candle lit dinner with your precious moments.

Small enough to fit in her pocket, big enough to fill her heart.

Dream Dinners

If fighting the love-struck restaurant crowds isn’t your jam, and you already tried the couples cooking class last year, then how about the gift of meal prep done together?

DFW’s own Dream Dinners preps, chops and clean ups while you assemble ready to eat, healthy freezer meals. Different from a stressful cooking class, Dream Dinners pre-portions your ingredients and makes it so user friendly you can sip Champagne while “cooking” away. It’s something to do together, while ridding your spouse of the worry of what to cook for weeks or months to come.

Re-Engage Photo Session

When’s the last time you had pictures taken of just you and your spouse sans kids? Your wedding day? Engagement session?

Photographers like Jennifer Baumann Photography offer the Re-Engage Experience: A photo session designed specifically for couples to reconnect. Through conversational prompts, letter writing and recounting your first kiss, the experience is about more than just beautiful photos, it’s about reigniting your love.

Housekeeping and a Hotel Room

Here’s the caveat about booking a hotel room: Join her for the evening, then order her room service in the morning and slip out silently while she sleeps until dawn.

When your blissfully well slept spouse arrives home, make sure the house is as fresh as she is, cleaned by either yourself or a professional service.

Nothing says love like extra sleep and clean countertops.

Fly in Her Best Friend

Valentine’s Day is about soul mates, but sometimes that extends beyond spouses. Take your time together, then gift her with a visit from her girlfriend. I promise, one of the best gifts we can give each other is time with a BFF.

Any man (or woman) who sees that, gets extra Cupid points indeed.


Stephanie Hanrahan was just your seemingly average housewife until she grew tired of pretending and took an axe to her white picket fence (also known as making her private journal public). Learn how she traded her pretending for a panty liner on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog Tinkles Her Pants, where she chronicles her journey as wife to a husband with chronic illness, mother to special needs kiddos, and a woman who often unravels then finds her footing again.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Baumann Photography.