100+ great Valentine's Day ideas

Author: Canadian Living


100+ great Valentine's Day ideas

Get inspired with the best of the season in our 2014 Valentine's Day special, featuring gifts, recipes, crafts, style tips and date ideas for lasting memories.

Valentine's Day is often criticized as the most commercial non-holiday holiday but inevitably, love prevails and you might find yourself dreaming of the kinds of romantic gestures that'd make even Cupid swoon.

Our list of 100+ Valentine's Day ideas begins with the season's latest and greatest items to buy for your guy or gal. Because even though there are plenty of free ways to express your love, nothing delights like a small token of your affection. Ladies and gentlemen, we begin with 14 great Valentine's Day gifts under $30. Featuring ...

1. 'I heart you' egg shaper
2. ABC book cover
3. Whisky stones
4. White Musk for Men Shampoo and Eau de Toilette duo
5. HBC Olympic collection T-shirt
6. Robot headphone splitter
7. Undz underwear
8. NHL team logo branded bucket
9. Jimmyjane Afterglow Massage Candle
10. PC Bubble-Q
11. Lanyard level
12. Alphabet mug
13. His favourite movie or TV box set
14. A one-of-a-kind flask

...and then there are Valentine's Day crafts; truly great gifts from the heart for kids or your partner who's a kid at heart.

15. Homemade 'Ripples of Love' card
16. Easy to make Valentine's Day brooch
17. Sweet packages
18. Valentine quilling
19. Valentine's Day personalized gift wrap
20. Valentine's Day gift boxes
21. No-sew throw for your valentine
22. 5 quick Valentine's Day crafts
23. Valentine's Day placemats
24. Rose-filled wreath
25. Heart card holder

Lavish your lover with homemade gifts, from your kitchen this time. Valentine's Day recipes for two should do nicely.

26. Chocolate Truffles for Two
27. Chocolate Fondue for Two
28. Lemon Sponge Pudding for Two
29. Chocolate Souffle for Two
30. Chocolate Meringues with Ice Cream and Berries
31. Roman Pizza for Two
32. Classic Shrimp Cocktail for Two
33. Lobster Fettuccine for Two
34. Mussels in Tomato Sauce for Two
35. Pan-Steamed Fish Dinner for Two
36. Tilapia for Two
37. Grilled Lemon Herb Trout for Two
38. Peanut Chicken and Cauliflower Curry Stir-Fry for Two
39. Quick Chicken for Two
40. Pork with Spicy-Sweet Pepper Sauce for Two
41. Cheesesteak Sandwiches for Two
42. Beef Simmer for Two
43. Stroganoff Toss for Two
44. Lamb Grill for Two
45. Chai Tea for Two

Got kids in the kitchen? No problem. Make a family-friendly Valentine's Day meal with the following recipes.

46. Vegetables with Dill Pickle Dip 
47. Smoky Quesadillas
48. Chinese Sticky Chicken Wings
49. Pomegranate Punch
50. Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Is it bedtime already? That's right. No kids allowed as our list continues to adults-only fun.

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Seduce your sweetheart with the gift that never goes out of style: Romance. Look no further for great sources of inspiration.

51. Plan a date to remember
52. 50 ways to say I love you
53. 10 ideas for 90-minute dates
54. Staying in? Watch one of the 8 sexiest movies of all time
55. Surprise your sweetie with printable love coupons
56. 5 ways to woo him
57. 10 sweet date ideas
58. Brush up on your flirting techniques
59. 10 ways to make your love unforgettable
60. A - Z guide to aphrodisiacs
61. Serve breakfast in bed
62. Plan a romantic getaway
63. Give a sincere compliment
64. Show you care
65. Get fit together
66. Write a love letter

Looking sexy and feeling sexy go together like hugs and kisses. Indulge in some "me time" and brush up on some fashion and beauty tips so you'll be ready to get up close and personal with your special someone.

67. Make time for hair removal
68. Exfoliate for super soft skin
69. Hydrate and moisturize your skin
70. Banish bad breath
71. Prepare irresistably kissable lips
72. Consider classic red lipstick
73. Wear your best lingerie
74. Slip into a little black dress
75. Consult a girl's guide to sexy hair
76. Try a romantic makeup trend
77. Step into your sexy shoes

Set the stage for more romance by sprucing up your decor

78. Dress your bed in red
79. Add a canopy for instant romance
80. Plant some candle light
81. Use ambient lighting to your advantage
82. Declare your love with a wall decal
83. Add fresh flower power
84. Consult our guide to flower meanings before visiting the florist's shop.
85. Hang a homemade 'Be mine' bunting

When it's time to get down to business, be ready to show your best moves. The following features sex tips and relationship advice to keep the homefires burning bright.

86. Promise to make sex a priority this year
87. 46 quick and easy ways to refresh your sex life and rev up the romance
88. 7 natural ways to boost your libido
89. 10 tips for relationship satisfaction
90. Be affectionate
91. Essay: Kiss and tell
92. Vamp up your sex life
93. 10 tips to increase intimacy
94. Heat things up in the bedroom
95. Strengthen your sex life
96. Overcome shyness when it comes to sex
97. Have a sex life newlyweds would envy
98. Steam up your sex life this winter
99. Achieve bedroom bliss
100. How to have sex more often

101.  Don't miss out on more ideas, including amazing sweet treats in our Canadian Loving feature.

What's your idea of a happy Valentine's Day? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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100+ great Valentine's Day ideas