Keep your romance alive with these little ways to woo him

These romantic ideas are simple but sweet gestures to impress your partner, and the perfect way to keep that spark in your relationship.

How to be romantic and show your man you love him
It isn't only women who appreciate little love gestures -- men enjoy being wooed too. The key to pulling off an impressive "woo" is subtlety -- you want to show you care, without being prompted to. Since you know how great it feels to be on the receiving end, you know that an unprompted gesture is the best sort.

We asked Lizzie Post, coauthor of Emily Post's Etiquette 18th Edition (William Morrow, 2011), for some tips on the little things you can do to put a smile on his face.

1. Pick up little clues, and act on them
"Your partner might give ‘wooing' hints in casual conversation by simply talking about themselves and the things they like," says Post. By tuning in to the things that he talks and cares about, you can use his interests as a clear guide of what will make him happy.

For instance, if he is really focused on his career at the moment, and specifically refers to someone at his company as his role model, see if you can arrange a consultation with this person. Something like this will be what Post terms "a noticeable difference" and shows that you went out of your way to think of his needs.

2. Warm his heart

Whether you're picking him up from work or from the airport, grab a cup of his favourite warm drink and place it in the cup holder waiting for him when he gets in the car. You'll win points for remembering his order -- and showing that you can anticipate his needs.

3. Make a note
Next time he mentions a book he's been meaning to pick up, buy him a copy to leave on his nightstand. Don't forget to inscribe a short but sweet message on the book's front page -- something for him to smile at each and every time he opens it. As Post says, it's great to "put your own personal spin on it."

The point of adding a little note and going above and beyond is to show him you're making an effort. "Unfortunately, things like doing the dishes and cleaning the house are what people tend to expect, and they fall flat. Those are everyday things. Something like this goes beyond the expected and will get noticed," says Post.

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