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Do a reverse bait and switch
Tell him you’re going to that new French-Indonesian restaurant that has live free-form jazz, then surprise him with the date night he really wants: a bucket of KFC and three hours of boxing on HBO Go.
Make him a mix
Remember when mix tapes were the ultimate way to tell someone how you felt? These days, you can still make your man a personalized playlist, thanks to this free Web app. Just name your mix, add songs (the app pulls from YouTube) and send him a link to your sort-of-sappy-yet-also-totally-heartfelt creation. (Remember: It is always OK to end with “In Your Eyes.”)
Get a fake-out tattoo
On your way home from work, stop by a store that sells temporary alphabet tattoos. Put his initials on your wrist or hip bone and see if you can make him think it?s real.
Make him a schmoopy crossword puzzle
Use a free crossword generator to make him a personalized crossword puzzle.
(Sample question: The dish that gave me food poisoning in Mexico.)
Give him a free pass
That doorknob you’ve been begging him to replace? The leaky sink that needs fixing? Give him the gift of letting him off the hook. Go to taskrabbit.com right now, hire a helpful handyman to do those dreaded chores for him, and present the receipt to your dearest at dinner tonight.
Watch animals get busy
If you live in the D.C. area, you can bring your guy to the National Zoo to learn all about the mating rituals of pandas. But if you think watching animals doing it is something best done in private, might we suggest these courtship videos courtesy of National Geographic? They just might give you some ideas.
OK, people, we can probably all agree that today is one of the dumbest days of the year. That said, if it’s noon on Valentine’s Day, all the grumbling in the world won’t help you if you still need a gift. But fear not: We’ve got you covered.
Check out our list of out-of-the-box presents and romantic gestures that can come together by the time you get home tonight. Most are free. A few cost a couple bucks.
And we promise there’s not a chocolate box in sight.
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