Active buyers guide dating ideas

Start whipping up breakfast and then call her so she can wake up surprised by the romance of it all.

Have her present sitting on her plate so she has something to unwrap while you finish cooking.

And aim for more of a sensual castle than a “boys only” fortress. “Take a hike, draw a candlelit bath, make love in front of a fireplace—quality time together is always appreciated,” she adds. Take her on a date to a private dance lesson like Tango, Ballroom, Salsa, or Bachata, suggests Lorraine.

“This shows her you’re romantic and willing to go outside your comfort zone for her.

Wine and paint or drink and draw classes allow you to be playful and embrace your creativity, offers Boston-based dating and confidence coach Nick Notas.

If that idea makes you nervous, don’t worry—she doesn’t expect you to be Picasso.

“Valentine’s Day is a huge opportunity to show the special woman in your life that she is in fact special to you,” says De Anna Lorraine, a San Diego-based dating and relationship coach for men.

“Like it or not, women measure the level of effort and thoughtfulness you put into this day.” Yes, Valentine’s Day is cheesy and blown out of proportion, and your love should be expressed every day of the year—but if you don’t plan a proper date on February 14th, you will most certainly be in the doghouse (no matter how much she says it’s not a big deal).

Plus, dancing brings your bodies close together and can be great sensual foreplay,” she adds. Book the dance class for Saturday and pretend like that is your big V-Day present.

Come Sunday, whisk her off to a salsa or tango club, Lorraine suggests.

“You can get silly and poke fun of each other’s work—it’s supposed to be fun,” he adds.

Take Netflix and Chill to the next level—building a blanket fort in your grown-up living room is both nostalgic and a little bit sexy, says Weedmark.

Then, after breakfast, lead her back the bedroom to give her another kind of gift.

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