How to Surprise Him with a Great Valentine's Day Idea

Make this February 14 particularly memorable with one -- or all! -- of these suggestions.


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Have a happy Valentine's Day with the ideas in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • Grand plan
  • Evening wear
  • Professional photo
  • Impressive gift
  • Wish fulfillment
  • Declaration of love
  • Photography student (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Woo him

    Instead of leaving the celebration up to him, plan something he'll enjoy, give him a formal invitation, and insist on paying for the date. Most men can't remember the last time they were wooed on Valentine's Day.

  2. Step 2

    Dress up

    Unless it's inappropriate for the activity, get all dolled up. 39 percent of men in one poll said they'd like to see their special someone in "semi-dressy evening wear" on Valentine's Day.

  3. Step 3

    Give him a photo of yourself

    Give him a glamour shot of yourself taken by a professional photographer. If you're in a long-term relationship with someone you trust, consider having tasteful nudes done.

  4. Save some money by asking a local university to recommend a talented photography student.

  5. Step 4

    Give him bragging rights

    Spring for something that gives him bragging rights with his buddies.

  6. Step 5

    Fulfill a wish

    Think of an experience he'd love to have and make it happen; there are companies that specialize in fantasy wish fulfillment. Not sure what's on his dream list? Ask his friends.

  7. Step 6

    Say "I love you"

    Say "I love you." Amazingly, a study found that men are more eager to hear those three little words on Valentine's Day than women are!

  8. An estimated 600,000 couples get engaged on Valentine's Day.