Although chocolates and roses might be an easy way to tick the box as a Valentine's Day treat, there are many ways to go above and beyond to show your other half that they are cherished. On February 14th, show them just how much your relationship means to you. Here are some suggestions to help you have a more meaningful Valentine's Day this year: 

Remember the little things
Instead of scrambling for Valentine’s Day ideas a few days before- take note of their casual comments about things they love or would like leading up to the day. This will help you curate a thoughtful Valentine's experience that you know they'll love.

Determine your partner’s Valentine's stance
Some people would proudly walk down the street with a dozen roses and a helium balloon, while others would cringe at the very thought. So it's important to make sure that you don’t make your Valentine uncomfortable with your gestures. Find out if they’re into grand gestures or low-key love notes. 
Make sure you take their day-to-day routine into consideration when you start planning your meaningful Valentine’s Day. No one wants to be late to work because of a surprise breakfast-in-bed, or be forced to carry a life-size teddy bear on the train to work.

Make it personal
Instead of just doing what everyone else is doing, try to think of creative ways to enjoy each other's company in a romantic way at home. Sometimes, communicating your feelings with a simple "I love you and I appreciate you" are just as special as that bouquet of roses. Showing someone that you care can't be bought; and only you know what your partner will truly love. So take the time to give something with meaning that you know they'll love and appreciate.

Strengthen your relationship
You don't need a dozen roses, a diamond ring or a box of chocolates to prove the love in your relationship. It's the little things that count, such as choosing to be thoughtful towards one another and dedicating time for each other. So don't let the holidays and the pressure from media, friends and family force you to do something just for the sake of doing it. Choose to show your love in your own special way.

Strengthen your relationship with yourself, even if you're single
Don't forget that the most important person in your life is you. If you don't love yourself first, how can you love anyone else? If you're single, then this is the perfect time to show yourself some love with a special treat! Don't think that you have to have someone in your life in order for you to love your life. You're fabulous, just the way you are.

Get to know your partner
The better you know your partner, the easier it will be to please them no matter what time of year it is. You'll save a lot of wasted energy by having a better understanding of what makes your partner happy. Don't buy a gift just for the sake of saying you got them something; choose to give from the heart.

Set an example for your little ones
Children look forward to special holidays because it gives them an opportunity to be creative and to celebrate! This is a great opportunity to show them the true value and meaning of the celebration. The power of giving and being selfless will stay with them for all the days of their lives. Giving gifts from the heart can help to build their character. It's important that they understand early on that money can't buy you love.