It’s not hard to show someone your romantic side through small actions. A few things can compound over time and increase their feelings for you. The best part is that you can easily tailor these things to your relationship and what’s easiest. It’s also a lot healthier than trying to love-bomb someone. It takes a few small romantic gestures to sweep them off their feet.
The longer you’re with someone, the fewer proper dates you go on. Life happens, you get busy, and spending time together feels like enough.
Going out of your way to take your significant other on a date, even after you live together or get married, is a great way to keep the spark alive. They don’t have to be fancy, but you should still try mixing things up.
Whatever your date is, keep in mind that a date is intentional. It’s not just spending time together. They’re a great way to make new memories together. You can try out new things with the person you love. Head to your local farmer’s market if you’ve never been or take a painting class together. The point is to do something special you wouldn’t normally do.
Take the Initiative
Be proactive when it comes to little things. Don’t wait until they start dropping hints about wanting to do something. You can buy them flowers spontaneously, and it will be much more meaningful if they don’t have to try dropping hints for a few months before you finally get the idea.
Small acts of service are incredibly romantic and can sometimes be more appreciated than grand gestures. Things like cleaning out their car or taking out their trash. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t going to cost you a lot, but it will seriously make their whole day, and it’s very touching to know you have someone willing to do those mundane tasks for you.
Taking the initiative removes small pieces of their stressors and lets them focus more on the big stuff. It also shows them that they can rely on you as a partner.
I’m not saying you have to start doing everything for them, but doing things without needing to be asked is hands down one of the best romantic gestures to sweep them off their feet.
No matter what stage of your relationship, one way to spark romance is to dress up for your partner.
You are showing them your best side and showing them that you’re willing to put in effort for them. It’s especially important to dress up a little more than usual if you’re about to meet their friends or family. Nothing over-the-top, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to look good in front of the people important to your SO.
If you’re worried about being overdressed, you can always check in with your partner about your outfit and get their thoughts. That way, they won’t feel underdressed when they show up if they decide to keep things casual.
Show Them You’re Thinking of Them
One of the best small gestures to sweep them off their feet is doing things that go out of your way to show them you’re thinking about them, even when you’re apart.
Simple things like sending them pictures of the sky or little trinkets that remind you of them. Little thoughts like that are great for making them feel all warm and gooey inside without you needing to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy gifts and dinners.
If you’re okay spending some money, you can also surprise them with takeout from their favorite restaurant that you just so happened to be near. A little thought will go a long way to making them happy and improving your relationship.
Hint About Your Future Together
What does “hinting” about your future together mean? Basically, it just means talking about the future as if you expect them to still be in it.
A year from now or even three, talk about things you want to do with them or see. Set the expectation subconsciously that you want to be with them for a while longer. You’re not proposing or planning out how many kids you want; you’re just letting them know that you still see yourself with them five years from now.
No pressure, no response needed from them. It’s a way to let them know that you’re committed to them and your relationship.
Other Dating Advice
Most of these tips are better for already established relationships but can also help you woo someone you’re interested in. Just don’t go overboard with it. When you’re not already in a relationship with someone and show up with unexpected gifts, it can go from endearing to creepy in a flash.
For some tips more suited for getting into a relationship, check out our guide on asking someone out.
If you’ve already tried out romantic gestures that haven’t been working out too well, you can never go wrong with trying to talk about why. Communication and relationship satisfaction are closely linked, and it’s far better to have one awkward conversation now than to have a big blowout later down the road.
What small romantic gestures to sweep them off their feet have worked for you?