Sweet Ways to Say "I Love You" on Valentine's Day

From romantics across the country, as well as editors here at home, enjoy these fresh, fun ways to share your feelings on Valentine's Day -- or any day of the year.


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    • Let Food Do the Talking

      Make Pancakes

      Cut heart shapes out of your family's morning pancakes or waffles. For a supper or dessert surprise, sliced veggies or candy pieces make great letters to spell out messages, too.

    • Let Food Do the Talking

      Whisper It Sweetly

      Every year, Sweetheart Conversation Hearts feature new messages. Share some with your sweetie.

    • Let Food Do the Talking

      Fill the Fridge

      While they're gone for a weekend or overnight, stock a loved one's refrigerator or pantry with the foods they love so they'll return home to their favorites.
      -- Leslie Holland, Louisville, Kentucky

    • Let Food Do the Talking

      Let It Rise

      Cooking or baking for people you love remains one of the oldest, best ways to convey your adoration of them. Sweet treats are often favorites, of course, but don't feel you have to limit yourself to cookies and homemade candy. "My kids love it when I bake bread, and I love it when their faces light up. It's like getting a double hug."
      -- Pamela Gould, Golden, Colorado

    • Put It on Paper

      Message in a Bottle

      Float your handwritten love note in a glass vessel. Start by jotting a romantic message on a scroll of pretty paper. Roll the message and stuff it into a clear glass bottle. Then hide the bottle in a place where the object of your affection is sure to look, such as a sock drawer or medicine cabinet.

      Source for bottles: anthropologie.com

    • Put It on Paper

      Text Your Children

      Traveling? Send quirky text messages to your kids. It's a quick and fun way to remind them that you care.

    • Put It on Paper

      Write a Book

      Fill scrapbooks, journals, or family cookbooks with more than just photos, letters, and recipes. In the margins, write down someone's great attributes or favorite sayings, too.
      -- Rosalind Eskew, Sarasota, Florida

    • Put It on Paper

      Get an E-Groove On

      Send flirty e-mails via electronic card services (great for long-distance couples, including servicemen and servicewomen).

    • Put It on Paper

      Handwrite a Letter

      In this fast-paced, high-tech world, you may not remember precisely the last time you got a letter written by hand, but you probably remember how good it felt to get one. Spread that feeling by writing one yourself. No need to make it a love note; just share your day with someone.

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      Put It on Paper

      Fill the Days

      Get a daybook or daily calendar and write down the reasons you love someone on every page. Make them a mix of silly and serious reasons, and see how long it takes you to come up with 365.
      -- Michelle Knoller-Dell, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Card Shower

      This Valentine's Day, organize a sweet surprise for a friend or favorite relative. "Shower someone with love and good wishes, and ask all of his or her friends and family members to send cards that day," says Debbie Tenzer, author of Do One Nice Thing. Include a heartfelt thought, such as "You inspire me" or "Just hearing your voice makes me happy."

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Take Your Turn

      Do each other's chores once in a while. "I watch our baby while my wife attends fund-raisers. It's just a little way to show I support her."
      -- Adam Kluger, New York, New York

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Share the Wealth

      Guys like getting special treatment, too. Treat him to a morning at the spa, a professional massage, or even a pedicure (clear polish is just fine).
      -- Barbara Purcell, New York, New York

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Candles and a Bath for One

      Valentine's Day is a time of year to show special people how much you love them -- and that includes you. So pamper yourself. "Draw a bath, light some candles, enjoy some indulgence. If you don't care for yourself, you have nothing left for everyone else."
      -- Stacy Kaiser, Los Angeles, California

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Make Coupons

      Coupons are something any family member can make by hand or on a home computer. Kids might make them redeemable for chores or other good deeds. For a sweetheart, you could make them good for a kiss, hug, or back rub at any time.

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Remember In-Laws

      Even if you don't have the best relationship with them, remember: They created the love of your life. Show your appreciation with a note, some flowers, even a homemade casserole.
      -- Dina Koutas Poch, New York, New York

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      Pamper the Ones You Love

      Feed Them

      Remember: Pets need love too. Be sure to pamper them regularly.

      Hint: Keep the treat jar stocked with their favorites, especially during February.

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      Make It Quick

      Put Your Heart on It

      Sweet nothings are not just for whispering. Write "I love you" on a family message board or draw a heart on a steamed-up mirror to brighten the morning of a special someone.
      -- Anna Catherine, Glenside, Pennsylvania

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      Make It Quick

      Post It

      Leave notes beside a toothbrush or in a desk drawer. "Someone hid 40 'messages of love' around my house one time. Weeks later, I was still finding notes in coat pockets, between cereal boxes, and under lamps."
      -- Juliana Guerriero, Long Beach, California

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      Make It Quick

      Tell Them at Work

      A heartfelt note slipped into a briefcase or lunch pail, a message on their personal voice mail, or a gushy (but safe-for-work) e-card to their office address are all great ways to brighten their day on the job.
      -- Beth McRae, Paradise Valley, Arizona

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      Make It Quick

      Find the Good

      Jot a short note to a friend or family member and tell that person just one thing you love or appreciate about her. She'll remember that unexpected act of honest praise far longer than any other gift you might give her.
      -- Cheryl Karpen, Anoka, Minnesota

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      Say It Out Loud

      End a Fight

      Being the first one to say "I'm sorry" -- even if you're still feeling hurt -- sends a whole lot of love.
      -- Mona Barbera, Providence, Rhode Island

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      Say It Out Loud

      Give Them Contacts

      Make sure your loved ones know all the different ways they can reach you -- your direct line at work, your cell phone number, and all of your e-mail addresses. Tell them they can call you for any reason. That's love.

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      Say It Out Loud

      Sign It

      Make up your own special language or signals to express yourself to loved ones. Example: Swirling a finger in a circle, then making a dot could mean "I love you." This is especially great to use on kids since you can say how you feel in public without risk of embarrassing them.
      -- Ellen Bookman, Marietta, Georgia

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      Hang with Your Soul Mate

      Play Games

      Compete in a sport together -- tennis, golf, even football. Admiring each other's strengths is a big turn-on.
      -- Patricia and Alexander Klier, Orlando, Florida

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      Hang with Your Soul Mate

      Boogie Down

      Pick a regular date to indulge in a mutual passion. "We've loved music since we were young, so my friend and I celebrate our birthdays by going to concerts together."
      -- Saretta Holler, Irvine, California

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      Hang with Your Soul Mate

      Find Your Center

      Do yoga together. "The purpose of yoga is finding yourself. Then you can share openly with ones you love."
      -- Tess Kienow, Little Palm Island Resort, Florida

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      Focus on Your Kids

      Drive with Devotion

      Driving your kids doesn't have to be a period of awkward silence. Use those opportunities to say what you feel: "I really enjoy our time together. You're a special kid."
      -- Nancy O'Reilly, Springfield, Missouri

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      Focus on Your Kids

      Get Active

      After dinner, take the kids power-walking, jogging, or to a family-friendly yoga class. Feel-good endorphins generate closeness and promote healthy living.

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      Focus on Your Kids

      Sing It

      If you sing or play a musical instrument, convey your love through music: Write a song just for them, or at least learn one or two of their favorite tunes. Heck, try singing to them even if you can't sing. A moment's embarrassment will give them a lifetime memory.
      -- Jeanie Bonansinga, Chicago, Illinois

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      Focus on Your Kids

      Crown Her

      Name your kids King or Queen for the day and devote that day to enjoying their favorite activities.

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      Editors' Picks: Top Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day

      Looking for a romantic movie to watch this Valentine's Day? We've pulled together a list of our favorite DVDs partnered with fun recipes to create the ultimate cinema experience. So grab some popcorn, the remote, and a cozy blanket, and enjoy the show!
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