There’s more to romance in a relationship than expensive gifts and jewellery. Those can be great as tokens of love and appreciation, but romantic gestures are simple and effective ways to let your partner feel your affection for them on a day-to-day basis.

Here are some ideas on how to be romantic to keep that spark alive in your relationship.

Go on dates

An unfortunate occurrence in some relationships is that dating stops once you’ve ‘got’ the person. Why woo someone with a date if they’re already with you, right? WRONG. Make sure you plan time for dates with your partner. This will let them know that you’re not taking them for granted.

The simple fact that you’re planning the date is a romantic gesture that’s sure to be appreciated!

Make sure that you put in some effort to look nice for your partner – they may love you just as much in sweatpants and a hoodie, but going above and beyond will show how much you care.

Read the articles below for some date ideas that are sure to impress:

You can get a bit elaborate with 6 romantic date ideas or try something different with 15 alternative date ideas.

Write love letters/handwritten notes

This may seem old fashioned, but writing love letters and notes is a timeless romantic gesture. Lifehack finds a few benefits of writing notes, including it being memorable to the recipient, and even that it can genuinely make you happier!

Here at Match, we believe that a written letter or note is one of the easiest ways to be romantic and express your affection towards your partner that still holds a great deal of meaning.

A quick ‘I love you’, an appreciative note, or even a compliment can lift your partner’s spirits. A way to add surprise to this is by hiding these notes in places you know your partner will find, like their lunchbox or their coat pocket.

Hold hands (and cuddle!)

Hear us out here: holding hands is scientifically proven to decrease cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase oxytocin (the hormone linked to intimacy). This simple act can put you and your partner at ease and make you feel more intimate. So, hold your partner’s hand whenever you get the chance to put both of you in a good mood!

Doing this in public can also draw you together, both emotionally and physically, and make them happy that you’re making your relationship plain for everyone to see.

When you’re at home you can also cuddle while watching TV or relaxing together. Just like holding hands, cuddling both releases oxytocin and decreases cortisol.

Bring them a snack or drink

Still wondering how to be romantic? You probably know what their favourite snack or drink is, so when you get the chance, buy or make it for them. This is an endearing gesture that shows that you remember these small details about them.

This gesture is also great because there’s nothing better than unexpectedly getting your favourite food or drink, especially when you’re too preoccupied with work to get it for yourself.

Get souvenirs for them if you travel without them

We all go away with our partners sometimes, whether that’s for a boys or girls only holiday, or for a work trip.

Getting them a small souvenir from your travels can show them that even when you’re apart, you’re thinking about them. Whether it’s a novelty shot glass, a local delicacy or some dodgy booze, it’s the thought that counts.

Make time for talks

There tends to be a lot of talking at the start of the relationship – you’re getting to know the person and learning more about their interests. But once you’ve been together for a while there seems to be less of a need to have these conversations. This can, however, cause your connection with your partner to deteriorate.

Couples can start to dread when their partner says they ‘need to talk’. This can be avoided by having positive conversations often.

We recommend making time for conversations between the two of you – they might be about the future, decisions you’re thinking of making, or simply if there’s anything on your or their mind. You’re having these conversations just to get to know them better.

This can help your partner feel that you care about what they think, and are making an effort to get to know them more every day. This will also deepen the emotional bond between the two of you, which is important to keep the relationship going!

Now that you’ve read a few ideas on how to be romantic, why not try them out?

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