Men are interesting creatures. Being that we’re married to the few and the proud makes life even more audacious. Even if he’s deployed you know your man and if he’s outgoing or a home-body hopefully you will be able to relate and utilize some or all of these suggestions to have a passionate Valentines Day! With some creative thinking you may just get those fireworks at the end of your special night.

If your man says in his most cynical grumpy voice, “Valentine’s is just another day!” Don’t fall for it! It’s a cop out to not do anything at all. Tell him you’re not renting a helicopter to take you to an island to renew your vows like you’re on a tv show but the day can serve as an opportunity to reconnect with each other.

Do you shop or not to shop for him? It can be hard to buy for men on any holiday but especially this one since this isn’t the manliest of man days ever. Those little lollipop inserted cards were cute in 2nd grade but what about now?

Thanks to Pinterest I’ve seen the light and perfected the art of man-gift giving. For our Marines it isn’t quantity but quality ladies! I got a standing ovation for my Christmas gift buying skills so here are ideas for a possibly rewarding V-Day:

Couple time: hold hands, watch the sunset, walk on the beach or set some paper lanterns up (not in California you’d probably go to jail)

Message/Poem: daily love notes enhance a marriage anyways to fill that love tank so on VDay make it spicy or corny but always from the heart

Scavenger hunt/O-Course: make him read instructions when he comes home that will have him seeking out his gifts or you in the end

Music: remember making tapes from the radio? They were so heartfelt. Make him a compilation of love songs to set the mood either on the IPod or a CD.

Food: the way to his heart is through his stomach! Cook/Bake at home or go out but 4 courses will get his attention!

Photos/Boudoir shoot: everyone has a tasteful temptress in them! Do your hair & makeup then strike a pose for your love either before or on V-Day. He’ll never see it coming! (Deployed spouses: clothing is not optional for so many reasons!)

Retail: store bought/homemade doesn’t matter but a nice tactical Fossil watch, gun store gift card, hand sewn one-point sling harness, painted picture frame, mancave signs, truck accessories, ammo, tickets to his favorite team or a surprise trip to the gun range you set up will have him very fired up!

If you run out of time & all else fails, read the steps below and repeat!

Step 1: Make sure to put all phones on vibrate or silent so the mother-in-law can’t interrupt!
Step 2: Melt some chocolate
Step 3: Meet him at the door with a smile on your face and not much else.

Chocolate can make anyone smile!

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