Who says romance is just for men? See men can love romantic just as much as us women. So how can you surprise your man? Well, here’s 20 romantic things to do for your boyfriend or husband.
From big romantic gestures to small, sweet surprises. Your challenge? Have a read and pick one that you’ll do today. Uh huh – there’s no better time than now!
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Romantic Things To Do For Your Boyfriend
When it comes to thinking of romantic things to do for your boyfriend, keep it simple. Ask yourself:
- What would he like?
- What WOULDN’T he expect?
- How could I surprise him?
Start with an idea, weigh it up, then build on it from there. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect – the most important thing is that the thought is there.
So let’s jump in with some ideas to get you thinking.
20 Romantic Things To Do For Your Boyfriend
Here’s 20 romantic things to do for your boyfriend to start you off…
1) Make Him Breakfast In Bed
Has he had a tough week? Is he having a little bit of a lie in on the weekend? Good for him! Then this provides the perfect opportunity to make a little romantic gesture.
Get up before he does and get yourself busy in the kitchen, whipping up his favourite breakfast. Want to make it extra romantic? Squirt a love heart out of ketchup, or carry it in on a tray with rose petals. Little things like this make all the difference!
Not big on cooking? Well you can always pop to a local cafe to pick something up or order something in. And if all else fails – a cup of coffee and a kiss in bed is a nice start!
2) Cook His Favourite Dinner
Another simple romantic gesture for your boyfriend is cooking up his favourite meal for when he gets home from work and “serving it with a smile!”
Do you usually get in before him? Usually eat before he does? Then by simply making the point of waiting to eat it together – you’re making that effort, you’re making a gesture.
This is therefore one of the easiest romantic things to do for your boyfriend, and something you can easily do more.
Light some candles, pour out a small glass of wine, grab him a beer, and sit down together – even midweek – for some quality time.
The alternative? Making a reservation at his favourite restaurant, getting all dressed up and taking HIM out for a meal. Insist on paying. Again, it’s all about the gesture.
3) Give Him a Massage
Now believe it or not, but men love to be pampered – just as much as we do! So a nice little romantic gesture, especially after a hard day or long week, is to give him a full body massage – without wanting anything in return!
Again, light the candles, set the scene, get some aromatherapy going on in the room (I personally have an electric aromatherapy diffuser like this and I honestly couldn’t recommend more!) Don’t forget about the massage oil either. This will make sure it goes smoothly… literally!
4) Make Him Feel Special
If you want to add a bit of romance – focus on how to make your boyfriend feel special.
Consider giving him a pet name, something that’s unique between the two of you. Here, have a look at these 50 Cute Nicknames For Your Boyfriend to get the inspiration flowing.
Or why not make, sending him a cute morning message – your thing? Here’s 120 fun & original “good morning” texts for him. Switch them up every day – but make sure you start every day, showing him that you’re thinking of him and aiming to putt a smile on his face!
Also make sure to be fully present when you’re around him. Put down your phone. Focus on quality time. Really actively listen to him, be there for him, engage with him.
Show him he’s your man, and to you – he’s one in a million.
5) Make Him a Candlelit Bath
Similarly with the massage, making your partner a nice, hot, candlelit bath is always a lovely romantic surprise. Spice it up a bit by offering to join him in there!
6) Leave Little Love Notes
Similarly, a super simple yet romantic thing to do for your boyfriend is to leave him a love note.
It can be by the side of his bed, on his car windscreen, in his lunch bag, in his coat pocket, on the fridge – so many places, so many options.
Here, I want you to take a moment to bob on over to this article (it will open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place on here):
There are honestly so many genius ideas in here. From sweet little good morning notes to notes for when he gets home from work, right the way to funny punny cute notes you can leave around the house.
In fact, if you’re going to do just ONE romantic thing for your boyfriend today – choose one of these notes to leave your boyfriend. They’re genius!
7) Create an Appreciation Jar
Next up, I want to throw out the idea of creating a DIY appreciation jar. It actually doesn’t take too much, but will honestly mean the world. What you need to do?
- Simply grab a small glass jar like this.
- Decorate it with ribbon.
- Create a heart out of card and write “Reasons I Love You”. (Attach this to the jar with a hole punch and your ribbon.)
- You can then write little love messages on folded-up pieces of paper, ready for your boyfriend to read!
The idea behind it, is whenever he needs a little boost of love, or if you’re ever apart (making it a great long distance relationship gift), he can go into the jar and read a personal little message from you.
Write things like: why you love him, what you love about him, what you want him to know, how much he means to you.
If you want some ideas, click here for 100 different ways to say I love you. The more personal the better.
8) Wash His Car
So it’s a stereotype, but what do men typically love? CARS! In fact, there’s psychological reasons why men love cars.
A romantic thing you can do for your boyfriend or husband now then, is therefore giving it a wash – inside and out! Especially if it’s his pride and joy!
Spruce it up. It saves him a job and will be sure to surprise him!
9) Buy Him Something You Know He Wants
What next? What next, then? Well, if you want to do something cute to surprise your boyfriend, you could always buy him something you know he wants or likes.
For instance, his favourite chocolates? Get them in for him. That gym bag he liked when you went shopping? Go back and buy it for him. Those tickets to an event he was speaking about? Splash out! Get him to it!
The best things you can buy when it comes to this one – are things that he’s spoken to you about. It then shows that not only were you really listening, but you remembered and cared enough to go and get it.
It’s therefore one of the most thoughtful and romantic things to do for your boyfriend. It’s not something you have to do every day – in fact, if you don’t ALWAYS do it, when you then do, it means even more. But it’s certainly something to do every now and then!
10) Buy Him Something He Needs
Following on from our last suggestion then, another romantic thing to do for your boyfriend, is buy him something that he doesn’t necessarily know he wants, but which you know he needs.
So for example, let’s say his car windows are always frosting up in the morning – grab his a little cloth to make clearing it easier! Or perhaps his football boots are falling apart but they’re pretty pricey – treat him to some new ones!
It could be something big or something small, and often – the things he needs aren’t the “sexiest” items. But it’s the gesture itself that makes it romantic.
Romantic Things To Do For Your Boyfriend
We’re halfway through the list already! Let’s keep the ideas coming.
11) Make a Love Den
Whilst we’re on the topic of romantic surprises, another thing you can do for your boyfriend is to get busy creating a little love den!
Set it up in the living room for when he comes home from work and welcome him home with a warm embrace!
This is an especially good romantic gesture because it takes EFFORT! But actually, it’s super fun and easy to do. What you need?
What You Need To Make a Den
- Cushions – lots and lots of cushions. Pillows too!
- Something for the structure. I used a selfie stick tripod – which couldn’t have worked better because of the forked stand at the bottom. You can also re-use this to take epic couple selfies.
- Tables – ones you can move, and ones to form the base of it.
- Pegs. Pegs are your lifesaver! Grab some clear ones like these.
- Rugs, blankets, sheets, towels – the more of these you have to work with the better.
- Heaps of fairylights. I bought these ones and had 200 of them!
- LED tea lights are also a bonus – those ones already come with batteries which is perfect.
- You may also like to add some rose petals (gold silk ones are my personal favourite) or any extra little touches to set the scene!
How To Make a Den
Once you have all the essentials, you can then get cracking with the building part. When it comes to how to make a den, all you need to do is:
- Find your starting point. I transformed my home office, using 2 chairs and 2 desks to create the base layer. You can also use furniture and a sofa – the higher the base, the better as it creates more space. Once you have the structure, lay sheets over the top, securing with your pegs.
- From there, use your selfie stick stand (or equivalent) to raise the height of the den. You may then like to decorate this with lights, or hide it with a sheet (or both!)
- Inside the den then, you want a blanket / rug floor base, you also want to drape sheets / blankets around the edges, and layer up your pillows and cushions.
- Decorate the top and inside with fairylights. I also recommend electric candles and rose petals for the inside. But get creative! See how it looks!
- The last piece of the den-making puzzle is to then complement it with food, drinks and games. Here, start with this one: The Ultimate Couples Question Game. Or for a lighter game, try these fun This or That Couples Questions.
12) Create a Cute Video
Technology hey, hasn’t it changed things? The way of the world is different now, but what it does provide is more opportunities. An alternative to the memory book is therefore creating a cute video.
Find your favourite song – a song that is special to the two of you, or reminds you of your relationship whenever you play it. Then pair this with cute photos or video clips.
This is a super romantic thing to do for your boyfriend on your anniversary, but you can do it anytime really.
Post it on socials as a public appreciation post for your boyfriend, or send it to him if you’re currently apart. (It’s therefore a great idea for long distance relationships.)
13) Create a Memory Book
A bit of a “soppy” one now then, but if you want to really up the romance and get the two of you reminiscing – a cute thing to do for your boyfriend is to create a memory book for the two of you to cherish.
Gather up all your photos, get them printed, pop in old receipts and tickets, and then not only present it as a gift, but cuddle up on the sofa that evening and look through it altogether.
Relive those special moments, really appreciate what the two of you have!
Want to go one step further? Work your way through these Cute Relationship Questions. It will make the moment even more special!
14) Plan a “Day For You”
What other romantic things can you do for your boyfriend? Well, you can plan a day entirely for him – full of the things that he loves. Think of what would be his IDEAL day, then make it happen!
You can be super creative with how you reveal this to them too. For instance, you might like to leave a trail of notes with clues, or write a little love letter to reveal what you have in store.
You could also think outside the box. So for example – on my boyfriends birthday, he opened a box, scanned a QR code which then set off Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” song.
From there, there was a fortune teller date present, followed by a series of cards (with cute little pictures) revealing where I was taking him away.
You could do the exact same thing – just tweak it to make it fit for the occasion, or tell him you’re doing this, “just because!” He certainly won’t be complaining!
15, Do His Chores For The Day
What kills the romance? CHORES! So another surprisingly romantic thing to do for your boyfriend is taking these away from him for the day.
Let him put his feet up, do his jobs for him or surprise him by already having them done.
It’s all about doing kind, thoughtful things. Not every day, of course. You’re not his maid! But when you want to give a little romantic gesture – this is a super simple and easy one to do.
16) Watch The Footy With Him
Next up, next up- watch the footy with him (or anything that he enjoys that you don’t typically pay an interest in.) In fact, if you want to make it more of an occasion and a bigger romantic gesture – go all out.
Get a cute football shirt or kit on, make some hot dogs, maybe even grab one of those giant foam hands for when you’re cheering his team on. Get into the full spirit of it!
This is an especially great thing to do for your boyfriend and if you’re not really into the football it makes it EVEN BETTER because it shows him you’re willing to do the things he enjoys, for him.
And hey, if it’s really not your thing – just remember, it’s quality time. So this one may not actually be as bad as you think!
17) Make a Romantic Playlist
Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. Love is in the air, every sight and every sound. And I don’t know if I’m being foolish. Don’t know if I’m being wise. But it’s something that I must believe in. And it’s there when I look in your eeeeeeyes.
Sorry, sorry, lost me for a moment there, but this leads me onto my next suggestion for romantic things to do for your boyfriend. If you’re feeling creative and want to go down the gesture route then why not make him a cute playlist!?
This is perfect if he has to do a lot of driving as part of his job, or simply if he’s into his music. Pull together romantic songs, cute funny songs, create it on Spotify and then share it with him.
He’ll love the effort, it will make him smile and actually mean far more than you know!
18) Dance The Night Away
Keeping with the music theme now then, why not plan a romantic night in for him? Set the scene – again, with candles, rose petals, etc etc. Here, click this article for how to make your room romantic!
Then just play some fun and romantic music, have a little dance, have a little sing, have a few drinks if you fancy it. Make it a night to remember – doing the most simple things!
Uh huh, that’s right. See you don’t actually have to do anything complicated to still be able to sweep your partner off their feet! It also shows your fun, lighthearted side.
19) Cosy Up In Front Of The Fire
We’re heading towards the end of our list now, but not before I squeeze in a classic cuddles & S’Mores date. This is perfect, no matter what the season. It’s also possible no matter what your set up.
It’s one of the simplest yet romantic things to do for your boyfriend. You get the sweet treats, the cosy-ness, the conversation.
You can also use it as an opportunity to tell your boyfriend exactly how much you love him – express how you feel. It’s the perfect “scene” to do so and really builds intimacy. So give it a go!
20) Give Him Little Love Coupons
Last but not least, if you’re looking for romantic things to do for your boyfriend but you’re unsure what he wants or would like – put the power in his hands.
Romantic Things To Do For Your Boyfriend
So there we have it – 20 romantic things to do for your boyfriend. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, Valentines Day, or just because you want to keep that spark alive.
Remember, the more you put in, the more you get out. Always focus on being the best partner that you can be because that, my friends, will create the happiest, healthiest and strongest relationship.
Have fun! Take care.