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The Christmas tree is gone, the kids are back in school, the 20-somethings are still recovering from New Year’s Eve and the UndercoverWear home office is gearing up for the most romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that I have never been all that fond of, maybe because for some reason I have always managed to be single for the holidays. I also think chocolate and roses are a weird way to show someone you love them – roses die and that box of chocolates will most likely add about 10 pounds to your thighs by the time you finish it… also these gifts lack creativity.

When you have a creative mind-set, the normal chocolates and roses just won’t do. So here are a few creative (and mildly inexpensive) ways to show someone how much you care this valentine’s day.

Go slightly out of your own comfort zone to indulge in one of your lovers fantasies. This doesn’t mean that you need to go establishing safety words and go purchasing whips and ball-gages, maybe your lover has been trying to get you into roll playing – so go out and buy a wig for some Valentine’s Day fun. Your partner will appreciate any added effort you put in to spice things up. UndercoverWear has many great lingerie and intimacy items to help spice up your Valentine’s night!

Decorate your apartment like a restaurant in a foreign country. Make it cheesy as possible while keeping it looking nice. Decorating is easy, use construction paper and cheap things you find at Michaels or something. You could even have a friend dress up like a waiter and speak in the accent of that country. Cook the themed food yourself and then have you friend “wait” on you two. He can buzz off after the food is served. It shows off your cooking skills, your romantic side, your sense of humor and your creativity.

Do something creative with your hands. Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking arts and crafts here. Creating personalized picture frames and vases are a great way to show someone you care enough to actually spend your valuable time creating something that only they will have.

Take a horse and buggy ride through the Boston Gardens. This thought actually came to my head because it’s how my brother proposed to his wife (not on Valentine’s Day though.) If you’re not close to the Boston area (or even the same state) any garden or scenic tour-for-two can be quite romantic outing. Or do something else to discover your city. Spend the day visiting local landmarks and museums. Depending on where you live and the weather in your area, plan a day outside. Go ice skating and carry a thermos of hot chocolate.

Make a mixed “tape” – or a mixed CD… or special playlist on your ipod – whatever your favorite electronic musical device may be! Anyways, spend the time to listen to lyrics of songs that actually help interpret how you feel about your lover. Don’t be afraid to get a little silly and add a song or two that might be considered “inappropriate.”