What does your partner REALLY want?
Whether you’re celebrating a relationship milestone or looking for unexpected ways to say, “I love you,” romantic gestures make that special someone feel appreciated, cherished and assured of your commitment. But, don’t be deterred by those extravagant and cinematic acts of chivalry immortalized by Hollywood epics. Often, the simplest mementos leave a more lasting impression—regardless of the money spent or time invested.
So, next time inspiration strikes to surprise your sweetheart, consider how the most time-honored displays of affection rank in popularity. Couponbox recently surveyed 1,000 men and women nationwide, asking that classic question: “What’s the most romantic thing your significant other has done for you?” Their responses ran the gamut from weekend getaways to physical intimacy to “just because” trinkets. Let’s take a closer look at these survey results, which might even spark ideas for pampering your number-one.
Cliché as this chart-topping gesture often seems, the majority of respondents would most prefer to receive flowers from their sweeties. From that quintessential red rose to bouquets plucked from a Parisian street vendor, this sentiment has been making hearts flutter for centuries and remains a beloved tradition today.
Gifts also rated high on this poll, with numerous respondents gushing over a prized possession from their significant other. Whether grandiose items like jewelry, VIP tickets and fine wine, or thoughtful keepsakes like a framed photo and handwritten note, these tangible expressions of devotion will be treasured for years to come.
Performing random acts of kindness is another meaningful way to communicate romance, and several respondents wholeheartedly agree. From completing household chores to initiating unplanned coffee dates to nursing an illness, these “labors of love” often speak louder than even the most eloquent Shakespearean sonnet.
Many respondents also cherish the memory of being whisked away to a fairytale destination for quality time together. Whether a weekend respite or vacation abroad, traveling as a couple provides the opportunity to reconnect against idyllic backdrops, while creating experiences that you’ll both remember long after those suitcases are unpacked. And, of course, don’t forget to splurge on a deluxe hotel room for the next romantic gesture on this list—sexual gratification. Enough said, right?!
For anyone whose primary love language originates inside their stomach, dinner dates earn major points for amoré. From a trendy steakhouse to waterfront picnics, to movie nights complete with buttered popcorn, sharing a meal with each other is both an intimate and delicious way to spend the evening. You could even prepare a homecooked dinner by candlelight—another favorite among respondents.
Proposals and wedding bells traditionally denote the ultimate pledge of commitment, earning them prominent slots on this survey as well. Although a symbolic social convention, the exchange of marriage vows also reassures your spouse that you’ll be her supporter, encourager, passionate lover and closest friend for a lifetime.
Finally, rounding out the list, some respondents indicated they enjoy being surprised with a one-on-one outing planned entirely by their partner. Whether an afternoon bike ride, weekend nature hike or sunset at the beach, participating in leisure activities together cultivates a joint hobby that will enrich your relationship by establishing common ground.
How do these survey results compare to your own relationship experiences? What romantic gesture would your significant other most likely consider their stand-out moment? Are you now feeling inspired to step up your “romance game” in the future?
Let’s keep this conversation going—share your thoughts and personal anecdotes in the comment section.
This article was originally published on Impact Magazine.