7 Romantic Gestures That Don’t Involve Kissing, Hugging, Or Hand-Holding
STORY: Diane Lam
14 February 2020
If you’re thinking of greeting your Valentine with hugs and kisses, think again.
We get it, love is in the air, but this season, let's be a little more discerning about swapping fluids, k.
That’s not to say that we need to go completely no-contact with our other halves (after all, our country’s marriage and fertility rates could use some improvement). But maybe you feel a ‘lil cough coming on. Or maybe bae is in quarantine, on a leave of absence, or has decided to be extra cautious in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Here are some ways to say “I love you” while maintaining a healthy physical distance from each other.
1. Give them a handwritten letter
No amount of heart emojis can rival this classic romantic gesture. You don’t need fancy stationery or poetic phrasing. Just say something cute (or pour out your heart, if you’re brimming with #feels) and make sure your handwriting is legible.
2. Have flowers delivered to them
A no-brainer, and so easy, even on same-day notice. But remember to check whether the recipient will be in the office or working from home!
3. Deliver food to their house
Speaking of working from home, if your other half is stuck indoors, but either 1) inept at cooking 2) too broke to afford food delivery for every meal, why not become their personal Foodpanda for a day? Or if that’s not possible, order something you know they’d love and send it to their home as a surprise.
4. Help them buy groceries over the weekend
Because nothing says “I love you” like spending your Saturday afternoon braving NTUC for toilet paper and luncheon meat. (Extra points if you need to travel somewhere ulu just to find what they need.)
5. Watch that movie or read that book that they’ve been nagging you about since forever
While it's safe to venture outside, should you find yourself with more spare nights than usual due to events being cancelled, set aside some time to watch or read that thing that your other half is totally obsessed with. The longer or more arcane it is, the better. (If you’re not sure where to start, watch Parasite so that the two of you can fanboy/fangirl over Bong Joon-Ho gifs together.)
6. Give them your extra masks and hand sanitiser
Because masks and hand sanitiser are the new roses and chocolate.
7. If all else fails, hand them this bouquet