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Five Ways to Say I Like You, Like You on Valentine's Day

BY: Carolyn Alterio | Dec 11, 2018

Valentine's Day comes but once a year, but for some who are newly (or perpetually) single, that's one day too many. This year, instead of avoiding restaurants with any hint of candlelight, why not use the holiday to ignite a new relationship? Friends, coworkers, and minor acquaintances—they're all fair game for a budding romance. Here are a few ways to nudge it along.

The New Friend

Whether you bump into each other frequently at Starbucks, or mill around on the same guest lists, a new friend presents an exciting opportunity for romance. You're in the early stages of getting to know each other, not unlike a first date, so why not test the waters with a flirtatious message? How to play it: Go old-school with a handmade Valentine's Day card (check Paper Source for fun card stock) and an open invitation for dinner or drinks. Depending on your bravery, you can drop the card off covertly or hand it over and run—run like the wind.

The Coworker

This one's tricky, as you don't want to overstep the bounds of your HR policies or create an awkward work environment. But if you feel like the infatuation runs both ways, make the first move a tasteful one. How to play it: One word: pastry. But give it a romantic slant with a note that says something like "I'm a little bit sweet on you." You can go gourmet with chocolate-dipped mini donuts, or put your heart into it with a slice of homemade coffee cake (heart-shaped, of course). Either way, your office mate's sure to get the memo.

The Best Friend

The good news is that you know this person well... almost too well. And all those laughs, tears, and embarrassing moments can make any progression in your relationship a natural one. How to play it: Use your knowledge of your best friend's interests to tailor a special outing, such as a music concert or cooking class. Put the tickets in an envelope labeled "Our first date." Hand it over and watch sparks fly.

The Online Crush

You've both swiped right on Tinder and now the lines of communication are open. But how do you make casual-ish plans on Valentine's Day? How to play it: Figure out what you both have in common, be it a love of movies, music, or cheeseburgers. This will help you forego the usual (see: boring) activities for something you'll both enjoy. Up the romantic factor by identifying yourself with a flower corsage or a single rose left on the table (cheesy, I know, but it's a classic for a reason!).

The Ex-Flame

Just because the flame's gone out of your relationship doesn't mean that it can't be rekindled—especially on a sentiment-loaded day like Valentine's Day. How to play it: Let the flowers do the talking. Did you know that daffodils symbolize new beginnings and unrequited love? Send them to your ex with a brief note that says you're thinking about them. Hope for red roses (symbolizing love and respect), and not a bouquet of withered flowers (rejected love), in return. Want more ideas for sparking something on the 14th? Check out our round-up of the best Valentine's Day coupons here.