Cute and Romantic Ideas to Surprise Your Girlfriend

Updated on June 17, 2019
Here are some great surprises for your girlfriend that she will truly enjoy.
Here are some great surprises for your girlfriend that she will truly enjoy. | Source

Sweet and Simple Ways to Surprise Your Girlfriend

When it comes to keeping a girlfriend happy, it is often the little things that matter the most. Most women love it when their guy takes the time to show they care. Here are 15 cute ideas for romantic ways you can surprise your girlfriend or wife. Always remember, it is the thought that counts!

Also, keep in mind that you don't want to do this stuff all the time, especially some of the more time-intensive things I have listed. Doing these things every day will make you seem too eager and needy as if you're constantly trying to impress her. All that will do is make her less attracted to you and turn her off.

15 Cute Ways to Surprise Your Girlfriend

  1. Wake her up to her favorite song (or learn how to play it)
  2. Change your cell phone's wallpaper to a picture of her
  3. Give her flowers
  4. Help her with chores and projects
  5. Send her a hand-written love letter
  6. Pamper her for a night
  7. Plan an evening full of her favorite things
  8. Make her a photo album
  9. Get her favorite treat
  10. Let her know you're thinking about her while you're at work
  11. Make her dinner
  12. Take her on a picnic
  13. Take her to a dance class
  14. Take her to a concert
  15. Go on a weekend getaway with her

Each of these is explained in detail below.

If you're so inclined, you can write your girlfriend a love song or cover one of her favorite songs. Just learn the chords and the vocal melody and you'll be set.
If you're so inclined, you can write your girlfriend a love song or cover one of her favorite songs. Just learn the chords and the vocal melody and you'll be set. | Source

1) Wake Her Up With Her Favorite Song

If you two have a “special song,” then set her alarm clock to play that song one morning. Hide little notes in places she will see during the day that have lyrics from the song. You could put one by her toothbrush, one lying on her shoe, one taped to her steering wheel, etc.

You can also learn how to play her favorite song, and put on a surprise cover of it when the two of you are lounging around the house.

2) Change Your Cell Phone's Wallpaper

Set the wallpaper on your cell phone to a picture of her. Don't mention it. Allow her to notice it on her own and when she does, tell her you like being able to see her smile all the time even when you are apart.

3) Give Her Flowers

Giving your girlfriend a bouquet is a timeless and lovely thing to do. Flowers are elegant and beautiful to look at, so your girlfriend will be overjoyed that you got them for her. Figure out what her favorite flowers are and get a specialized bouquet made of them to give to her. If you can't figure out what her favorite flowers are, you can't go wrong with roses.

Getting your girlfriend a bouquet of flowers is a great way to spice up your romance.
Getting your girlfriend a bouquet of flowers is a great way to spice up your romance. | Source

4) Help With Her Chores

Do a chore for her. For example, if she usually washes dishes, surprise her one day and wash them before she gets home. If she has to wake up early to get the kids ready for school, reset her alarm and let her sleep in while you get them on the bus. Use creativity here, because I am sure there are many things your wife/girlfriend does for you every single day. Try to make sure you aren't taking advantage of them!

You can also help her with household projects and other activities.

5) Send Her a Love Letter

Sit down and hand write her a romantic letter. Tell her what you love about her and what she means to you. Send it to her in the mail. She will be pleasantly surprised when she opens the envelope to see your thoughtful letter instead of a bill!

6) Pamper Her

After she has had a long day, tell her to sit on the couch. Pamper her for a night. Bring her a drink and massage her feet. Tell her it is her night to just relax. Continue to do nice things for her throughout the evening, and if you are feeling bold, you can make her a scented bubble bath or a fancy cocktail, both are good options. If you are feeling confident enough, you can try giving her a full body massage, though keep in mind that you have to be careful with your touch.

The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves

— Yves Saint Laurent

7) Plan a Night Filled With Her Favorite Things

Prepare a night all about her favorite things to show her how well you know her. Prepare her favorite meal on her favorite colored dishes. Follow up with snuggling on the couch and enjoying her favorite movie.

Or take her to her favorite restaurant followed by her favorite activity (whether it be going to a club to dance or going shopping at the mall). Customize the entire night for your special lady.


8) Make Her a Photo Album

Gather up all the sweet photos of you two and put them all in a photo album to give her. Have the last page have a special message from you saying, “The days I have spent with you have been the best days of my life. I can’t wait to add to this photo album for the rest of my years.” Leave several of the pages blank to symbolize all of the future memories you want to make with her.

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.

— George Jean Nathan

9) Get Her Favorite Treat

Stop on your way home from work and pick up her favorite treat (whatever she loves, be it a candy bar or coffee) without being asked.

10) Do Things to Show You're Thinking of Her While at Work

After you leave for the day, take a picture of yourself and send it to her phone. Send a text explaining, "I wish I could be with you every second of the day. But since I can't, this picture will have to do until I can come home to have you in my arms again."

You can also send funny and cute photos of yourself being bored at work. Keeping things light and cute during the most boring parts of the workday is a great way to let her know that you are thinking of her.

11) Make Her Dinner

This can be challenging if you are a man who struggles with cooking, but if you brush up on your skills, this can be an amazing thing to do for your girlfriend. You can make her a fancy dinner from scratch, or you can make her favorite dish for dinner. If she is a high-class lady, this may be difficult, but it's still doable.

Get fresh ingredients and get started on making dinner. Then, when she comes home from work, you can have a fancy meal all ready to go.

She will undoubtedly be impressed with your cooking skills if the food tastes good, of course!

12) Take Her on a Picnic

Weather permitting, taking her out on a weekend day to go on a picnic is a super romantic idea that she will love. Get together some quality foods that the two of you enjoy and bring a bottle of wine along with you. Pick out a pretty park with lots of beautiful scenery and make a day out of it.

She will enjoy spending some quality time with you out in nature, and it is a nice way to break up the monotony of everyday activities.

13) Go to a Dance Class Together

Dancing with another person is an intimate and romantic experience, so surprising her with a dance class is a great way to change things up. Tango and salsa classes are great places to start as they are challenging but rewarding dances that are all based on close physical intimacy.

Find a local class and sign the two of you up for a night and see what happens. You two may even find you like dancing together in that setting and that becomes another normal thing for you to do.

14) Take Her to a Concert

This one takes some planning and some good timing, but if you pull it off, it can be a great and super romantic surprise. You have a few options: you can either take your girlfriend to any kind of concert, or you can see if one of her favorite acts is coming through the area. Just the act of going to a live show can be fun and exciting, but going to see one of her favorite artists would be a huge surprise for her.

You will need to get the tickets in advance though, especially if it is a big name artist, otherwise, they will be sold out by the time you want to buy them.

15) Take Her on a Fun Weekend Getaway

Find a cool place to go to that is in driving distance of where the two of you live and plan a trip there. Make sure to keep her in suspense and don't tell her where the two of you are going. She will love the gesture and the fact that you two are going out of town. Even if it's only a few hours away, it's still a break from the daily grind of life.

Poll- For the ladies

Which romantic guesture would you love the most from your partner?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Amber522


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    • profile image

      Esanyu stephen 

      2 months ago

      itz agrate idea to share this information with others because we are not the same and many dont know what to do to suprise a wife and how much it contributes in thanks so very much.

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      Anteneh EndaShaw 

      11 months ago

      I really like it.

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      Nitin Chandran 

      13 months ago

      Hi. I really like your article on surprising gf on her birthday. The points you shared is truly very thoughtful and have taken into deep consideration. That being the reason, i need your suggestion to celebrate one such spl evening for my girl too.

      We both are just seeing each other as of now. She hasn't committed anything now, reason being she needs time to sort out certain things (she just broke up from her ex, who ditched her at the most crucial point of her life- when she lost her mother due to cancer) before going into a full serious bf-gf relationship.

      So I m just waiting for her to give me a yes, to celebrate my first relationship with her. So, coming to the point, next month July 27 is her birthday. Taking few ideas from your article, I have some plans in my mind, still wanted to know a special recommendation from your side, taking my case into spl consideration.

      Eagerly awaiting your response!!

    • Amber522 profile imageAUTHOR


      14 months ago

      Thank you for all the kind words!

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      16 months ago

      3 and 8 are the best I think. thank you for sharing. good

    • profile image

      u dont need to know 

      20 months ago

      this is not helpful for a child at ten yrs old

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      What about a poem like this:

      Tactic and strategy

      by Mario Benedetti

      My tactic is

      to look at you

      to learn how you are

      to love you as you are

      My tactic is

      to talk to you

      and listen to you

      and construct with words

      an indestructible bridge

      My tactic is

      to remain in your memory

      I don't know how

      nor on what pretext

      but to remain in you

      My tactic is

      to be honest

      and to know that you are honest

      and that we don't sell

      each other fakes

      so between the two of us

      there’s neither a curtain

      nor an abyss

      My strategy is

      by contrast

      more profound and more


      My strategy is

      that one fine day

      I don't know how

      nor on what pretext

      you'll finally need me.

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      2 years ago







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      2 years ago

      For number one I wouldn't dare wake up my girlfriend. Try letting her skeep in and make her a nice breakfast

    • profile image

      Wai Yan Min 

      2 years ago

      3 and 8 is the best i think

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      samaira singh 

      3 years ago

      it was nonsense

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      3 years ago

      wish you many more happy returns of the day

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      3 years ago

      Ilove adventure, esp touring new places

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      4 years ago

      very nice suggestions ,i learn many ways how to surprise and to make your loved ones smile ,,

    • Shinkicker profile image


      5 years ago from Scotland

      No.3 Yeah I agree that's a great idea and very original. But many great ideas here.

      Nice Hub.

    • sunkentreasure profile image


      8 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


      Imagine the look on your loved one's face

      discovering a secret love-note

      hidden in the fridge

      or when they find an apple

      that has a ribbon tied all-around it

      placed under a pillow.

      For a very exciting reaction, leave flower-petals

      floating in the bathwater.

      Do something special for your loved one today

      trying different pleasant ‘surprises'

      and the flame of love will burn forever brightly.

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      8 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE the idea about the roses and I am the least romantic woman in the world. Very nice hub. :)


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