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Valentine's Day classics: 5 Things you used to do for your sweetheart

Paul Fowler is a digital marketing specialist with trip.me and a freelance writer based in Berlin. Passionate about culture, travel and tea, his writing has taken him all over the world (including a 3 year stint in Colombia) and seen him...

Remember the <br> old butterflies

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Old ways are often the best ways, and a great idea for this Valentine's Day is to go back in time and show each other just how much you care by exchanging old-school gifts that require loads of effort, time and thought.
Woman surprises her man with gift

Remember the last time you received a hand-written letter? Us neither. But we do remember putting hours into writing letters to our childhood sweethearts and also how great it felt to receive something back from them and the excitement of reading over every word before stuffing the letter into a shoebox full of memories.

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we look at some of the things we used to do when we had more time, less money and much more creativity. Revisiting these gifts will make for a special Valentine's Day, and you both deserve that, right?

Of course, if you don't fancy the nostalgia trip, there are plenty of modern twists on classic ideas, so check out our guide to some great traditional Valentine's Day gift ideas, as well as their contemporary updates.

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Writing a letter

Many of us barely even write anymore and so the gesture of writing your partner a love letter will be much more effort than it used to be and we're sure he'll appreciate it. The act of sitting down to put your thoughts to paper is also very therapeutic and may remind you of a few things you'd forgotten about why you appreciate him so much.

Modern twist: an email. But shooting off an email just isn't quite the same, is it?

Make a mixtape

Even if, practically speaking, it's not the most useful gift given most people don't even own tape players anymore, a mixtape is still a lovely gesture. If you take time to pick songs that represent your feelings, or that define different points in your relationship, it's a great way to bring back some serious nostalgia — and you'll have a soundtrack for whatever you decide to do in the evening.

Modern twist: Make a playlist on iTunes. Much more practical, but lacks the physical element and the effort you put into choosing the songs won't be quite so poignant!

Make a scrapbook

Scrapbooks are a fantastic idea for hoarders since it's a place to keep all your old memories and will be a way to remember your relationship for years to come. A well thought-out scrapbook will take a lot of time but, like writing a letter, it will allow you to look back on your relationship and remember some of the reasons you fell in love in the first place — awww.

Modern twist: a website. If you've got the talent, websites are a great way to surprise your man, especially if you send it to him at work!

Looking for more Valentine's Day gift ideas?  >>

Go to a photobooth

Photobooths are becoming increasingly hard to come by, but if you can find one in your local area a trip there is a fab idea for Valentine's Day. You should combine it with another date idea (such as a meal) and that way you'll have a great way to remember your old-school Valentine's Day.

Modern twist: using a digital camera. It's rare that these photos will go anywhere but your hard drive, so photobooths offer a nice, physical memory of your date.

Go for a walk

It can be easy to schedule a dinner or cinema date into your busy work schedules, but it can become more of a formality than anything else. If you decide just to go for a long walk, it'll bring back memories of wandering aimlessly around as youngsters, just talking and enjoying each other's company. It's the most basic, traditional way to show someone you love them — to enjoy them and the time spent with them — but we often forget to do something so simple.

Modern twist: Sit on the sofa and watch TV! Time for a change, no?

your nostalgia

What old-school gifts are you giving your Valentine this year? Tell us in the comment section below.

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