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How to Say I Love You on Valentine's Day & Every Day

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Love Words and Ideas for Valentine's and Every Day

How do you say "I Love You" for the first time or the millionth time? Here are lots of ideas for saying these words with loving quotes, love poems, & love notes full of romance and/or fun.

How can you tell a new boyfriend or Valentine you love him? How about your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife? Need the right words for that secret crush?

Get ideas right here!

On this page you will find:

  • Love note ideas
  • The right words to share your love
  • Cute tips and ideas to demonstrate your feelings


Fun Ways to Say and Show Your Love

1) Just say it! I love you!

2) Write a note: "I love you."

3) Cut out a paper heart and hide it in a special place where it will be found.

4) Cut out 500 paper hearts of all sizes and colors. Tape them up all over a room.

5) Give someone a "heart attack" - cut out hearts (about 5" and larger) from thick paper or craft foam. Attach with tape or a hot glue gun to craft sticks (like popsicle sticks). When finished, sneak over to your love's house and stick the hearts-on-a-stick all over the yard by pushing the sticks into the dirt or grass.

6) Write "I Love You" on the bathroom mirror in lipstick.

7) Draw a heart on the bathroom mirror in lipstick.

8) Fill up your love's car, bedroom or ?? with lots and lots of heart-shaped balloons.

9) Send flowers.

10) Bring your love a single rose.

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11) Buy a mushy love card.

12) Make a mushy love card.

13) Buy or make a funny love card.

14) Take a walk on the beach.

15) Write "I love you" in the sand at the beach.

16) Plan a candlelight dinner.

17) Make a giant banner out of a roll of butcher paper (they have red, pink, white, etc. at most school supply or larger craft stores)

18) Buy a gift on this page and have it delivered!

19) Write an "I Wuv U" note in childlike handwriting with crayon.

20) Write an elementary-type school note that says "I like you. Do you like me?" [followed with check boxes for Yes, No or Maybe]

21) Heart jewelry says I love you, without words.

22) If appropriate, buy a puppy or kitten for your sweetheart. How fun!

23) Use a special talent of yours; write your love a song, paint a painting, write a poem or ?

24) Give that special someone a heart-shaped bowl full of Hershey's Kisses.

25) Give someone a hug. Sometimes words are not needed.

26) Hold hands.

27) Pack a picnic and take your love to a lovely place.

28) Make or buy a CD of love songs.

29) Text Message: ILY (I Love You)

30) Text Message: U R GR8T (You Are Great)

31) Text Message: Can't W8 2 C U (Can't Wait to See You)

32) Text Message: Be Mine?

33) Text Message: *hugs*

34) Text a heart <3 (arrow, 3)

35) Send an email love note. Write from your heart.

36) Send a free online card from or Yahooligans

37) Buy a white dry-erase board and put in up where it can be seen daily. Use it to leave notes, draw hearts, and more.

38) Draw hearts and/or write notes on a driveway or sidewalk with pink chalk.

39) Send a romantic gift for no reason.

40) Buy window paint markers. Write and draw loving things on your loved one's car or home windows.

41) Think up cutesy nicknames for each other. Be careful - they might stick!

42) Cuddle up on the couch and watch a romantic movie.

43) Look lovingly into his/her eyes.

44) Plan a special date to do something he or she adores.

45) Leave little love notes in drawers, the glove compartment, a lunch box, in pockets - anywhere!

46) Tape a note to a baseball or bat: You're a homerun, babe.

47) Here's a corny one to write somewhere: "I love you till Niagra Falls"

48) Or how about "I'll love you as long as butter-flies."

49) Leave a note in a unexpected place

50) Yell it from the rooftops!

Photo by Chris Geatch

Photo by Chris Geatch

Little Love Note Words & Sentiments to Copy, Tweet, and Use!

(Feel free to use these for little notes to leave around the house or ??)

  • Somebody loves you! Guess who?!
  • I love you so very much.
  • I'm all yours!
  • My heart belongs to you.
  • You mean the world to me.
  • I love your kisses.
  • I am so lucky to have you.
  • I am so happy to have you.
  • Wherever you go, I am there with you.
  • Though we are apart, you're always in my heart.
  • XOXOXOXOX (hugs and kisses)
  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I just might be, Falling for you.
  • You melt me.
  • You make my head spin and my legs go weak.
  • You're the one.
  • I love you to the moon and back.
  • I think I am falling in love with you.
  • I can't wait to see you again.

Other Words for I Love You

Share your feelings your way with loving words

1) You are my one and only.

2) You are the love of my life.

3) With every breath I take, I love you more and more.

4) You are my everything.

5) Yesterday I loved you the most I could love anyone, yet today I love you even more.

6) You make my heart go pitter-patter.

7) Roses are red, violets are blue, this is a note…to say I love you.

8) Be my love forever more.

9) I can't imagine my life without you.

10) My hearts aches when we are apart.

11) I care so much for you.

12) It's you and me forever, baby.

13) You are the most beautiful person in the world.

14) Luv ya!

15) I want to spend the rest of my life making you smile.

16) Thank you for loving me.

17) You are so special to me.

18) You are my sweetie!

19) Marry me?

20) Everyday my first thought in the morning and my last thought of the night is of you.

21) You make me smile.

22) I love you so much I feel like my heart will burst.

23) Forever Yours.

24) Always and Forever, I will love you.

25) Every day, in every way, my love for you grows.

26) How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

27) You are my soul mate.

28) Ich liebe dich (German for I love you)

29) Je t'aime (French for I love you)

30) Kimi o ai shiteru (Japanese for I love you)

31) The amo (Spanish for I love you)

32) Vos amo (Latin for I love you)

33) Ya lyublyu tebya (Russian for I love you)

34) Wo ie ni (Chinese for I love you)

35) Jag a"lskar dig (Swedish for I love you)

36) You are the cream in my coffee.

37) You are my perfect match.

38) You take my breath away.

39) I prayed for love and you came into my life.

40) You are my gift from God

41) I Found My Love In You

Words to Use on Homemade Love Notes

To make home crafted notes, simple print or write out special sayings. For a bit of fun and romance, hide them in drawers, a lunchbox, a book, or anywhere else the will be found!

Here are some ideas for love note words:

  • Ooh Baby, I love your way.
  • My heart is all yours!
  • You are so adorable!
  • You are so hot! (Tape this to a bottle of hot sauce or Red Hots candies)
  • Love you, Babe
  • Can't wait to see you!
  • I'm thinking about you - right now.
  • I am forever yours.
  • Good morning, my love.
  • Have a great day at work knowing I love you!
  • Can't wait until tonight!
  • You are so sweet! (Try taping this note to a candy bar)
  • Love you now. Love you forever.
  • Thanks for being you.
  • You are on my mind today.
  • You're the love of my life.
  • Love you, Sweetie!
  • Bee my honey!

Homemade Coupon Ideas

To make homemade coupons for your sweetie:

  1. Cut some paper into rectangles (red or pink are nice) or layout coupons on your computer to be printed and cut.
  2. Choose an idea to write or type (from the list below or come up with your own words).
  3. Consider adding coupon words like "never expires," "subject to availability," "offer good until (date)" to the top and/or bottom.
  4. Add a dashed line around individual coupons

Here are some ideas for wording:

  • This coupon good for one kiss (or maybe more!)
  • This coupon good for one hug
  • This coupon good for a romantic dinner (with me!)
  • This coupon good for a surprise
  • This coupon good for a massage

Think about your special person. What kind of coupon would they appreciate?

Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.

— Sarah Bernhardt

© 2008 JJNW

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AttractThatPerson on December 02, 2013:

Great catch phrases and so true! Thanks for your lens. I enjoyed checking it out :)

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

Great lens. I suggest try a night picnic by the beach. Its really romantic

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on September 13, 2013:

Great job, with a lot of variety.

AmandaJon on June 10, 2013:

Useful and informative. A very good lens!

mecheshier on February 14, 2013:

Fabulous lens. Very heartwarming

ukprowriter on February 14, 2013:

Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 07, 2013:

I get pretty inarticulate when trying to express love. Not good for someone who takes pride in her writing. It's my family background causing that.

bossypants on January 31, 2013:

I'm feeling the love, reading this lens!

RomanticBedroomI on January 20, 2013:

You lens is fantastic, I really enjoyed it.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on January 14, 2013:

I love, love, love this wonderful lens. Thanks for making it.

planetocean79 on December 15, 2012:

I love this lens, just love it.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 11, 2012:

Words truly have power.

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 27, 2012:

These are all wonderful, so much inspiration to give to that person you love!

rawwwwwws lm on November 22, 2012:

Great lens.

anonymous on November 21, 2012:

Great lens! :)

darciefrench lm on November 17, 2012:

We're always saying I love you in our home - it's never an underused phrase and is meant wholeheartedly. My favorite 3 little words ever :)

erini75 on October 31, 2012:


anonymous on October 16, 2012:

nice quotes..

JennaBaxton on September 18, 2012:

Cute lens :)

anonymous on September 16, 2012:

Nice quotes :)..

MimayManalo on September 08, 2012:

I love you is something tiny little three word phrase is one of the most powerful strings of words in the world and that would be most adorable when you put art on it.. something like your lens talk about.

It is very lovely to know more ways to say i love you!

anonymous on September 02, 2012:

Great ways to say I love you. Now everyone can say it. Make sure you tell your family that before it is too late. That is something you cannot change when they are gone.

Alexandra Douglas from Florida on August 30, 2012:

Thank you for writing this lens. It is very helpful. My boyfriend is still afraid to say it I believe but I have been saying it frequently.

attraction 42 on August 29, 2012:

Thank you.

JJNW (author) from USA on August 21, 2012:

@diy-plan: Oh my! That would melt just about any woman's heart!

Jim Brown from Atlanta, GA on August 19, 2012:

Tes yeux, j'en rêve jour et nuit. (I dream about your eyes day and night... pronounced: tayzyuh, zh'ohn rev joor ay noowee)

Tu es magnifique!


DMVAgent on August 14, 2012:

wew .. that was great .. thanks for sharing this lens,very inspiring!

anonymous on August 01, 2012:

i like the ideas

katiecolette on July 30, 2012:

So many great ways to say "I love you" :) Well done!

anonymous on July 23, 2012:

Well now, this is a true labor of love!!!

Onemargaret LM on July 18, 2012:

Brillant! I love this lens!

Charlotte Green on July 14, 2012:

sweet ideas.

MrInfopreneur on July 12, 2012:

nice lens. Thanks for the ideas

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 12, 2012:

Today I am on a Squid quest to find as many hugs as I possibly can and I found a few very wonderful hugs hiding out here. So a great big squid angel hug for you too. {{{Hugs}}}.

EnjoyLens on July 06, 2012:

Great lens, well done!

bilafond lm on June 29, 2012:

Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof - Shakespeare. You have written a wonderful lens. Now how many times I would face the music trying your long lists :-)

alina nicoleta92 on June 25, 2012:

Such a romantic lens. Just love it.

dream1983 on June 15, 2012:

Beautiful lens, great job! Squdlike

anonymous on June 01, 2012:

Thanks for the quotes &lt;3

anonymous on May 31, 2012:

i love u so much and always u r in my chest

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

just found this page,,, and i love it, thanks

Spiderlily321 on May 08, 2012:

Great lens with some really sweet things to say and do. Thank you for sharing!

avigarret on May 05, 2012:

While it feels unoriginal after going through the content, I have to say I LOVE this lens :)

Dawn Michael from Thousand Oaks on April 30, 2012:

Thank you so much for a wonderful lens! Love and relationships are my life's work. I like your thoughts and gift ideas for expressing it. I love Love and romance! I also enjoyed "I Love you to Pieces"

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

I am a romantic at heart. I enjoyed the lens :)

gypsyman27 lm on April 16, 2012:

I really enjoyed this page, I am in love with love:~) See you around the galaxy...

anonymous on April 06, 2012:

Love. One of the most sacred word in this world

anonymous on March 28, 2012:

i love someone. she doesn't know i love her and i just cant say i love you.

anonymous on March 14, 2012:

I love some of the links you have to other quirky gifts. My father retired from the air force and I'm highly considering getting him that Air Force "message in a bottle" gift. How cool is that!!!! I'm bookmarking your lens for that purpose. So now, will you make money from that sale, since it's an external website and doesn't go through Amazon? I hope so!

anonymous on March 14, 2012:

lovely lens

Jeanette from Australia on March 13, 2012:

You're looking lovely too :-)

Great list!

anonymous on March 03, 2012:

Hey This Helped Me So Much Now I Know How To Nab My Crush At School. I Hope He Will Go Out With Me, If He Does Say Yes Then I Have You To Thank!!! Thank You So Much!!


scream it from the rooftops


Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on February 22, 2012:

Blessed! Please add this to the plexo on my Valentine Gifts, What Sold and Blessings 2012 lens.

allenwebstarme on February 20, 2012:

Wow love this lens, beautiful lines to propose. Thanks for sharing.

haerych on February 13, 2012:

sweet and meaningful words for couple.good job!

haerych on February 13, 2012:

Sweet and meaningful to couples. good job!

howdoyouspellst on February 06, 2012:

What sweet words of love!!! Very romantic.

Heather Bradford from Canada on January 30, 2012:

love, love, love! ;-)

Merstarr on January 26, 2012:

Wonderful lens. Neither my hubby and I need help expressing ourselves.. we say I love you many times a day... but if I had a time travel machine there are some people from my past whom I would have given this to!!! I am submitting this lens for a Valentiniest lens quest! Happy Valentines Day :)

RazzbarryBreeze on January 25, 2012:

Loved your Lens. Very Nice job. Definitely will use many of your ideas ... Truly BLESSED!!!!

RickyDawn1 on January 25, 2012:

Great Lens, Thanks for the help, I have trouble saying these three words ;)

Thrinsdream on January 21, 2012:

I'm going to have to say it . . . I LOVED this lens it is chocka block with wonderful "stuff" I will be revisiting some of the things on here as I am one of lifes' romantics! With lots of thanks and appreciation and love! Cathi x

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

Great lens! Sometimes even the best among us need a little help conveying what is on the inside.

clouda9 lm on January 11, 2012:

Ahh! I am sure in love with love and all these ways to say it. WTG and *Blessed today!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 11, 2012:

There's a whole lotta love on this page!

anonymous on January 10, 2012:

beautiful and romantic ways to say and show your love..

anonymous on January 04, 2012:


JohnRayner on December 20, 2011:

I love anything romantic

nikkic711 on December 08, 2011:

Creative ideas!!!

Silencespeaks on November 20, 2011:

great way of spreading love. great lens. helps to learn new thing about lens writing

anonymous on November 16, 2011:

@anonymous: awwww tkats so sweet!!!! i just tould my bf i love him!!!

anonymous on November 16, 2011:

Had to see how others were feeling about love because I am at that point in my relationship where the words I love you are simply not grand enough! if there was ever meant to be a word more than that I wish I knew what is was!

lovegrowth lm on November 12, 2011:

Love is good!

SoftwareEngineer on November 02, 2011:

Very Nice :)

Joan Haines on November 02, 2011:

Excellent!v Thanks so much!

anonymous on October 27, 2011:

ty this site has refreshed me a little I am a sucker for romance and I needed a thought I am going to see my gf this Saturday and You reminded me to buy a single red rose as well as a few poems i have written for her well what ever ty lol

wheresthekarma on October 18, 2011:

I really enjoy your lenses, positive messages. :)

momsfunny on September 27, 2011:

Lots of unique ideas and loving words! Great lens.

JoleneBelmain on September 26, 2011:

Beautiful lens :) enjoyed reading it immensely!!

beckwong on September 24, 2011:

simply love this lens!

lucybrz1 on September 21, 2011:

Love love L-O-V-E, the greatest feeling

breby on September 21, 2011:

Don't say it too much.. it can lose its meaning after a while... :)

Patricia on September 13, 2011:

Love the love quotes! Blessed!

anonymous on September 04, 2011:

Loved it! just wrote my first lens ofn Happiness Quotes

Lu_anne on September 03, 2011:

Love this lens.:)

KaneshiaKelly on August 31, 2011:

I love this lens, u truly are gifted.

JJNW (author) from USA on August 14, 2011:

@JohannDog: Awww...I know why, too! Your are fantabulous! &lt;3 Woof! (I tell my fuzzy friend that every day too - and she looks a lot like you!)