Recently, my lady gently reminded me that Valentine's Day is coming up quickly. It'll be here before you know it. It seems like we just got past the holidays and already Cupid is knocking at the door. Sure, flowers and candy are great, but for me, spending some quality time together is the way to go.

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The folks at Country Living have come up with a list of ideas that you and your Valentine can enjoy together this year. Dinner and drinks can only go so far. If you really want to take things to the next level, give these ideas some thought. I've tried a few of these and fellas, let me tell you, she'll appreciate them.

LOOK: 12 ROMANTIC IDEAS FOR YOU TO ENJOY THIS VALENTINE'S DAY

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Give Each Other a Massage

Break out the oil and some candles. Massages can be very romantic plus they feel incredible.

Send Your Valentine on a Treasure Hunt

If gift-giving is your thing, this one is for you. Hide your partner's Valentine's Day gift, and leave romantic clues or rose petals leading the way.

Binge Watch Romantic Movies

Grab some popcorn and snacks, turn out the lights, and settle in for some romantic flicks.

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Play a Game

This is one of my favorites. I mean, c'mon, when was the last time you played a game, just the two of you? Open a bottle of wine and have some fun.

Write Each Other Love Letters

It's good to say "I love you" in person, but writing a letter can last a lot longer. You can always say so much more in a letter and it lasts forever.

Enjoy Breakfast in Bed

Instead of the craziness that mornings usually bring, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed. After all, what's Valentine's Day without it?

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Craft Something Together

Get in the DIY mode with some crafts. Consider making items you can hang around the house, like picture frames. Hobby stores are a good place to find craft kits.

Take the Day Off Together

Take a day to play hooky. Start with breakfast in bed. Plan a day of activities around the house or plan to go out. The point is spending a day together you normally would not.

Go for a Car Ride

Driving to explore new terrain together might just hit the spot. No need to have a particular destination. For an added extra touch, take along a picnic lunch.

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Go for a Walk

Talk about some one-on-one quality time, this is it. Even if it's a bit nippy, it's a great opportunity to unwind on a quiet walk or a scenic hike. Abilene has several trails where you can go for a stroll, including the Cedar Creek Waterway.

Cook Dinner Together

Who needs a crowded, busy restaurant? A quiet dinner at home is much more romantic, and cooking together can be a blast. Give it a try.

Go Stargazing

One word - romantic. Most of us can stargaze straight from our own backyards, no telescope required. Just lay down a blanket, look toward the sky, and make some memories.

I realize how hard it can be to make the perfect plans for Valentine's Day. Every year it seems like I struggle to top the previous year. Restaurants can be crowded. Flowers and candy are nice but played out. This year why not do something a little different?

If you want to squeeze in some date-night practice before Valentine's Day, Abilene has several great options. Just look below.

LOOK: The Best Date Night Activities in the Abilene Area

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