Normally, on Valentine’s Day, we try to surprise our loved ones with a romantic gesture or a special gift. This year, it’s all about finding ways to make staying at home feel special.
To help you make this Valentine’s one to remember, we’ve rounded up some fun and unique activities you can enjoy together. You might even find that spending this quality time together is actually more romantic than simply exchanging gifts. Here are seven great ways to have a wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Day at home.
1. Make a Photo Book Together
Sure, making a photo book for your sweetie is a great way to capture some of your favorite moments. But you can take the experience to a whole new level by creating a photo book together. You’ll get the opportunity to see some of your partner’s favorite pics and learn which moments are meaningful to them. Chances are you’ll have a lot of fun going down memory lane together. Plus, your book will be even more special when it comes from both your hearts.
2. Mixology for Two
If your Valentine’s Day ritual usually includes going out for drinks, keep the tradition alive by taking a virtual mixology class for two. These online classes will help you create those photo-worthy cocktails that look oh-so-romantic. And the best part is, you and your honey will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor when you’re done!
3. Keep Tradition Alive and Support Local
For a lot of couples, dinner at “their spot” is a Valentine’s Day tradition. Maybe it’s where you met, or where you had your first date or the place you realized you were in love. Since eating out is not a reality in many places right now, that may not be an option this year. But that doesn’t mean your tradition has to come to a stop.
Take this opportunity to support your favorite restaurant and order dinner in. Not only will you get to enjoy your favorite meal, you’ll also be helping a local business during these challenging times. Just be sure you check the lead times and plan to order in advance if necessary.
4. Go for a Picnic In
Between stay-at-home orders and frigid winter weather, Valentine’s Day may not be the best time for a picnic at the park. But you can turn this tradition on its head with a romantic picnic indoors. Clear off a spot by your sunniest window, set up a blanket and some pillows, and pack a picnic basket full of your loved one’s favorites. Up the atmosphere by playing soothing nature sounds and moving some plants over to create the feeling of eating outdoors.
5. Have a Bake-Off
Sweet treats are often a Valentine’s Day staple. This year, instead of the standard box of chocolates, why not go for a little friendly competition? Pick your partner’s favorite dessert and set a wager for a sweet little rivalry.
The goal is to beat your significant other (or the whole family) by baking the best dessert from scratch. Agree ahead of time on the prize, so everyone knows what they’re working for. It could be something romantic like the winner owes the loser a massage or something practical like cleaning the kitchen after the contest is over.
6. You’ve Got Mail
In this day of digital communication, something as simple as getting a card or package in the mail can really brighten someone’s day. Even if you live with your significant other, take the time to mail them a card or gift to make this Valentine’s Day special. And you don’t have to stop there. Friends and family members will also appreciate getting mail, especially when we haven’t been able to gather in so long.
7. Cozy Up Around the Fire
What’s more romantic than cozying up with your loved one by a roaring fire? If you’re one of the many people who built (or bought) an outdoor fire pit this year, it’s time to dust the snow off those rocks. Get out your winter gear and warmest throws and cuddle up with a warm beverage by the fire.
For a little extra romance, make snow lanterns to guide your way and turn off all the lights. Then get a stargazer app and impress your special someone with your knowledge of the stars.
Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean this can’t be a special and romantic holiday. Try one (or combine a few) of these awesome Covid Valentine’s Day ideas for an amazing day that will make you glad you stayed home.