It doesn’t matter if you’ve been apart for a couple of weeks or if you’re cooped up in the house together 24/7, life in lockdown can be tough on your relationship. We get it. That's why we’ve put together the ultimate list of lockdown date nights to help you keep the spark alive this Valentine's Day. So, whether you’re newly coupled up, have reached the twelve-month milestone, or you’re 10 years in, be inspired by these great ideas to celebrate your one and only during lockdown this Valentine's Day.
#1 Go extra for Friday night dinner
So, you can’t go out to your favourite restaurant and you can’t face another Friday night dinner sitting in front of the TV. So why not bring restaurant-standard dining to your own home? We’re talking a beautifully set table with candles and flowers, your favourite bottles of wine and a three-course extravaganza. And with so many restaurants delivering straight to your door, you don’t even need to get a sweat on in the kitchen. Bon Appetite!
#2 Send love through the post
Nothing is bound to put a smile on someone’s face than a little surprise through the post, especially during lockdown. If you’re unlucky enough to be stuck in different households, let them know you care by sending them a little pick-me-up pressie through the post or woo them the old-school way with a hand-written love poem or letter.
#3 Dress up!
Ok, so we’re the first to admit we’ve been wearing the same sweatpants for the last five days, but sometimes it’s nice to make a little effort – especially if it’s an occasion. If you’re celebrating something, why not put on your favourite dress, throw on a little makeup and do your hair for date night? Even if it’s over Facetime, it’s fun for you both to get dressed up and act like you’re out for drinks at your favourite bar.
#4 Recreate your favourite memories
If you’re feeling stuck in a quarantine rut, why not make things a little fun by recreating your favourite memories together. It could be recreating your favourite beach holiday out in your garden, mixing up your favourite cocktails from your last date night out, or having a themed evening based on your favourite city break. The options are endless!
#5 Make a modern mixtape
OK, we’re taking a retro idea – the classic cassette mixtape – and putting a modern twist on it for this one. So why not create a Spotify playlist for your partner to listen to during lockdown? If you’re living apart then this is an easy but thoughtful way to show them that you care.
#6 Love a little culture? Spend a night at the museum
If you and your other half love nothing better than a trip to a gallery, then make the most of the free virtual tours museums around the world are offering. This date night, why not take a trip around the Natural History Museum or the National Gallery – and all from the comfort of your own sofa!
#7 Try a takeout lucky dip
Another great to give a go if you’re isolating apart – why not surprise each other with a takeaway? Set a date, time and budget, and leave the rest up to your other half (hopefully they know you well enough by now to be able to make the RIGHT choice!).
#8 Try your hand at sketching
If you and your other half love being creative, why not turn isolation into your own art class? If you’ve got pencils and paper to hand, then celebrate your relationship milestone by sketching each other! You’ll have super-personalised gifts at the end, which you can frame and keep forever.
#9 Netflix party and chill
And finally, if you love nothing better than chilling out with some great TV or the latest blockbuster, then get yourselves signed up to Netflix Party. You can both enjoy the same screening in real time and chat over video message, perfect for those couples who prefer celebrating their relationship milestones with a cosy night in.