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Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

20th January, 2022

We think love of all shapes and sizes always deserves celebrating, so we’re fans of doing Valentine’s Day properly. But that doesn’t have to mean a fancy dinner out or rooms full of rose petals. We’ve racked our brains, wiggled into Cupid’s wings and come up with a few ideas for all budgets and tastes, to help you celebrate your love, your way.

Staying in

Turn your lounge into a home cinema

Time to bring the cinema to you! Get some popcorn and other sweet treats in (extra points for popcorn boxes) and choose a selection of films in advance so you don’t get stuck in an endless Netflix scroll. All you’ll need to do on the night is pick the best of the bunch. If you really want to go all out you could create movie posters to decorate the room and queue up some trailers before you watch the main event. Then on Valentine’s just sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge there won’t be any noisy types rustling their sweet packets (other than you).

(P.S. If you’ve completed Netflix during lockdown, there are plenty of lesser-known film sites loaded with gems, we love BFI player and MUBI)

Make cocktails

Cocktails are a sure-fire way to make an evening feel special. The key is in the prep, make sure you have some kit and ingredients and then set up a little cocktail area. On the night you can take turns as the cocktail maker, maybe even get a little competition going for best drink... Trust us drinks taste even better when you’ve put a little work in.

If you’re not sure where to start with cocktails, we’d recommend the Difford’s Guide website. It has a handy cocktail builder where you put in your ingredients, and it’ll tell you what you can make.

Do a games night

If you like a little healthy competition mixed in with your romance, then a games night is a great choice. Gather a stash of cards and games made for two, and by the time the evening is through you might both be masters of the deck – remember us when you win big in Vegas!

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Going Out

Take a class together

Every day is a school day – including Valentine’s Day! There are all sorts of classes you could do together, from pottery to cooking to dancing. Just take to Google and find one near you that you’d both find fun. Who knows, you might even find a brand new hobby to do for years to come.

Be culture vultures

Great creative work can set the senses going, making it perfect for Valentine’s viewing (and if it leaves you cold, you can always enjoy an argument about whether what you’ve seen it is actually art). Pay a visit to a nearby gallery, theatre or museum, bonus points if you can find some romantic paintings or creations to enjoy.

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Doing long distance

Found yourself a little far from your love this year? You can still celebrate.

Send a love letter

Confession: we still love so-called ‘snail mail’. An old-fashioned handwritten letter will always beat an email – it’s a keepsake to treasure, something that has real thought and heart put into it. Can you see where we’re going with this?

If the blank page is a bit scary, or the thought of writing a love letter feels a bit cringy, then we’d suggest checking out some iconic love letters for inspiration. And remember you don’t need to be Shakespeare to create something they’ll really appreciate, just setting pen to paper can be enough!

Take a virtual trip or class together

Thanks to the magic of technology you can take a trip or a class together even if you’re miles apart. There are all sorts of places offering interesting and fun online classes, from pasta making with an bonafide Italian expert, to virtual wine-tasting. Or if you’re culture vultures try a virtual museum or galley tour, we love doing online tours of the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.

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If the blank page is a bit scary, or the thought of writing a love letter feels a bit cringy, then we’d suggest checking out some iconic love letters for inspiration. And remember you don’t need to be Shakespeare to create something they’ll really appreciate, just setting pen to paper can be enough!

If you’re apart or if you’re together

Get gorgeous blooms delivered

Of course we still think having beautiful blooms delivered is one of the best things you can do for Valentine’s Day. Nothing beats fresh flowers hand-crafted by a florist. If you’re together, you’ll both get to enjoy them. If you’re apart it’ll show them just how special they are, and give them a boost of beauty to keep them going through lockdown.

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Blooms to take their breath away