Valentine’s Day will be different this year. All the activities that we’d usually do on this day, such as going to restaurants and bars, are off-limits. But, that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day is cancelled. On the contrary, we need it more than ever before. The 14th of February 2021 will give us a break from our repetitive lifestyle whilst getting the chance to spend some quality time with our beloved.
Make the Day Memorable, Not Expensive
Money is tight for most of us, so it’s probably a good thing that restaurants are closed. In fact, this Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Love is not about how big your wallet is, but how much you care for the other person. At the end of the day, that’s what we all want and need in life.
Fancy meals, expensive roses and diamond jewellery are very overrated. Instead of making this day expensive, why not make it memorable?
As If It Was the First Date
Thankfully Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, which means you have a full day at your disposal to focus on love.
Start the day by dressing up a bit, it doesn’t have to be anything special, but it will make you feel good and give your loved one a bit of eye candy.
Also, act as if it were a first date. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a few months, a year or over five years, it’s always nice to dress up and remember how excited you were on the first date you had together.
Live. Love. Eat.
Dine with Me
Some of us will not be able to spend this day with our partner, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate it. One way to spend some quality time together is through a dine with me zoom date. Find a recipe you both like, cook it simultaneously, step by step, and then eat it in front of each other, even light up some candles if you want. I’m aware it’s not the same as seeing each other in the flesh, but thanks to technology we can be a step closer to one another, even if we’re miles apart.
Who doesn’t love a takeaway? Since it’s not only the weekend but also Valentine’s Day, there’s double the reason to order from your favourite restaurants.
If you’d still like something special you haven’t had before, on the 14th of February some restaurants will include Valentine’s Day inspired food or taster menus. So, check online if any restaurants are planning to cook something romantic on this day.
Maybe, once you’re done, write a review of your takeaway experience on Psydro and let others know whether you’d recommend it!
The Way to Your Partner’s Heart
Food can be miraculous; it can change your mood for the day ahead. So, treating your partner and yourself to a special meal can be the greatest gift of all. Have a cosy breakfast in bed, a tasty lunch, a classy aperitif, a typically English high tea or a romantic dinner.
Get in the kitchen and start cooking something delicious for your loved one, they will definitely appreciate it and smother you with affection.
No Vacation? Then Staycation
Spa days can usually be quite expensive. Even if you leave feeling extremely zen, your wallet ends up taking a good beating instead. Spending a day at these luxurious places is really about pampering yourself and feeling like a new person. Luckily this can be achieved from the comfort of your home.
Facemasks, hair masks, bath bombs, bath salts, massage oils and other pampering products can easily be bought at big supermarkets, health and beauty stores or other shops. If you want to experience the whole spa vibe, dim the lights, light up some scented candles and play some waterfall inspired music. You could even cut some cucumber slices and place them on top of your eyes if you want to have that movie-like experience!
Who misses the cinema? I certainly do.
Cinemas might be closed right now, but you could always recreate a cinema night with your partner. Buy a cheap projector, make popcorn, choose a new film or even a memorable film you’ve already watched together, maybe one associated with lovely memories.
You probably watch TV every day of the week, so how can you make it really special? One suggestion is to buy some fun cinema room accessories online. You could even decide not to stop the movie throughout its whole duration and switch off your phones. You could even increase the volume and lower the heating (for some reason cinemas are always extremely loud and cold, have you noticed?).
It’s really up to you how you want to recreate a cinema night, but I think it should be different and special from an everyday night.
Travelling at Home
We all miss travelling with our partner. If you are stuck with things to do on Valentine’s Day, why don’t you transform every room in your home to resemble a specific city/country? If you want to keep the love theme throughout this day, choose the most romantic destinations in the world.
Head to Paris and eat some cheese and drink wine. Roam around Venice and have an Aperol spritz and aperitif. Go to Bruges and make some chocolates. You could even go to Hawaii and wear a flower necklace and make a Blue Hawaiian cocktail.
These are just a few fun ideas to do with your partner. It’s not the same as travelling, but it’s much cheaper and it could be a fun activity to do together.
Other Valentine’s activities that you could do with your partner could be based on things you already do, but this time with a twist.
Instead of having the typical walk, opt for a scenic path and bring a flask with some hot chocolate. In the UK it’s quite cold right now, so sipping a hot beverage can make all the difference.
Instead of playing the usual board games, try and find some couple games such as Mr and Mrs. It will still be fun and you’ll get to focus on your relationship.
Instead of having a beer at home whilst watching TV, put some music on and create a bar crawl using every space available in your flat/house. You could even do a cocktail making class.
To Gift or Not to Gift?
Gifts shouldn’t be a priority this Valentine’s Day. Following some of the activities listed above will be more than sufficient to make this day special. However, if you’re a fan of giving/receiving presents, but you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on it, then here’s an idea.
Memories are such a wonderful way to recollect all the time spent together. However, if we don’t look at the photos on our phones, we forget the specific moments spent together. So, why don’t you use these memories to create something out of it? It could be a photo album, a video, a collage, a key ring with a picture of you two, I’ll leave that up to you. Nonetheless, this gift will be something different that your partner can cherish for years to come.
Love Is in the Air
Valentine’s Day should be about you and the one you want to share it with. So, time and effort will make all the difference in creating a special Sunday that you and your partner will love. I hope this article has given you some original activities to do on Valentine’s Day.
Also, if you don’t have a partner right now, please celebrate this day too. Valentine’s Day is about love and self-love is the most important kind. So, treat yourself and do something for you. You deserve it!
All the best,
Gaia from Team Psydro