With Valentine's Day coming up, you might be wondering how you can make this day special for your other half. Maybe you usually celebrate with a meal at a restaurant, or get a babysitter and enjoy a child-free night out. But since we are currently in a national lockdown, plans like this can't go ahead. So what could you do instead?
We've put together a list of 10 date night ideas for you to enjoy with your loved one from the comfort of your own home. Get creative and have fun with it. After all, Valentine's Day is about spending time together and reminding your partner how much you love them – you don't need expensive meals or lavish gifts to do that.
One fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day is with a games night. Whether you enjoy two-player video games, board games or even card games, this is a great way to have a phone-free night and spend quality time with your partner. This is a good one for couples who enjoy a bit of competitive play – keep a leader board and think of a funny forfeit for the loser. If games aren't your thing, you could do a jigsaw puzzle or play an online quiz together.
2. Movie marathon
Another great indoor date idea is a movie marathon night. Maybe you have a favourite franchise such as Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Or perhaps you just fancy kicking back with some snacks and watching a good comedy or a classic horror. Whatever type of movie you like, this is a lovely way to enjoy time together that doesn't cost a dime. Prepare your favourite food and drinks and get cosy with lots of blankets, fairy lights and candles, for an atmosphere that beats any cinema screen.
Massages are a great way to make your partner feel loved and special. Even if you aren't very good at them, it can be a fun way to spend time together and have a laugh. You could get some scented massage oils as a gift, set the mood with some music and candles, and enjoy a night away from phone and TV screens to focus on each other. Spend the evening pampering yourselves and each other, and we're sure you'll feel a million times better afterwards.
4. Home-cooked meal
If you want to make Valentine's Day special for your other half, why not cook them a meal and set up the dinner table like your favourite restaurant? If you love going out for Indian food, you could try making your favourite curry from scratch. Or maybe your partner loves sushi – you could buy the ingredients and a basic sushi kit to try your hand at making sushi together. There are so many ways you could make this meal special with a little bit of planning in advance, and we're sure your efforts won't go unnoticed.
5. Cocktail making
Cocktail making is the perfect at-home date night idea for couples who usually go out for drinks on Valentine's Day. There are so many fun recipes online, all you need to do is buy the spirits, mixers, fresh fruit, ice and a few cocktail shakers. Put on your favourite music playlist to create a lively atmosphere and mix up your drinks of choice. With a cocktail in hand, you can dance the night away together just like old times.
6. Treasure hunt
If you're looking for a date night idea that's a little bit different, a treasure hunt could be a fun way to surprise your partner. Buy a few small gifts to hide around the house – they don't have to be expensive. It could just be their favourite chocolate bars or snacks, some cosy socks, candles and books or even some handmade gifts. Then, create some short riddles, poems or clues to lead your partner to each item. If you want to propose this Valentine's Day, you could even have the ring waiting for them as the final treasure on their hunt. Get creative with it and make the clues as personal as possible.
7. Make a scrapbook
You can buy a whole range of scrapbooks online – from the low cost, basic options right through to the really fancy. Once your scrapbook arrives, you and your partner can fill it with memories. Photos from your travels, ticket stubs from concerts and events, and notes about any funny experiences or stories you've got. It's a great way to spend time reminiscing and remembering all the adventures you've shared together.
8. Ask deep questions
You might know your partner better than anyone else, but there are probably still stories you've never heard or dreams they've never shared with you. One fun way to bond with your partner is by asking deep, meaningful and personal questions. Spend 20 minutes each writing down questions for your other half and put them all into a bowl. Then you can take it in turns to pick out a question and answer it – this could lead onto some really fun conversations and make you feel closer than ever.
9. Have a fancy dress party
Who says you can't party when there's only two of you? A fun way to make Valentine's Day a little special this year could be by having your very own fancy dress party. You could pick a fun theme and decorate the house accordingly. Or make it even funnier by choosing each other's outfits. If you have kids, this could be a great way to get them involved too, by playing dress-up and putting together some party food for the whole family. Play silly party games, listen to music and dance around the house.
10. FaceTime date
If you and your other half don't live together, you might be spending lockdown in separate houses or even separate cities. This can make it seem difficult to make Valentine’s Day special, but with so many video chat apps to choose from, you can still make it fun. You could play games over the call or put a movie on at the same time, so it feels like you're watching it together. You could even both write a list of fun questions to get the conversation flowing and get to know each other even better.
Happy Valentine's Day from Smart Modular
We know that lockdown is tough, but it doesn't mean you can't still have romantic date nights – and not just at Valentine's Day. It's important to make time for your loved ones all year round.
And a special night out can just as easily be a special night in. Make a cosy space, turn off your phones, ignore the washing up for a night and enjoy each other's company.
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