For most of us around the world, this year’s Valentine’s Day is going to be very different.
With Covid forcing many of us indoors with pubs and restaurants closed, you may be wondering how to make February 14th special for you and your partner.
All is not lost, with a little creativity you really can embrace a very different Valentine’s Day.
Here my top tips for alternative gifts and things to do.
When it comes to gifts, it’s almost tradition to go with flowers, chocolates and cuddly toys but why not do something totally different this year with these three alternatives?
- Words speak longer than flowers! (Yeah I know that’s not how the saying goes but lets roll with it.) Nothing says I Love You better than flowers but don’t last forever. Telling someone WHY you love them makes you both feel good and you can give that gift that will last forever. Lovebooks let you create the perfectly personalised book to express your love for your partner. I’ve used this service in the past and I love that it’s a little bit different.
- A gift for you both? Lingerie is also a traditional gift for Valentine’s Day but is often bought by the male partner. Why not change things up a little this year and buy something for yourself so you can surprise him? Not only does this get his pulse racing, it can also help you feel sexy and more confident. Check out Flawless Curves, who are offering a 10% discount until the end of February when you use valentine10 at checkout, and support a small business too.
- Valentine’s Vouchers are truly unique to you and your lover and is the promise of something to come. Anticipation is a great form of foreplay for both partners and a naughty voucher is a great way to provide that. Don’t promise anything you are not prepared to follow through with and the promise can be anything you want it to be. You can create them easily with just a computer and printer at home, Canva is a great free design tool with some fabulous templates to make it even easier!
So that’s the gifts sorted, what about the day itself? Here’s my top 3 alternatives to a romantic night out.
- A romantic sunset walk. Why not head out to a local park, woods or beach (if you’re lucky enough to live near on) for a romantic sunset stroll. You could take a bottle of wine (as long as you’re not driving) and enjoy the sunset together. PLEASE do not break any travel restrictions to do this!
- Re-create your first date. For many of us, a first date is a meal out, a great opportunity to chat and get to know each other. While you may not be able to visit the same restaurant right now, you could cook the same meal as you had that night. Add some candles and soft music for a true romantic setting at home.
- Movie night. Do you remember the first movie you watched together? Valentine’s Day inn lockdown is the perfect opportunity to get it on DVD and snuggle up on the sofa with some popcorn and wine (you can’t do that in the cinema!)
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, enjoy it and enjoy making the memories of a very different Valentine’s Day!