With coronavirus lockdown restrictions still in place, it will come as no surprise that Valentine’s Day is going to be a little different in 2021. But love it or loathe it, it’s hard to avoid the heart-shaped paraphernalia on February 14, and this year is no exception.
The good news is, if you’re someone who usually balks at the prospect of an overpriced restaurant full of couples, then 2021 is your chance to celebrate in style at home. Whether it’s an elaborate meal, a bottle of something nice or an evening on the sofa with a romantic film, there’s no reason why this lockdown Valentine’s Day can’t be one to remember.
Even if you live apart, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. From at-home spa sessions to delicious meal kits, we have you covered with virtual date ideas and gifts to help you bridge the distance. But first, here’s what’s allowed…
Can you visit your partner for Valentine’s Day?
The current government guidance states people must stay at home except when absolutely necessary. This means you cannot visit your partner unless they are part of your support bubble. However, you are allowed to exercise in a public outdoor space with one other person (limited to once a day and only in your local area). You must always social distance, and sitting on a bench for a Valentine’s Day tipple is sadly prohibited.
If visiting isn’t an option, what can I do instead?
Arrange a dinner date together via Facetime or Zoom, followed by a movie night or box set-binge using an app like Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party). For those who would rather opt for an activity, letterbox cocktail-making kits or drinks from a cocktail delivery service are a lovely treat.
Not your thing? Keep it simple with a good takeaway. Get a meal delivered to you and your significant other at the same time – because nothing says love like pizza.
So, without further ado, here’s our guide to all the best gifts, activities and meals to celebrate Valentine’s Day in lockdown…
Best stay-at-home date night ideas for Valentine’s Day
Make cocktails at home
You might still be reeling from endless Zoom happy hours in lockdown one, but if you’re looking for a way to celebrate with a loved one (whether you’re together or apart), a letterbox cocktail kit is the way to go.
1. Kocktail Box of the Month
From £39, Kocktail