Coming up to Valentine’s Day this year, we think it’s as important as ever to show your appreciation for the ones you love. The past year has offered up more than its fair share of challenges and it is those closest to you who have made things easier to get through.
Celebrations this year might be hampered where you are by lockdowns and closures – that romantic meal out for two, a trip to the theatre, or a fun ‘couples’ activity, all things we would have probably taken for granted previously that may not be possible. But that shouldn’t stop us from showing each other some love and appreciation, just like Saint Valentine would have wanted.
This is why we’ve put together a few suggestions for how to make the most of the day, whatever the limitations might be at the moment because, in the end, all you need is love!
Food is the key to the heart
One thing we can all do is take the time to plan and enjoy a special meal. Food has a unique way of bringing people closer together, evoking great memories, and providing comfort.
If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen then you can let your imagination go with a labour of love and really impress your partner. For those with more restricted culinary capabilities, or if you just fancy taking some of the hard work out of the occasion, there are some perfect romantic meal options from the nation’s favourite supermarkets. You could even get a few different items and create your own indoor picnic accompanied by a few candles or start your day off with breakfast in bed.
Our rewards at Opinion Outpost give you the opportunity to save money on the perfect meal at Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Marks and Spencer for you and your significant other. Don’t forget a nice tipple on the side either, with loads of delicious wines or champagnes available.
If it’s tough to get the time away from the kids to have a proper romantic evening, why not get them involved in sharing the love (and the kitchen) by baking some Valentine’s Day cookies or cakes? They might even tire themselves out enough for an early night to let you and your partner get on with the grown-up stuff!
Keep Crafting and Carry On
The creativity doesn’t have to stop at the kitchen. Preparing your own gifts at home is the perfect way of showing off your thoughtful side and can be a great way of getting children involved in some activities as well.
It’s been very easy for people over the past year to take advantage of online shopping for any gifts that you need, but this Valentine’s Day could be an ideal chance to make something more personal. With our vouchers for Amazon, Argos and John Lewis there are a wealth of options to pick up all the bits and pieces you might need to craft cards, gifts or hampers for your significant other.
If you want an activity that you can do together or with your children, creating cards for one another or a scrapbook of your relationship can be a lovely way of bringing back all your positive memories together.
Movies and Music to set the mood
Nothing beats a good old ‘Rom-Com’ or some of your favourite, romantic music which you have shared together over the years. Either of these is a great addition to the perfect Valentine’s night in.
You could do your own twist on the classic mix tape by creating an Apple Music playlist, picking out all of you and your partner’s favourite songs which will provide a great backdrop to whatever you do to celebrate the day. If you’re short on time, there will also be plenty of pre-made playlists which can add to the mood. And if you and your partner love a singalong, you could arrange an at-home karaoke evening too!
There are always limitless options for love films and with so many streaming platforms available you can cosy up on the sofa. Both of you could take it in turns to pick and you could embark on a proper movie marathon to take you into the evening.
Make the most of online opportunities
If there is one thing the past year has shown us, it’s that we have access to a lot more than we might have previously considered due to the move of services online.
There are loads of great opportunities to do couples activities together via the internet – from cooking classes, to dance lessons, to cocktail making, to a virtual tour of a museum, you can find ways to shape the Valentine’s experience however you like.
It might be a little bit different this year, but whatever plans you make, we hope that you and your partner have a wonderful time – Happy Valentine’s Day!