Valentine’s Day is a time when we celebrate all that it means to be together. It’s a time for celebrating love in all of its forms, but this year February 14 may look a little different.
While many people enjoy going out for special meals, parties, and other events, social distancing requirements may limit the usual Valentine’s Day activities that many people enjoy. However, with some creativity and planning, you can enjoy a special Valentine’s celebration filled with those you love. To help with the festivities during the Season of Romance, we’ve created a list of ten activities to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.
If you and your special someone are separated by distance or health limitations, a virtual date can be a special substitute. While a screen can never replace being together physically, you can still enjoy each other. You can laugh and talk, and share the events of life, just as you would if you were together. For a special bonus, you can even order a meal at a favorite restaurant near your special someone and have it delivered right to them. Light a candle, and share a meal this year, no matter how far apart you are.
Have a Picnic Outdoors or In
If you live in an area that enjoys warmer temperatures during the winter months, you might consider an outdoor picnic for your Valentine’s celebration. A gourmet selection of foods paired with the perfect bottle of wine is the perfect way to celebrate being together in the fresh air. To make your picnic even more memorable, you can choose a theme! Whether it’s vintage recipes in a traditional picnic basket, or a loaf of rustic French bread with charcuterie and cheese, it’s sure to be memorable and special.
You might even bring a small table outside, or enjoy your picnic in a boat on the water. With a little creativity and the right menu, a picnic can be an exceptionally romantic choice for your Valentine’s celebration.
If the weather is a little too cold outside, you can bring that celebration indoors. Spread a blanket on the floor, pack a basket of goodies, and enjoy an indoor picnic from the comfort of your living room!
Gifts by Mail
There is nothing like receiving a special package from someone you love. From the thrill of anticipation and wondering what’s inside, to the delight of unwrapping the present, a gift in the mail is always a special event. Take time to find out what your special someone enjoys, and try to pick a gift that is tailored to them. Whether it’s something simple such as a book that they want to read, or an expensive gift to show your love and dedication, a gift by mail is sure to bring a smile to their face.
Create Something Special Online
The internet offers a wide variety of creative gifts that can be personalized for any holiday! You can create everything from a photo book full of happy memories and beautiful photos of your time together, to a video compilation of special moments. You can even create a beautiful online Valentine’s Day card to share with all of your friends and loved ones. Many people are spending less time with others, and they’re sure to enjoy knowing that you thought of them for Valentine’s Day.
Go on a Camping Trip
Camping may not seem like the perfect activity for Valentine’s Day romance, but having adventures together is scientifically proven to increase feelings of attachment in a relationship! If you’re an experienced camper, you might choose a destination far from others with beautiful scenery, but if you’re new to sleeping under the stars, you can choose a camping spot closer to home. A crackling fire, toasted marshmallows, something good to drink, and a cozy tent can be your perfect haven for a Valentine’s celebration that you’ll never forget. You can even look into renting a small cabin or RV for an added level of comfort!
Binge Watch Romantic Movies
Let’s face it, we all love watching romantic movies. Whether you enjoy touching dramas or hilarious rom-coms, snuggling up on the couch for some Netflix and chill is always a great way to celebrate with your significant other. Whatever your streaming service of choice, they’re sure to have some of your favorites. Add in a selection of tasty snacks and some hot chocolate (or something stronger), and you have the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day.
This year, you may not be able to go to your favorite restaurant for a romantic dinner, but that doesn’t mean the meal has to be canceled! Cooking is a wonderful activity for two, and you can create delicious dishes that you never dreamed could be made in your own kitchen. Take time to plan the meal together. Begin by looking through cookbooks or browsing recipes online to find entrées and ingredients that catch your eye. After choosing what you’re going to make, take a trip together to your favorite grocery store (with masks of course!) and select the ingredients for your feast. Whatever you create, don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen! It’s another way to have an adventure together this Valentine’s Day.
This year, and every year, there are opportunities for you to be involved in helping your local community. Working with someone you love in support of a good cause is a great way to share your love with the world around you. From environmental cleanups to shelters for needy families, many charities and causes can benefit from the donation of your time.
Take a Virtual Class
Online classes and courses are a great way to learn interesting new skills and explore new topics that spark your curiosity. There are classes on almost every subject imaginable, from photography and art to wine appreciation and cocktail making. You could even take a cooking class together in preparation for cooking that special Valentine’s meal!
Play a Board Game Together
Valentine’s Day is a great time to break out some of your favorite board games. A little bit of competition can add to the feelings of romance. Whether you select old favorites such as Monopoly, Clue, or Scrabble, or new games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, or Wingspan, you’re sure to have a wonderful time together. You might even add in a few of your own special rules, just for Valentine’s Day.
Whatever you choose to do together this Valentine’s Day, remember that whether you’re physically present with each other or not, the bond that you share with your significant other will only grow stronger. With a little creativity and planning, this Valentine’s day can be special and meaningful for you and those you love.
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