If the current lockdown situation has had you feeling anything but romantic these last few weeks, rest assured you are certainly not alone. Meals out may have been replaced with the same old takeaway order on the sofa but that doesn’t mean that this year’s Valentine’s Day has to pass us by without note – in fact it’s a great excuse to make time for someone and give them a little love.
Whether it’s the partner you share your home with, a parent in isolation or a friend that you’re missing, Valentine’s Day is an ideal opportunity to let someone know you’re thinking of them. From virtual experiences with a twist to lovely gifts that’ll brighten their day, we’ve pulled together some ideas to make sure there are plenty of heart emojis flying around this February 14th (and we solemnly swear there will be no mention of a Zoom quiz).
Send flowers that stick around
We love the idea of sending dried flowers to our loved ones, which are just as beautiful and a little more unique than your average blooms. They can be enjoyed for months and even years to come with a little love and care – even better, pair with a unique new vase to take pride of place in the home.
Dinner for two – together or apart
Some of us like to cook, others prefer to level up on the takeaway of choice for a special occasion. Whichever camp you sit in, adding a few little upgrades to your Valentine’s meal can make all the difference to a memorable evening. Set the table with some eye-catching new tableware or if you’re planning dinner virtually, surprise them with a delivery of special glassware to toast the evening from afar.
Long gone are the days of cobbling together an online quiz. As the months have rolled on there’s been some amazing developments in online experiences, a lot of which we may never have found the time to do. Airbnb have dedicated a whole arm of their website to virtual experiences around the world, from evenings with a Flamenco composer to being taught how to make pasta with Italian grandmothers.
Send art they’ll love
Adding some wall art and prints to the home instantly injects a feeling of warmth and character, and what better way to decorate than with a gift from someone close to you. In a year where home has become more important than ever, a lovely new print which reminds them of you will bring a smile to their day each time they pass it.
Get a date in the diary
Okay, so we probably won’t be whisking anybody away to the Bahamas any time soon but we can still look forward to an experience a little closer to home. One of our greatest travel discoveries last year was Kip Hideaways, whose collection of secluded, boutique rentals offer just the breath of fresh air we all need. Surprise someone with a gift card to their membership to unlock some dreamy UK stays that’ll go firmly on the bucket list.