6 great ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day at home

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·5 min read
Dinners, movie nights, or breakfast in bed.  There's a wide selection of ways to treat your loved ones this Valentine's Day.  (Getty Images)
Dinners, movie nights, or breakfast in bed. There's a wide selection of ways to treat your loved ones this Valentine's Day. (Getty Images)

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while this year it may look a little different as we’ll be spending 14 February in lockdown, it doesn’t mean the romance has to suffer.

Whether you want to create a romantic evening in with your partner, or simply want to treat a friend to a Galentine’s Day treat, there are multiple ways to celebrate the occasion from your home.

From enjoying breakfast in bed, to a day of self-care or a good movie night, we have found the essentials you need to make the most of lockdown Valentine’s Day in 2021.

1. Plan a romantic dinner

Treat your loved one to a romantic dinner, whether it is a takeaway or cooking together.  (Getty Images)
Treat your loved one to a romantic dinner, whether it is a takeaway or cooking together. (Getty Images)

A romantic dinner is a popular Valentine’s Day idea, whether you are in lockdown or not. You can go all out and create a full three-course meal or get a ready meal or takeaway.

Adding a bottle of fizz and candles is also sure to make all the difference.

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Valentine's Red Roses & Prosecco Rosé Gift | £35 from Marks and Spencer

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Fettuccine with Black Truffle Alfredo | £7.50 from Pasta Evangelists

Fettuccine with Black Truffle Alfredo
Fettuccine with Black Truffle Alfredo

Yankee Candle Tea Light Scented Candles in Vanilla Cupcake | £6.99 from Amazon

Yankee Candle Tea Light Scented Candles in Vanilla Cupcake
Yankee Candle Tea Light Scented Candles in Vanilla Cupcake

2. Make your own home cinema

Theatres and cinemas may be closed, but that doesn't have to stop you enjoying a movie night of your own. (Getty Images)
Theatres and cinemas may be closed, but that doesn't have to stop you enjoying a movie night of your own. (Getty Images)

Sitting in front of the TV getting a bit boring? We feel you. But there is a way to make another night in front of the box feel a bit special.

You can easily create your own at-home cinema with just a few gadgets, a cosy blanket and obviously, all the best snacks.

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The Notebook DVD | £2.99 (Was £3.13) from Amazon

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Fleece Throw | £12 from John Lewis & Partners

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Fleece Throw

3. Make breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed is a small romantic gesture, but the ideal way to start the day.  (Getty Images)
Breakfast in bed is a small romantic gesture, but the ideal way to start the day. (Getty Images)

Breakfast in bed for your loved one, is a small gesture but is super effective when it comes to making someone feel special, plus you can score mega brownie points within just the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

While some may say “I love you” with a coffee or cup of tea in the morning, others may go all the way with a full English breakfast or waffles.

What we recommend:

Butcher's Breakfast Box | £50 from Fortnum & Mason

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Relaxdays Bamboo Wooden Breakfast in Bed Tray | £12.65 from Amazon

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Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie Espresso Coffee Machine | £49 from John Lewis & Partners

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie Espresso Coffee Machine
Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie Espresso Coffee Machine

4. Put on a pamper party

Whether you enjoy a pamper with friends, housemates, your partner, or on your own, it's a bit of TLC we all need. (Getty Images)
Whether you enjoy a pamper with friends, housemates, your partner, or on your own, it's a bit of TLC we all need. (Getty Images)

An evening treating yourself to a long overdue pamper is always a good idea.

While for some that may involve lighting some candles, running a hot bubble bath and putting on a face mask before settling down for an early night, for others, it may also include a group of friends on video call and a girly catch up over a bottle of wine.

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Calm Gift Set | £29.50 from Marks and Spencer

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Suede Mule Slippers | £19.50 from Marks and Spencer

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5. A secret surprise or gift

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days couples pop the question. (Getty Images)
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days to pop the question. (Getty Images)

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays when proposals take place. Whether you plan on asking someone to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, popping the question, or taking the next step in other ways, like moving in, there are a number of ways to make that moment special.

While jewellery may be on the cards, in the form of an engagement ring or eternity ring, others may have other ideas of the perfect keepsake.

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Skinny Eternity Ring | £250 from Monica Vinader

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Heart Key Ring Deep Shine Red Small Croc | £40 from Aspinal of London

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Sekonda 1140.00 Men's Date Bracelet Strap Watch | £59.99 from John Lewis & Partners

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Fine Silver Photo Frame 4x6” | £35 from The White Company

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Fine Silver Photo Frame 4x6”

6. Self love session

Whether you are single, or in a relationship, giving yourself some sexual healing is always a good idea.  (Getty Images)
Whether you are single, or in a relationship, giving yourself some sexual healing is always a good idea. (Getty Images)

Self love is important, regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not. Spicing things up in the bedroom is a popular option come Valentine’s Day, and lockdown in general, as sales of sex toys have soared over recent months.

Whether you are buying lingerie or sex toys to play with, there are a whole host of naughty numbers to buy now.

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Wireless Wand Massager by Oliver James | £23.99 from Amazon

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Womanizer X Lovehoney Pro40 Rechargeable Clitoral Stimulator | £99.99 from Lovehoney

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Silk & Lace Push Up Set with Plunge Bra | £36.80 - £40.60 from Marks and Spencer

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