Love is in the air! It is the time of the year when we have the perfect excuse to spoil our loved ones and share a little romance. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, we have the perfect ideas to make February the 14th extra special this year, whether together or apart. Now that you have found the perfect gift, it is time to plan an unforgettable date night. Here is our guide to the perfect lockdown date night.
Get Dressed Up
First things first, I think we are all a little fed up of loungewear by now, so dust off your favourite dress or most luxurious shirt and why not add a little sparkle? Here at Pure Luxuries, we have some stunning jewellery to help you feel glam this Valentine's Day. Our 'Veller' necklace, featuring a pretty heart design and a glistening cubic zirconia stone makes the perfect gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself.
If you are enjoying Galentine's Day this year, try a 'Night on the Town' theme, with sky-high stilettos, sequins and sultry eye make-up. We guarantee you will forget you are partying from your living room!
Take a Tour
For those who fancy a change of scenery, there are many zoos, aquariums, theatres and museums who are hosting virtual tours so you can enjoy the wonders of nature and history during the global pandemic. The National Aquarium hosts live streams throughout the week, however, you can catch up anytime. What could be more romantic than a glass of wine beside the aquatic glow of the mystical underwater world?
Cocktail Making and Wine Tasting
Just because we are confined to the comfort of our homes, doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a tipple or two. Get your fix from The Quarantine Cocktail Company and The Wine Test who have got you covered whether you are together or apart this February 14th! From Zoom meetings and wine with the girls to DIY margaritas with your loved one, you are guaranteed a great evening in, all for less.
A Romantic Stroll
With Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday this year, many of us will be lucky enough to have the day off work so why not have a change of scenery with a romantic stroll in your local area. We sometimes forget the beauty of the place that we call home but the silver lining of the lockdown is that more and more people are discovering new favourite places within their hometown. Choose a place that the two of you have never visited before and with Storm Darcy in full force, you may even see a little snow this year.
Who said that staying indoors has to be boring?! Surprise your loved one with an indoor treasure hunt filled with romantic riddles, clues and puzzles so you can turn your gift-giving into a fun game.
"Roses are red, Violets are blue, take a look at the bookshelf to find your next clue!" It will be fun for both of you as you get to watch your partner rummage around the house for their Valentine's gifts.
A Night at the Theatre
Many theatres, such as The London Theatre are hosting virtual performances throughout lockdown to give us our fill of culture from the comfort of our own homes. With so many shows to choose from, there is a performance for everyone.
If the theatre isn't your cup of tea, you can find a variety of live music performances from your favourite artists, from their sofa to yours. Song Kick allows you to select the date that you wish to view and provides you with a list of talented musicians to give you the ultimate, immersive live music experience, perfect for those missing concerts and festivals.
Many restaurants and bars now offer a delivery service to help keep their business alive during the lockdown. Treating yourself and your loved one's to a posh takeaway this Valentine's day is the perfect way to support local businesses and try something new! If you are apart from this February 14th, try ordering each other a surprise meal from one of the many local takeaways and restaurants. Lay the table, light a romantic candle or two and prepare to try something new whilst you have a charming zoom date.
Don't fancy ordering food in this weekend? Why not try a virtual cooking class; from decadent desserts and moreish cakes to vegan dinners and romantic meals for two, there are many virtual classes out there with celebrity chefs and professional bakers to choose from.
You will end up with a delicious meal at the end with laughter and memories to last. We love the sound of the "Valentine's Day Romantic Meal for 2 with Masterchef Finalists". So get yourselves booked in for one and prepare to amaze yourself and your loved one with your scrumptious creations.
A quiz or games night is the perfect solution for couples who are together or apart this Valentine's Day. There are many free quizzes that you can find online to challenge each other or you could go a little retro with some old fashioned board games.
We love the idea of a Valentine's quiz such as this one from Ready-Made Pub Quiz, throw in a bottle of prosecco and some tasty snacks and you have the perfect date on lockdown.
Written in the Stars
If we are lucky enough to have clear skies this February 14th, stargazing is a timeless, romantic date night idea. Grab some fluffy blankets, wrap up warm and download an app such as Solar Walk 2 or Sky Guide for the ultimate celestial experience. If you and your loved on are spending this Valentine's apart, you can feel a little closer to one another by gazing at the same constellations, what could be more romantic!?
Whether you are together or apart, we wish you a romance-filled Valentine's Day!