Feeling stuck for stay-at-home Valentine’s Day ideas? We get it. It’s hard to come up with romantic activities to do at home when you’re always, y’know, at home.
This year, we think it’s more important than ever to celebrate the love in your life. Groupon is on a mission to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember (for all the right reasons). Get inspired with our date night ideas for a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day: lockdown edition. We’ve come up with super easy options if you’re tight on time, with suggestions for going the extra mile, too.
While ‘dinner at a nice restaurant’ is off the cards this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate a restaurant experience at home. It’ll cost a lot less, and you don’t have to brave the cold walk home.
Order in, but make it fancy. Bring out the matching plates and wine glasses, set the table, light some candles. Who said pizza can’t be romantic? Skip the hassle of cooking with a takeaway and take a few extra steps to turn it into a super-special night. Check out our guide to the best takeaway deals for Valentine’s Day if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option.
If you’re after a romantic meal in but don’t want to spend the whole evening in the kitchen, opt for a pre-prepared Valentine’s Day dinner. Major supermarkets, including M&S, ASDA and Tesco, offer a super tasty Valentine’s Day meal deal that requires very little effort to put together. These meal deals feature three courses and drinks for two to boot—and with most coming in at under £20, it’s an easy way to treat yourselves without breaking the bank. Want to see what’s on offer? We’ve pinned down the best supermarket Valentine’s Day meal deals in our online guide.
Recreate a dish from one of your fave restaurants for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Did you make eyes over sushi on your first date? Have you been dreaming of an amazing pasta from an Italian holiday past? Recreate a few of these dishes together for an extra special evening. Write your own menus and pair with a Supermarket wine match for the perfect finishing touch. Fancy outfits are a must, but slippers are perfectly acceptable. There has to be some perks for staying in, right?
Get crafty for a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Whether you’re a Matisse in the making or an arts and crafts novice, making something together is a great way to connect. At best, you’ll create a new masterpiece for your home; at worst, your artistic failure will provide lots of laughs.
Opt for DIY Valentine’s Day cards for a sweet afternoon of arts and crafts. Crack out the coloured card and pens and get creative—stick figure drawings and cut-and-paste love hearts are welcome here! Present your cards to each other and marvel at your artistic skills.
Try your hand at a new craft project. Youtube is your friend here; find a beginner’s tutorial to make your own macrame hanging or clay planter. Work on one piece together or create your own respective masterpieces and compare at the end. Create and Craft has loads of affordable DIY kits if you’re looking for inspiration.
Give a (virtual) experience gift. There are loads of online arts and craft classes available on Valentine’s Day, which a) make a great present and b) give you something fun to do on the day of love. Win-win! From virtual life drawing to beginners painting classes, this is a great way to get creative together, even if you’re not artistically inclined. This live art experience for two comes with all of the supplies you need, and a cheeky drink to enjoy while you paint—we’re sold.
You’ve probably spent the better part of the last year Netflix and chill-ing with your other half. For February 14th, mix things up with a unique Valentine’s Day movie night.
Up your movie snacks game. Hot buttered popcorn, pick ‘n mix, nachos, fizzy drinks —recreate an authentic cinema experience with all of your fave film-friendly treats. Whether you’re watching something new or bingeing First Dates, a few extra touches will make it extra Valentine-y.
Set up your own mini film festival for two. Pick three films you’ve never seen before—on a similar theme, if you want to get serious—and settle in for a day of movie magic. Create scorecards to rate each film as you go, and compare notes at the end to decide on a winner. Psst: get a NOW TV free trial to try Sky Cinema for free. The trial lasts a week, so you can extend your film festival by a few days if it’s a hit!
Turn your living room into a home theater. If you can, get your hands on a projector—they’re not as expensive as you’d think (we spotted this mini projector on Amazon for less than £50). Rig up an old sheet to create your screen, dim the lights and get ready to be transported. Make your own movie tickets and steal a cheeky kiss as the credits come up. It'll be just like the old days!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to pamper your other half. Take a little ‘me time’ for the both of you as a romantic Valentine’s Day treat.
Mask up—no, not those masks. Loads of us have struggled with skin woes this winter, and mascne hasn’t helped (it’s a thing). Grab a couple of complexion-boosting face masks or mix up your own for a cheap and cheerful pampering session. Couple selfies highly recommended.
Crack open the bubbles. A bubble bath for two makes for a super romantic evening and takes zero pre-planning—just turn on the taps! Add prosecco, candles and music to set the mood for some serious relaxation. You can bring along a book if you want to unwind, or just enjoy each other’s sweet, bubble-covered company.
Turn your bedroom into an at-home massage parlour. If you’re looking to create some steamy Valentine’s Day ambiance, this will tick all the boxes! Light some incense or candles, crack open the essential oils and treat your partner to a luxurious massage. Take turns to pamper each other, or surprise your valentine with a personal massage as part of their V-Day gift. Top tip: massage oils feel amazing on your skin, but they’re a hassle on your sheets. Lay down some towels first to prevent staining; the ultimate romance-killer.
Remember going out for cocktails? That was fun. Bring the bar to you with your own at-home cocktail night this Valentine’s Day.
Dust off the martini glasses and enjoy your favourite mixed drink. Order an at-home cocktail kit, like this case of handcrafted, pre-mixed drinks, for professional-quality cocktails without the effort. Add a bowl of your favourite crisps, pop on some music and enjoy.
Create a makeshift bar. Start with a few basic spirits and liqueurs and add mixers, fresh fruit and ice. Take turns making your fave cocktails, or get inventive and create something new. Enjoy a cheese platter or charcuterie board alongside to offset the boozier pours.
Book yourselves in for a virtual cocktail evening with an expert mixologist. You’ll learn how to make a few classic cocktails from the pros, with handy tips to make them rival any swanky London nightclub. This live stream cocktail masterclass will teach you how to make expert-level drinks without any fancy equipment— the perfect way to show off at your next Friday night Zoom drinks.