Valentine’s Day—for many, it’s the loveliest day of the year. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself and your loved ones to something special. Normally, we’d suggest interesting places to go, romantic dates, and how to look your best for the occasion. But these aren’t normal times.
This year, February 14th will be spent indoors. Whether you’re on your own or with someone special, things may look and feel a little different. That doesn’t mean the celebrations have to be any less enjoyable.
To help you plan and prepare for your quarantine Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a list of fun, easy to do activities that are full of love, for singles, couples and families alike.
1. Treat Yourself
No Valentine? No problem. Gift yourself a nice bottle of wine, flowers or a new houseplant and a sweet treat. If you’re not into typical Valentine’s Day presents, treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting for a while, like a new device or that cute outfit you’ve been eyeing.
If you’re not much of a shopper, pamper yourself. Run a warm bubble bath. Light some candles and incense. Round up your favourite self-care products and decompress. Think facial, manicure and pedicure.
The past 12 months have been unpredictable. It’s the middle of winter. Spoil yourself a little. You deserve it.
2. Go Off the Social Grid
Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real, and being online may intensify the feeling. Every once in a while, it’s nice to disconnect. Go off the social grid, especially on well-recognized days like Valentine’s Day. Here’s a short list of options: a movie marathon, arts and crafts, redecorating and more.
Put your time and energy into something that will boost your spirits. This works just as well when you’re alone or in the presence of company.
3. Meditate and Do Yoga
In a perfect world, meditation would be a part of your daily routine. This quarantine Valentine’s Day, make yourself a priority. Try 10 minutes of quiet or guided meditation to clear your mind. The Calm app is great for all things sleep, meditation and relaxation. Give it a try.
Yoga’s another great wellness activity. It requires very little space, isn’t very time-consuming and works wonders for the mind and body. Not sure where to begin? Yoga with Adriene is the perfect starting point to help you ease into it.
4. Cook Something Delicious
Food is always a good idea, no matter the occasion. Valentine’s Day is no exception. Is someone in your household an early bird? Start their day off on a high note with breakfast in bed!
If you’d rather snack on an assortment of treats, try a charcuterie board! Assemble your favorite cheeses, fruits, crackers, cold cuts, jams and something light to drink. It’s quick, simple and delicious.
Last but not least, prepare dinner for yourself, your significant other or the entire family. Look up easy and tasty recipes. Set the table. Build the ambiance with smooth and mellow music. Light some candles. And most importantly, get dressed up to look the part.
Want to celebrate with your friends? Share recipes and meet up on a video call. You’ll have a great time!
5. Make A Scrapbook
Scrapbooking is a thoughtful and therapeutic activity. It can be even more enjoyable when done as a couple or a family. Gather your favourite pictures and trinkets. Grab an old book or a piece of construction paper, and let your imagination run wild. The end result may surprise you!
6. Take an Online Mixology Class
If you’re like many people, you probably miss going out for the occasional drink. Sign up for a virtual Valentine’s Day mixology class. Let the professionals teach you a thing or two. The best part? You’ll be doing it from the comfort of your home!