A Romantic Lockdown Valentines on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and although it’s tempting to ignore it this year because of the pandemic, why not break the monotony of lockdown and do something special without overspending?

There are ways to celebrate while sticking to restrictions and not blowing the budget.

Meals at restaurants, a weekend away or a trip to your favourite country pub are all off the cards but just because you have to stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t fan the flames of love.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so there are opportunities to celebrate throughout the weekend whether it’s virtually or with the person you live with.

Here’s a few tips to keep the romance in your relationship on this special day:

  • Get Dressed Up
    We’ve spent a year in our casual gear, so use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to put your glad rags on. If you’re on a virtual date, then you don’t have to give up all the comforts – after all what’s the point of high heel when a pair of slippers won’t be seen on a computer screen?

  • Cards and Love Messages
    It really is the thought that counts. As the costs skyrocket for cards, flowers and chocolates this week, why not get crafty instead? You can make your own Valentines Card at home. Why not place love notes around the house for your other half, or send them in text messages if you live apart?

  • Photo Galleries online
    Sort through your favourite photographs together and make a free virtual album to share. Remember those holidays and parties before the pandemic and remind your other half of happier times.

  • Get cooking
    Restaurants might be shut, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like kings at home and, if you’re not in the same house, you could whip up a feast at the same time over Zoom. There’s plenty of romantic recipes to devour.

  • Tuck into a takeaway
    If you don’t feel like cooking, you can call in your favourite cuisine from a fancy restaurant which saves on the prep and supports local businesses. If you’ve left it too late to order there are plenty of amazing dine-in deals up for grabs at your local supermarket.

  • Snuggle up on the (virtual) sofa
    With dinner and drinks out the way, sit back on the sofa with a film or your favourite TV series.

  • Make Future Plans
    There’s nothing like having exciting plans to look forward to. Take the evening to plan out a trip once travel restrictions are lifted. Grab some travel magazines or print out some pics from the internet to inspire you.


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