Oh… this part of the year again.
Love is in the air: the romance, the struggle of finding the perfect gift for that special person in your life… But wait a minute. What if you could do something nice for your spouse without breaking the bank? And everything would be done from the comfort of your home, which I'd like to call "Lockdown Edition".
My boyfriend and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. In Belgium and Spain (where we are from), I guess that is not that common, or a huge deal like in other countries like the US. Though I think it's because both our birthdays are in the first half of February and we don't feel the need of adding another celebration to the mix.
Don't get me wrong, we are big fans of showing how much we love each other—which shouldn't happen only once a year—but we prefer the smallest things that make our heart—and stomach—smile.
I want to share some ideas with you that you can do on Valentine's Day to show your other half how much you care for them. Just focus on spending a good time together, share a laugh and a good meal—all in the comfort of your home.
1. Cook their favourite meal
There is nothing like a delicious meal and a full stomach. I know from experience that preparing a dish that your spouse loves is much appreciated—but keep in mind the after-hours fun. You don't want to go overboard with the garlic.
If you have no clue what you could make, here are some ideas for a successful day:
- The ULTIMATE Valentine's Day Round-Up from Minimalist Baker
- Vegan Holiday Recipes from The Minimalist Vegan
- Toffee Apple Brownie & Caramel Sauce from Avant Garde Vegan
2. Watch their favourite movie together
Do you know that movie or TV-series that your spouse keeps asking you to watch together?
There you go.
This day is about spending a good time together. Seeing how happy you make your spouse by suggesting to watch their favourite movie is really something and totally worth it.
I recently asked my boyfriend if he would like to watch The Lord of The Rings movies again—and extended version nonetheless. Let me tell you that his face resembled the one of a kid opening a gift on Christmas Day. Pure magic.
3. Remove the dust from the board games
Board games are super fun and always an excellent option to laugh with the people around you. If you have board games that can be played with 2 players—or more if you are a family—, this is a great time to remove the dust from those cardboard boxes and get the fun started.
If you don't have board games, that's totally fine. Instead, you can play videogames together if you have a console in the house.
4. Get sweet in the kitchen
Continuing with the cooking theme, you could prepare a dessert together after eating that delicious meal you prepared before. Being involved in something that both of you can enjoy is a nice bonding experience.
What better reward than sharing that sweet dessert after some teamwork?
5. Make plans for your next holiday
I think you will agree with me when I say we all should have a much-needed vacation after the surprises that 2020 brought into our lives. However, even though you should probably avoid travelling still, you can gather ideas of destinations and things to visit after all this is over.
Let the imagination run wild. Really.
If there is something that this past year has taught us, is that one of the most essential things in life is spending quality time with those we love. A holiday is a great experience to share with your other half and planning for that time in the future is an exciting project to take on during Valentine's Day.
This year's Valentine's Day might not be like any other in the past for which you cared more about what to give as a gift or what fancy place can you go to. And that's a good thing.
Experiences don't need to cost money—unless you take a fancy trip somewhere—and if we get a bit creative, we can spend an enjoyable time at home with those we love.
I know! You already spent too much time at home this past year. But what is another day with your other half?
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