This year however, we are all in the same boat and I guess one positive of being in the midst of a national lockdown, is that we are all safely off the hook of having to plan something extravagant for our other halves, friends, or that special someone we’ve got our eye on.

That being said, even though we are stuck at home this year, we can still have fun. Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day in lockdown.

  1. Marks and Spencer’s Dine In for two.

M&S is a firm favourite for many couples wanting to spend their Valentine’s Day in the comfort of their own home, even under normal circumstances. They really do ‘up the ante’ for Valentine’s and with so much choice on the menu, there will be something to suit even the fussiest of eaters.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/c/food-to-order/valentines-dine-in

  1. Grab a takeaway from your favourite local restaurant.

If M&S isn’t for you, more businesses than ever have turned to takeaway options to keep themselves afloat. Check in with your local favourites to see if they are doing takeaways. Here are a few of my go to restaurants to give you some ideas:

Halcyon Kitchen – http://halcyonkitchen.com/

Winstanley House – https://www.winstanleyhouse.co.uk/restaurant/

Wigston Fields New and Deli – https://notjustacornershop.com/preorder/

  1. Go on a romantic walk.

Pack a bag full of chocolates and fizz and take a stroll with your loved one.

  1. Flowers are always a good idea.

What says I love you more than a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers. I have linked some local florists below that I can guarantee will have something for you, no matter how big or small you want to go:

The Bloom Project – https://www.thebloomproject.co.uk/

The Flower Corner – https://www.theflowercornerleicester.co.uk/

  1. Create an at-home spa experience.

Treat you and whoever you are spending Valentine’s Day with to an at-home spa experience. Get the candles on, tell Alexa to play something relaxing and enjoy massages, a hot bath, face masks or whatever floats your boat.

  1. Get dressed up – use your imagination.

If the spa scene is not for you, why not get your glad rags on. Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean you can’t put on your favourite outfit and dance around to some music. Turn your kitchen in to that romantic restaurant or grungy nightclub that you have been missing and let your hair down!

  1. Treat yourself to a home cocktail making kit and get creative in the kitchen.

Whatever your drink of choice, I am sure there will be a kit out there for you. I’ve added a link below to a Pornstar Martini kit from the local Leicester bar Fat Cat because, you can’t go wrong with a classic Pornstar Martini, right?

https://thedrinkgarden.com/collections/fat-cat-pornstar-martini

  1. Or get ready made cocktails delivered.

If you don’t fancy making cocktails yourself, why not support a local business and get them delivered in ready to pour pouches. All you have to do is get your glass ready and you are good to go. I have linked my personal favourite ‘33 Cank Street’ below, enjoy!

https://www.bar33cankstreet.com/

  1. Netflix and chill.

No explanation needed. We all know what this entails.

However, and whoever you are celebrating, we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day.