Planning a Virtual Valentine's Day? What You Need to Know

As we make our way into the New Year and a new month, it is safe to say that many of us had high hopes of what to expect, especially after what happened throughout 2020. But this hope certainly appears to have been short-lived for some. With news that a new, current lockdown will be in place in the UK for a while yet, we are confident that this announcement has scuppered Valentine's Day plans across the country for many. While it is a few weeks away, for those who have been apart for a while due to lockdown, it was a day to look forward to. For celebrating all things love and being together. 

So, what can you do now? Where do you go from here in your decision and plan-making? Fear not, for we have just the solutions for you! Detailed below is a helpful list of suggestions to try this Valentine's Day by taking things online and having a virtual celebration of love for the first time (for some people, anyway). Do not lose hope, for we are here to play Cupid and help you shower your loved ones with affection. Read on for our tips and tricks and spread the love far and wide!

Virtual Date Night

We are confident that for many of you lovebirds out there, that you have already become accustomed to this, particularly if you have had to spend considerable periods of time away from one another. While it can be challenging to be apart from your other half, it is also paramount that you keep communicating, so who is to say that this stops at the usual daily phone calls and texts? Make plans to book an evening for just the both of you. Order in a takeaway and some drinks – or you could have fun making your own and competing with one another – and watching something simultaneously. It will be just like being out for a movie and dinner! 

There are plenty of options available to assist in planning a virtual date night and hundreds of activities that you could try virtually too. Keep that spark alive, and have some fun while you are at it. We are sure that you will be together in person soon, and you can look back at this unique Valentine's Day with both wonder and amusement, depending on what you choose to do! 

Sending Gifts

Now, in an ideal world, you would prefer to exchange your gifts in person or even drop them off outside the house while socially distancing. If this is not possible due to one reason or another, nothing is stopping you from ordering one of your loved one's favourite things and having it posted to them. You could even liaise, so you open them during a virtual date night or on Valentine's Day itself! 

When choosing a gift for a loved one, you are completely spoilt for choice. Many businesses and companies offer a plethora of gifts, from personalised, unique gifts, to high-quality labelled gifts. If anyone is to know what your other half will like, it is you! Consider making them a basket or hamper filled with their favourite things or splurging out on a beautiful piece of jewellery from companies such as Mococo. Whether you are searching for the perfect Clogau charm for a special occasion or a Thomas Sabo bracelet as a bit of bling, there is something on offer for everyone. To browse the available selections of jewellery, and for guidance on finding the right piece for your loved one, head to their website for more. 

Organise a Surprise

This does not have to be anything significant, as we all know that it is the thought that counts. Whether you send a card and some flowers in the post or organise to drive to where they live and surprise them socially distanced. There are many different things that you could do to show your loved ones how much they mean to you, and each one would be appreciated. Particularly in unprecedented times like the present, it can be hard to think of when the world will become what we were so used to. Surprising your loved one with a gift or small gesture is sure to bring a smile to their face and distract them from anything that they might have going on. 

Organising a surprise does not have to be restricted to our current time either. While international travel is not advised, and many countries have closed their borders entirely, there will come a time when we are once again free to travel the globe and experience new cultures and countries like never before. Your surprise could be to book a weekend away, or a holiday to a place that you have both wanted to visit but haven't had the opportunity! Not only will this be a huge surprise for your loved one and show them how much they mean to you, but will also provide something to look forward to when times get tough. And who is to say that this just must be international travel too?! There are so many beautiful places in the UK that deserve to be explored and would make a more affordable surprise than paying for international flights. What's more, you support local businesses and towns, which might have been hit hard by the restrictions and lockdowns. What more could you want?

While these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg when planning a Valentine's Day this year, they are certainly suggestions worth trying if you are stuck for ideas! Furthermore, these are not just for couples! These would be perfect for friends who want to treat one another after a tough year, mainly if you have not seen each other in a long time. With the increase in popularity when celebrating Galentine's Day, you could treat your gal pals to one of these or more! Show those you care about that you love them this February – and all year round, too – and enjoy these unique celebrations the way you want to.