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How to Make Valentine’s Day Special Without Leaving the House

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By: burgundy bug

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Another day in quarantine, another day at home. But as long as you’re with your love, is there anywhere else you’d really want to be this Valentine’s Day anyway?

Although Valentine’s Day is synonymous with overpriced dinners and cutesy strolls through the town, staying home this year doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day has to be any less special.

On the contrary, your efforts could be even more memorable this Valentine’s Day, since they come straight from your heart rather than your wallet.

Making the Most of Valentine’s Day From Home

Start the Day Off Right

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Get the morning off to a sunny start by whipping up your partner’s favorite cup of coffee (or tea) and breakfast. Let the aroma overtake your humble abode and awake your partner. Then, shower them in kisses galore.

If you both insist on scuttling out of bed at the same time, make breakfast together! Squirt whipped cream at each other, boop one another on the nose with a spatula.

Make it so cute that even Gordon Ramsey wouldn’t have the heart to tear your cooking apart.

Activities in the Afternoon

Find an activity you both enjoy doing together and dive right into it. Whether your thing is puzzles, trashy reality TV, painting, baking, or gaming, just DO IT.

Evening Escapades

With all of the streaming services between the two of you, you have every movie you could possibly want to watch right at your fingertips.

So burst open a bag of popcorn, indulge in your Valentine’s Day candy, and get streaming.

Bonus socially-distant activities you could weave into your evening include:

  • Going for a walk around your neighborhood
  • Driving out to the scenic, rural back roads to blast music with your windows down
  • Crafting (doodling, collages, scrapbooking, origami, painting, sewing, etc…)
  • Trying out a new recipe
  • Playing board games
  • Doing a puzzle
  • Treating each other to a spa night (massages, facials, doing each other’s hair or nails, running a bath, etc…)
  • Going through photos of previous Valentine’s Days that you’ve spent together
  • Doing online couples and personality quizzes
  • Building a pillow fort
  • Counting each others’ beauty marks
  • Quizzing each other on how well you know one another
  • Dancing with each other! You can’t go to the club, so bring the club to you
  • Learning how to read palms, then read each others’

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Virtual Valentine’s

Love in the time of the coronavirus pandemic… and digital age

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day virtually this year, GOOD! You’re being safe and responsible.

Yes, it’s hard. But if it means sacrificing one Valentine’s Day so you can both see many Valentine’s Days together, it’s worth it.

Most of the aforementioned activities can be done remotely. For example, cooking, crafting, or watching movies together over Zoom or FaceTime.

To make the holiday even more personable, you could mail your Valentine a good ol’ fashion love letter via snail mail.

It’s okay if it arrives after Valentine’s Day. Just blame it on the shipping delays. It’s the thought that counts!

Remote Valentines also have the advantage of scheduling in their activities. Maybe you just want to make breakfast together via video call, or maybe you just want to meet up for a call later in the day. Or you could spend the whole day video chatting. That’s entirely up to you two crazy kids.

And don’t worry — you can still take as many cute photos as you want together remotely, too. Just take a lot of screenshots!

Valentine’s For One

Who says you need a significant other just to treat yourself to a nice Valentine’s Day? Give yourself a spa night. Drive around blasting all the music that makes you feel as fine as you are.

The most important relationship you’ll ever have is the relationship you build with yourself. No one else can validate or take that away from you.

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A cynical optimist and mad scientist undercover, burgundy bug is the editor, graphic designer, webmaster, social media manager, and primary photographer for The Burgundy Zine. Entangled in a web of curiosity, burgundy bug’s work embodies a wide variety of topics including: neuroscience, psychology, ecology, biology, cannabis, reviews, fashion, entertainment, and politics. You can learn more about working with burgundy bug by visiting her portfolio website: burgundybug.com

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