Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even during the best of times, Valentine’s Day can feel a little…cliché.

Or it can bring pressure to plan something your partner will appreciate, if you are, in fact, partnered up.

And this year, the fact that we’re all in quarantine amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added a whole new layer to planning.

But if you’re dating or in a relationship, and Valentine’s Day is something that usually matters to you,

try not to let the day slip away.

Even if you do modified activities this year, celebrating the “holiday” can bring a chance to connect.

There are a few things I’ve learned that are important to help maintain a healthy relationship,

and one of those lessons is the importance of couple time or date nights.

With everything that we’ve had to experience in the past year, some couples have grown closer to each other and other couples have struggled.

Making sure you have time to connect can help strengthen the relationship.

Just because people are home doesn’t mean they are spending time with each other.

A good Valentine’s weekend will take some planning.

But even small efforts can make a difference.

Think about what your partner likes and enjoys.

Due to the pandemic, you might not be able to go to a fancy restaurant, but a well thought out date night at home could bring more connection and quality time.

And if you need ideas for home experiences and beyond, you’re in the right place.

10 Non-Sexual Ideas For A COVID-19 Valentine’s Day

  1. Create your own happy hour
    Who needs a bar experience when wine and liquor stores exist?
    Splurge on something you’ve been wanting to try or buy something you miss.
    This might be a night for 18-year-old Scotch, or a perfectly aged red.
  2. Have a spa experience
    We may not be booking massages, but that doesn’t mean you can’t massage each other.
    Change your sheets (please), get the oil ready, and prepare to set a mood as you massage your partner.
  3. Do a sexy virtual workshop
    You can try Valentine’s Tantra Date Night, a virtual, guided experience that can help you feel more chemistry with your partner.
    It’s rated PG—so keep your clothes on—and I hear it’s suitable for new and existing couples.
  4. Lounge around
    If you’re staying home, do you really need pants? Strip down to your underwear or nothing at all
    and have your partner do the same if they’re comfortable with the idea.
    Then turn on some music and vibe out.
  5. Hang out with other couples online
    Are you two extroverts who are feeling a little…bored?
    Mix things up with other people and double date with your friends via Zoom.
  6. Get Gaming
    Forget emotional games. But video games?Why not.
    On Valentine’s Day, ask your partner to join you for some screen time.
    Add a twist by choosing a new-to-you game to try out together or play some FIFA.
  7. Go Star-Gazing
    Download an app like Star Walk 2 or Star Chart so you know what you’re looking at.
    Then take an evening walk under the evening sky and look for the classic constellations.
    Wine is optional.
  8. Build a fort
    Why not set up a fort at home and cuddle with the one you like (or love)?
    Create a comfy spot to chill during daytime hours, or set up dimmed lighting and mood music for an adult upgrade of this childhood memory.
  9. Get Slippery
    In the shower. What did you think we meant?
    If it’s too cold outside for a dip, get your daily dose of H2O by taking a warm bath or shower together.
    After that…you decide.
  10. Make a short movie
    Who needs Steven Spielberg when you have a smartphone?
    Be the directors of your lives when you film yourselves for the evening doing…whatever you like.
    Maybe you share sweet confessions about each other, film yourselves running around outside, or maybe…you get more creative. hehe
    No matter what, feel free to press delete at the end of the day; this film is all in good fun.

We may be limited as to where we can go out, there have never been more fun date options for staying in.

The trick, whether planning a date or being in a relationship, is to really commit to it.

Go all out with the decor, outfits, and food, whatever your date’s theme may be.

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