Valentines day isn’t for everyone, but I think it absolutely should be. There’s such a stigma attached to Valentines day that says it’s for couples only and consists of a dinner date, roses and chocolate. What an old and outdated concept!
Despite having a boyfriend, I’ve had my fair share of Galentines dates, which to be honest are some of my favourite Valentines dates so far! I’ve sat with girlfriends in bed with a takeaway watching crappy TV and weekend getaways to celebrate Galentines day with my close group of friends and this is what Valentines is about for me, spending quality time with those I love! Quality time is my love language so gifts and gestures are hugely appreciated, but quality time means everything to me.
Of course I’ve also spent some lovely Valentines day dates with my boyfriend, including a getaway to my favourite place on earth, Edinburgh! I love having an excuse to treat each other to cute gifts, although we’re both pretty good at doing this throughout the year.
I also love the idea that Valentines day is a day to really treat and celebrate yourself. You can’t love anyone else until you love yourself and like any relationship, your relationship with yourself will always need work, time and attention so it’s the perfect day to thoroughly treat and care for yourself because at the end of the day, if you can care for yourself in this way, you don’t ever need anyone else.
This Valentines is harder than ever to make special in terms of tradition because we can’t go out and we can’t do any of the classic Valentines date scenarios, however I feel that this actually makes it more special because it’s about making the little things count and encourages more thought and care.
Here are a few of the date ideas I have for Valentines day this year!
I love making a cute breakfast for my partner and my friends and of course, for myself! I’m thinking crepes, pancakes and croissants, or a yummy filling avo on toast. You can make it romantic with flowers and mimosas or by setting the table with decorations and your nice dinnerware!
Romantic dinners are my favourite. I don’t know about you but me and my boyfriend have become so lazy with dinner and eat watching Netflix most nights which is so so bad! I’m using Valentines as an excuse to lay the table, light some candles and eat together with no Netflix and delicious cocktails.
Yes we’re all sick of walks as that’s essentially all we can do right now, but how about finding a walk you don’t normally do, or taking a different route. Maybe incorporating a park or open green space where you can have a coffee or little picnic. There’s always ways to create more romance in your everyday and I think taking your partner or friend for a walk is really lovely. You could take some questions or cue cards with you, with partner quiz questions or topics to discuss to change up the conversation and learn new things about each other.
Cosy Movie Night
Pick out your favourite movies, load up on popcorn and snacks, get the cosy blankets, light some candles and cosy up for the evening! I love doing this because even if you live with your partner or friend, or spend a lot of time together, how often do you make a real deal of watching movies together? Most of the time we end up watching things without even realising so I love the idea of creating a cosy space and really dedicating myself to this form of quality time.
Couples Games Night
Myself and my boyfriend love playing games and because we’ve been so busy with our business at the start of 2021, we haven’t had time to spend much quality time together at all, let alone to play games and be silly. Pick out your favourite board games or play things like truth or dare or even drinking games if you’re making more of a night of it. These things are just as fun to do with your partner as they are with a group of friends and you might just learn some things about your partner that you didn’t know!