Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the pandemic isn’t showing signs of letting up anytime soon. While establishments have opened up and applied safety measures to afford you a relatively worry-free experience, some people just aren’t comfortable leaving their homes just yet. So how can we make V-day special if we all have to stay in? We’ve compiled a couple of quarantine Valentine’s day activities for you and your boo. But not to worry, all these plans still work if you’re looking for activities to enjoy the Hallmark holiday blissfully single.
Virtual Date Ideas
Whether you’re dealing with a long-distance relationship, or you just can’t be together during this season’s quarantine Valentine’s day, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this day of love. There are a ton of quarantine Valentine’s day plans you can make. Here are a few options.
1Virtual museum tour.
If you both love art and history, virtual museum tours are a great idea. You can virtually visit almost any museum in the world. Visit Van Gogh’s famous paintings, climb Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase, discover Contemporary art in Korea. If you’re more of a history buff, you can explore ancient artifacts from ancient civilizations, Ishtar Gate of Babylon. You can tour exhibits you’ve only ever dreamt of, all from while in comfy matching pj’s.
2Watch a concert.
If you miss live music and jamming out to new tunes, you and your lucky lover can watch a virtual concert. You can catch your favorite artists doing live streams, or online performances. Scour the internet for musicians you’ve never even heard of, or just re-watch your favorite music gigs. You won’t ever miss a verse of your favorite songs or the banter between sets because you can always hit pause. Sing at the tops of your lungs together without anyone complaining, and you get great seats, too.
3Cook the same food together, but apart.
Being able to share a meal with your date is a pretty big deal for some couples. So while you might not be able to share a meal in the same physical space, being able to enjoy the same food can ease that longing. A big perk of this quarantine Valentine’s day idea is that you both learn how to cook a dish together. So neither of you can ever really say that you can’t cook ever again.
4Work out together.
Get your blood flowing and your partner sweating… with a great workout, that is. A couple that gets pumped together, stays together. Just kidding, that’s not actually a saying. But staying active together is a great activity. It sparks your competitive spirit, and you’re able to show off your physical capabilities. When you’re out of breath and exhausted, it can inspire some spicier thoughts, too. So pick out a workout class that you can both get into, and work those beautiful bodies!
5Party with the animals.
If you both have an affinity for wildlife, you can hang out and watch animals on this lovely quarantine Valentine’s day. There are a bunch of zoos and aquariums you can virtually hang out in. Ooh and ahh at the penguins exploring empty aquariums at the New England Aquarium, or enjoy the panda cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! And we all have to admit that zoos can smell a little undesirable sometimes so you can give your nose a break with these virtual tours.
6Netflix Party and chill.
You’ve probably had more than a few movie nights since we went into a global lockdown, but that doesn’t mean a quarantine Valentine’s day movie can’t be special. Send over a box of their favorite movie theater snacks, a snuggly blanket you’ve spritzed with your scent, and maybe a heartfelt note for them to read before you both settle in for the film.
7Play 20 questions.
It’s time to get into the heavy stuff. Or maybe not. It all depends on you. This quarantine Valentine’s day, get to know your partner a little bit better. Take turns asking each other 20 questions. Ask them about their life goals, their middle name, greatest fear, childhood pet’s name. Take this chance to understand your partner and their history. What had turned them into the person they are today. What has shaped them into becoming a person you could fall in love with – if you aren’t already in love with them.
If your love was written in the stars, maybe it’s time you toured the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA, for short. You can view their exhibits and perhaps inspire new dreams and ambitions in each other while doing so. The galaxy is wondrous, but really what can compare to the beauty of your date.
9Play video games together.
This is perfect for the couple that met through playing games online. Spend your quarantine Valentine’s day playing the game that brought you together. There are a ton of games for both of you to enjoy. If you’re worried about not being an experienced gamer, that’s no problem either. There are card games and traditional board games that you can play online. Even better, you can learn to play a specific game.
Valorant is a popular PC option because it’s free, though you do end up playing with 3 other people. For a more exclusive date experience, It Takes Two, Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time, and Overcooked! are all great options for PC and laptop users. For those lucky ducks with Nintendo Switches, Mario Kart 8 is always a favorite, or you can have your characters go on a date on Animal Crossing New Horizons, doing things you wish you could do together. Find a game you could both enjoy and get gaming!
10Take each other to your favorite places.
Stay on the video call but take it outside! Gear up in your mask, and make sure to stay safely distanced from people as you venture out while still on the video call. Show your favorite person your favorite spots in the neighborhood. Show them the park you played at when you were younger, the pizza place that you would rush to on nights out, or the secret part of the city where you like to sit and think, and they can do the same.
At-Home Date Ideas
If you’re lucky enough to spend this quarantine Valentine’s day with your favorite person, you could easily adapt all those virtual date ideas for your situation. If those aren’t quite to you and your partner’s liking, here are a few more options for you to enjoy the holiday of hearts.
1Indulge in a wine and cheese tasting.
One of the things the pandemic has taken away from us is the fun of getting wined and dined. Bring that luxurious experience into your home. You can hit up your local markets for different cheese and wines for you to taste. There are a variety of cheeseboard vendors you can find so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of curating your own selection. Whoever is selling you your cheese varieties probably has a sommelier buddy they can hook you up with for a great wine selection for you to try. If not? Explore the options in your grocery store, check out liquor stores that are nearby. If you want to be a bit safer in your wine choices while still trying new wineries, you can check ratings for a ton of different bottles online.
2Enjoy a spa day.
Use the quarantine Valentine’s day to pamper each other. Get out those face masks, body oils, and scented candles. Take turns being each other’s spa attendants. Fill your date with relaxation and sensuality. Build up anticipation with ‘accidental’ touches during a massage or little kisses while you scratch their scalp. Provide your partner with the space and time to unwind – everyone needs a sanctuary nowadays.
3Plan a game night.
Break out those dusty board games, or try out some new ones! You can play an innocent game of Cluedo or perhaps you can break out your favorite set of sex dice for a wild night in. A game night is always a fun time. It brings out the competitive spirit in both of you, which can be quite sexy in the right setting.
4Engage in competitive artistry.
Awaken your inner artists with a paint-off, a poem writing contest, or whatever has your creative juices flowing. Turn it into a competition! It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be. You guys will have a great laugh, or who knows, maybe you’ll create a masterpiece. Art can help you get out your frustrations, or it can also help you express your love and care for your partner!
5Groove in a virtual dance classes.
Learn the salsa, cha cha cha, or waltz in the comfort of your bedroom. You can banish those worries about making a fool out of yourself in front of a bunch of complete strangers. Instead, all you have to worry about is accidentally stepping on your partner’s toes. But don’t worry, they’re probably trying hard not to step on yours. Dancing can help bring you closer, and it’ll equip you with moves you can bust out on the dancefloor once the clubs are open again.
6Start a garden.
If you’ve got the liberty of space – whether it be a balcony or a backyard, starting a garden can give you both a sense of becoming a family. After all, you have plant babies now. Jokes aside, starting a garden can help both your mental health and increase your appreciation for your home. It can give you both a schedule to keep up with if you’ve missed the structure of office days. It’s both a quarantine Valentine’s day activity and a mental health activity! We love a multi-benefit date idea.
7Make a scrapbook.
Look, Valentine’s day isn’t the only significant date of the relationship, so why not create a scrapbook to commemorate all of them? Creating a scrapbook of milestones and memorable moments in your relationships is a great opportunity to look back and see how far your relationship has come. Reminiscing will be sure to rekindle the love and romance of your relationship. Plus, it can be something to show off during big anniversaries.
8Plan a vacation.
Most of us have been grounded since quarantine started. It didn’t matter if we were planning to go abroad or stay local, traveling was a headache if you did go anywhere, or it was too much a hassle to even think about. But it’s undeniable that we all miss it. So maybe for this quarantine Valentine’s day, take the time to plan out your ideal holiday when the pandemic is over. It’ll give you both something to look forward to, and motivation to work even when you don’t feel like it.
9Bake bread and pastries!
Everyone and their mother experimented in the kitchen during the first wave of the pandemic. A lot of people learned to bake sourdough bread and other pastries. It’s time to showcase those skills and bake together with your sweetheart. It’s a fun activity where you can both get messy, and if they were one of the very few that did not succumb to the baking cult, then you get to show off your skills! This might be the best option if you’re still trying to win them over. Don’t people say that food is the way to the heart? This is perfect because, at the end of the day, you’ll have some kind of baked good to enjoy together.
10Have a karaoke night.
Crank up the favorite tunes and get to belting out those lyrics. This is a cheap easy date idea that does not skimp on the fun factor. Pull out those hairbrushes, kitchen spoons, or even remote controls as makeshift microphones and look online for karaoke versions of the songs of your choice. Or you can splurge a little bit more and rent (or buy) a karaoke machine. Croon to partner with all the sappy love songs, or become a rockstar belting out only the bet bangers.
There’s no hard and fast rule about being a solo act, though. Get sweet and sing a couple of duets. Or you can get crazy and perform a full production of Hamilton with each of you playing both characters. Let loose and have fun! A wacky quarantine Valentine’s Day can be just as romantic as a candle-lit dinner.
11Redecorate your home!
If you live together, spend your Valentine’s Day redecorating your home. Your home may look exactly the same as the first day you moved in. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you have the time now to spice things up. You can move your couch because after it is in the same spot for a couple of months, you realized that while the view from the window is great, no one sits there because it’s too hot. Or maybe you added a pet to your little family and placing your mug tree right at the edge of the table isn’t the best idea anymore. Little adjustments here and there that can make your living space better, or just make it feel like a new place altogether.
12Improve your home with some DIY.
While we’re talking about refreshing your home, tackling a DIY project together would be a great idea! Figure out a project or artwork you and your partner want to be added to your home, and prepare the materials beforehand. Make a day of it. Has there been a headboard you’ve both been dreaming about but you just can’t find it in yourselves to spend the money for it? You could DIY it. There are a ton of sources on the internet for projects you could take on at minimal cost, whether or not either of you is experienced DIY-ers.
13Have breakfast in bed… or lunch… or dinner.
Look, it’s a lover’s holiday and if you prefer to spend it in bed, go right ahead. Have a romantic breakfast, lunch, or dinner in bed. It’ll make the distance from your meal to dessert so much shorter. If you’re going to be taking all your meals in bed, you could each take turns making a meal for each other and serving it, and for whichever meal is left, you can order in.
14Get ready for a tie-dye party.
Instead of buying matching outfits, you can make them! Grab a bunch of tie-dye supplies like the dyes, a squeeze bottle for each color you’re going to use, a basin of warm water, another one of cold water, and a bunch of rubber bands. Grab some cotton clothing items or bedding or whatever you want to tie-dye. Bunch, twist, and bind the fabric with rubber bands and let it soak a bit in the warm water. Meanwhile, your partner can start diluting the dye with water in the different squeeze bottles. Take the squeeze bottles and start coloring your chosen mediums!
Start with the lightest colors and add on the darker as you progress. Make sure to turn it over and color the other side. Leave it for a couple of hours (even better to leave it overnight) before rinsing it out with cold water! You’ll come out with a bunch of different patterns and prints depending on how you bound your fabrics. If you dyed your bed linens, it’s a nice reminder of your quarantine Valentine’s day with your boo.
15Plan a themed dinner and movie night.
Put a twist on your regular movie and dinner date and give it a theme. Dress up like you’re about to party in the roaring 1920s while you watch The Great Gatsby and have deviled eggs and grilled oysters, Caesar salad, spiced glazed ham, and strawberry and lemon cream cheese cupcakes. Wes Anderson one of your favorite directors? Set up an outdoor movie projector and a tent. Dress up like scouts and prepare some pan-fried sausages and toast, and beer. If that’s not enough to sustain you through a magical night, maybe prepare more food you’d usually see on a camping trip. Need we say S’more?
16Watch a sports game.
Sports rivalries can bring out the best and worst in people sometimes. In a relationship where each person is rooting for rival teams? It can be pretty fun for both of you to be competing with each other. You can watch an old game if there isn’t one with both your teams playing on Valentine’s day. It would also be interesting for you to root for opposing teams of a game you have no clue about. You try to figure out the rules together and place bets on who will win the entire thing. Turn it into a game in itself.
17Play Truth or Dare.
Truth or Dare is a true classic, and it never becomes dull. How exciting it is all depends on the players and how far they want to push the game. When it’s just you and your partner, pushing buttons becomes so much more fun, and asking more risque questions just allows you to get to know them more intimately. You can dare them to do wholesome activities like sing and dance the Macarena, or you can give a nudge into more daring bedroom activities.
18Go on a backyard picnic.
Pack a basket with your favorite sandwiches, a bit of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a blanket. Where are you guys headed? Your backyard! Soak up some sun, and show each other some love as you munch on delicious snacks. The pandemic has created shut-ins of all of us. We’re hunched over our desks working, or on the couch watching tv – even when we have backyards we hang out it. Take advantage of that sunny space and spend some time getting fresh air. If you don’t have a garden, the balcony is a great alternative, too.
After the brilliant picnic you just had, you can wait for the sunset and watch the stars start to make their way into the night sky. Spot constellations or make up your own. If you passed on the picnic, you could prepare a telescope that you can take turns looking through. Aside from the romance of stargazing, being able to share each other’s wonder and awe at what the universe has to offer is always endearing.
20Draw self-portraits of each other.
The iconic scene from the Titanic where Rose asks Jack to “draw me like one of your French girls.” is romantic for a reason. Drawing portraits of each other requires you to focus on your partner and their features. Study their beauty in a way you may never have before. It will also showcase how much your partner adores you, which of your features they favor the most. Draw yourselves by candlelight, it’s the most flattering. Snap a few photos, as well while you’re at. You’ll want to remember this moment and this quarantine Valentine’s day.
21Have a photoshoot.
Any date with your partner is one you’ll want to remember. So why not actually do a photoshoot for this specific date! You can get all dressed up and set up a background, a tripod, and a camera. Background isn’t even all that necessary. Snap photos in your living room, or even do a boudoir photoshoot together that you can keep forever.
22Dinner and a roast.
Prepare a beautiful candlelit dinner with your favorite dishes, or maybe recreate your first dinner date – at home. After? Well, that’s when things get a little more interesting. You get to roast each other. Make fun of each other’s strange habits, and mannerisms. Do it with love, and you’re sure to get a laugh. It’s the perfect pairing for a couple that is self-aware and has a great sense of humor.
23Create a bucket list.
Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or a brand new one, there will be things you want to do with your partner, places you want to show them, and experiences you want to have together. So why not spend your quarantine Valentine’s day making your relationship bucket list! Making plans will make you each feel more secure in your future together and give you a look into what your partner hopes your relationship will become.
A quarantine Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be a bummer. The most important part of this holiday is that you get to spend it with the person you love and care for. The setting and the activities come only second to the company. So spend the day enjoying each other and expressing your love and affection in grand ways that you don’t normally have the chance to.