Coming up with some at-home Valentine’s ideas will save you money and ensure you and your loved one have a memorable night together, which is what Valentine’s Day is all about.
While going out for Valentine’s Day or treating your partner to a special gift is a nice way to show your love, retailers and venues typically crank up the prices on Valentine’s Day when most of us are still recovering from our Christmas expenditures.
So, to ensure that you and your partner can have an extra-special Valentine’s Day this year without breaking the bank, here are eight at-home Valentine’s ideas that will work wonders for your relationship.
Cook a nice meal
Instead of making reservations at your favourite restaurant this Valentine’s Day, why not bring your favourite restaurant home to you? Speak to your partner the day before Valentine’s and agree on an extra-special menu you can rustle up between yourselves.
Once you’ve decided on the food and drink, decorate your dining table and set up some candles for a romantic meal at home on Valentine’s night.
You could set a theme for your meal if you’re struggling for inspiration based on what you both love or interests that you share. For instance, if you’re planning a summer vacation in Thailand, you could put together a delicious Thai menu. Or, if you’re pining for a city break on the streets of Rome, an Italian taster menu is the perfect Valentine’s Day meal at home.
Create your own spa
We all love spa days, but they’re not overly kind on the wallet or purse! But there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t create your own spa this Valentine’s Day. All you need is the right products, and you can create a wonderful evening for you and your partner.
Head online, order some mud masks, salts, and aromatherapy candles, and run a deep, relaxing bath for you both to settle into.
Pop open a bottle of bubbly to make the evening extra special, and pamper one another at your own home spa this Valentine’s Day. You will be amazed at how relaxed you feel after a home spa session, and it’s a great way to connect with your partner on Valentine’s.
Chill with a movie marathon
A night at the movies is one of the most traditional ways to spend Valentine’s Day, but it’s also a brilliant way to spend Valentine’s Day at home. Thanks to the plethora of streaming services – Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, etc. – you are spoiled for choice when it comes to watching movies at home.
You can chat with your partner about which movies to watch or decide for yourself. You might want to run through a couple of romantic comedies like Notting Hill and Cinderella Story, or you and your partner might be keen to tune into a series of films that you both love, perhaps Harry Potter.
You can load up on your favourite snacks and sodas and make it a movie night to remember without having to worry about annoying people in the cinema.
Travel the world
While many of us dream of a Valentine’s Day spent on the Gaudi-inspired streets of Barcelona or amidst the ancient history of Rome, it’s not viable for most of us at this time of the year.
However, you can travel the world by bringing a foreign culture into your home on Valentine’s Day, which is a wonderful way to celebrate the day with an ode to your love for travel.
For instance, if you love Spanish culture, put together a delicious tapas menu and crack open a bottle of Rioja to enjoy with your partner. You could round the evening off while dancing to Spanish acoustic music or watching a Spanish movie.
So, while it might not match Valentine’s Day spent in Barcelona, it’s a close second and will save you some money in the process.
Plan on a scavenger hunt
Some couples are active and enjoy setting tasks for one another, and an at-home Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt is a brilliant idea.
You can take turns hiding objects around the house for your partner to find and offer treats as a reward to the winner. A box of delicious chocolates is a great (and cheap) reward.
If you’re planning a proposal on Valentine’s Day this year, a scavenger hunt is a great way to plant the ring and put together a special offer of marriage! It’s up to you what you hide throughout the house, but inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for one another are a great way to keep the task fun and engaging.
Breakfast in bed
Treating your partner to breakfast in bed is one of the best ways to show them how much you appreciate them. Acts of service – like providing breakfast in bed – are among the five love languages that ensure your relationship moves along smoothly.
Also, who doesn’t love being treated to their favourite breakfast while still being wrapped up warm underneath the covers?
If you want to start Valentine’s Day as you mean to go on, set your alarm for 30-60 minutes before your partner gets up and head to the kitchen.
You don’t need to rustle up Michelin-star cuisine – even a cup of tea and eggs on toast will go down a treat. After all, as far as breakfast in bed is concerned, it’s very much the thought that counts, and it’s a great way to begin an extra special Valentine’s Day at home with the love of your life.
Embrace your inner artist
If you and your partner are creative souls, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner artist. You can pick up some art supplies from Hobbycraft and sit down to an evening of art. You could try and draw one another, or you could try and create a joint masterpiece for one of the walls in your home.
However, if you’re not particularly creative and don’t think you can create artwork from scratch, consider a paint-by-numbers or adult colouring session. These activities are genuinely mediative and are a great way to be present in one another’s company.
The result is also something memorable that you can keep forever as a reminder of an excellent Valentine’s Day spent at home.
Have a games night
Another great way to spend Valentine’s at home is to set up a games night. This is a great opportunity to dust off classic board games like Cluedo, Monopoly, or the Game of Life, and you can set the table with your favourite drinks and snacks as you challenge your partner to your favourite board games.
Alternatively, you could enjoy a night of video games with your partner if you have a console like a Nintendo Switch or PlayStation. Classic video games are often the best for games nights with your partner, so think about titles like Mario Kart and Crash Bandicoot to keep things light-hearted.
However you go about it, challenging your partner to a games night is a brilliant at-home Valentine’s idea and will ensure a fun and engaging night for you both.
We hope that the above eight at-home Valentine’s ideas provide you with all the inspiration you need to have a memorable day or night with your partner, ensuring that you start this year as you intend to go on in your relationship.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your partner and a great way to save money at a typically expensive time of the year.
If you’re keen to save money with your loved one this February, our savings pots and HyperJar’s pre-paid debit card are excellent tools to help you, and they will help you work towards your joint savings goals this year.