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Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

12th January, 2024

We think love of all shapes and sizes deserves celebrating, but that doesn’t have to mean a fancy dinner out or a room full of rose petals. We’ve racked our brains, wiggled into Cupid’s wings and come up with a few Valentine’s ideas for all budgets and tastes, to help you celebrate your love, your way.

Staying in Valentine's Day ideas

Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy an evening with your partner instead of making a huge fuss. To create some magic without even leaving the house, check out our selection of stay-at-home Valentine's Day ideas.

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Turn your lounge into a home cinema

Lights, camera, action – it’s time to bring the cinema to you! Get the popcorn and other sweet treats in, and choose a selection of films ahead of your date (so you don’t get stuck in an endless Netflix scroll). If you really want to go all out, create movie posters to decorate the room and cue up some trailers before the main event.

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Make cocktails

Cocktails are a guaranteed way to make an evening feel special. And the key is in the prep – so have a little cocktail area set up before your date. On the night, take turns as the cocktail maker, and maybe even get a competition going for the best drink.

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Do a games night

Like a little healthy competition mixed in with your romance? Then a games night is for you. Gather a stash of cards and games made for two or grab a console and a few controllers. The stakes are high – winner gets bragging rights for the foreseeable future.

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Cook a meal

Stick your chef’s hat on and whip up something special together this Valentine’s Day. Maybe there’s a dish that means something to you both or a cuisine you always go for? Whether you find romance over a risotto or spark feelings through fried chicken, cooking is a fun way to spend some quality time with each other. Even better, you get to enjoy delicious dinner at the end!

Ideas for going out on Valentine’s Day

Sometimes love warrants adventure and new experiences. So why not take your special someone to a special place? You could head out and enjoy something you're both passionate about or have a go at an activity you’ve always wanted to try. Here are some date ideas for Valentine’s Day to try out.

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Take a class together

Every day is a school day – including Valentine’s Day! There are all sorts of classes you could do together, from pottery to cooking to dancing. Have a look online and find one near you that you’d both find fun. Who knows, you might even find a brand new hobby to do for years to come.

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Be culture vultures

Great creative work can get the senses going, making it perfect for Valentine’s viewing. Pay a visit to a local gallery, theatre or museum, and bonus points if you can find some romantic paintings or creations while you’re there.

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Wine and dine

A touch of tradition never goes amiss on Valentine’s Day. Book a table for two at a nearby restaurant or push the boat out and whisk your other half off to an eatery they’ve always wanted to go to (just make sure to book in advance!). It’s a great excuse to get a bit dressed up and maybe, if the time is right, the perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day proposal…

Long-distance Valentine’s Day ideas

It's always a tough challenge to be in a long-distance relationship, especially on Valentine's Day. But being separated from your loved one doesn’t mean you have to let it pass you by – there are still lots of ways to celebrate your love from afar.

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Send a love letter

Confession: we still love so-called ‘snail mail’. An old-fashioned handwritten letter will always beat an email. It’s a keepsake to treasure and something that has real thought and heart put into it. If the blank page is a bit scary, or the thought of writing a love letter feels a bit cringy, we’ve got some ideas to get you started. And remember you don’t need to be Shakespeare to create something they’ll really love, just putting pen to paper can be enough!

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A digital day out (or in)

Thanks to the magic of technology you can take a trip or a class together even if you’re miles apart. There are all sorts of places offering interesting and fun online classes, from pasta making with a bona fide Italian expert, to virtual wine-tasting. Or, if you’re craving some culture, try a virtual museum or gallery tour. We love doing online tours of the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.

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Express your love in audio

Send your loved one a beautiful audio card or a recording of you expressing your love for them. Alternatively, if you're a big music buff, relive the glory days of showing your love through mixtapes by making them a playlist full of their favourite songs.

Gifts to make Valentine’s Day extra special

Of course, we still think having beautiful blooms delivered is one of the best things you can do for Valentine’s Day. And nothing beats fresh flowers hand-crafted by a florist. If you’re together you’ll both get to enjoy them and if you’re apart it’ll show them just how special they are.

Choose from a classic bouquet of red roses or go for something that expresses your passion in a burst of colour with mixed seasonal romantic bouquets. And don’t forget to add a beautiful message to make them blush!

If flowers aren’t your partner’s thing, we have plenty of other gifts you can choose from too. Send a hamper full of their favourite things,surprise them with a gorgeous plant or treat them to a loveable line-up of goodies with a gift set.

Lots of love, Interflora x

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