Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re not into extravagant gestures or fancy restaurants then here are seven easy date ideas for you. They might all turn out a little silly but the important thing is they’re cheap, they’re fun and they can all be enjoyed in your very own home! What’s more, with the help of online discount sites like myvouchercodes.co.uk, you can make even bigger savings. Here are my 7 cheap and fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home –
Prepare a Romantic Candlelit Dinner
The first is the most obvious. If you’re going to stay in this Valentine’s Day and do something more intimate, a romantic candle lit dinner will be top of most people’s list of ideas. For those that were not blessed with great culinary skills (ahem, me), may I suggest that you order Deliveroo from a fancier restaurant than usual and then simply arrange the food on your own plates when it arrives. Voila, you’ve brought the restaurant to your home!
Make sure there are lots of candles too for some suitable mood lighting and you’ve prepared a good soundtrack in advance. I would suggest “Chilled Jazz” or “Jazzy Romance” on Spotify.
Tip: All candles at Paperchase are currently half-price.
Create a Home Cinema
Grab all your blankets, duvets, pillows and cushions for a very cosy “cinema” date in front of the television. If you’ve got Netflix and can get it up on your TV then there’s lots of to choose from already (Notting Hill will surely be a winner), or you could go “old school” and rent a DVD. With the rise of all these online streaming platforms I think the humble DVD has joined videos and can now be deemed “old school”.
Make sure you’ve prepared all your snacks in advance: popcorn, shakes, chocolate, sweeties. If you want to make the experience a little more fun, you could even invest in a popcorn maker. This one from Savisto that I reviewed a couple of years ago is less than £20!
Tip: HMV currently have a deal where you can get two DVDs for £20. Find out more here.
Have a Wine and Cheese Night
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Pick a range of wines and cheese from your local supermarket, grab a cheese board (if one is not available, it seems any plank of wood will do) and you’re set! Again, candles would help bring those romantic vibes to your dining room. If you want to make this really fun, prep some sexy French phrases to go along with your wine and cheese. You can tell the girls at work that he whisked you off to Paris for Valentine’s Day.
Tip: There is currently up to 33% off wines and champagne at Waitrose. Find out more here.
Create a Home Spa
If you’re lucky enough to have a large bathtub at home, clean it out and turn your bathroom into your very own home spa! Don your dressing gowns, bring out your fluffiest towels, pop the champagne and you’ll soon forget where you really are. Other things you’ll need include: bath oils, rose petals, bubble bath etc. If you can surround the bath with loads of candles, even better. Loofahs optional.
Tip: Get 20% off bath products at the Designers Guild now. Find out more here.
Play Some Board Games
If you haven’t got any board games at home, give your mum a ring and ask her where she kept all of yours from childhood. Make a quick trip back to the family home, pick up the board games, make mum’s day and voila. Zero money spent and much enjoyment in store.
Let your competitive streak loose over a game of scrabble or uno. Don’t go overboard though – remember Valentine’s Day is about sharing and not winning or losing. You don’t want to spend the evening in a hump with your significant other about whether or not “Xi”, “Za” and “Wo” are really words. (These are legit in the scrabble dictionary)
Picnic + Stargazing
If you’ve got a lovely garden then grab a blanket and your favourite nibbles for a picnic extravaganza just a couple of feet from your home! The advantage of this is that you can always pop back inside if you forget anything important (like the corkscrew) or you need the loo (no need to hide behind a tree). If there’s a nip in the air then it’s the perfect excuse to cuddle up together under more layers of blankets too. Champers optional, but highly recommended.
This one is perhaps a little unwise if you also live in dreary London but inside picnics can be fun too!
Tip: Waitrose have some great hampers on offer now with many up to 25% off! Find out more here.
Have a Chocolate Fondu Night
Everyone knows chocolate is an aphrodisiac so if things have been a little rocky in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, this one is probably for you. Set up a chocolate fountain in the living room and enjoy! Make sure you buy copious amounts of block chocolate that you can melt as well as some fresh fruits and marshmallows. Take turns feeding each other for extra intimacy.
If you don’t already have a chocolate fountain machine you can buy one for less than £20 here.
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