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Love in the Time of Quarantine: Papier’s Picks for What to do on Valentine’s Day 2021

Unprecedented, unheard of, unromantic? This year has been a year like no other. In the midst of a global pandemic, when hugs, holding hands, and dinner dates were banned, romance took a bit of a beating thanks to coronavirus. Whether you’ve been locked down with a loving partner, had to struggle through a tough period of separation, or you’ve been single and isolating with housemates or friends, besides sending a Valentine's Day card, it can be tough to express how you really feel about your significant other or your cherished loved-ones when times are tough.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled our list of top lockdown-friendly, COVID-secure activities to help inspire you to make the day as special as can be for you and your partner, or for your closest friends and loved ones.

Things to do on Valentine’s Day if you’re locked down with your partner

Cook a Fancy Dinner

It may be a well-trodden path, but a good plate of food is sure to put a smile on the face of your partner. With restaurants and bars shut, the typical Valentine’s haunts are off-limits this year, so make the most of the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Perhaps you’ve never ventured outside of beans on toast, or maybe you’re a budding Nigella in the making. Whatever your culinary calibre, it’s the thought that counts when it comes to serving someone food. Take the time to lovingly prepare an extra special Valentine’s meal and channel your inner gastronomical genius.

Make a Valentine’s Treasure Hunt

Think that you couldn’t possibly get excited about spending even more time in the four walls of your own home? Think again!

For an adorably romantic Valentine’s idea, create a treasure hunt for your partner to follow, with the final treasure being their gift. Write your first clue in one of our special Valentine’s cards to get the ball rolling and watch the fun ensue.

Couples Who Workout Together Stay Together

With daily outings limited to just one session of exercise per day, make the most of your precious time in the open air with your partner. Plan a special Valentine’s Day workout session and get that heart pumping.

Exercise is proven to help release oxytocin and endorphins, the two primary hormones that make us fall in love; so get your gear on and head out for a romantic round of burpees and lunges.

Write Each Other a Poem

Deem yourself a Dickinson? Proclaim yourself a Plath? Allege yourself an Angelou? Whoever your poetic icon may be, put pen to paper and jot down all the things you love about your special someone. If you’re struggling to get the creative juices flowing, take a look at our romantic cards for inspiration. Or if you prefer a light-hearted limerick, go for one of our funny and punny cards to get you started.

Things To Do On Valentine’s Day If you’re doing the ‘long-distance thing’

Zoom Cocktails, Anyone?

The video call has really had its day in the sun this year. And while FaceTime fatigue is a common feeling among most working-from-homers, the joy that seeing the face of your partner can bring is incomparable.

If you’ve had enough of talking about the same old topics why not engage in an activity that you can do together? Find some recipes for your most extravagant alcoholic concoctions and get your mix on— the perfect date from a distance.

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Send A Card

Perhaps this one goes without saying, but a heartfelt card with messages of love can bring some much-needed lightness to your partner in these trying times. Be sincere or silly and send one of our Valentine’s Day cards to help you say it just right.

Co-watch a Romantic Film

From The Notebook, to Call Me By Your Name and even Die Hard, we all have films that make us feel warm and fuzzy when we watch them.

Organise a time to watch your favourite Valentine’s film with your partner and have a running text commentary as it’s playing. At least they won’t talk over all the good bits this year!

Things to do on Valentine’s Day if you’re single and living with friends

Wine Night with the Pals

Nothing beats an evening of Prosecco with your pals. Find a selection of your favourite tipples and organise a wine tasting night to keep spirits high in your household bubble on Valentine’s Day.

Maybe you’re looking to become an expert sommelier or perhaps you couldn’t care less whether the wine is corked or full-bodied. What matters most is that you get to spend quality time with your closest friends, (even if the wine costs less than a loaf of bread).

Dancing in the Moonlight

The feeling of putting on your favourite playlist, losing all your inhibitions and letting your body take over is a truly unique joy.
Embrace the weirdness of this year with a V-Day rave with your household or support bubble. Let your hair down, shake it out and dance your way into the wee hours with your nearest and dearest.

Things To Do On Valentine’s Day If you’re locked down alone

Nothing Beats a Bath

The pinnacle of pampering, the zenith of zen – the humble bath is the ultimate act of self care. If you’re on your own this Valentine’s day, take a nice long, hot bath and let your anxieties and stresses melt away. Light yourself some comforting scented candles, turn the lights out and let the water do the rest.

Call Someone You Love

Reach out to the person that knows you better than you know yourself. Whoever your most special someone is, they’re sure to perk you up when times are tough and help you to talk it out. Pick up the phone and have a natter about anything and everything to ground yourself and gain the gift of some words of wisdom and TLC.

Treat Yourself to a Takeaway

Enjoy spending time with the most romantic Valentine’s Day date possible – yourself.

Luxuriate in the freedom of not having to spend hours in the kitchen and treat yourself to your favourite takeaway. Now is the time to be supporting local businesses, so really you’re just doing your bit for the economy by ordering that curry.

Still haven’t picked up a card to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone yet? Shop our range of Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day cards here.

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