Stuck in lockdown or quarantine for Valentine’s Day this year?
Trust us, you’re not the only one.
But just because you need to celebrate at home with your valentine this year doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing, romantic, and fun celebration. In fact, the at-home restriction might even encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone and get creative!
So with that optimistic attitude in mind, here are some really fun (and budget friendly!) Valentine’s Day date ideas that are lockdown and quarantine friendly. We hope you find exactly what you’re looking for!
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1. Organize a fun themed dinner & movie night
One super easy way to elevate a date night is simply tacking on a theme to tie your meal and your movie together. We know – dinner and a movie at home might not sound like the most creative lockdown Valentine’s Day idea, but adding a theme really can make a huge difference.
For example, you could…
- Watch a foreign film and pair it with cuisine from that country
- Pick one of your favourite films and eat a meal that’s featured in the movie
- Have a marathon of something you love and enjoy snacks that are of that theme (e.g. Mandalorian marathon + Mandalorian snacks, Studio Ghibli + SG themed foods, etc.)
Looking for some geeky ideas? Loading Player Two has some awesome ideas for Marvel themed dinner + movie nights here.
2. Do an at-home escape room or detective mystery
Looking for a fun and interactive activity that you can both enjoy together during this Valentine’s Day at home?
Fun fact: you can actually order all sorts of cool escape room/mystery games to play at home where you’re in charge of cracking a case or solving a mysterious puzzle.
Here are some ideas:
- This escape room set that comes with 4 different ones so you can play again for other date nights
- This murder mystery that takes place in a dive bar
- This “unsolved case files” set with 50+ pieces of evidence
3. “Travel” somewhere
Travelling somewhere for Valentine’s Day might be out of the question at the moment, but there are still plenty of ways to fulfill that wanderlust of yours for a fun staycation at home.
If you and your loved one miss going on trips together, there are many ways to enjoy a travel themed lockdown Valentine’s Day.
For instance, you can pick a country to “travel” to and center all your activities around that country for the evening – from your drinks and snacks to your meal and movie. You could also try to participate in an activity from that country (i.e. learning a traditional dance, performing a romantic ritual from that culture, etc.)
BONUS THOUGHTFUL TIP: Create fake boarding passes for this destination to surprise your loved one, or even buy some destination-appropriate attire to lay out for them as a surprise.
You can find more virtual travel ideas from Happy to Wander here.
4. Do the “4 course meal” date challenge
This date challenge has gone viral on TikTok lately, and it’s a really cute and simple idea that would work well as a special lockdown Valentine’s date idea.
The concept is this: you have four courses for your meal, and you play rock paper scissors to determine who gets to choose that course.
The beauty of this lockdown Valentine’s date idea is you can adapt it however you want. Here are some ideas:
- If you have a car, go get takeout for each course from a different spot
- If you want to do everything at home, order delivery for each course (though this can get pricey, so you could make it so that they get to pick whatever they want from the menu at one specific place)
- If you want to make a homemade meal, rock paper scissors for who decides on what you eat, then the loser has to cook that course
5. Order delivery and set it up like a fancy date night
Tired of chowing down on noodles from a box? That’s fair. But just because delivery no longer feels like a special thing anymore doesn’t mean you can’t MAKE it special.
One very cute lockdown Valentine’s Day idea would be to order delivery/takeout from your favourite restaurant, then recreate the full experience properly at home. Set up your table with candles, fancy napkins, and a tablecloth, get some ambient music going, and of course, dish out all your food onto actual plates instead of boxes.
BONUS THOUGHTFUL TIP: You can even put up some atmospheric videos like this one of “fancy restaurant ambiance” to get the mood just right.
6. Go for a fun walk outside… with a twist
When in lockdown, one of the best (and honestly, only) outdoor date ideas is going for a long walk… but since this may be a daily occurrence for many, you can look for new ways to spice it up for a fun lockdown Valentine’s celebration.
Instead of going on your usual walking route, here are some fun ideas:
- Flipping a coin to decide whether you turn left or right at each intersection, hopefully ensuring you go somewhere new (and not just in circles!)
- Go for a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the most important places from your relationship
- Printing out a map of your local area and then throwing a dart to see where you go for your walk – maybe pick a takeout place from there too
7. Deck out your home like a real cinema for a movie date night
Miss going to the movies? Us too.
If you and your Valentine usually enjoy a night out at the cinema, a really fun lockdown Valentine’s Day idea would be to recreate that cinema experience at home… think buttery popcorn, plenty of movie theatre snacks, and a big projector if you have one.
BONUS THOUGHTFUL TIP: Make some fake movie tickets to surprise your loved one (or order a fun movie theme Valentine’s card like this one.
8. DIY your own spa and pamper day at home
In need of some relaxation and pampering? Why not create your own spa day in quarantine?
Here are some ideas:
- Light some candles or diffuse some romantically scented essential oils like these
- Buy some nice smelling massage oil like this and take turns giving/receiving massages
- Enjoy a nice soothing bubble bath together (this XXL bath bomb comes with rose pedals for that perfect Valentine’s touch!)
9. Set up a cute (indoor) picnic
Picnics are the ultimate lockdown Valentine’s date – load up a cute basket like this with your favourite foods, go somewhere scenic and just enjoy each other’s company (all the better if it’s at sunset).
If you are living somewhere cold though or prefer to stay indoors, having a fun picnic at home is an equally fun and adorable Valentine’s Day idea. Just set up a cozy picnic area with a cute picnic blanket like this and pillows… bonus points if you add some fairy lights as well.
For an extra nice touch, throw a nice outdoor ambiance video on your TV/laptop showing your ideal picnic setting (e.g. the beach, on top of a mountain, etc.)
10. Book an experience/class to do together at home
Looking fo a quarantine-friendly Valentine’s Day idea that is both fun and unique? Why not book an online class or experience to do together?
Here are some places you can find ideas:
- FREE: Pick a tutorial to do together on YouTube
- AirBNB experiences for fun wanderlusty activities from around the globe
11. Recreate an iconic date of yours DIY style at home
Whether it’s your first date, the date where you first said “I Love You”, or a magical anniversary date, odds are there are some standout dates from your history that you both remember fondly.
Well, why not recreate this date at home for a super fun lockdown-friendly Valentine’s Day idea? Whatever the date was, try to find a way to recreate it at home (e.g. order from the same restaurant, watch the same movie, etc.)
Even if it’s sloppy and silly, it’s still a fun and unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and pay homage to one of the highlights of your relationship.
12. Do a couples game show/quiz group date on Zoom
Prefer to celebrate your lockdown Valentine’s Day with other couple friends or in a group setting? Why not organize a fun games night over Zoom featuring romance-themed activities?
Here are some game/activity ideas:
- The Newlywed Game where couples have to answer questions about each other
- Play Never Have I Ever but a couples version
- Have a romance themed “pub quiz” with questions about famous rom coms, couples, etc.
13. Do your own wine tasting
Miss wine tasting and visiting vineyards with your Valentine? Well, why not recreate that experience at home for a quarantine-friendly Valentine’s Day idea?
It’s simple: get dressed up, load up on vino, and that’s your Valentine’s Day sorted.
Here are some ideas:
- Pick a bunch of wines from one vineyard to try
- Pick a few wines from one region to try
- Book a virtual wine tasting
14. Have a Valentine’s craft night
Doing a fun activity together at home is one of the best ways to enjoy a low key Valentine’s Day at home… and what’s better than a craft night?
Here are a few ideas for an at-home crafty Valentine’s Day:
- Print out lots of photos and have a scrapbooking session
- Customize/paint your own mugs (easy with a kit like this)
- Handcasting with a set like this to create a unique hand sculpture https://amzn.to/3ofq7lJ
As a bonus, you’ll have mementos from this lockdown Valentine’s Day to fondly look back on.
15. Have a Valentine’s DAY ‘vision board’ date
Another way to get crafty for your lockdown Valentine’s Day is sitting down and creating a special vision board (whether together, or separately).
Just collect a bunch of magazines, print out photos, etc. and dream away about what you’re hoping life will look like this year for you both. This could be a great way to set your intentions for the upcoming year and get creative at the same time.
16. Do a wine and paint night
Wine and paint nights are a popular date night idea, but if you’re not able to do one out this year for Valentine’s Day, it’s an easy experience to recreate at home.
- Pick a painting tutorial on YouTube to follow (here’s a playlist full of them)
- Buy some of your favorite wines
- Buy two canvases and some paint (here’s a kit if you’re feeling lazy)
17. Go stargazing at home
For a really sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day at home activity, try “stargazing”! This is a bit of a nerdy idea, but it could go down really well if your partner is into this kind of thing.
A few ideas:
- Actually star gaze and look for constellations with a telescope if weather and equipment permit
- Get a galaxy projector like this one, lay a blanket down, and “stargaze” with some nice music
- Get glow in the dark stars and put them up on the ceiling as a surprise (this set is adhesive putty so it’s reusable and comes with a constellation guide
18. Create a Valentine’s photobook together
Assembling a photobook together is a great way to walk down memory lane and relive some of your best relationship highlights before the world uh, took a turn.
There are tons of companies out there these days that allow you to quickly and easily put together fun phonebooks online that get printed into a beautiful book. You can even make them directly on Amazon (here’s how).
Making one together might be a fun lockdown Valentine’s activity, especially with plenty of drinks and snacks involved.
Plus, you’ll have a really fun physical souvenir from this Valentine’s Day once it gets printed.
19. Have a games day to decide your Valentine’s evening activities
Are you a competitive couple? Then this at home Valentine’s Day idea is for you!
Basically, what you need to do is determine 3 aspects of your date night evening to compete for (e.g. who gets to pick outfits, who gets to pick dinner, who gets to pick the movie, etc.) then choose three games to play to determine the winner.
What games you choose are completely up to you, but for optimal romance points, pick games that are you unique to you two in some way, whether it’s something you played a lot when you first started dating, a game related to a series you just binged, etc.
20. Go “camping”
Even if you can’t physically go camping right now, recreating the camping experience at home makes for a mighty romantic lockdown Valentine’s Day date.
Here are some ideas to help you achieve this:
- Pitch your tent inside and make it cozy with pillows and blankets
- Make s’mores
- Play board games
- Enjoy your favourite campfire foods
21. Have a chocolate fondue party
Chocolate, fruit, and your valentine… need we say more?
Chocolate fondue is a special (and romantic!) activity, but also one that’s surprisingly easy to do at home. All you need is an affordable set like this one plus plenty of your favourite fruits and snacks for dipping.
22. Organize a treasure hunt
Last but not least, a really cute lockdown Valentine’s Day idea would be to organize a little treasure hunt at home. Think an Easter Egg hunt, but with Valentine’s treats and gifts instead (even naughty things like lingerie!).
This would be a fun way to bring new life into the same four walls you’ve likely been sharing, and also give you an excuse to get a little competitive.
We hope you enjoyed this roundup of fun Lockdown Valentine’s Day Ideas!
Let us know in the comments if there are any more ideas we should add. Happy Valentine’s Day!