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5 Cupid-Approved Tips for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day
If you’re a true romantic, you know the “Super Bowl” of romantic holidays is just around the corner. Yes, this year is a little different. Cupid is wearing a face mask and his bows are freshly sanitized. Still, love is in the air and we want to help you celebrate safely.
In this post, we’ll offer five tips for enjoying Valentine’s Day this year—from celebrating with your sweetheart to showing love to those you treasure most—and provide some inspiration to create a safe, memorable day to rival all others.
We’ll also share a simple way to make extravagance affordable as you shop.
5 Tips for a Quarantine-Friendly Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming fast. Maybe you’ve been planning since last year. Maybe you’ve been stumped about plans this year. No matter what your situation, we think these tips will add to your day.
If you don’t have much time, here are the tips, in brief:
- Research venues that practice social distancing.
- Do your shopping online.
- Use curbside pickup.
- Transform your home.
- Play Cupid, pandemic-edition.
If you can hang out a little longer, keep reading for the details.
1. Research venues that practice social distancing
This pandemic has changed the way venues do business. A smart venue is one that has social distancing policies clearly outlined and enforced. Some places may require more advanced notice, but don’t fret. Many venues are anxious to get business and are flexible.
Call any place you are interested in visiting and ask them detailed questions about the social distancing policies they have in place. A well-run, accommodating venue will have no problem addressing your concerns.
Check with the following places to ensure a safe date:
- Movie theaters: These days, you can rent out an entire theatre for a reasonable price. It can be just the two of you, or you can have a group date with a few of your closest friends, and space out in the theatre. You can often watch the latest movie or choose from a list of classics.
- Restaurants: If your area still offers in-person dining, make a reservation, but also ask to visit the space before Valentine’s Day to make sure you approve of the setup. Inquire about online menus to plan your meal courses before you arrive. If they offer outdoor seating, ensure the presence of outdoor heaters if the weather will be chilly in your area.
- Hotels/Resorts: Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so a weekend getaway might be just what you need. Prices tend to be higher for holidays, but you might be able to grab some last-minute deals directly through the hotel or on discount sites like Groupon or Hotwire.
- Spas: Inquire about private sessions for couples that limit contact with spa personnel such as salt room therapy, aromatherapy, and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (you can also get this at home with omnipemf and pay for the device over time). Contact spas that follow safety protocol standards, such as from the International Spa Association, to plan a safe, yet romantic relaxation visit.
- Other Attractions: Whether you want to admire art or watch dolphins swim, reach out to the venue directly. You might be surprised by what they are offering on Valentine’s weekend. Ask about self-guided tours or reserving spaces for you and your honey to be alone.
We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you discover. You’ll find that many of your favorite places (and a few new ones) will be more than happy to accommodate your requests this year.
2. Do your shopping online
It’s amazing what you can order online these days. From groceries to vehicles, you can get just about anything delivered to your doorstep. Businesses like UPS and Amazon are even working on drone delivery options.
Take advantage of this ecommerce expansion and get everything you need for your special day while you relax on the couch.
Here are just a few things you can shop for to make your Valentine’s Day special:
- Jewelry gifts: Are you proposing this Valentine’s Day? Check out an amazing selection of buy now, pay later engagement ring stores. If he or she is a fan of jewelry, take a look at these top jewelry stores that offer interest-free installment payments.
- Fashion gifts: There is nothing like a beautiful new dress or a smart pair of shoes. Browse these fashion stores and shoe stores for inspired looks at buy now pay later prices.
- Gifts for better rest: Who says sleep isn’t romantic? If your mattress is giving you lackluster vibes, think about leveling up your bedroom with an innovative mattress you can buy now and pay for over time.
- Sweet treats: You can shop for chocolate covered…everything. Seriously, there are so many options out there from fruit to pretzels, truffles and nut clusters. In fact, candy stores like luxury chocolatier, Godiva, are ramping up online offerings and closing brick-and-mortar shops. Whatever you are craving, you are sure to find it through online shops.
- Flowers and balloons: Look for florists that offer quick or next-day delivery. Often you can get flowers, balloons, and candy in one online shopping trip. It’s a perfect solution for last-minute gifts.
- Gourmet meals: Many restaurants serving upscale fare are accessible on meal delivery apps. Check apps like Grubhub to see what is offered. In many cases you can order in advance, but make sure your restaurant of choice will deliver on Valentine’s Day. If not, have it delivered a day in advance and just reheat and plate it on fancy dishes to serve.
If you’re worried about whether your gifts will arrive in time, don’t be. Be creative about gifts that might not arrive in time by offering clues to help your partner guess what’s coming. Sometimes anticipation can be a gift in and of itself.
3. Use curbside pickup
Not “feeling” a stranger delivering your food? If you have any awkward vibes about someone knocking on your door, you can always order food or decorative items in advance and use curbside pickup.
You can expect to have designated parking spaces where you can wait while a restaurant or store employee brings your items to you. To avoid confusion and save time, inquire about the curbside pickup policies before you arrive.
4. Transform your home
If you decide to stay in, make it special. If you want to surprise your significant other with the decor, planning is a must. You can also decorate together to make it fun.
Here are some ideas for adding a bit of glam to your surroundings for Valentine’s Day:
- Rooms: Make rooms stand out with flower petals, color-coordinated fabrics, and candles. If you don’t want to worry about open flames seek out realistic LED tea lights and pillar candles to make tablescapes or add ambient lighting around your desired area. Pull out the “good” flatware, dinnerware, and stemware and create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day table.
- Halls and foyers: Drape garland and battery-operated lights. Hang picture collages. Use removable hooks to protect walls and furnishings.
- Outdoors: Use wreaths, lighting, and outdoor decorations to set the mood. It can be a welcome sight for your mate after a long day at the office.
You can be as creative as you want, but if you’re feeling stuck, check out ideas from Pinterest to get the ball rolling. For more DIY tips, check out these articles from Elle Decor, Country Living and Good Housekeeping.
5. Play Cupid, pandemic-edition
Yes, Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, but more importantly, love. It’s a great time to show your children, parents, and extended family how much you care.
Here are some easy ways you can play Cupid while keeping your loved ones safe:
- Virtual parties: Use platforms like Zoom or Facebook Messenger Rooms to plan a Valentine’s Day meetup. Plan to have music, games, and time to chat. You can even mail out treats in advance to be enjoyed during the party.
- Drive-by celebrations: Load up your vehicle or bike with gifts and goodies and make a few rounds to drop off the treats to all of your loved ones. Put everything on the doorstep and stand back while they come out and enjoy what you purchased or made. You can even enlist a few others to do a “parade” on their street as you drop off gifts.
- Put a stamp on it: Send out cards to loved ones or have goods shipped to them. Let them know the mail is on the way and ask them to save it for Valentine’s Day. Give them a call or use a phone app like Duo or Facetime to connect as they open the gift.
If you’re low on cash, just remember this: a phone call goes a long way. Reaching out to show your love means a lot.
How to Buy Extravagant Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget
High-end gifts like fine jewelry, sound systems, or luxury furniture can seem unattainable, but if you use the right strategy, you can afford more than you think.
By now, you’ve probably become familiar with buy now pay later options, as they are an increasingly popular choice for buying items online and in stores. Options abound, but Splitit is a buy now pay later choice that works with an existing Visa or Mastercard.
Here’s how it works:
- You see a ring for your sweetheart that costs $500.
- You have an available credit line on your card of $1,000.
- You choose Splitit at checkout.
- You select your payment terms (how many months to spread out payments).
- Splitit charges your card for your first payment and your ring is shipped.
- Splitit also authorizes (sets aside) the remainder of the balance for the ring on your card.
- Each month, you’ll pay your installment amount until you pay for the ring in full.
The best part? There is no application, credit check, or fee to use the service. Splitit charges no interest to use this monthly payment option. And, if you pay your credit card in full each month, you’ll avoid finance charges from your credit card issuer.
If you want to learn more about Splitit, visit the Splitit shopper FAQ page.
Valentine’s Day will be here soon, but there are actions you can take right now to make it epic in your world. Armed with research, you can find the best places to go, restaurants that cater to your needs, and the perfect gifts and decor to order online to make your day memorable.
If you can’t spend time together under the same roof, you can “see” those you love virtually. No, it’s not the same, but it’s still an option to connect.
No matter how you celebrate, remember this: you are the common denominator to make it special. The actions you take this year, despite the challenges you face, will be treasured for years to come.