Social-distancing orders aside, opting to stay in on February 14 has its perks, especially for parents. Try one of these romantic Valentine's Day ideas at home this year.

By Christin Perry
December 01, 2020
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Let's face it: Valentine's Day 2021 is most likely not going to include dinner reservations at your favorite fancy restaurant. We know, yet another bummer caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But look on the bright side—as long as you're with the one you love, it doesn't matter where you spend your special day. And if you and your partner opt to stay home this February, you can still have a great time.

We've rounded up a few simple romantic Valentine's Day ideas for celebrating at home to help make it feel like a holiday, whether the kiddos are around or fast asleep.

Give the Gift of Wine—That'll Keep On Giving

If you and your partner enjoy celebrating with a great bottle of wine, level up the experience by gifting a wine delivery subscription. We love Tasting Room because each subscription kicks off with a tasting kit to sample. Spend Valentine's Day sipping six different mini-bottles of wine, pick your favorites, then tell the service which ones you like best and they will curate your monthly picks accordingly. (Be sure to check your state's alcohol shipping laws, since some states prohibit you from receiving alcohol in the mail. If your state gives it the green light, you can have a bottle of your favorite blend delivered right to your doorstep.)

Book an At-home Massage

Bring a couple's massage into the comfort (and safety!) of your home when you schedule an in-home massage through soothe.com. With same-day scheduling in select locations and time slots as late as 10 p.m., you can easily enjoy a relaxing spa experience with your partner after the kids hit the sack. Don't have soothe in your town? Check with a local massage therapist and see if in-home could be an option to book.

Plan a Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt belongs on any list of romantic Valentine's Day ideas at home. Hide sentimental mementos from your favorite love-filled family memories around the house, then write up clues on where to find them and what they remind you of. It's fun game for the kids to get in on too, or you can wait until they head off to bed to make a steamier version of this family-friendly classic full of adult-only hints.

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Cook a Fancy Meal Minus the Grocery Run

Take a break from cooking for the whole family on this romantic holiday. With just a bit of advance planning, you can have a full meal delivered to your doorstep with a delivery service like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. You and your partner can work together to prepare a fancy meal using the fresh ingredients minus any trips to the grocery store.

Kick off a Murder Mystery Adventure

Do you and your partner love watching true crime shows? Then there's no better at-home Valentine's Day activity than kicking off a subscription from Hunt a Killer. Pour some wine and spend hours diving into your very own murder mystery evidence so you can plot out how you're going to solve a "cold case." Then each month after, you'll receive a new piece of the puzzle you'll need to crack the mystery.

Have Fun Making Fondue

There's something about fondue that makes it a perfect fit for a romantic evening. Grab your fondue kit (or check out this one if you don't have one), shop for your favorite cheeses and chocolates, and whip up a delectable spread that's the perfect pair for date night. It's one of our favorite Valentine's Day ideas at home.

Start a Fun Home Improvement Project

Think there's nothing romantic about a bit of hard work? Think again! We all are well aware of how much time we've been spending at home and probably all have a wishlist a mile long of little or big upgrades we'd love to do around the house. Pick a project that you and your partner both have been dreaming about and spend some time together fixing up your space this Valentine's Day. Then pop the champagne and revel in your newly upgraded digs as the sun sets on this romantic day.

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