There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has upended many aspects of life – and Valentine’s Day on 14 February will be no exception because some may opt to stay at home to minimise risk.
However, it doesn’t mean you can’t do something a little out of the box to show appreciation for your loved one. “While we may not be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day the way we’re used to, there’s no reason why the day shouldn’t be less fun or romantic,” says Su-Marie Annandale, brand manager for Clere skincare.
With the heritage skincare brand turning 60 this year, they’re encouraging us to pay it forward and show kindness in all aspects of our lives, especially now in these uncertain times.
“Our #SpreadTheLove motto speaks to this and we’re all for showing your loved one, whether it be your significant other, family member, or friend, how much they mean to you this day of love,” Annandale says.
So, whether you’re together or apart this Valentine’s Day, or if you want to do a little something special for yourself (because self-love is equally as important), here are some stay-at-home ideas to break the monotony of lockdown and have something to look forward to.
1 Breakfast in bed
The ultimate romantic gesture. Wake up before your Valentine and surprise them with pancakes made from scratch, a summer fruit bowl and some freshly squeezed orange juice or hot percolated coffee. Who doesn’t love a date that requires minimal effort?
2 Ask each other questions
You’ve got the time, so why not get to know your partner even better than you thought you did? Even if you’ve been together for years, you’ll be surprised to find there’s probably something you didn’t know about your loved one.
Print out the New York Times‘ 36 questions that psychologists say lead to love and spend time finding out some interesting stories you may never have known.
3 Plan a future holiday
Just because you’re staying home this Valentine’s Day and, for the foreseeable future, doesn’t mean you can’t dream of faraway places to visit. Spend some time planning either a real or dream vacation.
4 Play a game
When’s the last time you and your Valentine sat down and played a board game? Pull out those old chess boards and checkers pieces and challenge your partner to a board game duel. Pick games specifically made for two players (think scrabble, chess, or card games) and enjoy some friendly competition.
5 Create an at home spa
Run a bubble bath for your partner with their favourite essential oils. Then, light some candles, have the moisturiser ready and treat your loved one to a massage.
Clere’s range of lotions and crèmes offer four unique formulations (Tissue Oil and Pure Glycerine, Triple Glycerine, Pure Glycerine Crème and Glycerine Gel), all available in different fragrances and catering to the different skin needs of each consumer.
These are Cocoa Butter, Tropical Coconut, Lanolin & Glycerine, Avocado Milk, Powder Fresh, Rich Musk, Vanilla Honey Cream and Berries & Cream. It’s the ultimate pamper party.
6 Order in
You’ve worked hard with breakfast in bed, so for dinner why not get takeaways from yours and your partner’s favourite restaurant?
7 Netflix and chill
While it may get a rap, if planned correctly, a night in front of the TV watching your favourite new or old series can be special. Most importantly, don’t forget the freshly popped popcorn.
All four Clere skincare formulations provide 48-hour moisturisation and contain Vitamins E & A. The Clere range of crèmes and lotions are available at all leading retailers at a cost of R34.99 and R21.99, respectively.