Valentine’s Day is going to be different this year. There’s no getting around it. But while many of us won’t be enjoying the fancy dinners out that we enjoyed in the carefree spirit of yesteryear, that doesn’t mean the romance has to stop too.
In fact, it may be even more romantic because we’re pushed to be creative; to think outside of the box and do something personal. It’s not just about spending money - it requires something more than simply making a restaurant reservation.
So, if you’re looking for inspiration for the best gifts and lockdown date ideas to spoil that special someone in your life (even if that someone is yourself), we’ve got you covered.
What is the best present for V-Day in lockdown?
Trying to find the perfect present for your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife or significant other – even if you’re on a budget? We’ve got it sorted.
Take a peek at the CBII team's list of unusual and romantic gifts to help you feel good while supporting local businesses – and where possible, the environment too.
A personalised gift basket: wellness
In a time where self-care is so important, there's no better way to celebrate your person than by giving them a wellness present. Our go-to pamper box like this one from Olive & Pickle is filled with our favourite feel good treats and products.
Personalise yours by adding things like his and hers mugs, a bullet journal or matching pillowcases and a bottle of feel good oil – voted ‘Best Sleep Oil’ 2020 and 'Best Sleep Product' 2021 - after all, you can’t beat the gift of a great night’s sleep!
Psst… the CBD oil is vegan and crafted with an environmentally friendly extraction process, packaged in cartons made from 100% recyclable and compostable hemp fibre.
A book subscription: the gift
that keeps on giving
A pre-loved book subscription is the perfect Valentine’s Day lockdown surprise for book worms. Wonderland Bookshop in the UK will carefully select a secondhand book to send on a subscription of your choosing.
We love this idea as it’s not just a great way to spoil your partner, you’re also supporting a local business and taking care of the environment at the same time.
A lavender & eucalyptus
bouquet: more than roses
Give your partner flowers that are a little different from your typical red roses. We love this lavender and eucalyptus bouquet (with a touch of lilac roses) that My Lady Garden florist in London created for us – add this soothing skin balm with matching ingredients lavender and eucalyptus for an extra special touch!
A date jar: it’s always the thought
Remember, we won’t be in lockdown forever. Treat your special someone to a jar filled with date ideas ready for when you’re able to head out again – a wine and cheese tasting experience at a local wine estate, a voucher for a local yoga class, a cooking course or dance lessons in your neighborhood – wherever you can, try to support local small businesses.
How can I make Valentine’s Day
at home special? Experiences
Just because you can’t go out doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. Wondering ‘how can I make my Valentine’s romantic?’ or trying to find the perfect lockdown date idea? There are still plenty of ways to enjoy a romantic Sunday or evening at home.
Here are some ideas for surprising your partner on February 14th 2021.
Recreate your first date
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together, effort is attractive. Recreate the first time you met or your first anniversary at home – by replicating the dinner menu or the drinks you enjoyed or setting up a home movie projector in your lounge or bedroom to screen the film you watched together when you first met. Champagne and fairylights optional.
evening of pampering
Treat your special someone to an evening of world-class pampering – the perfect lockdown date for Valentine’s Day. Run a candlelit bubble bath, apply face masks, make their favourite home-cooked meal, or treat them to a feel good massage with our CBD muscle balm.
Feel good food
We all know that the way to a man (or woman’s) heart is through the stomach. So, plan a romantic meal or pull out all the stops and do a full Sunday of digging in.
Start the day with a breakfast of champions in bed. Want to enjoy a lie-in together? Order a breakfast delivery like this one from Olive & Pickle (with our Balance capsules and feel good oil to enjoy alongside freshly squeezed orange juice)
Have a chef-made meal delivered straight to your door (a great way to support local businesses like this one)
Host a romantic fondu night with cheese and breadsticks for the savoury lovers or chocolate for dessert with strawberries, and marshmallow skewers for dipping.
Don't fancy yourself a great chef? Have a gourmet meal kit delivered from the Mindful Chef and spend the evening cooking together
Challenge your partner to a Bake Off. Need a little inspiration for some delicious treats to bake? Take a look at these tasty CBD-infused goodies.
Around the world cocktail evening
The pubs may be closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favourite cocktails in the comfort of your own home this Valentine’s Day. Get creative and set up a themed cocktail bar in different rooms of your house – serve piña coladas in Puerto Rico, Margaritas in Mexico, or make it snazzy and dress up to the nines. What better excuse to get out your sparkly cocktail dress and tux?