Valentine’s Day Ideas for Stay at Home during the Pandemic

Consider these Valentine's Day ideas during COVID, photo valentines-day-2057745_1920 by Jill Wellington from Pixabay
Consider these Valentine's Day ideas during COVID, photo valentines-day-2057745_1920 by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Valentine’s Day 2021 will be a homey affair this year. With restaurants closed, except for take-out, and events, theatres, and festivals canceled due to COVID-19, we’ll all be huddling up inside to celebrate Cupid’s day. That doesn’t have to be such a bad thing…think of the dollars you’ll save lol! Seriously, Valentine’s Day at home can be a lot of fun. Below are Valentine’s Day ideas to celebrate the day at home during the pandemic:

Consider these Valentine's Day ideas during COVID, photo valentines-day-2057745_1920 by Jill Wellington from Pixabay
Consider these Valentine’s Day ideas during COVID, photo valentines-day-2057745_1920 by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Watch a Romantic Movie

It might be corny or cliché, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to watch a romantic movie whether you’re with your romantic partner or you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your gal pal. Here are several great romantic movies to watch with a friend or your loved one!

Make a Delicious Homemade Meal

This is the night to pull out all the stops and make a fancier meal than usual. I’m talking about Seafood Paella, Salmon Fillets with Cauliflower Rice and Spinach, Beef Bourguignon, or this spectacular Vegan Spiral Tart. Of course, you’ll want to include your partner in the preparation of this meal since four hands make quick work.

Play a Board Game

Since many families will be together on Valentine’s Day, you might need a family-friendly activity for Valentine’s Day. Choose your family’s favourite board game. Some new popular board games, which, I’ll be honest, I have never played include (surprise, surprise!) Pandemic, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Villainous. If you’re like me and like old-school games, pull out Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Monopoly, or Scrabble for logophiles.

Paint Night

Whether it’s just you and your partner or the whole family, celebrate Valentine’s Day by having your own Paint Night. You can get your paint supplies at your local dollar store (which are still open during lockdown because they sell food) and then watch one of the many paint instruction videos on YouTube. Here are a few of my favourite YouTube painting instructors.


This might be difficult to arrange since City of Toronto skating rinks currently permit a maximum of 25 skaters to allow for social distancing. You will have to register for a spot on the ice rink in advance so if you are thinking of skating on Valentine’s Day, I suggest you book a week or two before the day.

Learn a New Skill Together with MasterClass

MasterClass is a collection of online instruction given by leaders in their field. I received a subscription to MasterClass for Christmas and I have watched Malcolm Gladwell discuss writing and am now watching Margaret Atwood’s writing classes. Watch these classes together and learn something new! Other classes include:

  • Bobbi Brown, Makeup and Beauty
  • Annie Leibowitz, Photography
  • Steve Martin, Comedy
  • Gordon Ramsay, Restaurant Recipes at Home
  • James Suckling, Wine Appreciation
  • Diane von Furstenberg, Building a Fashion Brand
  • Serena Williams, Tennis
  • Daniel Sedaris, Storytelling and Humour
  • RuPaul, Self Expression and Authenticity
  • Christina Aguilera, Singing
  • Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriting
  • Chris Hadfield, Space Exploration

I hope you enjoy these Valentine’s Day ideas during COVID. Stay home and stay safe!


  1. Great minds think alike today! I feel like its tough as parents to find time to be romantic! Great ideas!

  2. These sound like fun ideas. It is nice to have some ways to celebrate even during the pandemic. Winter has been a tough time and it is nice to have some ways to spend quality time together.

  3. I love the MasterClass ideas! Although COVID-19 is sad, this has been a great time to hone in on learning new skills since we are all safer at home. You’ve got lots of great ideas.

  4. Great ideas to spend Valentine’s day at home. In fact, it sounds more exciting, and a quality time with your loved one. There are all wonderful ideas, my favorite ones on this list are movie, meal, and learning a new skill. Hope you have a wonderful time!

  5. Your array of ideas is timely and good to explore. They all reflect the virtues of spending time with your family.

  6. Yes, very true… Valentine’s Day will indeed be limited to indoor activities. It can also be a good experience, as couples will experience a new way of celebrating.

  7. Our lockdown is over but last year we were in lockdown until October and yes there are many things from this list I had done and it was fun!

  8. We will definitely have a movie night for Valentine’s day and my movie is already selected. I love all your shared ideas.

  9. Skate night sounds fun! Would have to be roller skating here, which would be romantic for us as we met at a roller rink! Great list of fun ideas, thanks!

  10. lovely ideas! I always give him chocolate and we obviously gonna stay home. This year we plan on baking chocolate cookies together and may be play a board game

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