If you’re anything like us, Valentine’s Day is normally just like any other day – maybe, if you’re feeling kind, there are some flowers or a wine involved, but there are no expectations or fancy dinner reservations. It almost feels like the idea of an overly romantic, expensive Valentine’s Day comes from marketing newsletters and Instagram adverts.
But this year feels different. With long lockdowns, gloomy days and news that seems to take two steps into darkness before taking one into the light, it feels like a nice day is overdue. An excuse to do something different, if you will.
Whether you live with your partner and you’ve survived (or even thrived) in the last year of 24/7 togetherness or your flatmates have become your best friends, or even if you live by yourself and have only kept going thanks to that one friend over Zoom and long once-a-day walks together… it seems right to give them a celebration.
We’ve put together a little list of notes on nice presents (both from small shops and DIY) that will make someone’s day just a little bit brighter, and we all need a bit of that.
Valentine's Day is a wonderful excuse to find something new to cook. There's something so special about finding a decadent-looking recipe, putting some music on and drinking a glass of wine as you cook it. Making it an activity with the person you'll share it with makes it taste all the better.