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6 Ways to spend Valentine’s Day at home

Get date night inspirations for a romantic night in with your significant other.

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Time Out Hong Kong
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It's that time of the year again when we celebrate time with our significant other through cutesy gifts, snuggles, and meals at expensive restaurants. Of course, we're talking about Valentine's Day, but with all the health and safety concerns and the strict social distancing regulations, going out for a nice dinner might not be what you're after. That's okay! Staying home doesn't mean you can't still have a romantic V-Day with your significant other. There are a lot of things you can do at home, and we're not just talking about re-reading the Kama Sutra, but we won't judge you if that's what you're planning.

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Things to do at home on Valentine's Day

Netflix and chill
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Netflix and chill

This Valentine's Day, hit up the tried and tested streaming platform for some snuggle up time with your SO. Netflix offers a bunch of romantic movies for your watching pleasure, from classic first love-themed movies to book-to-movie adaptations to teenage rom-coms. So set the mood for a cosy, chill night, microwave some popcorn, and grab a blanket. For more information on new shows to check on Netflix this month, check out this link.

Prepare a home-cooked dinner
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Prepare a home-cooked dinner

What could be cuter than getting groceries and making dinner together, just the two of you? But instead of ordering in or eating out, cooking might give you more of a sense of adventure. And it doesn't have to be super complex, either – go for a pumpkin soup to start and have spaghetti all'amatriciana as your main course or experiment with these quirky viral food recipes that's sure to provide some fun in the kitchen. Just make sure you're getting your food from a credible source; we have enough viruses on our plates. Now, if all else fails, the city still offers a ton of Valentine's Day menus for you to order.  

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Prepare romantic boozy drinks
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Prepare romantic boozy drinks

While bars are temporarily closed, and wine dinners are off by 6pm, spruce up your home bar and try making some stiff drinks to keep your intimate date night going. While it's great and convenient to get bottled cocktails readily made for you, it is so much more fun to get messy behind your home bar. Try these steamy cocktails to spice up your evening, go for something fun and easy to make, or get into the classics. Whether you and your partner are into something fizzy or spirit-forward, there are tons of boozy libations you can make at home. Plan your cocktail menu and order from these alcohol delivery services that will deliver your bottles at home. 

Have a board game date night
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Have a board game date night

A recent study shows that board games between couples release 'love hormones' or oxytocin. Just make sure the games won't get too competitive because the night can easily turn sour. Opt for couple board games that will really engage you and your partner and even help you learn more about each other. There are tons of board games made for two people, from relationship-building, cooperative, and competitive. Try The Love Language card game, where you and your SO can incorporate conversation starters and questions about your relationship. 

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Work up a sweat
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Work up a sweat

Stretching your muscles in a non-romantic way while sweating may not be your idea of a romantic date. But, there's something about working out together that will really get you in the mood, especially with someone whom you genuinely enjoy the company of. There are a lot of fun couple exercises you can pull off of the internet. Feel free to start with easier ones, such as weighted sit-ups. Afterwards, you can even help each other stretch. Just imagine seeing them all hot and sweaty… And you get to improve your immune system, too! Here are some fun but killer workouts you can do at home to get you started.

Prepare a home-spa 
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Prepare a home-spa 

With what's currently happening in the city, everyone deserves a bit of RnR and what better way to express your love to your significant other than giving them a bit of pampering. Prep a few candles, hot bath, massage oil, and some facial masks, and enjoy a relaxing bath together (that's saying your HK flat allows two in the shower) and a bit of shoulder rub and foot spa after. Here are some DIY face mask recipes that you can prepare from home. Click here for a list of the best essential oil stores and brands available in Hong Kong.  

 

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