Lockdown Valentine’s Inspiration And Gift Ideas From OnBuy
Valentine's Day may look a little (or a lot) different this year, but that doesn't mean it has to be any less special - or romantic! Whether you're coupled up and living together or socially distanced from your partner, we’ve compiled some great gift ideas and inspiration to help you keep that spark alive while stuck indoors on February 14th.
From cocktail-making kits to indulgent spa sets, movie night essentials and thrilling games for two, there’s something for everyone to create a fun and memorable evening among this fabulous line-up. Part of the magic of love is that no two couples are alike, so we’ve weighed the pros and cons of each to help you pick out the perfect choice this Valentine’s Day. Let the love in lockdown begin!
Pros: A complete cocktail set, an investment for future parties
Cons: Not ideal if you don’t like cocktails, comes with everything but the alcohol!
Remember bars? While we wait for them to re-open, go for the next best thing and bring the bar to your loved one with this fantastic stainless steel cocktail set! From margaritas to martinis, cosmos, mojitos and more, you can show off your mixology skills and treat your partner to a variety of tantalisingly tasty cocktails.
Included in the set is absolutely everything you need to shake up some seriously tempting tipples, including a cocktail shaker, filter, ice clip, bottle opener, stirring stick, double-headed cup and, of course, two knives for garnishes. Not only can this help you set the mood, but when we’re finally able to have house parties again, you will be the host with the most with this incredible set.
Pros: A relaxing and sensual gift, ideal for unwinding with your partner, contains a variety of scents
Cons: Unsuitable for partners allergic to sulfites, not ideal if you don’t own a bath (but works great with a portable foot spa)
Create a spa night for two with these luxurious Epsom bath salts. Let’s face it, everyone loves a good ol’ pamper session and, thanks to this indulgent variety pack, it’s never been easier. Simply sprinkle lashings of these scent-packed salts into the bath, set the mood with your favourite slow jams, and prepare to enjoy some quality alone time with your partner.
With a whole variety of scents to discover, from tempting chocolate to sense-stimulating peppermint, you’re sure to find something to set the tone for a romantic evening in this enticing set of bath salts. We love the sensuality of this bath salt soak and its chill out potential and, as it’s packed with 10 packets, you can enjoy more premium pamper sessions well after Valentine’s Day is over!
Pros: Excellent picture quality, brilliant atmosphere, ideal for date nights for Valentine’s Day and beyond!
Cons: Needs a projection screen or blank surface to work properly, no ceiling or wall mount function
Catching a film in the cinema is a tried-and-true date idea. Visiting your local multiplex may not be an option this year, so why not turn your living room into a silver screen with this powerful piece of kit?
With this projector, you’ll be able to watch your favourite film as if you were in the cinema – without even having to get out of bed! Thanks to its built-in LED lamp that can run for over 30,000 hours and has stunning picture quality, there is no end to the entertainment you can enjoy on the big screen. Grab the popcorn, dim the lights and snuggle up!
This projector is sure to be a hit so long as you have the perfect environment for the projector to shine. A blank, white wall will work well but, if there’s no whitewashed wall in your home, you’ll need to pick up a projector screen to stop your paintwork from affecting the film.
Pros: A set of delicious cheesy morsels in a cute package, 7 fantastic flavours to discover, unique alternative to a bog-standard selection box of chocolates
Cons: Your partner has to love cheese, only contains cheddar varieties
If your other half loves their food, then this foodie gift is sure to impress. The Chuckling Cheese Company Rainbow Cheese Box is packed with a variety of tasty morsels, each one a different colour of the rainbow!
Housed inside this hamper is a mix of stalwart cheddar recipes and truly out-there concoctions to tantalise every taste bud. Old favourites include the Vintage Cheddar wheel, which is a deliciously rich and tangy mature cheddar, and the Smoked Cheddar, a powerfully smoky cheese that's augmented with a dash of paprika!
Now for the experimental flavours. The Chuckling Cheese Company clearly love cocktails, because two of the cheeses in this hamper are inspired by them. There’s a zingy and satisfying Orange and Whiskey Cheddar or a juniper-flavoured treat with the Botanist Gin and Tonic Cheddar!
Pros: A balanced and light scent for every occasion, generous 100ml bottle
Cons: She may prefer another perfume, Eau de Toilette formula won’t last as long as an Eau de Parfum
Perfume is a classic gift to give on Valentine’s Day, and a sure-fire way to show that special someone how much you care. Daisy Dream is a light, refreshing and incredibly feminine perfume from Marc Jacobs.
As soon as the very first refreshing droplets from this delicate Marc Jacobs perfume settle on clothes or skin, the wearer will be inundated by a flood of delicious fruity aromas. These fruity notes then begin to evolve into a more floral soul that's packed with both floral and fruity accords.
To intensify this initially very delicate and fruity fragrance, the creator has added a punch of heady jasmine to the mix which contrasts with the sweet and mild aromas of lychee and the musky sweetness of blue wisteria. Balanced with an enchanting combination of musky base notes, this fragrance beautifully captures both her sweet and sultry side, taking her from day to night with ease.
Perfume is always appreciated, provided you pick the right one. Daisy Dream is a beautiful scent for women who love floral aromas, but if your special lady favours another fragrance family, there are plenty of other choices available in our women’s perfume category! If you have the time, try taking a peek at her existing perfume collection to find out if she’ll adore this one.
Pros: An exciting and zesty men’s fragrance, perfect for the sophisticated gent in your life
Cons: Not ideal if your man likes dark or musky fragrances, intended as a summer scent (rather than year-long wear)
Aftershaves are just as popular as a romantic gift for men as perfumes are for women and BOSS Bottled is a trusty choice for the man who likes to make his presence felt. With a fragrance that lasts all day and well into the night, the iconic BOSS Bottled by Hugo Boss is the perfect choice if you're looking for a masculine fragrance that’s as layered and complex as he is.
Upon first spritz, the refreshing and playful top notes of apple and zesty citrus come to the fore before slowly ebbing to reveal the deeper, more complex heart of green geranium, spicy clove and warming cinnamon. As the day wears on, the base notes of earthy and woody sandalwood, vetiver and cedar settle on the skin and envelope the wearer like a warm hug, leaving them with a comforting, intoxicating and unique scent. If you want your lover to feel empowered, choose this aftershave that's as confident, contemporary and charismatic as the man who wears it.
Of course, our advice on women’s perfume is equally applicable to aftershave. Boss Bottled is bright and playful, but doesn’t have the same spicy, musky aftertaste that some men’s fragrances have. If your fella favours a darker scent, you’ll find other intoxicating choices among our selection of men’s aftershaves!
Pros: A fun and silly way to brainstorm date ideas, great for those days when you can’t decide what to do
Cons: You’ll need to adapt the ideas this year, limited choice of dates
If you’re struggling to decide where to take your loved one once lockdown eases, you’ll have date night covered with the Dates Dice! This dice will help you decide how to spend your evening and it will save you hours of discussing it, too. From dancing, going to the movies or enjoying a meal out, the Dates Dice makes date night easy. So, the next time you’re stuck on what to do, don’t give it another thought: roll the dice and let fate decide!
This is a fun quirky date decider, but it’s not designed for lockdown rules! You’ll be unable to go on any of the dates that fate throws your way, unless you get creative. From cooking an extra special home meal in your personal restaurant to transforming your sitting room into a dance floor, there are a few ways you can adapt the dice’s ideas for this particular Valentine’s Day.
Pros: Easy to play as a couple (even when apart!), a fun way to spice up your Zoom date night call, great for future parties
Cons: Strictly for Friends superfans, both players need to have watched Friends in order to understand
If you’re apart from your loved one this Valentine’s Day, why not play a socially distanced game over a video call? Introducing Friends Scene, a hilarious game of charades that’s sure to put even the biggest Friends fan to the test!
Each card from this giant deck of 50 describes a scene from the iconic comedy series that you must act out well enough for the other players to guess correctly. In the box, you’ll find everything you need to kickstart the fun, including all 50 cards, instructions and a sand timer. Friends Scene makes the perfect gift for any fan of the smash-hit show and is sure to unleash a competitive side that even Monica herself would be proud of!
If you’re still looking for a bit of inspiration as we draw nearer to the special day, we have a huge variety of gift ideas to spark your imagination here on OnBuy. From show-stopping handbags for her to hi-tech gadgets for him, you’re bound to be spoiled for choice from our tempting selection of gifts.
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Please note: The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.