Valentine's Day Ideas For Couples Apart

A couple sharing a romantic virtual date


Valentine’s Day is one of our favourite occasions here at – we just LOVE any excuse to show those around us how much they mean to us.

However, we know that not all couples will have the luxury of spending the day together on Valentine's Day, especially as Valentine's Day 2024 is mid-week.

Whether you’re in a long-distance relationship or one of you is away with work or other commitments, we have some Valentine's Day date ideas for couples apart. We hope they bring you joy and laughter. 


Traditional Valentine's Day dinner date for couples apart

Beautiful Valentine's Day Dinner

Cook up a virtual candlelit Valentine’s dinner

Now, just because you’re not going to be in the same household doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day with a classic, romantic candlelit dinner...via video call.

Do your finest clothes. Whip up a fabulous dish of your favourite foods and stare (virtually) into each other’s eyes.

Why not try whipping up one of the recipes in Comfort Food from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, as featured in our River Cottage Hamper?

Not the cooking type? Simultaneously, order your favourite takeaway food. We’d suggest you both lightly heat the oven to keep the food warm whichever arrives first.

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco together whilst you wait, or even prep a delightful starter or set of nibbles.



Romantic Valentine's Day crafts for couples apart

A handmade Valentine's Day Card

Make your own Valentine’s Card

Why not get crafty and make your Valentine’s Day cards this year?

Design or draw something personal to you both on the front of the card. Rest assured that anyone with experience from colouring by numbers to a budding Picasso can make an impression here! It’s the sentiment that counts. By putting your handmade, creative touch to work, as well as a hand-written message, it will make you both feel closer together on Valentine’s.

Need some inspiration on what to write? We’ve written some wonderful advice on Valentine’s Day quotes and messages, ready for you.


Plans Valentine's Day activity

Make a bucket list together

Even if you can’t be together, we hope you get a chance to video call or speak on the phone (perhaps during your romantic virtual dinner party, if you’re partaking in idea 1?).

One of our most cherished activities is not only reminiscing but making exciting plans for the future....especially when you are back together again.

Make a list of all the things you want to do when you see each other in person again, and even bigger plans for when you can be together all of the time.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Visit a new country together
  • Start your book club 
  • Do a skydive together
  • Learn a new skill together (e.g. a musical instrument each! One learns a guitar, the other the drums)
  • Plan a special city break


Active Valentine’s Day dates for couples apart

A man walking whilst on the phone

Take a Valentine’s stroll together

Do you love going on nice walks when you are together?

Why not consider going for a stroll 'together' but apart?

Take your partner (via phone or video call) on what may be one of your favourite walks where you are, and if one of you is somewhere new, why not explore the place together?

Consider bringing in an activity to spice up the walk, and ensure you’re both engaging with each other. From a simple game of "I Spy" to a Photo Scavenger Hunt. All you have to do is set yourself a list of things to photograph on your stroll. The first one to send all the pictures is the winner.

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Relaxing date ideas for long-distance relationships on Valentine's Day

A photo of popcorn and a tv streaming service

Host a synced-up cosy movie night

There are now so many options for your cosy night-in watching a movie, so set up your Netflix, Prime Video or Apple TV and watch a RomCom together, snuggled up wherever you are. On some platforms, you can even arrange 'group watch' and stream simultaneously.

Want to make the film extra special? Treat your partner to our wonderful selection with our Valentine’s Bearing Gifts Hamper,  so they can be comforted by a range of delicious snacks alongside your joint favourite film.

Bearing Gifts Hamper with contents on display


Have a romantic pampering session together

Unwind together in comfort. Take some time to quietly relax together, by both simultaneously running a steaming hot bath. Light some tealights, pour a glass of your favourite drinks, and enjoy a quiet moment together over the phone.

You can even continue the spa-like experience afterwards if you have a nourishing set of beauty products and masks to rehydrate your skin after a bath.

Worried your other half won't have the necessary items for a pamper? Don’t fret, as we have both the Valentine's Pamper Hamper, with delightful bath salts and the Relax and Unwind Hamper, with a purifying face mask. Both are filled with additional treats to indulge in during your special Valentine's pamper session. 


Fun Valentine's Day date ideas for couples away from each other

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Host a virtual double date with your favourite couple

Do you know another couple that will also be spending Valentine’s Day apart from each other? Get giggling with a virtual games night together! You can play many different card games with the help of a quick Google search, however, one we’ve found is

There are plenty of other free games online, and one thing we always encourage is inclusivity. If you know any single friends in your life who would love to join, include them too. We’re sure they’d appreciate the offer.


Spending Valentine’s Day Apart with

We hope we have inspired you to make the most of this Valentine’s (or perhaps the whole weekend before), even if you can’t spend it with your partner or spouse. It’s all about having fun and making memories.

If your plans change and you can see each other, (perhaps you can arrange a surprise visit!), take a look at our list of suggestions for the best Valentine’s Day activities in the countryside and the city.

Finally, if you are looking for a Valentine’s gift that you can send anywhere in the UK, or back to the UK if you are abroad, do explore our brilliant range of gift boxes and hampers.


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This blog was posted 2023-12-13 13:54:00