These days it seems like time has no meaning, so it may come as a surprise that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. While it’s a bit of a challenge to make date night at home special when you’re home every night, we’re here to help.
To help get this year’s celebrations off the ground, we’ve rounded up eight sweet (and savory) must-haves for the ultimate at-home Valentine’s Day—whether that means staying in with your pod, or wooing your love over a homemade dinner. You’ll probably have to opt for rush shipping at this point, pick up from a local store, or just stock up for next year. Here’s everything you need to ring in the day of love the right way.
1. DIY ravioli kit
If you’re looking for a way to upgrade dinner plans for your date, look no further than this DIY ravioli kit ($45) from Williams Sonoma.
“When my wife and I first started dating, one of our favorite haunts was Magnolia Café in downtown Austin,” says Darren Bogus of Shop LC. “One night she had these mushroom raviolis that I’ve spent the next decade trying to replicate for her.
“Ingredients are pre-measured in this kit, so it’s really easy to start making dinner together,” Bogus adds. “Keep in mind you’ll need to pick up a couple of other ingredients, but it’s totally worth the effort.”
2. Mystery game (for adults)
Looking to turn up the heat with your valentine? Then you might just want to check out this “Murder Mystery Date Night: Emergency Room” game ($14) from Etsy. Part murder mystery, part role play, this downloadable, printable game might just be one of the best ways to spend the night indoors with your date.
3. Cozy faux fur throw
Whether you and yours plan on cozying up on the sofa or having a picnic in front of the fire, it’s always good to have an extra soft (and chic) throw blanket like this Pinzon faux fur throw ($30, Amazon).
“Make some delicious truffle popcorn and cozy up together under this blanket to watch your favorite romantic comedies,” says Michelle Harrison-McAllister of Michelle Harrison Design.
4. S’mores kit
If a roaring fire is in your Valentine’s Day plans, then you’re going to want a few of these really cute (and practical) telescoping marshmallow forks ($10 at Amazon).
“S’mores always makes us think of campfires,” says Bogus. “If you can’t camp out, then indulge in personalized skewers and load up the yummy marshmallows.”
It’s probably too late to get these customized marshmallow sticks, but you can still put together a special s’mores kit for the two of you—or for the family.
5. His-and-her mugs
Cold nights inside call for strong, hot drinks, and maybe it’s just us but they always seem to taste better in a cute mug—one for each of you, like in this set ($12, Bed Bath & Beyond).
“There is simply no better way to enjoy your hot cocoa or morning cup of coffee on Valentine’s Day than in a cheeky mug,” says Harrison-McAllister.
Whether you’re newlyweds, or looking to pop the big question to your valentine this year, the spiked hot cocoa will certainly taste sweeter in one of these.
6. Gourmet milk frother
Speaking of hot cocoa, treat your valentine to the ultimate hot delicious drink this year by investing in one of these Dualit hot and cold milk frothers ($118) from Kohl’s.
“A staple for every at-home coffee bar,” says Harrison-McAllister. “A milk frother like this one can really bring your hot chocolate and coffee game to the next level.”
Satisfy your date’s sweet tooth with a night of creamy cocktails and rich dessert drinks.
7. Bourbon sampler
If your valentine prefers cocktails over hot cocoa, then you’re going to love this bourbon sampler gift set ($35) from Williams Sonoma.
“Surprise him with a crate filled with bourbon samples, and let his taste buds take him on a journey around the world,” says Harrison-McAllister.
8. Whipped cream dispenser
While this fancy kitchen must-have will undoubtedly come in handy for just about any dessert made better by fresh whipped cream (aka every dessert), it’s an especially great addition for such a sweets-centered holiday.
“Morning waffles will be even more elegant with your own whipped cream dispenser, making your kitchen feel like a private bakery,” says Harrison-McAllister.
Morning waffles or evening activities, the possibilities with this red cream whipper ($98) are truly endless.
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