It’s almost that time of year again to buy copious amounts of love heart shaped chocolate, bunches of red roses and heart felt cards. But why should Valentine’s Day only be for those loved up couples?
Well, at The Original Factory Shop we believe Valentine’s Day should be celebrated and enjoyed by everyone. Whether you’re in a relationship, single or married share the love this Valentine’s Day with those who are special to you regardless of what role they play in your life. Whether it’s your parents, a partner, a friend, a sibling, grandparents or your loveable pet, there really is no better time than the present to show your nearest and dearest some affection and to let them know you care and appreciate them. Remember it’s the little things that people do on a daily basis that can make the biggest difference – so why not let them know that!
So don’t let this seasonal holiday make you feel alone, miserable and question yourself, practice some self-love and self-appreciation and for those around you instead as we say Valentine’s Day is for everyone!
Fun with Family & Friends
Arrange a get together with those you cherish most, and although things are a little different this year don’t let that deter you. If you can't get out and about, arrange a virtual coffee (or glass of prosecco!) with a friend for some banter and a chat – go on, celebrate Galentine’s Day with the girls and a gossip instead!
How about a family quiz? It’s easy enough to arrange over Zoom, WhatsApp Call, FaceTime or Skype (on your mobile phone, laptop or computer) and all you need is a handful of questions to make it truly interactive.
Try Rockbusters if you haven’t already. A musical quiz created by Karl Pilkington and as heard on the Ricky Gervais podcast and XFM radio show. The brain teaser game, where you give clues to musical bands or artists. A tried and tested firm favourite at The Original Factory Shop.
Feed the Soul!
Turn that Hallmark meal of the day filled with Hollywood romance into an opportunity to feed your soul and those around you. Bake up a storm with the kids! All you need are a few bakeware essentials, some store cupboard staples and you’re good to go.
Try these cookies full of fruity jam, easy to make and customize into any shape and fill with your favourite jam.
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 140g golden caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 300g plain flour
- Jar seedless raspberry jam
- 2 tbsp custard powder
- 85g icing sugar
Visit BBC Good Food for the recipe and method.
Or for if you are cooking for two, try this Smoked Salmon Pasta recipe by the BBC and treat yourself to a touch of luxury with this light, creamy smoked salmon pasta with crème fraiche. Grated courgette fried with garlic and chilli…delicious!
Giving gifts is a great way to show a token of your appreciation whatever the occasion. Not only does it make the recipient feel special, but it can do wonders for your own well-being too. Or why not show yourself some appreciation and treat yourself to something new?
Fragrance and beauty products are always a popular choice with so many options for both men and women available. However, think broader, perhaps a personalised gift for something truly unique. Or if you’re looking to spruce up your home or in need of some new bedding, whatever it is, why not treat yourself? You’re worth it!
It also seems like balloons have been a focal point of every celebration or party and Valentine's Day is no exception. Everyone loves balloons whether they are plain, heart shaped, filled with helium (or filled with water). Balloons are an inexpensive way to show someone you care and captures just a little bit of magic in our everyday lives.
Netflix and chill? Or how about Netflix and no chill and a bowl of popcorn instead? Whatever your deal, find a movie or new box set series to watch and get comfy on the sofa, with some cushions, a blanket and get set for the night.
Here are some movies and shows to watch this Valentine’s Day from romance and whimsy to comedy and crime dramas, action thrillers to family fun. There is something for everyone.
Traces - Trending right now on BBC iPlayer! Set against the stunning Scottish Landscape in and around Dundee, a six part thriller which takes you into the world of forensic science when a lab assistant starts to dig deeper into an unsolved case.
La La Land - Gorgeous costumes, wonderful choreography, dancing, singing and Ryan Gosling all in one place – what’s not to love? Available on Amazon Prime, Netflix and Sky TV.
Lupin - A re-telling of the classic French story about Arsene Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise. Available on Netflix and trending in the top 20 right now!
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer - A new docu-series on Nextflix tells the true story of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Sonic the Hedgehog - A family action adventure based on the Sonic video game franchise by Sega. Kids will laugh out loud whilst they watch sonic team up the local man to find his lost rings and fight Dr. Robotnik. Watch out for Sonic doing the floss!
Pretty Women - A classic 90’s Cinderella tale. You’ve probably seen it a thousand times but it never gets old.
Whatever you do this Valentine's Day, remember to share the love and make time for yourself and your loved ones!