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Best Fun Lockdown Ideas for Valentines Day 2021

18th January 2021

For many of us, valentines day is about going out and spending quality time with your partner, whether that's a meal at a restaurant, a trip to the cinema or an adventurous day out. 


Unfortunately, this year Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions mean many of us will be stuck indoors on February the 14th. But staying in doesn't mean you have to give up on the idea of a fun and memorable day...it just means you need to get a little creative this year to make Valentines 2021 a day to remember! 


If you're struggling for ideas on what to do if you're locked in this valentines, check out our top ideas for making the day extra special. 

On your marks, get set...bake!



There's nothing more exciting than a bit of healthy competition! Channel your inner baker with a bake-off competition against the clock. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the huge range of recipes available online means you will be able to find something that's perfect for you - BBC GoodFood is a great place to start.


When it comes to baking, measurements are EVERYTHING. In order to give yourself the best chance at baking the perfect pud, we recommend grabbing yourself an electric scale - which you can get for under £20. 



The Tower digital scale we love to use has a capacity of up to 5 kilos as well as handy features such as add and weigh zero function, which allows you to weigh multiple ingredients at the same time, making your baking experience both simple and fuss-free!


In order to really feel like a GBBO baker, consider investing in a standing food mixer. There are so many on the market from beautifully designed rose gold that you'd be happy to have on display, to industrial size 5-litre mixers that can handle the biggest of bakes! A standing mixer is designed to give you a better bake by allowing you to select the perfect settings for your recipe and it also helps to avoid countertop spillages (less cleaning...yes please!)



Tip: Score your masterpieces from 1-5 against criteria from the Great British Bake off, awarding points for design and an even bake to decide who is the star baker! The beauty of this is that win or lose, you'll still get to enjoy a home made bake...ahh bliss. 


Date night in


Your favourite restaurant might be closed, but why not take this as the perfect opportunity to try your luck at re-creating a luxury meal at home?


You might be thinking, doesn't a luxury meal require a lot of time and effort? Well this isn't the case if you have the right tools! We re-created the classic Steak and Chips with peppercorn sauce in under 30 minutes...and it was just exquisite! We will share our cheats to making this simple yet delicious meal below, and we even added a healthy twist:



Steak: Grilling the steak was made super simple with the Tower cerasure and copper 1500W skillet. We were able to cook our steaks perfectly thanks to its adjustable temperature control which let us set it to the max temperature for our steaks. For more tips on cooking steak we recommend this blog post from Tower: https://www.towerhousewares.co.uk/blog/how-to-cook-the-perfect-steak.html


Chips: We cooked our chips in the Air fryer. This meant we only had to add a teaspoon of oil to our potato slices and the chips came out fluffy, golden and crispy in 20 minutes! To make these you simply have to cut the potato in thin slices, add a teaspoon of oil to the potato and mix it before popping it in the air fryer, where you then need to turn the temperature dial to 200 degrees and the timer to 20 minutes. Then all that's left to do is wait for the ping to let you know it's done! 




Sauce: We followed the Peppercorn sauce recipe from this link from BBC Goodfood: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/peppercorn-sauce


Tip: Why not liven up the evening with a slushy cocktail (or mocktail). Our favourite is the Frozen strawberry daiquiri which just needs strawberries, ice, lime and rum, thrown in a blender and viola... you have the perfect dinnertime cocktail. 


The ultimate movie experience...at home



Missing trips to the cinema? Why not bring the cinema to you by watching a blockbuster film from the comfort of your own home! Getting lost in a gripping film is a great way to spend quality time together with minimal effort, and with the range of new and highly anticipated titles such as 'Soul' on Netflix and 'Wonder Woman 1984' on Amazon Prime, you'll be spoiled for choice! 


The home-cinema experience wouldn't be complete without the stunning visuals and sharp detail that come with a 4K TV. But aren't 4K TV's really expensive? Well actually this isn't the case as thanks to the great offers we have on at Box, you can grab yourself a 4K TV for less than £300!*



Tip: Add a Soundbar for the ultimate surround-sound movie experience. This will really help to re-create that in-cinema feeling with the kind of depth and volume that you'd get on the big screen. We also recommend purchasing some microwave popcorn and snacks to add that extra cinema-like touch. 


Switch things up



Why not bring out your inner competitive streak with a gaming night on the Switch? Playing a fun game can be a great way to lighten the lockdown blues and bring you closer together...and there is no better console for this than the Nintendo Switch. The Switch has a variety of games for both beginners, experts and everything in between, so there's something for everyone!


With games like 1-2 Switch that's designed for 2 people and Joy-cons that can function together or as two separate controllers, the Switch can make the perfect console for couples!


Tip: You could always pair up with other friends and family online with games like Mario kart 8 Deluxe to add a new competitive dimension to the mix! 




Our top Recommendations


So there you have it, our top recommendations for a fun and memorable valentines night in this 2021. 


We hope you have found this article helpful. Please feel free to explore our Box Blog for more posts or check our Youtube Channel to keep up to date with the latest tech reviews! 






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