The Best Romance Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t the perfect excuse to watch trashy rom-com movies then I really don’t know what is.

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If Valentine’s Day isn’t the perfect excuse to watch trashy rom-com movies then I really don’t know what is. Whether you’re looking for something to watch with your partner, or friends, this romance movie list should contain plenty of options to keep you entertained.

We all know that the 90’s was the best era for teen romance movies, they certainly don’t make movies like that anymore. As a 90’s baby myself, I love nothing more than to watch throwback chick flicks from the decade I was born. My romance movie guide will contain ALOT of 90’s and noughties classic movies.

Must-Watch Rom Com Movies

1. Clueless1995

If this movie doesn’t encapsulate the 90’s in 1hr 30mins then I don’t know what will, and if you have never seen it, then you’ve been living under a rock for the past 26 years! Clueless follows Cher, a teenager who is navigating adolescent problems. Cher is an absolute QUEEN and has the best fashion sense, I would still love to have that famous yellow blazer and skirt duo. The movie is hilarious and has plenty of laugh out moments…AS IF! I’ve watched Clueless countless times and it just never gets old, it is a timeless classic in my opinion.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You – 1999

I was introduced to this movie when I was 17, I genuinely couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until that point! Heath Ledger stars alongside Julia Stiles in this romantic comedy that will leave an unforgettable imprint in your mind. I love this movie so much, not just because Heath Ledger was casted. I won’t give anything away, because you truly need to sit down and watch for yourself.

3. How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days – 2003

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are the main protagonists in this delightful rom-com. Wikipedia’s brief overview of the movie doesn’t give too much away, but with all rom-coms you can figure out the plot within the first few minutes of the movie. “Benjamin is challenged by his co-workers to make a woman fall in love with him. On the other hand, Andie has to write an article on how to lose a man in 10 days.” There are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this one, I think it would be the perfect watch on Valentine’s Day.

4. Valentine’s Day – 2010

How could I write a Valentine’s movie guide and not include the actual film Valentine’s Day. This movie has a star studded cast, including, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Gardiner, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift, with some other big names making an appearance too. “On Valentine’s Day, several couples face struggles related to their love lives while others try their best to find love. However, they try to overcome the challenges to make things work.” I really like this movie, I think it’s the perfect film to watch as a couple. It has it’s classic rom-com cheesiness, but I think the male population might appreciate this more than some of the other movies I’ve mentioned.

5. Romeo and Juliet – 1996

I must admit, the last time I watched Romeo and Juliet was back in School for my GCSE’s. I won’t bore you with the details because everyone knows the storyline. Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on Romeo and Juliet is a movie masterpiece, the only thing I don’t like is that the script is spoken in Shakespearean English, making it rather difficult to follow. That being said, the movie is trying to play homage to the plays original roots, whilst also keeping up with modern times.

6. The Fault in Our Stars2014

Of course you will have heard of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The movie staring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort is a heart wrenching tear jerker, that follows two teenagers with cancer. Although a morbid story, the way the characters love for each other blossoms throughout the movie is so romantic. If you plan to watch it this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to stock up on the tissues!

7. The Shape of Water – 2017

I went to see The Shape of Water with my boyfriend when it was out on the cinema. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but it turned out to be one of the best movies I’d seen, and my boyfriend completely agrees. The story follows ‘Elisa, a lonely janitor, stumbles upon an amphibious creature that is held captive in a secret research facility. She then develops a unique relationship with the creature.‘ It’s a romance/fantasy film which will captivate you from the get go.

8. Twilight – 2008

Another movie which I haven’t watched since I was a teenager, but one I might actually re-watch, especially since the whole movie franchise is on Netflix. If you didn’t already know, Twilight is a vampire/romance movie, that “focuses on the development of a personal relationship between teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a separate group of hostile vampires”

9. Me Before You – 2016

Another tear jerker, but a movie that’s certainly worth watching. Based on the novel Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Louisa (Emila Clarke) takes on a new role caring for Will (Sam Claflin), a paralysed man. Their relationship soon blossoms into something beautiful. I went to see this in the cinema and sobbed my heart out!

10 – The Titanic – 1997

Why do I keep recommending movies that are going to make you cry, I’m not trying to make you sad, I promise!! The Titanic is of course a classic romance movie. Set aboard the doomed ship, the story follows Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) who form an unlikely romance. Jack and Rose are from different social classes, and at the time, it was frowned upon to fall in love outside of your own class, what a strange era!! I got to see this movie for the first time at the pictures, it was re-realised for either it’s 10th or 15th anniversary.

And so there you have it, my recommendations for the best romance movies to watch on Valentine’s Day as a couple. I really hope you like the movies that I’ve selected, I’m desperate to re-watch some of these cult classic movies now, especially 10 Things I Hate About You. If you like movie guides, I have a bunch of others on the blog, ranging from horror, Christmas movies, and even Disney+ recommendations. I always enjoy creating posts like these, as it allows me to reminisce on my favourite films. What are your favourite romance movies? I’d love to know!

Until Another Day x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2022

I’m not one for splurging out on Valentine’s Day, I think we should celebrate our loved ones all year round, not just on the 14th February. However, it is always nice to share the love on Valentine’s Day, it’s the day of romance after all. In this post, I’ll be sharing some great gift ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone on Valentine’s Day 2022.

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I’m not one for splurging out on Valentine’s Day, I think we should celebrate our loved ones all year round, not just on the 14th February. However, it is always nice to share the love on Valentine’s Day, it’s the day of romance after all. In this post, I’ll be sharing some great gift ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Gifts for a makeup lover

Whether your buying for your partner or a friend (for Galentines day), my list of makeup and beauty gifts should give you some great all-year round gifting inspiration.

Magnetic Lashes from falseyelashes.co.uk

Is your other half or friend beauty obsessed, and loves to rock glamourous makeup looks? Falseeyelashes.co.uk have a large array of of Magnetic Eyelashes for easy application. The lashes are from well known brands, including Kiss, Ardell and Eyelure. Magnetic lashes are perfect for first time wearers, as they stick down much easier than standard lashes. Falseeyeslashes.co.uk have a massive collection of lash products too, they are the perfect one-stop shop for all of your lash needs. By signing up to their newsletter you can get 10% off your first order too!

Kiss Magnetic Eyelashes
Kiss Magnetic Eyelashes, available at falseeyelashes.co.uk

Jolie Beauty Highlighters

I worked with Jolie Beauty a year or so ago now, on a few of their campaigns. My favourite product being their Second Skin Powder Highlighters. The shade ‘Saintly’ is now a staple in my collection and I wear it the majority of the time I put on makeup. Jolie Beauty also have some lovely eyelashes and eyeshadow palettes which would also make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts. All of their cosmetics are cruelty free too, which is a HUGE bonus. I’m also fully aware that the image below is Christmas themed, it’s from my post I did with them for the highlighter campaign.

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Powder Highlighter

Food and drink gift ideas

It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide without featuring some sort of sweet treat or alcohol based beverage now would it.

All Things Drinks

All Things Drinks are an online retailer specialising in alcohol. With a vast array of beer, wines and spirits, there really is a special gift for everyone. Not only that but they also have a non-alcoholic range, for those that like a clear head the next day. For Valentine’s Day, All Things Drinks have the perfect offer, a Cake and Bubbles Package. Choose from a bottle of Prosecco with two cake pots, or Prosecco and 4 cake pots, ranging from £30 – £50. You can even select your cake flavours too, these include: Berrylicious, Cocoa Crush, Lemon Lush and Rouge Bouge, how tasty do they all sound! The cakes are delivered separately to the Prosecco, as they are shipped from Sweet Cakey Thing bakery, and the Prosecco from All Things Drinks. All cakes are free-from wheat, dairy, gluten, grains, soya, additives, preservatives or refined sugar, covering a variety of dietary requirements.

Cakes and Bubbles - All Things Drinks
Cakes and Bubbles – All Things Drinks

Cook a fancy meal for your partner

If going out for food l isn’t on the cards this Valentine’s Day, then why not cook a nice meal for your partner. I know this isn’t really a ‘gift’ but it’s something that your other half would definitely love, especially if they are the chef in the household. If cooking isn’t your strongest suit, some supermarkets offer Valentine’s Day meal deals, which are super affordable, a lot cheaper than booking a table at a restaurant. I’ve had the M&S Valentine’s meal in the past, I think it’s around £20. It usually comes with a starter, main, side, dessert, wine (or soft drinks) and chocolates. Although we are no longer in lockdown, I created a list of Valentine’s date ideas in 2021, but they can still apply if you’re not planning to go out and about this year.

Gifts for the wanderluster

Is your partner a travel addict or hasn’t satisfied their travel bug since the pandemic began? I’ve got some great recommendations here that will certainly please them.

The Inspire Me Travel Company

Inspire Me Travel is an award-winning company offering tailor-made travel experiences. With over 30+ year’s experience in the travel industry, the team have extensive knowledge of all of their destinations, and are on hand to help plan your perfect holiday. Inspire Me Travel have some wonderful romantic breaks away, perfect for couples this Valentine’s Day.

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Why not venture to the Loire Valley in Western France for a luxury weekend break. Spend 2 nights in a Castle Hotel, enjoy a private prestige dinner in a stunning chateaux.

Is your other half a car fanatic? Look no further than Inspire Me Travel’s Classic Car Experience. Driving through Provence in the South of France, admiring the scenic landscape, whilst enjoying the thrill of a vintage classic car, what more could you want this Valentine’s Day.

Now we all know Italy is a vibrant country full of good food and wine. Take a 4-night Florence city break, including a full-day of wine tasting and lunch in the unforgettable village of Volpaia in Tuscany. How utterly romantic does this sound!

The romantic city of Venice is the perfect place for a couple’s getaway. Spend 3 nights at the 5-star Ca Sagredo Hotel with canal view and a 30 minute private Gondola ride and private return water taxi transfers.

And last, but certainly not least, a tour of the Croatia Islands. A combination of turquoise waters, serenity, beauty and history awaits on this relaxing Croatian adventure.

The Inspire Me Travel Company have plenty more luxurious trips available, including destinations such as Africa, India, Greece and New York. They also have UK breaks and experiences if you would prefer to stay closer to home.

A family friendly trip / adventure filled couples weekend

If you are a parent, then the likelihood of you having any alone time is very slim. Maybe you could include the kids this Valentine’s Day with a fun filled weekend to Center Parcs. Center Parcs isn’t just for family’s, my boyfriend and I have visited countless times as a couple. There’s so much to do, plenty of fun activities, and spaces to relax and unwind. I have a full post on my experience at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Nottingham.

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest - Nottingham
Center Parcs – Sherwood Forest

Everyday Essentials gifts

Personally, I think gifting someone everyday essentials is really thoughtful. Picking out items that they use daily and creating a self-care/essentials hamper is a great gift. My mum does this for me every Christmas, and it always includes products such as tampons, nail polish remove, festive chocolates, skincare etc.

WUKA Period Underwear

The people at WUKA believe that periods should not cost the earth. This is a statement I can fully get behind. Sustainability and helping to keep our environment in tact is something that we should all strive to achieve. Making small changes, can have a huge beneficial impact on the world around us. WUKA specialise in sustainable period underwear, helping people who menstruate be more environmentally friendly. Every pair of WUKA is ethically crafted using sustainably sourced materials. Each pair can be reused again and again for over 2 years, replacing over 200 or more disposable pads & tampons. With a variety of styles and absorbencies, there is a style for everyone. I think WUKA would make the perfect self-care treat for yourself this Valentine’s Day. You are number 1, take the time to prioritise yourself and practice self-love, by investing in period underwear. They will save the planet and your wallet in the long run.

WUKA Period Underwear
WUKA Period Underwear

Affordable Valentine’s Day Gifts

You don’t need to splash the cash to show someone that you love and appreciate them. I’ve created a short list of more affordable Valentine’s gifts for those on a tighter budget.

Make a photo album

Personalised gifts are often a crowd pleaser. I think creating a photo album of your favourite moments together as a couple (or friends) adds such a cute personal touch. Looking through old photographs is something I personally love to do. It’s easy to print photographs, there are plenty of websites to use to do this for you. Simply upload your favourite pictures, on some sites this can be done directly from your phone, and have them delivered to your address. I think some printers allow you to choose the type of paper they are printed on e.g. glossy or matte. Pick up a nice album and simply pop the pictures inside. You could even write a personalised note under each image, making the gift even more romantic.

Photo Album
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Flowers and chocolates

Thoughtful gifts don’t have to be expensive. Pick up a bunch of your partners favourite flowers, or even a cute house plant to brighten up the home. Flowers and house plants can be bought at the majority of supermarkets, and often range from £3 – £15, depending on the size of the bouquet. You could also purchase a pretty vase/plant pot to display your gift. A tasty box of chocolates or a little hamper filled with sweet treats, are always a winner, in my eyes anyway.

I hope you’ve managed to find something that your better half will love this Valentine’s Day. I feel that all of the gifts I’ve mentioned would be perfect all year round, and I’d certainly like to be gifted everything I’ve mentioned at some point. Thank you to all the brands who reached out and wanted to take part, it really means a lot. Thank you to my lovely readers too, for always supporting me and my little blog!

Until Another Day x

Lockdown Valentines Day Date Night Ideas

Lockdown doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a romantic evening with your partner. I have put together a selection of at home romantic Valentines Day date night ideas, I hope you enjoy.

Lockdown doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a romantic evening with your partner. We may be unable to go out to a restaurant for a candle lit dinner, or stay the night in a fancy hotel, but all is not lost. I have put together a selection of at home romantic Valentine’s Day date night ideas, I hope you enjoy.

Cook a meal together

Candles and Wine Glasses
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Spend some time in the kitchen together and whip up your favourite meal. You could even experiment and create a dish that you have never made before. I always enjoy cooking with my boyfriend, it’s so much fun working together and then sitting down to demolish the freshly prepared meal. Light a few candles and pour each other a tasty cocktail. This is such a simple idea, but one I’m sure you and your partner would enjoy.

If neither of you are a particularly good cook, supermarkets such as M&S often create a 3 course Valentine’s meal, which are always amazing value for money.

Have an indoor picnic or buffet

Picnic Basket and Cheese Board
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Another idea for the foodies out there. Why not pick up a few picnic items like scotch eggs, pork pies or buffet nibbles. Lay a picnic blanket out on the living room floor, light some candles or decorate the room with some fairy lights. This is something I will definitely be doing this Valentines day.

Zoom Date

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I understand that some of you may be in a long distance relationship due to the pandemic, so if you can’t be physically together have a date via Zoom. You can adapt the ideas I have already mentioned and do them online instead. For instance, both of you cook the same meal on camera together and then sit down and eat it virtually.

Watch your favourite movies or series

Disney Plus on TV
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Wrap yourselves up in a cosy blanket in front of the TV, with tasty snacks and watch a couple of your favourite movies. If you have different tastes in films, make it fair and watch a film each of your choosing. I’d suggest deciding on the film in advance, otherwise you will spend hours mindlessly scrolling through Netflix. I have a few movie / Netflix series suggestions on the blog, from Disney Plus, Horror’s and Christmas movies, there’s likely to be something for everyone.

Play a board game or video game

Nintendo Switch Controllers
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I love playing a good game with my boyfriend, we are both very competitive so it can get a little heated sometimes! The Game of Life and Jenga are two fun board games. If you have a PlayStation or a Nintendo Switch, I’d recommend the games Moving Out and Overcooked, they are multi-player video games, which are super fun to play, but it may cause some light-hearted arguments!!

Do an online cocktail making class

Cocktail Making
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If making cocktails is your thing, then there a plenty of online cocktail masterclasses out there. You could even pick up a cocktail recipe book or have a little search online, pick up the ingredients and try your hand at cocktail making without the cringey online course.

Create an at home spa experience

Massage
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Everyone loves a good pamper, so treat yourself and your loved one to a little at home spa experience. Run a candle lit bath, filled with bubbles and rose petals and take a long hot soak either alone or together 😉. Give each other a quick back massage for that extra added relaxation.

I hope you have found some inspiration for at home Valentine’s Day date ideas in this post. I’d love to hear what you are planning to do this Valentines! If you need some gifting inspiration, I have a gift guide filled with plenty of romantic presents to treat your loved ones.

Until Another Day x