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9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Away from Loved Ones

Whether you're in a long-distance relationship or just missing home, show some love this Valentine's Day with these creative ideas.

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Send a Care Package

If you can’t be with your valentine in person, send them the next best thing: a care package! Curate your own with candy, snacks, socks, V-day themed candles and other small gifts. Or, order one online. This cute box is perfect for your gal pals; young valentines will squeal with delight when a huggable stuffed animal shows up at their door; and your sweetie will adore this candy-laden crate.

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Set Up a Virtual Dinner Date

If you miss sharing a meal with your valentine, hop on a video app like Zoom and get ready for some quality conversation. For added connectivity, enjoy the same meal together—like one of these romantic date night dinners.

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Make a Homemade Valentine

Don’t underestimate the appeal of some old-fashioned snail mail. A handmade valentine card is a super sweet way to show you care. Not sure where to get started? Try these cute coloring cards, or pick up a craft kit.

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Surprise Them with a Special Delivery

Flowers are a classic Valentine’s Day delivery, but there are plenty of other options, too. Send over a pizza, their favorite wine via Drizly, dinner from a local restaurant, Insomnia Cookies—the options are truly endless.

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Stream a Movie Together

Whether it’s the movie you went to see on your very first date or a brand new blockbuster, stream something together on Valentine’s Day. You can use an app—like Teleparty—to connect, or simply press “play” at the same time. Pass the popcorn, please!

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Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to connect with your loved ones and talk about the good ol’ days. After all, who doesn’t love swapping stories?

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Bake a Sweet Surprise

Everyone appreciates the thought that goes into a box of homemade treats! Whip up some cookies, candies or other easy-to-mail goodies, then revel in the compliments. If you’d rather leave the baking to a professional, we’re smitten with The Maui Cookie Lady’s decadent eats.

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Set Up a Subscription

Send your valentine some love all year long. A subscription box is the perfect surprise—and they’ll think of you every time it shows up on their doorstep. We love Vellabox for candles, Atlas Coffee Club for coffee lovers and our very own Special Delivery Box for home cooks.

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Take In a (Virtual) Experience

If you’re eager to learn how to cook the perfect steak or tour the Louvre, turn that experience into a virtual date night. We recommend an online cooking class with Sur la Table, or any of these incredible virtual tours.

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.