Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and while we may have to celebrate it a little differently this year, there’s no reason why you can’t still make it a special occasion at home.

And if you got a Sunderland Gift Card for Christmas then 14 February could be the perfect opportunity to spend it, with the added bonus of supporting businesses close to home during the national lockdown.

From the perfect steak to a heartfelt card, the gift card can cover everything you need for the perfect night in, so here are our suggestions for how to make it extra special.

Dinner for two at San Marino, Chester Road

While a romantic meal at your partner’s favourite restaurant may be off the cards, why not recreate the experience at home? Many eateries are still offering take out, so lay the table, light a candle and surprise them with some delicious food.

Afternoon tea at Crumb On In Tearooms, Holmeside

Go one better than a box of chocolates this year by surprising them with afternoon tea for two. Crumb On In takes care of all of the sweet and savoury snacks and could always pair it with a bottle of fizz to make it feel more like a special occasion.

A heartfelt card at Park Lane Cards and Gifts, Chester Road

A Valentine’s card can sometimes be just as important as the gift and Park Lane Cards and Gifts are still on hand to help you find the perfect one to collect from store. If you really want to make an impact this year, then make sure to check out their helium balloons too.

Top quality ingredients at Ibbitson’s of Sunderland, Jacky White’s Market

If your partner loves nothing more than a home cooked meal then make sure you get a prime cut of meat at Ibbitson’s. Whether they love steak, sausages or a gourmet burger, they’re sure to appreciate the effort you put into it.

Complete the meal with Thoburns Fresh Produce, Jacky White’s Market

The last thing you need is for your romantic meal to be spoiled by a mediocre side dish, but there’s no worry of that at Thoburn’s Fresh Produce – which is offering click and collect or delivery to your door.

Make the table extra special with Charlotte’s House of Flowers, Cleveland Road

This isn’t just any meal at home, it’s a Valentine’s Day dinner. You may have the food under control but why not go the extra mile and get some flowers for the table? Your loved one is sure to be impressed with your effort and it will make the occasion truly memorable.

The perfect dessert at Paticake Patisserie, Thornhill Crescent

If your loved one has a sweet tooth then look no further than Paticake Patisserie for a wide range of indulgent desserts. Whether you’re in the market for cake slices, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecake or brownies, their huge selection won’t disappoint.

Surprise them with the Sunderland Gift Card

With Valentine’s Day looking so different to usual, why not buy your loved one a Sunderland Gift Card to spend when the lockdown lifts? There are a huge range of businesses signed up to the scheme, so whether they want to get their hair done, browse the shops or grab a bite to eat, they’ll have plenty to choose from.

You can buy Sunderland Gift Card here.

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