Planning for Nights In

•Features gifted items•

Despite enjoying meals at restaurants and the occasional drink with friends in a bar, I actually really like to be in my own home watching TV or a film and snuggling up under a blanket. Therefore it will not be as big of an adjustment for me when it comes to spending nights in. For those who are struggling a little with ideas of what to do, I have put together some ideas. As a disclaimer, I was sent across a bundle of items from GiffGaff to help enjoy a night in, and some of the items will feature in this post.

Catch up on Your Favourite TV Shows

Spending numerous evenings at home will give us the chance to catch up on all of our favourite TV shows as well as finding new programmes to enjoy as well. My advice? Ask around for the best series to try out and get stuck in. I’ve shared some of our recent Netflix watches lately, and you can also still enjoy popular shows on terrestrial channels such as The Voice UK, which is sponsored by GiffGaff.

Have a Disco

At home with kids? Mine love nothing more than dancing around like wild things to music. Get a speaker, find or create an upbeat playlist with all of your fave tunes and get dancing. Alternatively, if you can’t quite cope with yet another verse of Baby Shark, why not encourage a silent disco?

Host a Virtual Games Night

If you are missing family and friends, why not organise a virtual games night. Choose a game everybody has, or something simple like a pub quiz and get others to call in or FaceTime. It’s tough being isolated away from loved ones, so enjoying something at the same time can help you feel connected even when far apart.

Enjoy a Film Night

Grab a DVD or choose a film from Netflix and settle down with some popcorn for a film night. The Smartphone Projector is brilliant, if you want to make things a little more ‘retro’. I will be creating a film schedule, a little like a cinema listing, with films for the family on for the next few months, to make things a little more exciting for the children.

Start a Puzzle

Puzzles, I feel, are not given enough credit. When at home for long periods of time, what better way to get together and do something as a household than a nice big puzzle? Go for something a little challenging and make it part of your weekly routine.

Treat Yourself to a Takeaway

Even when avoiding restaurants, you can still enjoy a takeaway in the comfort of your own home. Support local business and find out which of your favourite restaurants and cafes are offering delivery services, or get online and order via JustEat, Deliveroo or UberEats for a quick and easy treat for dinner.

Give a Loved One a Call

Not seeing loved ones can be really hard. Regularly check in with texts and phone calls. GiffGaff offer a network that gives you more control, flexibility and freedom. If you are looking for for a smartphone, check out their refurbished phones, which offer a more affordable and sustainable option than buying new.

Make Some Plans

It can feel like this is the new normal, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Why not spend time planning what you would like to do after everything is over. Plan that dream trip, or write down all the things you would like to achieve in the next few years.

Have a Pamper

It can feel overwhelming and self-care is so important now, more than ever. Run that bubble bath, light that candle and chill out with a face mask and a good book.

Items featured in this post have been gifted, however all words and images are my own. 

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