Did you know that the 14th February was declared by Pope Gelasius to be named Valentine’s Day as an honour to St. Valentine? St. Valentine was sentenced to death (for marrying young couples), by Claudius Gothicus II, a Roman Emperor, because he banned marriage due to his believe that unmarried men make better soldiers. The festival originated from the ancient fertility festival Lupercalia, which was later Christianised by the Catholic Church. From 1300 the Valentine’s Day was associated with love and romance.
Today Valentines is the most famous holiday in the US, 62 % Americans celebrate it each year, and spend an average of $130 per person on cards and gifts for their loved ones. 6 million people pop the question ‘Will you marry me?’ on Valentine’s Day!
The Top 4 Valentine Gifts are:
Even though sugar candy, gifts, and short breaks make nice surprises; the more personalised the gift – the better. Preparing a dinner for two with all ingredients cut into hearts, handmade chocolate or your most favourite picture transformed into a puzzle might do the trick to show your love to your ‘Valentine’.
Quirky Valentine Gifts include: decorating the floor with rose pedals, sticky notes with small messages, filling your partners car with balloons, French breakfast in bed, or a handwritten poem.
Single at Valentine’s Day?
Treat yourself to something nice too! Here are 7 ideas which might inspire you;
1. Day Spa; swimming, sauna, massage…
2. A new book; something that makes you smile…
3. A new Outfit; from underwear to accessories…
4. Chocolate; from your local chocolatier
5. A big bunch of Flowers; wrapped in glossy paper
6. A new Haircut; with head massage
7. Night out; Dress up, take a taxi and you might even meet someone…
Have you ever been given a funny or quirky gift?
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All the Best,