Valentines Day Gift Ideas to Surprise Your Lover
Just mentioning the date February 14 stirs feelings of romance and brings visions of heart shaped candies, flowers and little red hearts & cupids. This special lovers’ day, known as Valentines Day, is when loved ones exchange gifts as a way of saying “I Love You”. Because it has has long been associated with romance, and in fact, has become a festival for celebrating love, we have presented some beautiful valentines day gift ideas for you to exchange with your lover.
But how did this mysterious tradition begin?
Valentines Day A Lovers Tradition
Valentines Day is both a Christian and ancient Roman tradition that is indeed very mysterious. The original Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Catholic Church which began as a feast day, said to be in honor of its patron saint named Valentinus or Valentine.
But how Saint Valentine became associated with this lovers’ holiday has long been a matter of debate, with many legendary stories explaining the connection.
One of the most popular stories takes place during the third century in Rome. The ruling Emperor Claudius II had decided single men made better soldiers, and outlawed marriage so he could build a better crop of soldiers. A young priest by the name of Valentine defied the decree, and continued to marry young lovers in secret. When Claudius discovered this he ordered that Valentine be put to death.
Legend does credit Valentine with actually sending the first valentine. The story claims he had fallen in love with a young woman, who had been visiting him while he was in prison. It is alleged that he sent her a letter which he signed ‘From Your Valentine’.
Another story suggests that while attempting to help Christians escape from the deplorable Roman prisons, where they were often tortured and beaten, Valentine was killed.
We will never know the full truth about the Valentine legends, although there is no doubt about his heroic and romantic appeal. Valentine was definitely one of the most popular saints in England and France during the middle ages.
It wasn’t until the 19th century when British settlers arrived in North America that Valentine’s Day was introduced.
Today, according to Hallmark Research, 192 million Valentines Day cards are exchanged annually. This is in addition to the millions of flowers, boxes of candy and assorted gifts exchanged by lovers on this day. The day has come to be associated with the greeting ‘Happy Valentines Day’.
Valentines Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. In the meantime, this tremendously popular day with its hearts, candy, flowers and jewellery gives you the opportunity to show a friend or lover just how much you care by giving them a gift of love and sharing this lovely tradition with them. To help your romance blossom we have presented you some valentines day gift ideas. Don’t forget to add some Lovely Love Quotes for Him.