Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Laurel Hawkins
This was where young men drew young womens names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. The Church of course didnt like the pagan festival so Pope Galasius the bishop of Rome amended this celebration slightly. He filled the box with the names of dead saints instead of girls and allowed both men and women to draw from the box. He believed this would encourage youngsters to copy the ways of the saint for the remainder of the year. On 14th February 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared this day to be Saint Valentines Day an official Catholic Holiday. By the early 1700s the United States started celebrating this day of love by swapping love notes and exchanging Valentines gifts for boyfriends girlfriends wives and husbands.
Fear not though here are a few ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. Always try and think unique when buying a valentines gift. You want your special someone to feel special and getting them the same thing millions of other people are getting isnt particularly special. This doesnt mean you have to spend a fortune it simply requires some effort. Something like a personalised CD that has all their favourite songs on is a nice gesture and shows how well you know them. Photo albums or framed pictures of you together are always a popular choice and is fun to reminisce over with a nice bottle of wine. Cooking a meal is another great Valentine gift idea that gets easily overlooked. Sometimes a nice gesture is worth a lot more than a cheap gift that took no effort at all to pick out.
Again sometimes less is more - though your primary concern should always be what the person in question would like - dont get an overly soppy card for a person that might like something more elegant for example - and try to match it to the gift wherever possible. Chocolates too can be confusing - but a good rule of thumb is to pay attention to where they like to get their favourites from and grab a box of them for them. Thorntons and other bespoke chocolate brands are usually hard to go wrong with. When picking jewelery for a valentine the most important thing to consider is whether and when theyll wear it. Most valentines gift sets are designed to be understated but pretty so consider what set would suit the style of your beloved the best. These valentiness presents are often easiest to keep secret because you can buy them in most cases without needing to know what size required. A good tip for buying a ring or sized piece is to take a similar one that you know fits with you to compare and ask for the size. Be aware too though that resizing can take up to a week so you may need to order in advance.