Valentines Presents / January 9, 2019 / Laurel Hawkins
Sound nice? No. Not nice. Just truly truly terrible. Unless youve been buried underground youve probably been inundated with Valentines present ideas via spam emails and TV adverts constantly advising you not to forget your sweetheart; imploring for romantic getaways... weekend theatre tickets... restaurant deals...... Valentines day presents for men... Valentines presents for her... the list goes on. Whether Valentines Day is a delight or fills you with fright when and why did this event turn into such a big deal? Does anyone actually remember the origin of February 14th and what its original meaning was? And what on earth happened to the good old days of cards sealed with red wax left secretly at a lovers doorstep... cutting out paper hearts... gobbling down a couple of powdery sweets embossed with Be Mine and being done with it? As we know it Valentines Day is a time of year when theoretically the lovely lady or gent in your life flatters you with Valentines presents usually in the form of chocolates...sweets... roses... clothes... hats or stuffed animals.
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.
But the main reason behind buying valentines gifts for men and women was in fact a kindly cleric named Valentine who died over a thousand years ago... As history would have it Valentines Day derived from the Roman pagan fertility celebration known as Lupercalia which was held on February 15th. During this ritual a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year to promote fertility and deflect disasters. Then in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius wanted to add a Christian slant to the pagan celebration a day earlier. He made the conscious decision to pay tribute to a young soldier who lived in Rome who was put to death for his Christian beliefs on February 14th 269 A.D. This young soldier then became dubbed Saint Valentine.