Valentines Presents / January 9, 2019 / Alta Gentry
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.
The love you feel for the person you hold dearest is no laughing matter and one most people wish to honor with a gift that will go on forever. Trawling endless shopping malls and hunting through a sea of red hearts and flowers in the run up to Valentines Day is no fun and sometimes we look for the right things in all the wrong places. Choosing a gift that has some meaning should start with knowing the right impression you want to give. You know how you feel about someone but it is not always the easiest thing to know how to express that love. Men find choosing the right Valentines gift especially difficult and tend to ask advice from department store sales staff about what to buy; not the most impartial person to ask! Take the time to think about the person you are buying for.
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.