Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Eve Owen
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.
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.
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.