It's hard to believe the Valentine's Day celebration we all know to be full of love isn't related to how it came to be. The beginnings weren't full of roses, hearts, or endless amounts of chocolate; it wasn't the essence of romance at all. Instead of love and all things pink, the day originated with a feast celebrating the death of martyrs.
Read more about the history of Valentine's Day here.
Although Valentine's Day didn't have the romantic start we would hope for, it has made us take time out of our busy lives to stop and tell our most valued people we love them. Whether it's small tokens of appreciation or grand gestures, we all enjoy a show of affection, and we've got some of the best valentine gifts to share with you.
What do You Get Someone for Valentine's Day?
Traditional Valentine's Day gift ideas include flowers, specifically red roses, chocolates, cards, jewelry, and spa gifts. The gift also tends to be accompanied by a date night for the two of you.
Sometimes it's nice to just stay in, and there are several ideas below for date nights that do just that. A romantic idea would be to gift them an item for date nights, like a fondue pot, and surprise them by using it right then. Of course, don't forget to buy all the ingredients ahead of time to make the fondue. If neither of you cooks, don't worry, order a gourmet meal to be delivered or get take-out from your favorite restaurant.
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What are Cute Ideas for Valentines Day?
There are two ways to go about your Valentine's Day gifts. You can take this celebration of love literally with red and pink heart-shaped everything, or you can gift them something that still says I love you without actually saying it. Both options can be sweet and romantic, and the choice on which one to go with is dependent on your gal's or fella's personality.
When thinking of ideas, a valentine rose is a classic, but flower gifts may seem ordinary and nonexclusive. There are unique ways to give them by opting for conversation roses, roses in the shape of animals such as a bear or a dog, and rose petal teas, which all take a fun spin on basic valentines flowers. An Eco-friendly way to save on energy and fuel used by a bouquet is to gift your valentine a potted plant. Choose a plant in a heart-shaped or love associated planter to keep it cute and festive.
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What are the Most Popular Gifts for Valentine's Day?
While flowers are the usual first choice, Valentine's Day chocolates are another common go-to gift, but it's chocolate, so all will be forgiven. It's something you both can enjoy, and who wouldn't want the ultimate truffle collection? Spa gifts are romantic, and options such as a couple's massage, a facial, or a bubble bath gift set are nice relaxation gifts for her or him. Jewelry is another popular gift-giving item if they haven't dropped any specific jewelry hints, a locket for her or a watch for him with an engraved message makes for a personable keepsake they'll love.
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Is Valentine's Day for Guys?
Valentine's day is about celebrating the love of two people, so if he's in the relationship then yes, it's for him too. With that said, Valentine's Day can feel like a celebration geared toward women. I don't know, maybe it's all the heavy retail marketing, hearts, and the color pink everywhere, but picking out Valentine's Day gifts for him isn't as hard as you may think.
For starters, most men I know wouldn't be opposed to all of the food goodies out there. Something in the realm of his hobbies or interests is always a good go-to, like a brewing book- coffee or beer, it just depends on your fella or tickets to his favorite sports game or to see his favorite band. Common jewelry gifts for him are a watch and cufflinks.
For more specific gifts for him, visit my Gift Guide: Gifts for Him post.
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What are Romantic Gifts?
Making the gift personal to them and your relationship is a sweet touch of romance. A way to do this is through a keepsake like a piece of artwork showcasing your song, capturing your love story in a book, or putting photos of your favorite memories on a blanket.
A handwritten love letter or poem isn't a common gift these days, but in my opinion, it has the most romantic feel of all. It says to them I notice you and you're important to me, in a way that they don't hear every day.
If you know their love language, this can also help you in finding a gift they'll find to be romantic. The 5 love languages are all about identifying each other's needs, because the way they receive love may not be the way you receive it. For example, you may think reservations at a 5-star restaurant is the most romantic way to have dinner, when for them it may be you cooking them dinner and doing the dishes.
Learn more about the 5 love languages here.
Making the night about the two of you with a date night catered to your personalities is a fun and romantic way to celebrate as well. If none of the options given above feel right for you, think about your conversations lately. What is something you're always saying you want to do, or is there something you can knock off that bucket list?
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Although it's not an official holiday, Valentine's day sure knows how to pull out all the stops and make someone feel special. Remember, it's not about how much you spend, it's about the gesture itself, make it catered to your special person and they're sure to love it. Be sure to comment below with your favorite valentine gifts and way of celebrating.
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