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The History of Valentines Day Gift Traditions

One of the biggest days of the year is Valentine’s Day, naturally because it is the lover’s holiday. This day is celebrated on February 14th and it is traditional for lovers to exchange gifts.

There are three big gifts on Valentine’s Day; flowers, cards and chocolate. However, where did these gift traditions come from? Here is a quick and easy guide to their history.

Valentine’s Day flowers began as a tradition in the 17th century, since roses, which represent love in all its forms, were the flowers of choice for the Day. The rose is supposed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Goddess of Love, because it stood for strong feelings. As a result, lovers began giving flowers to those they cared about to show their love for each other, which often knew no bounds.

Throughout school, we all gave cards to our classmates, but where did this tradition of Valentine’s Day cards begin? Well, back in 1415, Charles the Duke of Orleans wrote a poem for his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London on Valentine’s Day. By the 16th century, cards had become so common on Valentine’s Day that several religious leaders preached against them. By the early 19th century, it was the most popular way to show your love on the special day.

However, it was not until the 1800s that the ability to send cards through mail by the average person greatly increased the exposure of Valentine Day’s cards.

Nowadays, 600 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged by children with teachers, classmates and family members.

What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Well we can thank the Spanish explorers who brought chocolate back to the Old World from the New World in the 17th century. Soon enough the popularity increased in Europe and chocolate, possibly for its aphrodisiac effects, became the candy of choice for the lover’s holiday.

These days, many husbands will bring their wives a bouquet of roses, a card and a box of chocolates to cover all the bases and show their love in the best way possible on Valentine’s Day – well okay, the second best way.

Now that you know the history of the gifts of Valentine’s Day, you can understand the reasons behind the roses, cards and chocolate and help those around you appreciate the holiday more.

However, don’t stop there. Try and create your own traditions for Valentine’s Day. You never know, in 300 years everyone could be doing it.

4 Tips for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you want to have the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift, you should start shopping now. It’s not too late to find the right gift and these four tips will help you jumpstart your search to narrow down the perfect gift for that special someone.

Buy online

Even if you’re looking for the perfect piece of jewelry, online jewelry stores are very inexpensive and have huge variety of gifts for your loved one. It’s a great way to find the perfect gift and doesn’t take a large effort. You can use a search engine with keywords about your Valentine and come up with sites that will cater exactly to what your loved one wishes. You’ll be able to find the perfect gift and save your wallet at the same time. Buying online is safe and secure too. You can use a variety of payment methods that will help you afford the gift, also. Don’t forget that buying online comes with great policies about refunds as well. You don’t want to find out that you bought the wrong gift and then can’t return it. The only way that might happen is if you had the gift specially engraved. Returns are usually not allowed on those sorts of items.

Keep it meaningful

Meaningful gifts don’t have to be expensive. They can be handmade or even specially made. The thought behind the gift is what is important. Did you really nail how you felt about your loved one? Finding creative ways to express your love can be the most important gift you could ever give. Like if you know she’s into losing weight, why don’t you just give her corset for sports? Or just a simple waist trainer to look thin? Don’t just be stuck with buying a name brand item that brings no meaning to the one you love. They may want that brand new TV, but are more inspired by going camping with them than having the electronic device. When you’re looking for the perfect gift, don’t just think about what, think about how and why. Most importantly, think about why. This will be a powerful statement to your loved one that you have truly given them your heart.

Think experience, not price

Don’t put a price tag on a gift. That’s an old adage that some have taken to mean, you should spend a truckload of money on something for your loved one. Spare no expense. That’s not necessarily what that can mean, however. It could just as easily mean you don’t spend a lot on their gift, but instead create an experience that they will never forget while you’re giving them that small gift. If you really want to make your Valentine’s Day gift memorable and perfect, don’t just buy a gift. Make an experience out of the whole thing. Many people go out to a romantic dinner and movie for their date. You could just as easily pick up a boxed pre-cooked dinner, drive out the nearest reservoir and feed each other on a blanket under the stars watch your favorite movie on your smart device or tablet. Then give her that small gift you bought to end a perfect night. The cost of the dinner and gas is negligible compared to the memory you just made.

The details matter

Thinking about the details is very important. If you’re planning an experience, you’ll want to do research on what it would take to make that happen. Don’t forget that your loved one may work, and you’ll need to schedule around their job. Also, think about how much time it would take to drive somewhere. It may be that there is someplace closer that will work just as well and you’ll be able to spend more time together. The details of an experience could be that you put a rose on her pillow before you left and when she came home from a wonderful night out with you, she saw the rose sitting on her pillow and cried. These little details matter when you’re making the perfect gift.

Each detail is important and does matter, but also remember that in the end, it’s not the details but the overall experience that makes the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift.