Valentine’s Day gift ideas

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Valentine’s day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday that takes place on the 14th of February and is celebrated by couples around the world.

The tradition stems from the life and death of Saint Valentine. A saint and martyr, Saint Valentine defied the ruling of Claudius II, who banned the marriage of young men, as he believed they were more valuable as soldiers instead of husbands. Saint Valentine was put to death for continuing to marry young couples in secret. With the story of Saint Valentine long forgotten, couples are more concerned about finding the best of many Valentine’s Day gift ideas. With so many Valentine’s Day gift ideas it can be difficult to find the perfect one for him or for her. The most common Valentine’s Day gift ideas are cards, flowers and chocolates.

However the most popular of all Valentine’s Day gift ideas, is the simple but meaningful Valentine’s Day card. The ritual dates back to the Middle Ages when, romantic and courtly love reigned and was depicted in various poems and tales. The beautiful, handwritten notes that were passed between lovers of the past have now given way to mass produced cards that swamp stores in the lead up to the holiday.

The best Valentine’s Day gift ideas are those that have a more personal and thoughtful touch. But what is the best gift for your partner out of all the many Valentine’s Day gift ideas?
Here are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and for her.

Chocolates: This does sound like a typical Valentine’s Day gift idea but instead of opting for a pre-packaged box of chocolates, why not visit a speciality chocolate store. This means you will have a variety of chocolates to choose from. Dark, milk, white. With almonds, macadamias or peanuts. Caramel, coffee and mint fillings. Most of these speciality stores are most willing to put a hamper of favourites together but you really want to impress, bake a favourite dessert. This will show you have put extra time and thought into a Valentine’s Day gift.

Outings: Planning something that the two of you can do together is one of the more exciting Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Plan a day outing or a night out and keep the details to yourself to maintain the surprise. Cinemas tend to play romantic classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and An Affair to Remember on Valentine’s Day. Dinner at a favourite restaurant is a good excuse to spoil yourselves with a feast of your favourite cuisines. Or if you really want to go all out plan and book a romantic getaway to escape the stresses of daily life.

Cards: Let’s face it most of aren’t poets and trying to write something heartfelt and romantic can be as painful as running a marathon. A string of cheesy clichés probably won’t impress and are better left in Mills and Boon novels. When writing cards, keeping it simple is probably the best way to go. But if you really want to pass on meaningful words, why not borrow from the professionals. Getting a little help from great writers of the past isn’t a bad idea. Their words have stood the test of time, and still resonate today.

Gift Voucher: This probably sounds like one of the laziest Valentine’s Day gift ideas but instead of buying a gift voucher, make up your own. Be creative. You could write a voucher that lets your partner choose whatever they wish on a particular day or you could offer to be a slave for a day…Doing something slightly different to the norm is always more interesting and your partner will be impressed that you have gone to the extra effort to be original.

With so many Valentine’s Day gift ideas, flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, romantic dinners, getaways and cards you’re bound to find the best gift for your partner.