Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Gifts: Every year on February 14th love is truly in the air. Cupid has his work cut out for him – he has a quiverful of glistening golden arrows ready to strike love into the hearts of many. Keep your ears pricked for the sound of a twang from his bowstring. If you’re hit, you’ll begin to feel giddy and full of butterflies. That’s when you’ll know cupid’s hit his mark.

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love – an emotion so abstract that even the best poets have trouble conveying its effects in words. Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is one such individual who tried to put this eternal conflict into words:

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving.” 

It is a day where you can expect to be blinded by the color red. Where there are heart shaped balloons and roses by the dozen; cards filled with promises of love and adulation and chocolates given in an attempt to express the sweetness of this beautiful emotion. It’s a day when many who are whisked off their feet begin to understand the love spoken (and sang) of in Disney movies. And for those who aren’t whisked anywhere, it’s a day to consume large amounts of heart shaped chocolate. Who says you can’t be in love with chocolate? We all know that feeling is divine.

A tribute to Saint Valentine:There are a number of different theories and legends about the origins of Valentine’s Day and none are associated with the effervescent spirit of love that the holiday symbolizes today. Plus, there were three different Saints named Valentine who all incidentally died on the same day, February 14.

Valentine’s Day was initially intended to commemorate the death of a martyred Christian Saint who was beheaded by the Romans. During a time when the Roman Emperor had issued an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people, Valentine encouraged them to marry within the Christian church due to his Christian belief in the sanctity of marriage. For this, he was arrested and imprisoned. After Valentine was put to death, Pope Gelasius I decided to honor Saint Valentine by declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day in AD 496. With the passage of time, St Valentine became known as the patron saint of love.

Over the centuries, the holiday evolved from simply commemorating St Valentines’ sacrifice to a day dedicated to romance and love. It gained popularity throughout Europe and the tradition of giving handmade cards expressing love was introduced.

Today the holiday is celebrated in many countries around the world and is very commercially successful. Statistics indicate that the average annual Valentine’s Day spending is around 13 billion dollars! It is common to exchange gifts and cards and other tokens that express love or gratitude. Common Valentine’s Day gift items include candy, chocolate, flowers, jewelry, clothing, etc.

Will you be my Valentine?

Although love is celebrated and appreciated all year round, Valentine’s Day provides all with the opportunity to go a little over the top and make a grand display of our feelings towards our loved ones. Each year, kids in school love giving Valentine’s Day cards to every one of their classmates. It’s an incredible way to express innocent love and gratitude for your friends and it encourages kids to be nice to each other. Often, teachers also hand out little chocolate hearts and mini cinnamon hearts to students to add a little extra sweetness and spice to their day.

As we grow older, Valentine’s Day may become reserved for that special someone in our lives. It gives us the opportunity to go the extra mile by taking them out for a nice dinner and buying them a little something special to show how much we care.

Even if there isn’t a special someone in your life, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in all its forms. Valentines can be given to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbor’s, etc.

All you have to do is feel the love!

A gift from the heart

As a day that provides the opportunity for you to express love, what better way is there to do that than by giving gifts? Gifts are a token that show the recipient you care – that you took time out to think of them and what to get for them. Here are a few ideas for you to be inspired this Valentine’s Day:

  • A heart shaped box full of chocolates
  • A dozen chocolate (or real) roses
  • Hint – diamonds are a girl’s best friend
  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Conversation heart candies that say ‘be mine’ or ‘I love you’
  • Customized candy or chocolate

Aside from the standard gift options, you could also be creative and make your own gift. Write and make your own cards and make a photo album, collage, or video montage for your loved one.

Whatever its origins may be, today Valentine’s Day is an incredibly popular holiday intended to celebrate love and friendship. Love is an emotion that isn’t restricted – love exists on a spectrum and comes in many different hues. This Valentine’s Day, take the opportunity to let all those you love know how you feel.