Our Savvy Valentine Gift Guide

Our Savvy Valentine Gift Guide

TO BE OR NOT TO BE, MY VALENTINE?

Let’s be honest, a lot of people see Valentine’s Day as a “Commercial Hallmark holiday” which could give V-Day a pretty negative image. Naysayers aside, we see it as a great excuse to show some love to the important people in our lives.

We have been celebrating Valentine’s Day for thousands of years. But do you know where this tradition finds its origin?

Unfortunately the origins of Valentine’s Day are not very clear but many sources say that it comes from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred around the 14th of February. Nevertheless, how he exactly became the patron ‘saint of lovers’ remains a mystery but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to celebrate the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan celebration held around the middle of February to celebrate the start of spring. The ancient ceremony involved putting girls’ names in a container and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off till the next year.

Ultimately the habit of sending cards or messages to those you admire became the typical way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. There was a commercial increase in interest in Valentine’s Day in the mid-19th century, first in the USA and afterwards in Canada. Early versions of Valentine cards decorated with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupids or birds appeared in England in the 1880s. Valentine’s Day became increasingly commercial during the second half of the twentieth century.

 

WHAT TO BUY YOUR VALENTINE?

Valentine’s Day signs are typically red or pink hearts, red roses, teddy bears with roses or hearts and couples kissing or holding each other. These signs you can find on cards, wrapping paper, lingerie and clothing and made of chocolate or other types of food.

Pictures of Cupid are also often displayed in the run up to and on Valentine’s Day in the UK. Cupid is usually portrayed as a cute winged funny figure with a bow and arrow. According to mythology, he uses his bow and arrow to strike romantic love into people’s hearts.

If you have a special someone (or you’re a secret admirer), Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to prove your love. But don’t get stressed because you have to impress, just show your partner that you care.

In case you don’t have any idea what to buy this Valentine’s Day, our Savvy Cupids selected some great ideas:

 

GIFTS FOR HIM

They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not bake some heart-shaped calzones? Or bake your partner (or yourself) these delicious red velvet brownies.

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Give your valentine your favourite cologne

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For anyone who’s not a fan of good old V-Day, we would recommend to stick to a funny card.

bacon card

 

Or give your guy the coolest shades:  e.g. The limited edition Steve McQueen sunglasses by Persol. Warning: These can be major ego boosters!

glasses

 

If your man is a music freak, look for his favourite LP album and frame it for him. Instant wall art that’s as thoughtful as it is cool.

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If you secretly forgot about Valentine’s Day you can still send him a nice message via his lunch box… He will laugh for sure!

message

Last but not least, you can support your men’s favourite sport by buying him some great socks. Heads Up: Metasports are currently having a 15% discount for all orders – Trusox, Metasox and Metashield. http://www.metasports.com/

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GIFTS FOR HER

Of course we can’t forget about the ladies… now this is much easier (YES WE ARE). You can’t do wrong with a box of dark chocolates, a surprising big bouquet of her favourite flowers (Check out Interflora’s website http://www.interflora.co.uk/).

flowers

 

Now if you want to take it a bit further you can impress your (girl) friend with some beautiful sparkling earrings, a shiny ring or a glamourous necklace. (http://www.clearwaterdiamonds.co.uk/ )

earrings ring

 

If you prefer to give her a more unusual gift, why not buying her favourite spirit or wine and wrap it in a nice box. Not only men like to have a nice drink in the weekend…

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Or a beautiful book-look cover for eReaders in a variety of classic novel titles! There are plenty of ideas and ways to impress your partner.

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Good luck shopping!!! Have a great romantic V-day…

 

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