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So, now that Valentine's Day is here....how do we decide what to get our significant other? Our children? Our single adult children? Our single friends?
The History of Valentine's Day, according to History.com
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
At the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. The English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules,” writing, ““For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
The Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Everyone in Your Life
Godiva Valentine's Day Heart Chocolate Gift Box and Ballotin, 14 pc Dark, White, Milk Chocolate
Get ready for love at first bite! This pretty-in-pink Valentine's Day heart-shaped chocolate box includes three NEW flavors your Valentine is going to adore.
Modern Love Strawberry: Heart-shaped milk chocolate filled with a fruity strawberry ganache This gorgeous box, with whimsical illustrations by Olympia Le Tan, also includes GODIVA classic chocolate pieces in white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with luscious Belgian fillings. Box measures 8" x 1.54" x 7.90".
Godiva Valentine's Day Fabric Heart Chocolate Gift Box and Ballotin, 25 pc Dark, White, Milk Chocolate
Woo your Valentine with this undeniably romantic fabric heart chocolate box. It's a luxurious Valentine's Day gift that shows your true feelings.
The 25-piece Fabric Heart Chocolate Gift Box is filled with a delectable assortment of milk chocolates, dark chocolates and white chocolates made with exquisite Belgian fillings like creamy pralines, rich caramels, and luscious ganaches, plus sweet fruits and crunchy nuts. And of course, this special chocolate gift includes our Milk Pralines Heart, White Pralines Heart and Dark Ganache Heart in celebration of this day of love. Box measures 9.53" x 2.17" x 9.48
Waxing Kara Fit for a Queen Gift Set
Waxing Kara has crafted indulgent skin and body care products made from hydrating and illuminating honey and make for a luxurious gift.
Waxing Kara has a love of bees, so they devote all of their time and energy growing plants and botanicals that bees love, and make all their products with sustainable honey. This beautifully-crafted, handmade product line is free from parabens, sulfates, petroleum ingredients, and artificial fillers.
Are you looking for fun gifts for the kids this Valentine's Day?
Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab
In this pretend STEM scenario, you are a chemist for a bath and body products company and it’s your job to make and test different cosmetic products. Use the tools in your laboratory to employ different scientific techniques and essential chemistry principles to make soaps and bath bombs. Try out different additives to affect the color, smell, and other qualities of the products you make. As you mold different glycerin soap shapes, you learn about the chemical properties of soap that help it pick up and wash away dirt. All materials and chemicals are non-toxic. Ages 6 & up. MSRP: $29.95.
Magformers Mini House Sets
Click, Connect, Create! Explore endless construction possibilities with Magformers Mini House Sets! Your little one can build anything they can imagine when they use the Magformers Magnetic Rainbow shapes, characters and accessories included in, Max’s Playground Set, Maggy’s House Set, Minibot Kitchen and Milo’s Mansion Set. Compatible with all Magformers, add Milo, Minibot and Max sets for extended building fun! Ages 3 & up. MSRP: $49.99.
Kellytoy’s all new Valentine’s Day-themed Squishmallows are the perfect gift to make every Valentine feel special. Fern, Winnie and the rest of the Valentine #Squishmallowsquad are as lovable, huggable, and collectible as the original Squishmallows, an international toy phenomenon launched in 2017 with more than 400 characters available in more than 40 countries; 50 million have sold to date. The Valentine squad is the perfect treat for kids, tweens, collectors and toy lovers of all ages. As cuddly as they are cute, they are available now at national retail chains and online at squishmallows.com. The all-new Valentine’s Squishmallows feature more than 10 characters ranging from four to 20 inches in size (MSRP: $3.99 - $29.99, respectively).
Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts
This Homemade Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub Recipe is the perfect homemade gift to give to a loved one – or to make for yourself!
A friend gave me this awesome DIY Lavender Salt Soak Recipe and I am going to incorporate it into a weekly routine…a little ME TIME, a nice warm bath, meditation music and a good book!
Valentine's Day Gifts for the Coffee Lover
Spread the love this Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) Day with Melitta Coffee. For the coffee lover in your life, Melitta has a number of chic, affordable (all under $40) items that make for a thoughtful, unique Valentine’s gift (and a great cup of coffee)!
- For your self-proclaimed entertainer bestie: The ultimate brunch accessory or nightcap appliance, the new Heritage Series Pour-Over Coffeemaker Sets completes any host’s offerings. The vintage inspired sets include a 20oz carafe and Pour-Over cone, making multiple cups at a time and available in a variety of pastel colors. $39.99.
- For your globetrotting partner: Compromising great coffee for an adventure is a thing of the past. This durable, shatter-resistant Pour-Over is great for the coffee lover on the go. Made out of Tritan™ material, this design allows for gourmet coffee in just minutes, whether from a hotel room or the top of a mountain. $14.99
- For your coffee gourmand s/o: Coffeehouse quality coffee IS possible at-home. The Signature Series Pour-Over is a take on the classic pour-over, with a functional design optimized to ensure consistent brewing of bold and flavorful coffee. Available in multiple finishes and colors. $17.99-$19.99
Valentine's Day Gifts for the Traveler
The DYLN Bottle is an alkalizing, vacuum-insulated water bottle that can help combat acidity by increasing the pH of your water within minutes. DYLN also reduces the Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) of your water to -150, making it antioxidant to help protect against free radicals.
DYLN also makes water hydrogen-enriched, which has been shown to boost energy, improve recovery and lower inflammation.
Genius Pack Supercharged Carry On
The Genius Pack Supercharged Carry On is a premium carry on built with a 100% polycarbonate frame, interior category compartments and 2 external USB ports.
Features of this lightweight suitcase are:
- Carry-On Approved / 100% Polycarbonate Shell / 2 External USB Ports / Fully removable, airline-approved Power Pack (sold separately)
- Fully compliant with TSA and airlines: Permitted for Carry On & Check In / Ultra Light: Just 6.8 lbs / 3 kgs
- Interior category compartments / Dedicated Space for Tech, Socks, and Undergarments / Specialized stretch mesh
- Embedded checklist - Never forget belts again / Secluded laundry compartment / 8 Wheels for an effortless glide
- Integrated TSA combination lock / Scratch and stain-resistant / Built-in Garment Loop for hanging clothes / Compression straps keep your contents snug and secure
- Fits in Overhead Bins of All Major Airlines / 21.5 x 14 x 9 in. including wheels & handles. 6.8 lbs. / Maximum Internal Capacity: 44 L
How About Baking Up Some Valentine's Day Treats?
This Valentine’s Day Breakfast Red Velvet Waffles Recipe is just so good and easy to make -by using the help of a box of cake mix. You are just going to love them, and if you have kids at home, they will love them too!
This easy and fun Valentine’s Day Strawberry Brownies Recipe is the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert to whip up for someone special this year!
This Valentine’s Day Love Stitch Cupcakes Recipe Tutorial will wow anyone you deem your “Valentine.”
Did you get some great Valentine's Day ideas? I would love for you to share this post!