- 1 Valentine’s Day It Is a Holiday of Romantic Love
- 2 Cards, Flowers, and Chocolates
- 3 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
- 4 Best Valentine’s Day Movies
Valentine’s Day It Is a Holiday of Romantic Love
Every year, on the fourteenth of February, millions of people around the world give their loved ones candy, flowers, postcards and other delicious gifts. They decorate their house with flags, garlands, and balls. The reason for this is a kind cleric called Valentin, who died more than a thousand years ago. This day, February 14, was a day for all lovers, and Valentine became his patron saint. With the advent of Christianity, this day became known as Valentine’s Day. The most common symbols of Valentine’s Day are the heart, especially in red and pink tones, as well as photos or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to hit people’s hearts. Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday.
As usual, state institutions, shops, schools and other organizations are opened. Public transport systems operate on a regular schedule. Valentine’s Day is also a very popular date for weddings. The usual gifts for Valentine’s Day are flowers, sweets, underwear, and champagne or sparkling wine. Nevertheless, some people use this occasion to present generous gifts, such as ornaments. At this time in many restaurants and hotels arrange special offers on this day. They can include romantic food and various entertainment programs. Buy Valentine’s Day gifts for children, parents, wives, friends or your new boyfriend. Choose and order from thousands of different and amazing gifts, give your loved ones Valentine’s Day jewelry in the style of Valentine’s Day to surprise your girlfriend. Write love letters to your girlfriends, pick up delicious chocolate recipes and much more. Do not forget to pick up gift wrapping and Valentine’s Day cards!
History of Valentine’s Day
There is hardly a single person in the world who hasn’t heard about Valentine’s Day and the name of St. Valentine. But not everybody knows who St. Valentine was and where the tradition of exchanging gifts and flowers came from. Though the history of the day is shrouded in mystery, we know that it goes back to ancient Rome to the festival of Lupercalia. This is a fertility festival dedicated to the Roman god of agriculture Faunus that was celebrated yearly on February 15th. The priests sacrificed a dog for purification and a goat for fertility. A goat’s hide would be made into strips, dipped into sacrificial blood and women would be slapped with it because it was believed to bring fertility. In the evening young women would place their names in an urn and bachelors would choose one name and they would become a pair for one year. Sometimes these matches ended in marriages
In an effort to “Christianize” this pagan celebration Pope Gelasius I declared February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Dayclose
It is unclear though who of the three Valentines, that were martyrs in the Catholic Church, is the hero of the day. There is one legend that tells that Valentine was a priest that performed marriages for young lovers in secret in the third century in Rome. Emperor forbade young men to get married so they would be better soldiers. Valentine considered this to be an injustice. When Claudius found out about it, he ordered to kill Valentine. Another legend is that Valentine was helping Christians to escape Roman prisons and was martyred for that. And there is yet another story that says that Valentine himself was a prisoner and he sent the first “card” out of prison to the girl he loved – a daughter of a prison guard. In fact, Valentine of Terni, Italy healed the sick, and he also healed this girl from blindness. Though the stories are different, they all portray Valentine as a romantic figure. By the Middle, Ages Valentine became one of the most popular saints in France and England.
It was believed in England and France that on February 14th birds would start their mating seasonclose
Since that time Valentine’s Day would definitely be associated with love and romance. In 1381 English poet Geoffrey Chaucer created a romantic poem “Parliament of Fowls” in honor of the first anniversary of the engagement between Anne of Bohemia and Richard II of England. In this poem, Chaucer associated this royal engagement with the beginning of the birds’ mating season and linked it to St. Valentine’s Day. Shakespeare mentions Valentine’s Day in “Hamlet.” But this day wasn’t just for poets. In February of 1477, Margery Brews of Norfolk sent a message to John Paston, her fiancé, where she called him “My Valentine” This letter is now the oldest known Valentine card written in English and is a part of the British Library collection. Around the beginning of industrial revolution, Valentine’ Day went from being a small historical romantic holiday to the commercial celebration as we know it today. In 1860s Cadbury’s heart-shaped boxes of chocolate appeared, in 1907 Hershey created their chocolate kisses. And in 1913, the famous Hallmark Cards company made the first pre-made Valentine’s Day cards. In 1916 the mass production of valentines started. Love is still in the air but in quite a commercialized way.
St.Valentine’s Day Traditions around the World
Valentine’s Day is celebrated with enthusiasm around the world. Some of the most common traditions are exchanging cards and small gifts. A lot of young men make a proposal on this day, so it becomes a day of engagements as well. Of course, February 14th is a date day when you can hardly find a free table in a nice restaurant and have to book well in advance. While being a romantic holiday in the beginning, now people express their love not only to their romantic partners but friends, mothers, and fathers, teachers and siblings. Valentine’s Day celebrations in schools are becoming common. Children organize school classroom parties and exchange chocolates and cards with their classmates. Valentine’s Day started in ancient Rome, developed in England and France and became a commercial holiday in the USA. These days, however, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in almost all countries of the world. Each of them has their own twist on Valentine’s Day, and some of the traditions are quite interesting and unusual:
- Argentina. In Argentina, there is no Valentine’s Day in February. Instead, they celebrate “the week of sweetness” between the 13th and 20th of July. During the week, lovers exchange kisses for candies and give each other chocolates. The “sweetness week” finishes with celebrating friendship day.
- South Africa. The interesting tradition in South Africa is that women literally wear their hearts on their sleeves: they put the names of the men they admire on their shirtsleeves. In some cases, this is how men find out who secretly likes them. Besides, they, of course, celebrate this day traditionally with flowers, chocolates and candlelight dinners.
- Italy. Italians love food and they, of course, celebrate Valentine’s Day with romantic dinners. One of the most popular presents is Baci Perugina. These are hazelnuts covered in chocolate wrapped with a romantic quote written in four languages. Valentine’s Day was also celebrated with the Spring Festival when young people gathered in gardens to ready poetry and listened to music. Unmarried girls wake up before dawn because it is believed that the first man a girl sees on Valentine’s Day will be her future husband that she would marry within a year. Or at least this man would resemble the guy that she would get married to.
- China. In China Valentine’s day is called Qixi – the Seventh Night Festival, the seventh day of the seventh month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The legend is the following: the daughter of a heavenly king, Zhinu, fell in love with a poor cowherd. They got married and had twins. Zhinu’s father was outraged and ordered Zhinu to come back to the stars. But when he heard how her children cried the king allowed the lovers to meet once a year – on Qixi. On this day young women who hope to find good husbands prepare offerings to Zhinu of melon and other fruits. Couples go to temples to pray for prosperity and happiness. At night people watch two start Altair and Vega (Niulang and Zhinu) come close. In South West China there is a “Sisters Meal” festival which is celebrated on March 15th. This is a lovely tradition: women wear silver accessories and lovely dresses and cook dishes of colored rice. They offer the dishes to young men who pass by. Inside the chosen dish there may be a clove of garlic that means that love is over before it has begun or chopsticks, which indicate love.
- France. It is not surprising that France is considered one of the most romantic countries in the world. It is believed that the first Valentine’s Day card as we know it today originated in France. The Duke of Orleans, Charles, sent love letters from prison to his wife in 1415. A French village “Valentine” is decorated with roses and love cards between February 12th and 14th. Loterie D’amour, or “drawing for love” was a popular tradition in France. Women and men filled houses that faced each other and called out to one another in hopes to pair off. Ladies who were left unmatched gathered together for a bonfire during which they burnt pictures of men who had abandoned them. However, these bonfires became uncontrollable and the French government banned them and this tradition.
- Ghana. Ghana is the largest cocoa producing countries in the world. It is not therefore surprising that February 14th is the “National Chocolate Day” in Ghana. The tradition is recent and began in 2007 in hopes by the government to increase tourism in the country. During the day there are music events and performances, and restaurants offer special themed menus.
- The Philippines. In this country, every Valentine’s Day hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of people get married in public places en masse. The event is sponsored by the government, and it allows underprivileged couples to get married for free. This day is very special for young people. Thanks to this tradition thousands of couples in the country share the same wedding anniversary day.
- Estonia and Finland. On February 14th these countries celebrate friendship day called “Sõbrapäev” in Estonia and “Ystävän Päivä” in Finland. People exchange cards and presents and say “Happy Friends Day.” So everyone, not just lovers, participates in the celebration.
- Brazil. Brazilians hold a big Carnival in February or March; therefore, they skip Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Instead, they celebrate “Lovers’ Day,” “Dia dos Namorados,” on June 12th. There is a usual exchange of gifts, cards, and flowers of course, and besides, there are music festivals and dance performances around the country. People often hold family dinners on this day. On the next day, which is Saint Anthony’s Day, who is the patron of marriage, single women perform rituals called ”Simpatias” hoping the St. Antony will give them a husband.
- Denmark. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in Denmark only since the early 1990th, so this is a relatively new holiday in this country. Rather than exchanging traditional roses for people who are in love, and friends exchange white pressed flowers called snowdrops. Danish people also exchange “lover’s cards”, which originally were transparent cards with a picture of a card giver presenting a gift to his loved one. Another tradition is that men give women “joking letters”, “Gaekkebrev” that consists of a funny rhyme written on a nicely cut paper and signed by dots. If a woman guesses the sender then later this year on Easter she will receive an Easter egg.
- Bulgaria. Bulgaria is known for its high-quality wine. So, on February 14th Bulgarians celebrate the “day of winemakers”- “ San Trifon Zaresan.” Sweethearts celebrate their love with a glass of excellent local wine.
- South Korea. Variation of the Valentine’s Day is celebrated by young couples every month from February to April. On February 14th Korean women give their men candies, chocolates, and flowers. Men, in turn, give chocolates and gifts to their ladies on March 14th. This day is called a “White Day.” And for those who are single and don’t have anything to celebrate in February or March, there is the third day in April called a “Black Day.” On this day singles mourn their solitary status by dressing in black clothes and eating black bean-paste noodles, called “Jajangmyeon.” And believe it or not, Koreans keep celebrating romance or lack of it every 14th day of each month of the year! May 14th is the “Day of Roses”, June 14th – the “Day of Kisses”, and December 14th – the “Day of Hugs.”
- Romania. In Romania, sweethearts celebrate their love on February 24th. This is a mixture between Valentine’s Day and the day when spring season begins. Romanian young couples get engaged on this day. Some go to the forest and pick colorful flowers, and others wash their faces with snow as a sign of good luck.
- Wales. In Wales they don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day; instead, there is a Saint Dwynwen Day on January 25th, which is considered the day of romance. On this day men give their sweethearts carved wooden spoons called “love spoons.” The tradition comes from the 16th century when sailors carved presents for their loved ones while they were at sea. The spoons are carved with different symbols and patterns, each with their own meaning. For example, keys symbolize the keys to someone’s heart, wheels mean support, horseshoes symbolize good luck, etc. Love spoons are also presented as gifts at weddings, births and anniversaries.
- Japan. In Japan ladies give their men different chocolates and what is important is the type of chocolate. Husbands, boyfriends, and boyfriends-to-be receive high-quality chocolate “Honmei-choco”- “true feeling”. Colleagues and acquaintances get “Giri-choco” – “obligation chocolate.” The most unlucky men receive “Cho-Giri Choco” – “ultra-obligation chocolate.” You can only imagine how much profit chocolate companies get on this day. On White Day in March (similar to Korea) men, who received “Honmei-choco,” give their ladies presents, often lingerie or jewelry.
- Spain. The day of love in Spain, in Valencia is on October 9th – the feast of Saint Dionysus. It is celebrated all over Spain. Men give women marzipan figurines called Macadora. In villages, people celebrate with colorful parades.
- The Czech Republic. Valentine’s Day celebration is held on May 1st in the Czech Republic. Young people and all couples who are in love go to the statue of the poet Karol Hynek Macha and kiss under the cherry trees. This is meant to bring good luck.
- Slovenia. It is believed in Slovenia that February 14th is the day when plants start to regenerate. On this day the workers start working in the fields. This is also the start of a mating season for birds. If you want to see birds you need to walk barefoot along the fields (even though the earth is still frozen). Saint Valentine is the patron of spring in the country. And the romance day is March 12th, and the lovers’ patron is Saint Gregory.
- England. In England, there is an interesting tradition on Valentine’s Day when women place five bay leaves on their pillows – one in the center and one at each corner. This is meant to bring dreams of their future husbands. Sometimes they put bay leaves wet with rosewater across the pillow. Saint Valentine brings candies to kids and leaves them on the porches. He is like Santa Claus to the children.
Cards, Flowers, and Chocolates
The most popular Valentine’s Day gifts are, of course, cards, chocolates, and flowers. The first written Valentines appeared in the 15th century. The oldest known valentine that still exists today is the note written by Charles, Duke of Orleans (as it was already mentioned). In a few years, King Henry V asked a writer John Lydgate to create a valentine poem for Catherine of Valois. By the middle of the 18th century, the tradition of exchanging handwritten notes on Valentine’s Day became rather popular. And of course, with the appearance of ready-made printed cards at the beginning of the 20th-century valentines became accessible to anyone. In the USA Esther A. Howland is known as the “Mother of the Valentine.” She began selling handmade valentines in the middle of the 19th century.
She made beautiful scrap cards with ribbons, lace and colorful picture
Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year after Christmas. Interestingly, 85% of Valentine cards are purchased by women. The most popular images on Valentine’s cards are hearts, roses, and cupids. Not everyone could come up with a nice Valentine’s Day greeting to express love for their sweetheart, so in the 18th century, a book with Valentine’s Day poems was published in London. The name of the book is “The New English Valentine Writer or the High Road to Love; for both Sexes. Containing a Complete Set of Valentines.”
Mass production of chocolates for Valentine’s Day started with the famous Cadbury company. Surprisingly, brothers George and Richard Cadbury, who transformed chocolate from a substance that people drank to the best Valentine’s gift boxes, grew up in a very strict family. Their father came from Quakers family and the rules in the family were rather severe. However, Cadburys started producing heart-shaped boxes with chocolates and started a tradition that has been lasing until today. When they took over their father’s tea business, they switched to chocolate, which has become the most popular Valentine’s Day gift of all times. So, what kind of chocolate should you pick for your sweetheart? There is such a variety at the market nowadays that it is easy to get lost.
Here are a few suggestions
- Pierre Marcolini Maline Découverte Chocolate Selection. This is Belgian chocolate that will cater to the pickiest chocolate eater. There are 34 chocolates to choose from with different tastes.
- Lindt mix. Lindt is one of the best chocolate ever invented. If you don’t want to go for boxed chocolate, then a combination of Lindt different tastes and flavors will be perfect. Anything from classic milk chocolate to coconut truffles is available. You can pack the chocolates yourself and give this present an extra love touch.
- Marks & Spencer Large Velvet Heart Box of Chocolates. This is a big (almost half a kilo) heart-shaped box of chocolates decorated with a golden ribbon. Inside you will find a variety of chocolates in different shapes, sizes and tastes, including plain dark and milk chocolate, and fillings such as caramel and coconut milk.
- Chococo Personalized Love Heart. This chocolatier specializes in made fresh chocolate. It will be a real treat for your sweetheart to receive milk and dark chocolate filled with white chocolate that was recently prepared just for her or him.
- Hotel Chocolat Valentine Goody Bag. This box is ideal for those who like variety. The tastes in the box include vanilla, champagne truffles, raspberry, salted caramel and others.
Chocolate is Wonderful and Almost Unbeatable as Valentine’s Day Present
But if you really want to impress your girlfriend don’t dismiss the idea of flowers, because, is there a girl who doesn’t like a bouquet in her home especially presented by a person she is in love with? What kind of flowers should you buy? Of course, first of all, go for your sweetheart’s favorite flowers. But what if you don’t know what they are, or you have just been going out for a few weeks and didn’t have a chance to find out? Here are a few ideas that any girl will like.
- Long-stemmed roses are classic, so if you buy them, you will most likely not fail. Red roses are of course a sign of love and passion. But if you want to give flowers to a friend, go for yellow ones, which symbolize friendship. A mixture of pink and red roses symbolizes poetic love and admiration.
- Orchids are great and will show that you really put thought into choosing flowers and didn’t do it at the last minute. There are many colors to choose from, and you can even match their color to the color of the gift to make it extra special. Orchids symbolize strength, luxury and delicate beauty.
- Chrysanthemums represent perfection and will be a perfect complement to the woman you love. If a girl receives yellow chrysanthemums, it means she has a secret admirer.
- Peony is a popular flower when it comes to romance. These flowers represent romance, good fortune, and prosperous marriage. So, if your intentions are serious, go for a bouquet of peonies.
- Red tulips are perfect for Valentine’s day because they also symbolize true love, passion and an ultimate commitment to your loved one. There isn’t a girl who wouldn’t want to receive such a bouquet as a gift.
- Daisies, even though they are considered simple, represent innocence and friendship. A daisy bouquet will for sure cheer up a friend or someone who is always cheerful and bright.
- Purple and yellow irises. Purple is a color of royalty, yellow – a symbol of passion. An excellent combination for someone who you truly love and admire.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Valentine’s Day is not only about flowers and chocolates but also about gifts. This is an extra occasion for you to demonstrate your love with something meaningful and unique. It is easy to feel lost because every brand and company offers special Valentine’s Day gifts. Here we have collected the best ideas of gifts for him and for her that will suit both romantic personalities and those who are more on the practical side.
Valentine’s Day Ideas for Her
A bottle of expensive perfume is a perfect gift. If you know your sweetheart’s preferences, it is easy to choose a bottle of perfume. If you don’t know the particular brand of perfume that she likes, think about the scents that will suit her: floral or fresh, sweet or zingy.
Scented candles will last much longer than a bouquet of flowers and will remind her of romantic love. Choose among dozens of fragrances or give her a few candles for different places in the house.
A tea set
A set of teas with various flavors in a nice box will bring her a unique afternoon tea experience. Every time she will sit back with a cup of tea she will remember about you.
How about cute pajamas or a nighty? Girls love soft, cozy and comfy nightwear. You can go for classic looking pajamas or something more adventurous – colorful and patterned.
A golden pendant with her initials on it will be a personalized reminder of your love. You can also order a set of two pendants for you and for her with both your initials. Alternatively, a heart cut in halves would be a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day gift.
The poems of famous classics about love will speak for you when you don’t know how to express your true feelings. A collection of poems by Shakespeare, John Donne, W.B.Yeats to name a few with a nice hardcover and beautifully packaged will show your sweetheart that you really care.
Should we even mention underwear? It goes without saying that delicate lacy lingerie is always a lady’s pleaser. You will definitely find something to your liking because there are literally hundreds of brands to choose from.
Silk eye mask
Beauty sleep for your beauty queen with a silk eye mask! Her nap time will feel like a luxurious spa every time.
If your girlfriend likes fitness and working out, then consider a nice water bottle. You can find bottles of any shape and color nowadays, made from quality plastic or stainless steel. Bottles have unique designs, and you can even order a personalized one for your partner.
A leather travel case
Leather travel cases are perfect for trips. Every time she has to leave on a business trip, she will remember that you love her and take care of her no matter what the distance and that you can’t wait for your next adventure together.
Fitbit activity tracker
This is the best fitness tracker in the world which is more about taking care of yourself than actual fitness. It will be a reminder to her that her body is precious. Good sleep, healthy food, taking a nice walk – she will always remember that you care.
If your girlfriend loves reading Kindle is ideal. It can store thousands of her favorite books while being lightweight and slim at the same time. Kindle reader has a built-in dictionary, personal read times and adjustable text size. It will be an ideal travel companion.
Portable mouse and keyboard
Slim portable keyboard and a mouse is an excellent gift for a gadget geek. It is wireless and can be used with any desktop. Besides, the keys are quiet and non-distracting. If you think a keyboard is too boring to choose a nice girlish color – she will not be able to resist!
How about an aquarium that doubles as a greenery garden? She will receive a new scaly friend and a small roots water garden – all in one.
A bottle of wine
Or two bottles: red and white. One can never go wrong with a bottle of wine. Choose two bottles of excellent wine in a gift box. You can enjoy them at your next romantic dinner together. Add a couple of nice wine glasses – a perfect combination.
A cream collection
Selection of mini hand creams will be especially nice for winter days. If you buy a few creams, she will be able to have one at home and to carry one in her bag (that’s what girls love doing!). Hand creams will keep her skin nourished and soft. The creams are absorbed by the skin quickly and leave a pleasant fragrance.
“You complete me” jigsaw puzzle
Buy a puzzle instead of a traditional Valentine’s Day greeting card. Though the puzzle is simple she will for sure enjoy putting together this declaration of your true love.
Organic comfort home shoes
Nice home shoes are always a good idea, especially if they are made of organic cotton fleece, which will provide warmth even on the coldest winter day. Every time she gets home and puts on these comfy shoes, she will remember about a person who cares – you!
A set of nail polishes
You sweetheart loves her manicure? Don’t know which color of nail polish to give? Buy a set of nail polishes of some famous brand. Collect the best colors and shades and put them in a gift box. Such gift will please the most demanding manicure lover.
Mini jewelry box
You can purchase a beautiful velvet box that is suitable for rings, earrings, and bracelets. There are boxes that allow adding more compartments as her jewelry collection grows. Put some nice cute earrings in the box too.
A cookbook by Jamie Oliver
There isn’t a girl who doesn’t like Jamie Oliver and his cookbooks. Buy her Jamie’s latest book, and she will surprise you with a nice dinner that can be cooked without using much time. She will get plenty of inspiration from this book and will not have to wrack her brains every time she needs to cook something.
Valentine’s Day Ideas for Him
A luxury shave set
A shaving set is always a practical gift, but a luxury shave set is even better because it demonstrates that you really care and you want your man to have the best. A luxury set may include a piece of hypoallergenic shave soap, a brush and razor stand, 100% badger brush, a monogrammed mug, and of course, a good razor.
Sexy “Truth or Dare” game
This is a classic game that is adapted especially for two. It contains 50 sticks with sensual “truth” on one side and a sexual “dare” on the other. Even though it is a gift for him, you will for sure enjoy it together.
Personalized and monogrammed cufflinks
Personalized cufflinks with his initials will make for a unique gift. Your guy will look smartly dressed, and every time he wears them, he will remember you and this will for sure make him smile whether he is on a business meeting or attending some high-class special event.
A scratch map
A scratch map is a perfect gift if your sweetheart loves traveling. The map is covered with foil layer that he can remove from the countries, which he has visited (or you have visited together). There are also specialized maps for those who love wildlife, a foreign cuisine or adventures. You can also frame the map so he can put it up on the wall (just don’t forget to buy a frame without glass).
“Missing piece” puzzle necklace
Two puzzle pieces (one for you and one for him) fit together. They spell out “You are the missing piece to my puzzle.” Each one of you will wear one pendant, and you will always remember about each other.
Socks are not a good gift, you would say. But what if these socks are cool and funny and cheeky? There are many brands that manufacture socks with crazy patterns and funny slogans. You will for sure find something that will fit the character and personality of the man you love.
Things I love about you
Take a deck of cards and turn it into 52 love letters. It will last one year if he reads one card a week. Your Valentine’s Day will last a whole year as your sweetheart will read your personalized messages.
A stylish backpack
If a briefcase isn’t really his style, nor the sporty, rugged backpack, present it with a fashionable leather and fabric backpack that will fit his laptop, lunch box and other things he needs to carry to work. Get a backpack with additional pockets for his phone, keys and other trinkets.
Mini espresso maker
A travel mug that not only keeps coffee hot but actually brews it – how about that? If your boyfriend has a hard time waking up in the morning and staying awake at work, this gift is a great idea. He just needs to fill the top with freshly grounded coffee, put hot water in a cup and press the button. While he will be traveling to work the espresso will be preparing.
Original Swiss army knife
Victorinox knives come in a variety of sized from very little to a large on with as many as 31 functions. Apart from actual blades of different sizes, a Swiss knife has a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a can opener, and other features. An ideal gift for an adventurous young man!
Touchscreen gloves should be warm enough because after all, this is what gloves are for. At the same time, they shouldn’t be too thick so that actually he wouldn’t be able to touch the smartphone screen with them. Give him the gloves that will be warm in cold winter weather but will allow accurate screen taps. He will definitely appreciate such a gift. And will be able to text you in any weather!
A power bank
A power bank will be useful if your boyfriend is glued to his phone all the time or if he commutes to work long hours. You can pick a color that he likes and even make it personalized with his initials or interesting slogan.
Manual coffee grinder
Is there anything better than a cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning? If you grind the coffee beans just before brewing coffee, it will have a really unforgettable aroma and taste. A manual coffee grinder is the best present for a coffee lover. He can adjust how fine or how coarse he wants to have his coffee. The coffee grinder will not only be a practical device but a beautiful house decoration.
Bluetooth wireless speaker
He will always have his favorite music with him – and not only in his headphones! A wireless speaker is portable, and he can take it to the picnic or beach. It usually also has LED lighting, which makes it extra special. You together can have your own disco party wherever you are! Thanks to a rechargeable battery he can enjoy the music for up to 12 hours.
Valentine’s Day Decorations
If you want to truly feel the spirit of Valentine’s Day, surround yourself with romantic symbols. Romantic candle displays or pretty flower arrangements will create a sweet atmosphere for your loved ones. You can even wrap candles in some love quotes or laces. The most popular colors would, of course, be red, pink and white, and all its shades. And don’t forget about hearts! If you are planning a romantic meal for two, prepare special placemats, arrange aroma candles and flower centerpieces. And if you want to have a modern twist on Valentines’ Day decor, use black, white and golden colors instead of traditional red and pink. Decorate your walls with some love-themed art pieces. Throw around some pink, red or patterned pillows to give your celebration a flirty touch. And how about putting love saying on the walls or hanging from the ceiling? If you feel creative, you can make really lovely garlands of hearts and cute love poems. You can use paper or felt to cut out hearts.
If you have some free time on your hands, you can make a beautiful string heart. Trace a heart shape on the paper, tap thin nails along the ages and loop yarn or string in a random pattern from nail to nail. You can also decorate your apartment with colorful balloons. Decorate them with red kisses: put on some red lipstick and smooch the balloons. This will look really special!
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Traditionally Valentine’s Day is an occasion to dine and wine. Romantic candlelight dinners are very popular. Lately, however, some other traditions have been emerging. For example, Valentine’s Day dance parties and balls organized by various clubs and societies. There are even Valentine’s Day Singles’ parties where people who don’t have a second half get together, play games, dance and generally have fun together. But what if you feel bored with the old dining and wining? If you can’t come up with a romantic thing to do with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, here are some creative ideas that will help you create a unique experience for your sweetheart.
- Recreate Your First Date – This will require preparation and a good memory, but if you can pull this out your partner will appreciate it and will for sure be impressed. Have a couple of drinks in the bar or coffee shop, walk down the same streets, and of course, visit the place where you first kissed. See how many details you two can remember.
- Have a Picnic in the Park – If your significant other likes staying in nature prepare a fun picnic. Buy some wine, cheese, fruits and pack it in a lovely basket. Don’t forget a candle to make this picnic a truly romantic occasion. Have some drinks under the blue sky.
- Breakfast in Bed – Do you think this is too simple and not creative? Well, if you don’t do it every day, or even every weekend, this will be an awesome and a delightful surprise. Make pancakes, brew some nice coffee. Start your Valentine’s Day right!
- Sign up for a Cooking Class – Learn to cook each other’s favorite meals at the cooking class. Or prepare one meal together. Cooking tends to bond people. You will have a lovely dish in the end and lots of fun in the process.
- A Weekend Getaway – If you are looking for an escape from a busy city, spend a quiet romantic weekend somewhere in the mountains. You can have lots of fun outdoors and then come back to your cozy room where you will enjoy each other company near the fireplace.
- Take a Winery You’re – If your sweetheart enjoys a glass of nice wine why not prepare a wine tour? Book in advance and then have some fun learning about how the best wine is made and getting tipsy. Have a tasting session in the end and take a couple of bottles back home to drink in the evening. Alternatively, instead of having an evening in one restaurant, you can just go from bar to bar together and taste different sorts of wine and tapas.
- Go Shopping Together – Girls love shopping, but you probably get bored every time she asks you to go with her. So, prepare a delightful shopping experience for a Valentine’s Day. Go to her favorite shopping mall and buy things that you both enjoy. Have a romantic dinner in a fast food cafe afterward.
- Plan a Date with Other Couples – If you have friends that you like spending time with, plan some time together. Rent a cabin in the mountains or just hang out together in the city. Eat a nice dinner; go to the disco party or concert. Just enjoy each other’s company. You can always retire early to spend some alone time with your partner.
- Ice Skating – There is something fun about ice skating that even those that have never done it before really enjoy the experience. You can have some lovely time, and you are guaranteed to cling to each other if you fall, or just glide together holding hands. Very romantic!
- Travel abroad – This takes quite a bit of planning and costs, but it is really worth it. Book a beautiful location in advance and surprise your sweetheart with a romantic getaway to another country. Visit some famous places, do some shopping, and try local food!
- A Hot-Air Balloon Ride – This is really fun and incredibly romantic date! You will have a thrilling experience and will get to enjoy the fantastic view. Pack a picnic basket with some champagne with you and enjoy your meal high up in the air. Don’t forget to take warm clothes because it can be rather cold up in the air.
- Attend the Concert of Your Favorite Band – Can there be anything better than live music played by your favorite band? Especially if you get to visit the concert together with your sweetheart. Or you can pick a club with live performances (rock or jazz). You will spend an awesome time together and will have great memories of the event.
- A Day in the Spa – Spend a relaxing day at the spa together. Enjoy various spa procedures together. Treat your body and senses to an enjoyable experience. A lot of spas provide discounts for couples on Valentine’s Day. Have a full body massage or face treatments, or both! This is a perfect day if you take your relationship seriously or want to take it to the next level.
- Book a Hotel Room – If you don’t have a chance to get away from the city book a room in a nice hotel where you will be away from kids, dirty dishes and all the cares of your life. Imagine you are on vacation together. Many hotels have some Valentine’s specials so check out the options. You can be treated to a delightful three-course meal at the hotel restaurant or enjoy some in-room champagne service.
- An Evening in a Karaoke Bar – This could be a fun and incredibly bonding time together. Have a few drinks and forget about not having a nice voice and making complete fools of yourselves. Sing some classic couple duos like “I got you, babe.” Just enjoy this time!
- Cocktail Night – Invite some couples over to your house, buy a bunch of different drinks, spices, fruit and Google cocktail recipes. Make the tried and proven cocktails and then have some extra fun by creating your own mixed drinks.
- Go to a Sports Game – Cheer on your favorite team together. Whether it’s hockey or basketball, you will have a blast spending the evening together at the game. If you are a competitive couple, take a bet on the winning team and think about a cool prize for the bet’s winner.
- A Movie Marathon – Though this is a very simple idea, it can be great for you two to spend this time at home cuddling on the couch in front of a TV and eating popcorn or other snacks that you like. There are tons of excellent romantic movies from oldie goldies to the modern ones. Make a collection and watch as many as you can. And here is a list of the best Valentine’s Day movies for you to choose from.
Best Valentine’s Day Movies
- Amelie (2001). This is a romantic movie with an appeal to introverts and dreamers. While most of the movie focuses on Amelie and the way she tries to help others, there is always him present who is as strange and as lonely as Amelie herself. Throughout the movie, Nino and Amelie get closer and further from each other. Thankfully, the director doesn’t keep them apart forever. A great film with a charming Parisian fleur.
- Love and Basketball (2000). The friendship that started between 11 years old children at the basketball court turns into the great romance and proves that friendship is a foundation of love. Both Monica and Quincy turn out to be extremely talented on the court. They go through years of troubles and problems, their love is imperfect and complicated, but nonetheless – it is true love. The sports theme in the movie will be appealing for men who usually don’t like the romance genre.
- The Notebook (2004). This is one of the most romantic movies of all times. The story about the romance of an heiress Allie and a country boy Noah is told as a series of flashbacks of an elderly Noah reading to his love Allie who is sick with Alzheimer disease. This is the sentimental movie about enduring power of love. It is hard to say which is more romantic – the relationship between young Noah and Allie or between the older characters.
- WALL-E (2008). In the 21st century, even the cartoons can be romantic. The love between the two robots is as romantic and passionate as it could be. What started as infatuation ends up as heartbreaking love. You will be crying for sure in the end, we promise.
- Pride and Prejudice (2005). A classic romantic movie based on a classic romantic book. Who wouldn’t like this romantic classic by Jane Austen! Sensibility combined with wit, humor and some sexual tension between Mr.Darcy and Lizzie Bennet – this is what this movie is loved for. And even if you have watched this movie before, you can’t help but sigh when you Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet find out they are meant to be together.
- Brooklyn (2015). This is a relatively new movie with an Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan as the main character. A young woman immigrates to the USA in search of a better life and finds her true love there – and Italian guy Tony. Will Alice come back to Tony who makes her heart jump for joy, or will she stay with Jim Farrell who offers her security back in Ireland? She follows her heart and makes the right decision.
- La La Land (2016). A hymn to dreamers and romantics – La La Land is one of the best musicals of the last few years. Gorgeous costumes, stunning choreography, and singing by Ryan Gosling. This is something you will not be able to resist. Get ready for a romantic evening with La La Land.
- Romeo + Juliet (1996). Shakespeare’s greatest love story in a modern interpretation. Modern or not – the story of two teenagers’ love will not leave you indifferent. Especially if young Leo DiCaprio plays Romeo.
- Titanic (1997). Yet another great romantic movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. Human tragedy, historical drama, and a doomed romance – your eyes will be wet from tears. Yet in the end, you will know – true love really exists!
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Was long distance love possible in the times before Tinder? Does it matter that she is engaged and they live on different coasts? You will find out about Annie and Sam’s true love in the times when distance really meant something.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). A charming British movie about friends who attend each other’s weddings. Eternal best man Charles meets a visiting American Carrie at the first wedding, and they keep crossing each other’s paths over the next months. Of course, love wins in the end!
- 50 First Dates (2004). Henry and Lucy meet, and Henry falls in love instantly though he is known to be a man who is afraid of commitments. And everything seems to be great until Henry finds out that she has a short-term memory loss and every new day she lives the same day over and over.
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