fbpx
0

The History of Valentine’s Day Plus 14 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Love

General Lifestyle Products I Love You Can Call Me Gigi

The History of Valentine’s Day Plus 14 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Love

will you be my valentine

Every February, we send flowers, love notes, and gifts to our spouses, partners, or crushes. But what’s so special about February 14th? How did this day become what we all know as St. Valentine’s Day? It’s funny you should ask because I’m going to tell you all about it! And not just that! I’m sharing some fab gift ideas, so, without further ado… The History of Valentine’s Day Plus 14 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Love.

The Not-So-Romantic History of Valentine’s Day

valentine day history

The history of Valentine’s Day is a bit of a mystery (historians are still arguing about it). One thing we do know is that it’s associated with St. Valentine. Who is St. Valentine? That is another mystery, but historians believe the legend combines two men.

In fact, there were actually two Valentines executed on February 14 (not the same year), both by Emperor Claudius II.

  • According to one legend, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men were better soldiers. However, Valentine, a priest, defied the orders and continued to marry young couples in secret. Eventually, Valentine’s actions were discovered, and he was sentenced to death.
  • Others believe it was St. Valentine of Terni who is the true namesake of the holiday. He was martyred on February 14, 269 AD, for ministering to persecuted Christians.

Another legend says that Valentine, a man imprisoned for helping Christians escape Roman prisons, sent the first-ever valentine to a young woman he fell in love with during his imprisonment. He allegedly signed the letter “From your Valentine.”

Some believe that the Catholic Church used St. Valentine’s Day to replace Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival celebrated by the Romans on February 15.

Others say it was a combination of Shakespeare and poet Geoffrey Chaucer who started our modern Valentine’s Day traditions. February 14 marked the beginning of bird mating season in England and France in the Middle Ages. Poet Chaucer marked the date as a day of romantic celebration in his poem “Parliament of Foules.”

Shakespeare, of course, mentions St. Valentine’s Day in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.

Written valentines didn’t show up until after 1400. In 1415, the Duke of Orleans wrote a poem to his wife for Valentine’s Day while imprisoned at the Tower of London. Another valentine note – the oldest in existence, was written in 1477 by a woman to her fiance. According to ideas.hallmark.com, Esther Howland of Worcester, Mass., published the first American valentine in 1849. And Hallmark offered its first Valentine’s Day cards in 1913.

Cool stuff, right? But I’m guessing you’ve had enough of a history lesson, so let’s move on!

Not Just for Romance

valentine day

We still celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but this day of love has evolved over the years. Sure, we celebrate romantic love, but we also celebrate the friends and family members we love.

It’s not just about romance.

Sending cards and thoughtful gifts to our parents, children, grandchildren, and closest friends is another way to show we care.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for All of Your Loved Ones

valentine gifts for everyone

Need something special for the favorite people in your life? While I put these gifts in categories, truth is, they are terrific for just about everyone – except your pets. I should have included a gift for them, too, but, hey, it’s an excellent idea for another blog post!

I do think there’s something here for everyone. So, here are 14 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are bound to make someone smile.

For Your Honey – Whomever That Might Be!

gifts for your honey

For Your Hubby

and gifts for your hubby
  • Whiskey Glass Set: Everything he needs to enjoy his fave whiskey, including a beautiful wooden box with a romantic message.
  • Ugg Slippers: Not a drinker? He’ll love these plush, comfy slippers featuring genuine shearling and suede.
  • Tom Ford Lost Cherry: A unisex, spicy Eau de Parfum with notes of black cherry, almond, and tonka bean.

For Your ‘Adult’ Kids

valentine gifts for adult kids

For Your Grandkids

valentine gifts for kids

For Your BFFs

valentine gift ideas
  • Santal 26 Candle: A 100% soy wax candle with notes of vanilla, amber, cedar, cocoa, musk, sandalwood, and spices.
  • Eternal Roses: 12 beautiful, fresh roses that have been specially preserved to last up to a year or more.

And Saving the Best for Last: For Yourself!

Beautiful Jewelry from Shopping with Gigi. Click on this link and scroll down to find several pieces just perfect for Valentine’s Day. Limited Stock.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the history of Valentine’s Day. And please, check out some of the gift ideas I’ve linked. You may find something that you think will be perfect for someone in your life. And of course, you might also find a little something in my boutique!

Thanks so much for reading this and for being here. I would be so appreciative if you would share this post, my site, and my boutique with friends. So take a quick sec and email this link. And sign up yourself if you haven’t already! (Maybe someone emailed you this post!) It Just takes your email address, and you’re in!

Oh, and don’t forget, if you purchase something from this post, I may earn enough to one day buy a cup of coffee (tall) from Starbucks!
All rights reserved.

Let’s Get Social! I’m friendly!

Find me on Pinterest (I would love for you to pin some of the pics), InstagramFacebook, TwitterTikTok & YouTube. Besides those social media channels, you can also follow me on LinkedIn.

And you can shop for my favorite looks & products on Like.to.Know.it and Shopping with Gigi! If you don’t have the Like.to.Know.it app, Shop My Instagram instead!

You might also be interested in these posts:


 

 

You Might Also Like...

47 Comments

  • Reply
    jodie filogomo
    January 23, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    The best for myself?? LOL, why of course. I love that you are so happy because it cooled down there Gwen. I’ve been trying to wear all my “winter” things because I know it’s warming up here soon!!
    And I loved reading this. It’s also our anniversary on Valentine’s day, so we always joke that everyone is celebrating with us, haha.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Reply
    Nancy Weiss
    January 24, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Hi Gwen,

    These are all great gift ideas and thanks for sharing the information on the background about Valentines Day. Its interesting to learn how it all started.

    Cheers,
    Nancy

  • Reply
    Jessica A Jannenga
    January 24, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Hi Gwen
    I always enjoy reading about the history behind things I like the Shakespeare – Chaucer explanation. At least that is a bit more romantic! Love the gifts you selected, those roses are beautiful and wonderful they last up to a year! My hubby would enjoy the whiskey glass/box ( bourbon).
    Have a great week!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      January 28, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Jess! My husband would also love the whiskey/glass box set! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo gwen

  • Reply
    Rosemary Davis
    January 24, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Hi Gwen,

    I am loving all these great gift ideas! Yes, Valentines Day does not belong to lovers only. It’s great to give gifts to all those special people in our lives ❣️

    Rosemary

  • Reply
    Stacie Hamilton
    January 25, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Great post, but I just truly LOVE your sense of humor Gwen!!

  • Reply
    Cori
    February 12, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Gwen,
    You are a world of knowledge! I loved the Valentine’s Day historical ditties Just when we think we know almost everything. Your stuff is great. Where can we get the snoring mug? That’s a must. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and hubby. ❤️

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      February 12, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      LOL thank you for reading!! You click the link that’s highlighted for the mug. xoxo

  • Reply
    graliontorile
    February 23, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    An fascinating dialogue is value comment. I think that it is best to write extra on this matter, it may not be a taboo topic however typically persons are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  • Reply
    dr. Jáger Krisztina ügyvéd Budapest
    March 3, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    you’ve an important weblog here! would you wish to make some invite posts on my blog?

  • Reply
    territorio de marca
    March 4, 2022 at 4:32 am

    You are my breathing in, I own few web logs and infrequently run out from to brand : (.

  • Reply
    como impugnar un acta de comunidad
    March 8, 2022 at 8:05 am

    What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are not really much more well-favored than you might be now. You’re so intelligent. You already know therefore considerably when it comes to this matter, made me personally consider it from numerous numerous angles. Its like men and women aren’t interested unless it¦s one thing to do with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. At all times deal with it up!

  • Reply
    https://capitalforbusiness.net/
    March 8, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I not to mention my guys came looking through the good thoughts found on your web blog and then quickly developed a terrible suspicion I had not thanked the web blog owner for those techniques. Those young men are already for that reason glad to read all of them and have now seriously been enjoying these things. Many thanks for truly being simply thoughtful and for using variety of magnificent ideas millions of individuals are really eager to understand about. My personal honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.

  • Reply
    buy props money online
    April 1, 2022 at 5:30 am

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  • Reply
    wedding photographer
    April 22, 2022 at 8:28 am

    My brother recommended I would possibly like this web site. He was totally right. This put up actually made my day. You can not believe just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  • Reply
    powder
    April 27, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I haven?¦t checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I?¦ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  • Reply
    digital marketing
    May 1, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Lovely website! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also

  • Reply
    latest jobs
    May 2, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Utterly indited content material, regards for selective information.

  • Reply
    agencia de branding
    May 2, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really know what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =). We could have a link alternate arrangement among us!

  • Reply
    auto supplies
    May 5, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Just wish to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is just cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  • Reply
    selfies
    May 12, 2022 at 6:35 am

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  • Reply
    www
    May 13, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  • Reply
    gralion torile
    May 16, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    hey there and thanks to your information – I’ve definitely picked up anything new from proper here. I did alternatively experience some technical points using this site, as I skilled to reload the site many instances prior to I may get it to load properly. I have been brooding about in case your web hosting is OK? No longer that I’m complaining, however sluggish loading cases times will sometimes affect your placement in google and could injury your high quality score if ads and ***********|advertising|advertising|advertising and *********** with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and could glance out for a lot extra of your respective exciting content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

  • Reply
    Jonnie Duliba
    May 22, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Whats Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its aided me. Good job.

  • Reply
    you could try this out
    June 19, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    you could have an important blog here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  • Reply
    zorivareworilon
    June 30, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    You have noted very interesting details! ps decent website . “Formal education will make you a living self-education will make you a fortune.” by Jim Rohn.

  • Reply
    CBD Suisse
    July 7, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  • Reply
    abogados especialistas en comunidades
    July 15, 2022 at 6:54 am

    I respect your piece of work, appreciate it for all the good posts.

  • Reply
    rugged tablet
    July 19, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Just wanna remark that you have a very decent internet site, I enjoy the pattern it really stands out.

  • Reply
    private detective Melbourne
    August 6, 2022 at 3:55 am

    I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours lately, but I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content material as you did, the web can be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  • Reply
    polka dot chocolate
    August 6, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Hey There. I discovered your blog the usage of msn. This is a very neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful information. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  • Reply
    abogado de construccion
    August 11, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hey very nice site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find a lot of useful information here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  • Reply
    danos ocultos en vivienda
    August 12, 2022 at 2:45 am

    Heya i am for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to provide something back and aid others like you helped me.

  • Reply
    apartments for sale dubai
    August 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Everyone loves what you guys are up too. This sort of clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.

  • Reply
    Angele Mierzwinski
    August 23, 2022 at 2:24 am

    hello!,I really like your writing very much! percentage we communicate more approximately your post on AOL? I need a specialist in this space to solve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look forward to look you.

  • Reply
    c9 dieet
    August 31, 2022 at 4:32 am

    I always was concerned in this topic and still am, regards for putting up.

  • Reply
    gralion torile
    September 1, 2022 at 6:59 am

    I really like your writing style, great info, thanks for putting up :D. “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” by T. S. Eliot.

  • Reply
    Pelvic Floor Therapy
    September 8, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Very interesting topic, appreciate it for putting up.

  • Reply
    CBD
    September 9, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and include almost all vital infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.

  • Reply
    CBD Öl
    September 9, 2022 at 7:40 am

    I like this web blog very much so much great info .

  • Reply
    CBD Suisse
    September 9, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Appreciate it for this post, I am a big fan of this internet site would like to continue updated.

  • Reply
    Poker training information articles
    September 10, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    very nice publish, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

  • Reply
    best cryptocurrency to invest today
    September 13, 2022 at 1:21 am

    I actually wanted to write a brief message to be able to express gratitude to you for these stunning tips you are giving out at this website. My considerable internet look up has at the end been honored with good points to share with my relatives. I would say that we readers are really fortunate to be in a useful site with very many perfect professionals with beneficial tips. I feel pretty blessed to have come across the weblog and look forward to really more pleasurable times reading here. Thank you again for a lot of things.

  • Reply
    best cryptocurrency
    September 14, 2022 at 10:21 am

    I gotta favorite this website it seems extremely helpful extremely helpful

  • Reply
    best cryptocurrency to buy today
    September 14, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  • Reply
    Bioluma
    September 15, 2022 at 9:30 am

    What i don’t understood is in reality how you are now not really a lot more smartly-favored than you might be now. You are so intelligent. You already know thus significantly on the subject of this topic, made me in my view believe it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated except it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. All the time handle it up!

  • Reply
    postive income properties australia
    September 27, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?

Leave a Reply