Are you a little tired of the traditional flowers and chocolates? Do you feel that this day is just another Hallmark day that’s been marketed to death? While there’s no getting away from the fact that Valentine’s Day is a day for romance, and showing your significant other half exactly how much you care, hearts, cupid and red roses can be rather boring. If you’ve been in a relationship for more than a couple of years, finding a different gift can be very challenging. So we’ve come up with a few ideas that we’re going to share with you. And hopefully we’ll spur you both into doing something completely different this year.
Valentine’s Gift Ideas that Aren’t so Predictable
Valentine’s Day is celebrated all across the globe, but some countries do things a little different. Why not embrace the traditional Valentine’s celebration of another country?
Here’s a couple of examples:
- Japan – women give the men chocolates on Valentine’s Day
- Britain – in some parts they serve buns made with caraway seeds and raisins
- Denmark and Norway – men send their lovers funny little poems known as “Gaekkebrev”
- Wales – the traditional gift is a love spoon
- Many other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day by picking names out of a hat
Whichever name you pick, that is who you’ll stay with for the rest of the day. This may not be a tradition you want to try however.
Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her
24k Gold-Dipped Natural Rose
- A natural rose dipped in 24 karat gold.
- It perfectly combines the beauty of a rose and the majesty of fine gold.
- Presented in an exquisite leather case, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Red Glazed Rose Heart Pendant
- A romantic heart-shaped pendant is decorated with 21 sparkling synthetic diamonds
- Made from real red miniature rose petals trimmed with 24k gold.
- A certificate of authenticity is included.
Blue Matching Pendant and Earring Set
- A gorgeous pendant and earring set, crafted from genuine blue miniature rose petals and pure 24k gold.
- Decorated with 30 brilliant synthetic diamonds.
- Protected by a lifetime guarantee supplied as standard.
Be Tourists for the Day
Many people dismiss Valentine’s Day as being too commercial, so a great way to share the day, without getting tied up in the giving of gifts, is to be tourists for the day. Spend the day visiting various tourist sights that you’ve both been meaning to visit, but never had the time. And don’t forget to take lots of cute and cuddly couples photos that you can fill up a scrapbook with. Why not take a carriage ride through Central Park? Spend the day at a local zoo or wander round a museum.
Have a Date with a Bunch of Your Mates
Get a few of your mates together and have a group date at home. Everyone can make their own contribution to the celebration. The men could be responsible for buying the flowers, cooking the food and serving dinner, while the women organise some fun games, decorate and sort out some gifts. Try and keep the numbers even, or someone’s going to be left feeling like a third wheel.
A Spot of Charity Work Will Make you Feel Good
Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of love, so show the world how much you love all that is in it by volunteering your services for the day. Love doesn’t mean simply romance, it’s also about being charitable and friendly to your fellow man. If you check online you might find a charity that’s running a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, or you could volunteer at a soup kitchen, or send bouquets to a local nursing home. There may be a domestic women’s shelter nearby, so get in touch and see how you can help them. Baking cookies or cakes is a great way to spread your love to those less fortunate than you.
Have a Date With Your Pet
A recent poll discovered that one in five people would rather spend Valentine’s day with their pet than their partner. If you’re facing the dilemma on who to spend the day with combine the two with an afternoon at the park with your dog, followed by a night on the town with your favorite human.
And if you’re single, who knows who you might meet when walking the dog.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Different Date
We all know how busy restaurants can get round Valentine’s Day, and you might prefer not to spend your evening with hoards of other cuddly lovers. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day on another day all together, and spend the day at home. Cuddled up with a romantic movie there’s no better way to enjoy each other’s company. Save the fancy restaurant for the following day.
The Gift of Flowers Doesn’t Have to be Red Roses
Red roses on Valentine’s Day, how cliche is that. If your lady isn’t that bothered with traditions give her a potted plant instead. Or there’s a bonsai, tree for the garden, or a bouquet of candy or paper flowers. Or how about a gold dipped rose bloom from Eternity Rose? With this gift there’s no need to worry about it fading, the bloom will last her lifetime, and long beyond.
Unusual Facts About Mother’s Day
- Heartbroken patients in the 1800s were advised by their doctors to eat chocolate, claiming it would ease the pain. There’s probably a grain of truth in this claim, because how many of you have felt much better after eating some chocolate? It doesn’t have to come in a fancy box, any old chocolate bar seems to work just as well.
- The most popular recipients of Valentine’s cards are actually teachers. Followed by children, mothers, wives and yes even pets.
- Does your doggie need to feel your love too? He’s not alone…….more than 9 million pet owners buy Valentine’s gifts for their pets.
- Men spend twice as much as women on Valentine’s Day, and averages out at around $150.
- It is thought that Valentine’s Day celebrations began in 270 AD. Bishop Valentine was jailed by Roman emperor Claudius II, for performing outlawed wedding ceremonies. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailors daughter, and signed it “From Your Valentine”.
- It was once thought that if a woman spotted a robin on Valentine’s Day she would marry a sailor, seeing a goldfinch meant that there would be a rich man somewhere in the future. But if a sparrow was spotted then she would marry poor, but be very happy. And we all know money doesn’t guarantee happiness.
- Here’s some unusual and quite frankly weird facts about this important celebration.
So if you’re at all worried about the impending Valentine’s Day, and whether you should opt for traditional gift ideas, don’t fret because there are lots of unusual, unique and downright interesting ways in which you can enjoy this important day.