Valentines Day Gift Ideas

For new insights and to fact check the origins of Valentines Day I did a quick search, as one does. Now just have to quickly share what happened next. The first listing at the top of the search result was a paid for “ad” promoting Gift Dyson this Valentines Day – Dyson Supersonic that is, with a 45 day money back guarantee. I had a good old chuckle. For anyone who doesn’t know the name, Dyson it’s a leading vacuum cleaner brand. Now excuse my very bad pun – the first thing that came to mind is that in a way it means that Valentines Day sucks! Well for some it definitely does. But it’s also a certain fact that the commercial world does capitalise on this one day of celebration of love and affection. Why wouldn’t you? Go on buy your Valentine a brand new vacuum cleaner and see what happens…

So, back to the search results and further down the list I finally found a reliable source of information – Encyclopedia Britannica which I thought was very fitting. So here is a quick summary of the origins of this long standing tradition of red hearts, cupids and roses.


The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Personally and perhaps for a lot of people, I think love and romance should be celebrated on the 14th of every month. Perhaps not in elaborate ways as we do on an annual basis on St Valentines Day; but spread out over time with little tokens of appreciation and surprise gestures. It could mean we take more time to be thankful for and acknowledge our dearest companions instead of trying to cram it all into one single day. Is it really about rushed dinners and mad dashes to get some roses in time before they sell out? Perhaps there is now an App available to manage all this I don’t know about?

Alas, but that all said it is just my defiant romantic notion to want to do things differently. If you prefer to make a point of celebrating St Valentines Day with gifts that will make an everlasting impression, here are a few ideas from our best of British brands.



Romance & love heart inspired jewellery and gift ideas