Valentines Gift Baskets 2021

As we are all about keeping the romance alive here, with the continued celebration of wedding anniversaries, it would be wrong not to discuss Valentine’s Day 2021. This annual event takes place on February 14 and is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, originating as a Christian tradition to honour the saint. However, just to confuse matters, there was more than one Saint Valentinus, to give him his full name. Although celebrated throughout the world, Valentine’s Day is particularly popular in the Philippines, where mass wedding ceremonies take place for hundreds of couples.

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Saint Valentine

The most likely candidate to have inspired this celebration of love was Saint Valentine of Rome, who performed weddings for soldiers, which was not permitted and he was subsequently imprisoned. While incarcerated in prison, he was said to have healed the jailer’s daughter who was blind. Valentine was eventually beheaded, having previously been clubbed and stoned. The law that forbade soldiers from marrying was first introduced by Emperor Claudius II, who was of the opinion that men who were single performed better in wars than those who had wives or children.

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Two

Rather than exchanging gifts that may just end up unwanted in a cupboard, why not make some special memories instead? A romantic day out visiting a vineyard and tasting wine would be an experience to remember. Torview Wines in Devon offer a guided tour of their vineyard, with the opportunity to try five of their delicious and renowned wines. The vineyard is set within beautiful countryside, and the wine is made from the finest grapes, using age-old techniques. The gift voucher for this experience is valid for 10 months.

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Valentine Cards

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Valentine’s Day was brought into popularity by the likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer, who romanticised it in their works, ensuring the celebration spread throughout Europe. The middle ages became the advent of the first appearance of hand-made paper cards before the industrial revolution saw the production of factory-made cards. The mass production of Valentine’s cards began in 1913, by the renowned manufacturer Hallmark in Kansas City, Missouri, who of course still exist today. A newer tradition that now runs alongside Valentines, is that of Single Awareness Day (SAD), where people will deliberately dine alone and buy themselves presents and cards!  

Where’s the Romance?

Here in the UK, it appears we are not as romantic as you might imagine. A study in 2017 revealed that 52% of the population had no intention of buying a gift, with 48% not even planning to send a card. Having said that, the total spent on Valentine’s Day runs to approximately half a billion pounds, with men splashing out twice as much as women! There is no getting away from the fact that the celebration of love has been turned into a commercial enterprise, and restaurants are keen to promote the evening with themed menus and food.

12 Roses Luxury Gift Set

Roses are, of course, the ultimate symbol of love, and this beautiful gift also includes a teddy bear, balloon and chocolates! The luxurious bouquet itself contains 12 spectacular Rhodos long-lasting red roses, set amongst copper ruscus and bear grass for a beautiful display to be treasured. The scarlet air-filled balloon is printed with I Love You, and the cuddly teddy bear is adorable. A delicious box of chocolates adds to the generosity of this gift set. Next day delivery is available for those who have left it to the last minute!

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Valentine Symbols

There are some themes that are commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, including Cupid, the Roman god, hearts, flowers and ribbons. Birds became a symbol of love, as their mating season generally begins in mid-February. There are several legends as to why the red rose is the symbol of Valentine’s day. The most well-known one is that Cupid was carrying a jar of delicious nectar to the gods of Mount Olympus when he accidentally dropped it. As the sweet nectar soaked into the ground, a beautiful rose grew from that very spot. Be aware that pink roses mean only friendship, not love, so be careful not to send the wrong message!

Unique Real-Life Hands Casting Kit

This is a gift that could not be more unique and has to be seen to be believed! The kit contains everything you need to create a 3D sculpture of the pair of you holding hands. Every detail of your hands is reproduced in the finest detail, and the process is easy to follow. Simply mix the supplied alginate with water and then place your hands in the mixture for approximately 40 seconds. Once the mould of your hands has been created, you pour in the casting plaster, and leave it to set, before peeling away the mould. Your sculpture can be painted for maximum effect, and is sure to be a talking point!

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Valentines in Media

Valentine’s Day has often been the main event in movies and books, the most notable of which was the American romantic comedy, released in 2010. The star-studded cast included Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey and even Taylor Swift in her acting debut. Despite negative reviews from the critics, it was a box-office success. One of the more unusual Valentine poems was written by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and begins with the memorable lines

Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.

I hope you have found some inspiration from this article, and will be celebrating Valentine’s Day 2020 in style. Hopefully, you will have learnt something new of the history and traditions of this annual event. Let me know if you have any plans, perhaps you will be taking the opportunity to propose on this most romantic of days? If you have any questions or comments, I would be delighted to hear from you, and I will reply as soon as possible.

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26 thoughts on “Valentines Gift Baskets 2021”

  1. Hi Diane,

    Valantine’s Day was always a favourite of mine. I enjoyed thinking up different gifts to give that would express my feelings with some creativity. One year I discovered a speciality cake that came in the shape of a dozen roses and decorated beautifully as a dozen roses. My sweetheart at that time loved it. And we went for dinner later as well. 

    I do wonder why women expect Valentine’s gift, but do not feel they need to buy their spouses anything. I would think that is why men spend twice as much on Valentines. 

    I was shocked to learn the original St. Valentine of Rome was beheaded. Not quite a romantic ending!  

    Thank you Diane,

    Chas

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    • Hi Chas – thanks for your comments and sharing your story. That cake sounds gorgeous! I was surprised to learn that men spend twice as much, I expected it to be the other way round. All the best, Diane

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  2. That`s lovers day 2019 remind me which day is that?

    I stop given valentine gift 15 years ago because I gave my then girlfriend a bottle of wine and some flower I mean special wine for that matter but my biggest surprise I was passing through their apartment later that day saw a gentleman drinking my special wine since then I stop given valentine gift. 

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    • Hi – thank you for your comments and sharing your story. Valentine’s Day is on February 14. That must have been a shock to see somebody drinking your special wine. All the best, Diane

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  3. My wife and I  have never put a whole lot of stock in Valentine’s day…we usually don’t have the budget to go all out, but we do small things for each other. I really like some of these gift ideas that you presented as some go the more traditional route, while others I have never heard of. The casting of the hands really seems like a unique gift idea. We usually opt to go on a date around Valentine’s day as it avoids the crowd. The way we see it, there isn’t a specific day we need to show love to each other…why not make it every day! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the article as well as going into the history behind it. It’s always interesting to learn where our traditions come from!

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  4. Valentine day celebration usually come with a unique experience every year, especially if it falls on a weekend. Glad to know that there was a time when soldiers were not allowed to get married. Saint Valentines will for ever be remembered for helping to abolish it.

    The symbol of Valentine celebration here is the red rose. Looking forward to Valentines celebration in 2019.

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  5. Valentine’s is here with us and we can do to make memorable  for the years to come  I think I would start with a red roses a picnic will also add well for that never to forget the only problem is wine we don’t have winery in Africa  but I can afford  to spoil her with one from  distributors

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  6.   February 14 is a day people celebrate   by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends. Couples send  Valentine’s Day  cards and flowers and spend special time together to honour their love for each other but I will rather go on a date with my wife and feel young

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  7. Diane,

    What thoughtful and planned out gifts you have found for this romantic holiday for couples.  Married or single they are all covered with this article, I am going to be sending this to my son who is always asking me what to get his fiance on all the holidays.

    I know one for sure she would really be pleased with and that is the wine tasting at a vineyard we have several here where we live in the area.  The one place has a very nice offer for dinners for couples that includes a meal for two and a bottle of wine of your choice, and in the summer they have a beautiful patio that you can eat outdoors enjoying the country air.

    Thank you for all these really great ideas, keep up giving more, I have already bookmarked your website.

    Susan

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    • Hi Susan – thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am pleased that you are sharing this with your son, and bookmarking my site. Your nearby vineyard sounds lovely, especially during the summer months. All the best, Diane 

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  8. Hi Diane, very good and informative article about gift ideas for Valentine`s day. I think that Valentine`s day became too much commercial but there are always possibilities to make this day unique  with bringing some good, fresh ideas like yours. You have some really good ideas for gifts, I would prefer 12 roses luxury gift set or romantic tour guide over a vineyard. Thank for sharing with us!

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  9. This has added to my knowledge of the Saint Valentine, I have not heard about his story before, thanks for this beautiful and informative post of yours. Meanwhile, I just learn to create memories on this day rather than sending gifts and all that. Thanks for this write-up to celebrate the forthcoming Valentine’s Day 2019

    Thanks.

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  10. Hello Diane,

    I loved this post. As someone who has lived through many Valentine’s Day, it is nice to know there are still some ‘new’ things one can do. I really like the idea of the  Life Hands Casting Kit – this is something new to me. My husband and I are in Mexico this Valentine so maybe I can get some inspiration from your ideas to try here. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I’m all for making memories on Valentine’s day rather than more gifts to clutter up your home. The one thing that did appeal to me was the hands that are a replica of your own. Very clever idea.

    The wine tasting tour looks great, I just wish I lived near Devon. But you have given me a great idea for the next time that I visit Cape Town.

    It was interesting to learn that mass production of valentine cards only happened in 1913, and by Hallmark, that is still a world known name today.

    Thanks for a very informative and interesting post.

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  12. This is quite a post on the upcoming Valentine’s Day 2019! It added to my knowledge of the history of the day, how it came to be, and how it has survived through the ages to this day. I am one of those people that generally do not do too much other than maybe some flowers for my wife.

    Now that I have seen the gift ideas I may do something a bit different. Most certainly I have always thought such special activities can be undertaken at any time of the week, month, or year, but Valentine’s  Day is a special day of note, so why not do a bit more once in a while.

    This light but content filled post from you lead me to this conclusion, so now it is up to me to take action and make Valentine’s Day 2019 a memorable one! Thanks for the motivation and the good read, you accomplished the mission with this reader!

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    • Hi – thank you for reading and leaving comments. I love to research traditions and history, so I am pleased that you have learnt something. I am sure that however you choose to celebrate, your wife will be delighted. All the best, Diane  

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  13. everybody is a sucker for love…..I guess. It’s always better to make memories than to just buy a gift. Personally for me, a picnic, a movie or probably a dinner out that’s a lot romantic than a card. A day out tasting wine is also great but in Africa, we don’t have wineries in Africa. However, nothing can quite replace a rose for that special someone.

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    • Hi – thanks for your comments. They are lovely ideas you have suggested, a picnic or a movie. And, of course, the addition of a rose is always welcome. All the best, Diane

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