It’s been a whirlwind start to 2020 and January is already over. That means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and, if you’re like me, you have just now realized how quickly it’s coming up. We all should be doing things throughout the year to show our loved ones how much we care, but this is the day we’ve chosen to single out over the others. There are more than likely many of you, like me, who live on a tight enough budget which means going all out with grand gestures is just not an option. If you’re also a procrastinator (cough, cough) then you’ll want to find something you can get quickly without spending an arm and a leg on rapid shipping. This doesn’t mean you can’t put together something sweet and meaningful to make your significant other’s Valentine’s Day a special one.
A Brief Rundown Of The Day Of Love
Every February 14th, people around the world celebrate their love for one another. Common practices for Valentine’s Day include exchanging cards, flowers, candies, and gifts but it wasn’t always so tame. There are a few different origin stories for our modern Valentine’s Day which, as with quite a few of our modern traditions, have roots in the Roman Empire.
From February 13th through the 15th, the Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia. The festival would start out with the ritual sacrifice of a goat and then a dog by the male participants. The female participants, to enhance their fertility, would then line up to be whipped by the men with the pelts of the freshly sacrificed animals. During the drunken festivities a lottery would be held that would match the men and women together as couples until the end of the festival.
Another origin involves the Roman Emperor Claudius II who, in the 3rd century, played a role in the history of the day by martyring two men named Valentine on February the 14th, though in different years. The first, Valentine of Rome, was a priest who refused to obey Claudius’ edict that young men, in order to make them better soldiers, could not be married. There was also Valentine of Terni who was killed under similar circumstances, though there has been reason to suggest that these may both have, in reality, been the same man. Despite this, the Catholic Church still lists these two Saints separately.
There are many modern holidays that have their roots in ancient festivals and Valentine’s Day is no different. It was in the 5th century when the festival of Lupercalia was toned down and wrapped into the fold of the Catholic Church by Pope Gelasius I as Saint Valentine’s Day. This was part of an centuries long effort to transform the old festivals into Christian celebrations by the Church. There are still some small aspects of the old that carry through to modern times, though in much more socially acceptable ways.
Another modern concept of Valentine’s Day still has a root in the legend of Valentine of Rome. It is said that, while imprisoned by Claudius, he had fallen in love with the daughter of his jailer and, on the day of his execution, wrote her a love letter. This serves as the basis from where we now exchange Valentines with one other as part of the day’s celebrations. Through the ages the holiday has been romanticized by the likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer until we eventually arrived at the tradition we celebrate today.
Gifts For Her
Just because you may be on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t show your loved one how much they mean to you. Here are a few lovely and special items that you can put your own twist on that will be very much appreciated by that special lady in your life.
Creative Co-Op Decorative Distressed White Terra Cotta Plate with Red Heart
This terracotta plate can be used a décor, a jewelry holder, or whatever small item you can think of. Present it to your loved one with a special card on a special day.
Bath and Body – Spa Gift Baskets
Spa days are a great way to relax, but we all can’t afford to do them often enough. This spa gift basket will let you give your special someone, along with a homemade coupon for one day of stress free luxury, the chance to melt away the stress at home.
Customized Sign Gifts for Valentine’s Day
You can go out and buy something generic that looks great, but why not give your someone special something customized just for them? Order one of these beautiful heart signs with their name or a special message. It will quickly become one of their most treasured items.
Gifts For Him
Valentine’s Day is not just for the ladies. Although they may not show it at times, guys need love too. Show him how much you care by giving him something he’ll love to use over and over again. He’ll appreciate the gesture more than you may realize.
Simple Modern University Collegiate 30oz Cruiser Tumblers with Closing Lid and Straw
This one’s for the sports fans out there. Give the gift of team spirit with these drink tumblers. They are great for hanging around the house, going to the tail gate, or just for your everyday commute.
Star Wars Yoda One For Me Cute Valentine’s Graphic T-Shirt
What is Valentine’s Day good for if you can’t have fun. Here’s an adorable t-shirt show your significant other how much you care and let your geek flag fly at the same time!
Brickell Men’s Daily Revitalizing Hair Care Routine
Sometimes guys may make fun of the care routines engaged in by the other side, but they do like to look their best none the less. This hair care gift set is a great way to give them something you know they will appreciate and use.
Gifts For The Little Ones
For those who have children in their lives, Valentine’s Day can be a special opportunity to show them that you care. Give them something to brag to their friends about when they head off to school. They will love you for it just as much as you will love showing how much you care, even if they’re too cool to show it.
Leather Journal with Semi-Precious Stone & Buckle
Give your youth a special gift and encourage them to write with this leather bound journal. Having a way to look back at the lessons they’ve learned can be an important tool and this is a great way to get them started off in style.
Kid Nation Girls’ Sweater Long Sleeve Round Neck Cotton Pullover with Love Heart Pattern
This adorable girl’s pullover is a great way to show your daughter how much you care and give her something to show off at school. Let her get the day started in style.
I Steal Hearts Valentine’s Day Dinosaur Gift Shirt for Boy T-Shirt
Boys will be boys and what boy doesn’t like dinosaurs at some point? Help them be the best heart stealer they can be and send them off into their day looking cute and stylish.
Gifts For Our Furry Companions
Pet owners all know that we cannot forget our four legged children on Valentine’s Day. Even though we show these special creatures love and affection everyday, it still warms our hearts to give them something you know they will enjoy on a special day like this.
Yeowww Hearrrt Attack Catnip Toy
Send your kitty into catnip coma with this cute little heart toy. They will love it and love you for it!
Playology All-Natural Scented Dual Layer Bone
Dogs love their chew toys and we love that they chew up the toys instead of our stuff (mostly). Go with the flow with this chewable dog bone with all the right sensory aspects to keep your dog happy for hours.
Lamphyface 3 Pack Valentine’s Day Cat Collar
Why not let your kitty wear something appropriate for Valentine’s day? Not only are these cat collars totally cute, you may just want to keep them on them for a long while.
KZHAREEN 2 Pack Valentine’s Day Dog Bandana Reversible
Let your dog strut it’s stuff proudly on Valentine’s Day with the bandanas that go straight off the cuteness scale. They may not know what day it is but they will definitely feel something special.
Gifts For The, Um, Funny?
We all know the corny, dad joke prone people. Perhaps you’re even one of them? Valentine’s Day is absolutely the perfect time to let your dork flag fly high and proud. Give you significant other one of these hysterical t-shirts to let them know how special they are to you.
Men’s Funny Freaking Awesome Girlfriend She Bought Me This Shirt
This men’s cut shirt is one that can be worn with pride to let the world know how lucky you are to have an awesome significant other.
Funny I Have Awesome Boyfriend T-Shirt
This ladies cut shirt is the perfect way to let your significant other know how important they are in just your quirky style.
No Sweat, You’ve Got This!
The year is absolutely flying by quickly this time around. Just because you haven’t gotten around to planning Valentine’s Day yet doesn’t mean you have to give up doing something special . You also don’t have to skip out just because you’re living on a dime. Hopefully these ideas have given you someplace to start to show your special someone just how much you care in a way that is uniquely you. Just remember, it’s the thought that counts, though creativity can greatly enhance the effect!
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