Little is factually known about the genesis of Valentine’s Day; but historians believe it was initially observed as a day to remember several Christian martyrs named St. Valentine. Valentine’s Day held this association for nearly a decade until 1382 when Geoffrey Chaucer associated the day with love birds in a famous poem.
“For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”
For those of you who aren’t middle English professors that line translates to:
“For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
Soon after this passage’s writing, Le Jour de St Valentino (the day of St. Valentine) was associated with intimate, romantic love.
Valentine’s Day is also correlated with the giving of gifts; and today’s blog will highlight the most personally perfect gifts available this Valentine’s Day.
I am a believer that personalized custom gifts are the best possible gifts to receive on Valentine’s Day. It lets me know that someone out there cares enough about me to resist buying a lame hallmark card, and took the time to fish out a great and unique gift. This Personalized Valentine Beach Stone by SJEngraving is an example of such a unique gift. It is customizable to feature you and your loved ones initials and would make a great fixture in the bedroom, bathroom, or garden.
Next is another personalized gift, this time from Atlas Signs and Plaques. Like the beach stone, this gift is fully customizable to feature the initials of lovers. Designed to emulate the look and feel of a carved heart in a tree, this plaque is not only tree friendly, but guaranteed to bring a big, sincere smile to whomever the lucky recipient is. But get it soon, because custom orders always take longer to create.
What is steampunk, and what does it have to do with Valentine’s day? Frankly, If you have to ask what steampunk is, you’ll never know (or, you know, give Wikipedia two more seconds of your time). We live in a big world with all sorts of people. Some people like traditional cutesy, lovey dovey gifts. Some people like gifts with a lot of personality and soul. And some people like standout zany gifts. The Steampunk ring by LondonParticulars is both zany and full of soul, and is ready for those of you with a more…off-the-beaten-trail sort of romance.
This wooden jewelry box from HappyFlying has everything a great Valentine’s Day gift should have: attractive lines, usability, and eye catching aesthetics. Plus, it looks like something out of “The Lord of the Rings” (a huge bonus in my book).
Finally we have the oval birds on a branch wedding/anniversary plaque. This sign is a great custom gift option, featuring two lovebirds touching (or kissing) beaks. This charming gift is sure to be adored, just like your love.