It’s almost upon us, so plan early or it’ll be the usual mad rush to the service station for a teddy and a box of chocs!
It just takes a little effort and imagination to come up with something your loved one will actually treasure on the most romantic day of the year. How about some inspiration from Valentine’s Day traditions around the world?
In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, Valentine’s gifts are the traditional chocs and cards, even if it is the women giving them to the men! So let’s try Denmark and Norway instead.
In these Scandinavian countries, it’s the custom for men to send little love poems to the object of their affections. No names are given, just little dots to indicate the number of letters in the sender’s name. If she guesses correctly, the sender must present her with an Easter egg when Easter comes around. But if she’s wrong, it’s her obligation to give him an egg.
The Welsh have a wonderful, age-old tradition of giving hand-carved spoons as a symbol of love and affection. The tradition is thought to have originated in the 17th century, possibly by sailors who would carve wood on long voyages, and give the spoons as a sign of love or intention. The tradition is still alive and well today, where spoons are given on Valentine’s day, and on weddings and birthdays.
In early 18th century England, there was a sweet Valentine’s ritual that even included a little prayer. Those wishing to receive the help of St Valentine would sprinkle five bay leaves with rose water and place them on the pillow, whilst whispering ‘Good Valentine, be kind to me. In dreams let me my true love see’. That’s so sweet…
But all in all, it seems that what works best is something personal and precious, which your special one will want to keep close. And we can help with that – just look at our range of lovely silver jewellery. Beautiful, affordable and made uniquely just for you.
We can help you make Valentine’s day unforgettable!