Here is something different. Six alternative ways to enjoy Valentine's Day. These are gifts and ideas for those who fancy being a part of the ever changing face of Valentine celebrations. Even those of you who would prefer to ignore it completely, may be persuaded to take a look. And you might even be surprised to learn how Valentine's day is not just for lovers!
Who was Valentine?Traditionally, Valentine's Day is celebrated on the 14th February. It is a celebration associated with lovers, and believed to have first originated as a pagan festival about fertility. There are several ideas about who Valentine was, because there are actually three or more of them by the same name.
One suggestion is that he was a holy priest who performed illegal marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. He was imprisoned in 269 AD, and was tortured, and beheaded on 14th February. He later became canonised by the Catholic church, and there after Saint Valentine became known as the patron saint of love.
The act of giving gifts, such as flowers, chocolates and jewellery to loved ones grew over the years in popularity. By the 18th Century, this tradition had spread to many different countries. In Italy, children were given keys to ward off illnesses. In Norfolk, England, 'Jack Valentine' knocked on houses, and left sweets, and presents for the children living there. In Finland, 'Friend's Day' is celebrated, where they give gifts of love to their friends. In Japan, it's the women who give men chocolates, and in Wales they celebrate Dydd Saintes Dwynwen on the 25th of January, who is their patron of love.
It's fascinating to learn that Valentine's Day has, and still is, about many different aspects of love. There's the love for young children, friends, and family, and not just lovers. Even our family pets are getting treated to special gifts increasingly so on Valentine's day.
In these difficult days of a 'new' normal, more and more people are sending gifts to all on the 14th February. It seems that the gift of love for all has become too important not to celebrate.
The Alternative Valentine's DayHere are Jin Designs 6 alternative gifts and ideas to enjoy on Valentine's Day.
1. Spoil your cat with a CatLoaf Cat Scratcher Bed
Yes! You have read that correctly. After all, these are 'alternative ways' to enjoy the 14th of February! If the love of your life is your cat then they most certainly know they deserve a special gift. Should your cat like to loaf then look no further than CatLoaf Scratcher Bed. Made from high quality eco- friendly materials, this is pure luxury. It is a great gift for your cat to scratch, stretch, sleep, and it is perfect for perfecting the cat loaf pose.
2. Send someone a Robin Enamel Pin
A suitable token of love and care comes in the shape of Robin Enamel Pin. The symbolism of a Robin is, love, new beginnings, renewal and good luck. Robins have also become known as a sign from a lost loved one being close by. If you know someone who has lost someone special, or needs a token of good luck then this pin is a perfect gesture of love, and care. It can be pinned to scarves, clothes, bags, and on pencil cases.
3. Have a TV dinner with a Jin Designs Tray
If you're living alone, or in a bubble, you can use Valentine's day to treat yourself to tasty food, or some goodies. Sometimes, we forget to put ourselves first, so some self love is important. It's so easy to not do something special during lockdown but how about using Valentine's day to really treat yourself? A Jin Designs Tray is a perfect way to eat your food and watch your favourite movie at the same time. You can choose from a collection of stylish, high quality serving trays. An alternative Valentine gift to yourself because you deserve it.
4. A Gift for a Couple who miss the Outdoors
For many people who are shielding or self isolating, it can be difficult to get outside into nature. Jin Designs Woodland Collection Tea for Two Gift Set is a charming gift for a twosome who love the outdoors, but need to stay indoors. As this is an alternative way to spend Valentine's day, the couple can be two friends, or sisters, or a mother, and daughter twosome. Whatever the combination, this gift set brings the restorative powers of nature to a home with the added bonus of quality products, and treats.
5. A Lucky Penguin Keyring Gift
Whether it's for yourself or someone you love, Penguin Keyring is a touching gift. Penguins are community creatures. They live in colonies, and they help one another with feeding, and survival. They mate for life, and both parents help to raise their young. Penguins have become synonomous with protection, and community, and renewal. They are a symbol of the love of platonic friends, lifelong partnerships and loyality too. This keyring is high quality silver plated featuring Jin Designs very own Penguin. It's a gift that can give such a strong message of love, and care to a friend, or family member. They can use it for their keys or as a charm to bring them luck, and love always.
6. A Final Alternative Gift Idea for Valentine's Day
This alternative idea is a bit of fun. It's Find The Jin Designs Mug That Reminds You of Someone you Love! Take a look at the wonderful mug collections, and choose the one that resembles or reminds you of someone you love. Do you have a Fox in your life, or a cool Polar Bear? Perhaps you have a cute Bunny, or a Sitting Cat? Jin Designs guarantees you'll not only have great fun deciding what mug to choose, you'll also love sending it to that special person.
Valentine's Day, although of unknown origins, has not been entirely about Cupid's arrows, and roses. It's been about a celebration of love for all from children, to dear friends, lovers, to our pets.
The most valuable gift we have is love, and sharing it far and wide is a remarkable act indeed.