Women of the world, no pressure but Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Good news is that despite popular believe Valentine’s Day isn’t about the presents, it’s a day for romance, forgiveness and a darn lot of lovin!
How did Valentine's Day start?
Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from the Roman times.
The Romans had a yearly festival, held in the middle of February. It was thought that during the festival boys would draw a girls name from a box. The couple would become boyfriend and girlfriend throughout the festival and if things went well would occasionally get married.
The church became very familiar with this festival and wanted to use its presence as a Christian celebration to remember a priest called St. Valentine. St. Valentine was around in the third century AD, during which time the emperor had banned marriage. St. Valentine did not agree with this ruling and wanted more than anything to marry his love. St. Valentine decided to go against the emperors ruling and got married in secret. The wedding was not kept secret for long and St. Valentine was ordered for execution. On his way for execution he wrote one final letter to his new wife, at the bottom he signed it “from your Valentine”. In honour of such a romantic gesture the church used his name for the festival and over time it became known as ‘Valentine’s Day’.
2017 men's Valentine's gift ideas
Thankfully Valentine’s Day isn’t about the gifts, in our opinion this holiday is primarily driven by effort and not cost. It’s something that isn’t driven by material items and more about appreciation. The appreciation of the effort your partner has made over the past 12 months and the appreciation that they love you, regardless of your flaws.
From a mans perspective here are some Valentine’s ideas which will go down a treat:
- Take them to their next big sorting event. Men love their sports and this is a great way for the two of you to spend time together.
- Book a local comedy event. Another perfect way to spend time together and there is no better aphrodisiac than laughter.
- Take a picnic and go for a walk. One for the outdoor loving male, if Valentine’s falls on a day with nice weather then this is a great way for you to talk with no distractions.
- Experience day out. If you are looking for something a little more adrenaline driven book him an experience day. There are loads to choose from ranging from clay pigeon shooting to off road driving.
- Cooking class. Maybe it is about time you gave him a hint that his cooking isn’t quite up to scratch. Cooking classes are a great way to socialise, drink and learn something.
We hope these suggestions help, remember that Valentine’s Day is about the effort you make and not necessarily the cost. We wish you and your partner all the best and would love to hear from you if you have your own Valentine’s suggestions.