Tips for the romantic
With Valentine’s Day just under a week away, romantic types will be contemplating purchases, organising excursions and generally being secretive about their plans for their loved one.
However, there will be those who, although well-intentioned either forget or just find it far to difficult to make the required decision.
Their partner might be fussy, budget-conscious, or like me, generally inquisitive and keeping something as a pleasant surprise has become a virtual impossibility!
But the options truly are endless and you really don’t have to be all that imaginative in order to impress your loved one.
For the younger members, perhaps a soft toy adorned with a romantic message or a single rose and a visit to the movies.
Couples with children could enjoy a meal out away from the screaming kids and a sink full of dishes.
Other popular options may include a gorgeous floral tribute to adorn your living room or perhaps a rose or favoured plant to be kept as a symbol of how much they mean to you.
Slightly more indulgent options may consist of a oneoff antique that has caught the eye on a regular occasion resulting in many a dropped hint, a piece of jewellery, spa treatment or lingerie, maybe a combination of all and a romantic stayover away from home.
However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you take some time to express your feelings to your someone special.
Every February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving our loved ones flowers, chocolates and cards to show how much they mean to us. According to legend, Saint Valentine was a priest who lived during third century Rome. At that time, there was an emperor in charage called Claudius the second. The emperor felt that single men made better soldiers than married men and made the decision to outlaw marriage for young men in order to have the strongest army possible.
Valentine believed this was grossly unfair and married young couples in secret. He was senteneced to death by the emperor when he discovered his actions.
The story contines that when in prison, Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and shortly before he was put to death, he sent the girl a letter and signed it off as "Your Valentine." In effect, he sent the first "valentine."
Although purely legend, the story has been passed from generation to generation and the act of giving someone a valentine has been relived since the Middle Ages on the 14th February.
With time running out, make sure you’ve bought something small for the one you love and or else organise something to do together. Valentine’s Day only comes once a year so be ready.
Aspiring Jewellers, Wanaka