Valentine's Day was first celebrated in 496 to commemorate the martyred Saint Valentine, but today, Valentine's Day has evolved to become a celebration of all things love and romance. If you're in a relationship, or even just have a secret crush, February 14th is your day to show your affection with the perfect gift. Here's a rundown of some of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts and why you may want to give them to your special someone this February.
Flowers: For centuries, flowers have been a symbol of affection. The great thing about flowers is that they can be appropriate for any level of relationship you're in. Choose a dozen (or more) red roses to symbolize romantic love, pink roses for new relationships and crushes, and yellow roses for a friend. You can even opt for a fresh spring bouquet of mixed flowers, like snapdragons, daisies, and tulips, if you want to show you're interested without overdoing the romance.
Chocolates: Candies are a traditional Valentine's Day gift, and a box of chocolates implies that your Valentine is just as sweet. Chocolate has even been said to be an aphrodisiac, making it the perfect candy for the holiday of romance. Slip a small box of truffles into a lunch bag or under a pillow for a sweet Valentine's surprise, or go all out with an ornate assortment of gourmet confections for your loved one.
Jewelry: If you really want to impress your date this Valentine's, consider jewelry. They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but beautiful red rubies are just as appropriate for the holiday of love. Choose a heart-shaped ruby necklace or a pair of diamond earrings to show your love. If you're looking for gifts for men, a pair of handsome cuff links or a watch is perfect.
Love letters: A little creativity goes a long way on Valentine's Day. The tradition of exchanging love letters is one of the oldest associated with the holiday, and the practice is just as alive today. A sweet and simple card is an easy way to say "I love you." To fully indulge in the romance of this tradition, take the time to write that special someone a love poem or a letter detailing all the reasons why you love them.
Fragrances: It's said that the sense of smell is one of the strongest factors in both attraction and memory. Giving a bottle of perfume or cologne as a gift will automatically suggest romance. You can't go wrong with a bottle or gift set in your date's favorite fragrance. If you're going to pick something new just for the occasion, choose a romantic fragrance with floral or musky tones.