Valentine’s Day (14 February) is just around the corner, and what started as a Pagan fertility ritual is now a day of romance for couples the world over.
In addition to Christmas Eve and New Year’s, Valentine’s Day is one of the peak days for proposals, and the ideal time to give your special someone a gift that shows how much you love them… or, you know, how willing you are to tolerate their less-than-pleasant habits.
In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys were traditionally given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart, but in 2020, the options for personalised Valentine’s Day gifts are almost endless.
To help you win hearts and brownie points this year, we’ve rounded up the most romantic Valentine’s
Posted: February 04, 2020
Feeling less-than-lucky in love? Got a bit of a love/hate relationship with romance? You’re not alone.
Anti-Valentine’s Day is here to make a statement, and singletons across the globe are set to spend 14 February celebrating themselves, their friendships, and indulging in a bit of self-care.
This year, ‘pity-parties’ are officially cancelled. It’s time to honour the things you truly love in life, rather than just a significant other. Whether you’re hanging out with your BFF, your four-legged friend, or your favourite TV show, there’s a range of products designed just for you.
This Valentine’s Day, open a bottle, settle in with good company, and spread the (platonic) love with the top 5 Anti-Valentine’s Day gifts to celebrate your singledom.
Have you ever wondered what makes you get those nervous butterflies in your stomach every time you see the object of your affection? Or in those first jittery stages of any relationship, what causes you to believe that everything your bae does is funnier, smarter and more wonderful than anyone else in the world? In honour of this most romantic of occasions, Valentine's Day, we decided to investigate the science behind the seduction of falling in love.
How's that for chemistry?
They say to ignite the spark for any successful relationship, there needs to be chemistry. Little did we know they were referring to actual chemicals that are released into our bodies when we experience feelings of attraction and connection to another person. When you meet someone you think you could fall for, you're actually responding to chemicals in your body that are released to help you experience happiness, elation and desire.
February 14 is not a time of happiness for everyone. If you have recently endured a breakup or find yourself without a Valentine on this occasion of seemingly endless romantic sentiment, don't despair! If it feels like everywhere you look, couples are purchasing embroidered his n her bathrobe sets or personalised romantic picnic hampers, we look at the benefits of being single on Valentine's Day and show you how to endure this all-out love fest with poise and panache.
Benefit #1: Getting richer
Every year around the world on February 14, people recognise their lovers, friends, spouses, teachers, offspring and secret sweethearts with romantic gestures, gifts, and declarations of love and affection. The Feast of Saint Valentine has become so popular, there is even an established anti-Valentine movement (cos' you haven't really made it until you've got some haters). With sources claiming Valentine's Day generates around $15 billion in sales in the US, and with more than one billion Valentine's cards sent across the globe, have you ever wondered how this global love affair began?
From pagan roots love does bloom
It all started with Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival