valentine's day

  1. Top Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

    Top Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

    A personalised gift for every stage of your love

    Valentine's Day is a special time of year. A time to recognise and reward the ones you love most with thoughtful and heartfelt gifts to express how much they really mean to you. As relationships change and progress, from that first rush of overwhelming feeling to a sense of companionship and mutual affection, we help you find the perfect personalised gift for every stage of your love.

    Stage 1: Head over heels

    It's official: you've found "The One." From that first glance to your now all-consuming attraction, you know undoubtedly this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Everything they say is funny, witty, sexy and in most cases, quite literally the best words you've ever heard spoken. You delight in every touch, sight, sound and sensation and they have absolutely zero annoying quirks (yet)!  Revel

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  2. Have a Holly, Jolly, Holiday-themed Wedding this Year

    Have a Holly, Jolly, Holiday-themed Wedding this Year

    Christmas: we know it's the season to be merry, but is it also the perfect time for you to say "I do"? With holiday-themed weddings now trendier than ever, we look at simple, classic ways to incorporate a little Halloween, Easter or Yuletide spirit into your big day.

    Let us blow your mind for a second: a holiday-themed wedding doesn't have to be as over-the-top as a five-year-old's rainbow My Little Pony birthday party. It's not all just ugly Christmas sweaters for the bridesmaids, or carved jack-o-lanterns as table centrepieces. In fact, a holiday-themed wedding can take some of the stress out of planning your big day, because when you get married on a holiday, you've got a colour palette, style and atmosphere already established.

    And yes, it is possible to have a classy themed wedding - all you'll need are a few unexpected nods to the holiday you're celebrating. Here are four of the biggest holidays on the wedding planner's

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  3. A chemical romance: what makes us fall in love?

    A chemical romance: what makes us fall in love?

    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.

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  4. So, you don't have a Valentine?

    So, you don't have a Valentine?

    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.

    sad woman alone

    Benefit #1: Getting richer


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  5. Valentine's Day: how a pagan fertility festival became a Hallmark holiday

    Valentine's Day: how a pagan fertility festival became a Hallmark holiday

    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?

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    From pagan roots love does bloom

    It all started with Lupercalia, a pagan fertility

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