A selection of Valentine’s gifts13th February, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Struggling for ideas on what to buy your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Here are some suggestions from team db.
Whether it’s a bottle of your favourite sparkling wine or cask-aged whiskey – Valentine’s Day is a time to spoil your loved one.
The origins of St Valentine’s Day are unclear, but there are a number of theories surrounding how this romantic day started.
One theory is that under the Roman Emperor Claudius young men were banned from marrying in order to make them better soldiers, but Valentine of Rome (a priest or a bishop) secretly carried out weddings.
When Claudius found out about Valentine’s actions he ordered his death and Valentine is supposed to have died on 14 February.
In the 14th century Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Parlement of Foules, which is generally recognised as the first time that St Valentine’s Day was linked to romantic love.
But it wasn’t until the 19th century that it really took off as a day to send gifts and cards to your loved one.
Scroll through for some of our pick of Valentine’s gifts…