Valentine’s Day offers a unique opportunity to get a little cheesy and show our special someone just how much we care. And what better way to show it than with a token of appreciation? Gifts are one of the love languages, after all! Here’s the Top 10 Valentine’s Gift Ideas inspired by Covid-19 pandemic.
To make your gift shopping a little easier, I’ve created a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas based on real time and real people’s wish list this pandemic season.
I’ve put together this Top 10 his and her gift guides with a range of ideas sure to please your significant other.
Read on to find out what he or she *really* wants.
Last year’s celebration of Christmas, New Year and Birthday had set the tone to the “new normal” way of celebrating. It has become more intimate~ due to quarantines and restrictions in the number of people allowed in one home (like here in Vancouver), more simple~ by celebrating at home and not eating out or traveling, more unique~ by doing virtual wine toasting and greeting each other over the internet via Zoom or Messenger videos. This pandemic also made us more ingenious and creative~ by serving our newly discovered home-cooked dishes and making cards and banners from scratch and more cost efficient~ by staying mostly at home, planting edible plants, and keeping track of our expenses due to financial challenges.
Come to think of it.. it’s not too bad after all!
Speaking of celebrations.. this month of February, we are celebrating an old time tradition of professing our love to our romantic partners in life. The most romantic, rose colored, uber sweet and the sexiest celebration of all.. the Valentine’s Day.
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History of Valentine’s Day
Have you ever wondered when did the Valentine’s Day greetings and gift giving began??
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas).
Here are the Top 10 Valentine’s Day gift wish list based on 200 respondents. As a sign of my gratitude, I included discounts and deals especially for you guys!
All-time favorites or Covid-19 pandemic- inspired.. you decide. 😉
Top 1: Flowers
Survey says…. the top 1 V- Day gift that women would love to receive this year is non other than ~ flowers.
Flowers had always been the symbol of love and romance. The most favorite kind of flower as you may have guessed is a bouquet of Roses, particularly pink and red. Roses stand for passion, true love, romance, and desire. The red rose is a classic “I Love You” rose, making it a popular choice for Valentine’s Day.
Other favorites are Peonies, Tulips, Callia flowers, Lavender, Wild flowers and assorted dried flower arrangements.
Scented Callia Flowers
A bunch of colorful Peonies
Relaxing and calming dried Lavender and other dried flower arrangements that will last longer than fresh ones..
Colorful Holland Tulips
Fresh Wild flowers
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Some gift wishes are rather more Covid19- inspired than others… they opted for what is practical and useful. (Why not?!) So if you’re thinking of the most unique gift this year, then here are a few ideas. Top answer is a bunch of money bouquet (or cash ;-)), pandemic- inspired face mask/ alcohol/ soap and tissue rolls bouquet.
Others would be delighted to receive edible bouquets for practicality. Now, who wouldn’t like to receive these yummy pork ribs and chocolate bouquets?!?
Why not make your own personalized edible bouquet for your loved one and impress him/ her with your effort and creativity. I’m sure your partner will love you more!
Order what you need online for convenience and create a lovely edible bouquet for your special someone.
Top 2: Romantic Couple-Time
2.1 Dinner Date at home or hotel
Second on the V- Day gift wish list is a surprise special dinner set up at home or at a hotel for that added romantic effect. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the most doable set up might be a DIY dinner date surprise at home, complete with candle light, romantic background music, your favorite dessert and red wine to share with. Play your favorite love songs on the background and sing a song to her/ him while you’re at it. It doesn’t have to be fancy and expensive, all you need is a quiet time together (preferably just the two of you) while enjoying romantic stories down memory lane.
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2.2 Fun time doing what you both love to do like cooking, exercising or watching a movie together.. as long as you get to have a quality “alone- time” together.
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2.3 A surprise breakfast in bed
Sneak out quietly to make partner’s favorite breakfast. Surprise him/ her with a lovely tray of a hotel-like breakfast of pancakes or a toast with favorite spread/ jam, or a plate of Longsilog (Filipino breakfast of longganisa+ fried rice+ egg), served with his/ her favorite fruits or dessert plus a cup of freshly brewed coffee or juice. Add a romantic touch with a freshly picked flower from your garden (or the neighbor’s, lol!).
Top 3: Jewelries
Third on the women’s wishlist are jewelries, with most of the responders saying that they’d love to be surprised with a diamond ring this V- Day. So for the men out there.. you know what to do! 😉
That is right, “Diamond is *still* a Girl’s Best Friend”. So if you want to melt her heart this V-Day, this is the perfect time to give her a diamond ring (!) or a necklace, earrings or any well thought of jewelry that your woman would love to have. You know her better than anyone.
You’ve probably heard of the “Four Cs,” : Cut, Carat, Clarity, and Color, the official diamond grading system that will help you how you find the best diamond for your budget.
If she is into necklaces or bracelets, you may give her fashion jewelries that are in season. That would be lovely too.
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Top 4: Chocolates
It’s unique rich and sweet taste has made chocolate a very popular food product that millions enjoy every day. A lot of us are addicted to it and would even have stocks of our favorite brand to enjoy anytime at home, in the office or even in the car. It may have its reputation for causing diabetes, acne, high blood pressure and increased weight, but it has its health benefits as well. Chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits. The higher the cocoa content, as in dark chocolate, the more benefits there are. Dark chocolate may also contain less fat and sugar, but it is important to check the label.
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This pandemic had derailed all of our travel plans. That’s why it’s understandable that we all missed vacationing. Whether you’re a couple that finds romance in relaxation or in adventure, there’s always going to be that place that sparks the flame and sets the mood. This V-Day is the perfect time to plan and look into the Top Romantic Destinations Around The World, and visit with our significant other when this pandemic is all over.
Despite some restrictions, there are options on where couples or families may go for that much needed vacation, especially without the stress of flying and quarantine/ testing requirements involved.
You can find great locations within a driving distance around you. Find a perfect place, away from the crowds, a gorgeous room with a view by clicking this AirBnb link. You’ll have a peace of mind knowing that AirBnb strictly implements that all their home rentals strictly follow safety protocols that are implemented in the province that the property is located.
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Check out my other blogs Charming Autumn Drive and Wine Tasting in Kelowna and 5 Lovely Parks to visit with or without Covid-19 to give you ideas on where to celebrate V- Day especially this Covid-19 season.
This is my wish as well.. a full day of relaxation and de-stressing! The problem is that there are many limitations on services like spas and some locations even closed down due to Covid-19 restrictions. That’s why it’s a good idea to give a gift certificate at this time. I believe that with the all the stress and challenges that we’ve been experiencing for almost a year now, we all deserve a good and relaxing day at the spa, complete with all the works (facial and rejuvenation package) !
Light up a scented candle, play a soothing music and dim the lights for that authentic spa experience.
Top 7: Something to do with their hobbies: Plants and Pets
The home quarantine imposed on us created new hobbies and interest in gardening, farming and having pets. Though not all of us were born with a “green thumb”, useful TV/ YouTube shows, books and social media helped a lot on learning the art of gardening. To some it has become a source of happiness and even income.
Notice that I incorporated ideas and easy reference (with deals and discounts) in case you want to try this wonderful hobby after reading my blog. Give your loved one something to support his/ her hobby or interest like real plants, pots, gardening tools and cute accessories for the beloved furry friend.
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Top 8: Personalized items: Hand-written Love Letter or Poem, bracelets, mugs, watches
Old school, pre- millennial era of writing a love letter is still preferred by most of us hopeless romantics. It surely is very endearing to receive a heart-felt hand written letter professing his/ her love to you from your loved one this lovely day.
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Top 9:Electronics and gadgets:Iphone 12 Pro, Airpods, Playstation
Now that most of us are staying at home or working from home.. gadgets and electronics are the top of mind among the men in our lives. Most of them said that they’ll be happy with a new cellphone to double for work and play, AirPods for their music, gaming upgrade to Ps5 or a new television/ audio set up to keep them and the whole family entertained during quarantine period.
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Top 10: (LV) Bag and Shoes
Something fancy yet useful for the ladies. If you guys are thinking of buying a luxury bag for your woman.. I suggest that you get her a Louis Vuitton bag. It’s definitely a favorite. This will surely make her appreciate you more… aside from your love and kindness, of course! (wink)
For the men, think of his favorite sport. The men who answered this survey said that they’d love to receive a basketball or running shoes.
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Bottom line is that, we all need a little bit of lovin this Valentine’s day.
Spread love. Appreciate more. Share kindness. Hug your special someone more. Tell him/ her “I love you” everyday.
Wishing you all the sweetest and loveliest Valentine’s Day, despite this pandemic.