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Things To Do For Valentines Day

Updated on January 15, 2015

The Best Valentines Day Ideas & Romantic Gestures

Love is truly the most enduring of gifts, but everyone appreciates a special gesture. Here are some romantic things to do for Valentines Day.

These Valentines Day Ideas will help you because the thoughtfulness you put into a special gift truly shows them how much they mean to you. Whether it be for Valentines Day gifts or just a romantic gesture throughout the year, the range of gifts you can give is as endless as the love you feel.

In this article you'll also find out about the history of Valentines Day, and read what is perhaps the most romantic poem of all time. Of course there are lots of romantic quotes and more fun ideas. Be sure and bookmark this lens and share it with others if you have the chance. I hope you enjoy these Valentines Day ideas.

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand”

~ Thomas Trahern

Romantic Gestures - Message In A Bottle

There Are Few Things You Can Do For Valentines Day To Impress Like This

Personalized Gifts that are unique and interesting say I Love You like nothing else, and there's no greater gesture of your love than the "true" message in a bottle. These are my favorite Valentines Day idea, but are also great for any special day, and a message in a bottle is an awesome way to send romantic gestures to the one you love.

Cupid's arrow has struck again! This time he's decided that it's your turn to be in love and Message in a Bottle® is here to help. Let the love of your life know exactly how you feel with this great bottle that showcases a bright red heart above the simple declaration "I Love You!". The perfect gift for an anniversary, a birthday, a special friendship or any special occasion. Unlike the small screw-top sauce bottles available elsewhere, these proprietary gift bottles and boxes are full sized and unmatched in quality. Because your recipient receives their gift straight from the manufacturer, you can be sure it is 100% real Message in a Bottle® from Message in a Bottle, Inc. and not a mere imitation. When the time comes to impress that certain someone, make sure you do so with a personalized gift that will be cherished above all.

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- Attention To Detail & Meticulous Hand Assembly Make For An Easy To Send Gift That Will Impress.

This is the perfect gift idea for you if you're looking for special Anniversary, Birthday or Valentines Day gifts, and the one you love will appreciate and cherish the thoughtful message you include inside. The romantic gift that says more.

“The best things in life can never be kept; they must be given away. A Smile, a Kiss, and Love”

~ Tony Farrar

The History Of Valentine's Day

And Gifts As Romantic gestures

According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day Gifts (or the notion of sharing love on this day) may have its origin in 1380's England when Geoffrey Chaucer (the Father of English Literature) produced the first recorded association between Valentine's Day and romantic love. In 1382 Chaucer wrote his "Parlement of Foules," in which he penned:

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day

Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make."

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Why Valentine ever became associated with love and romance is not really known, and while most people know of Saint Valentine, what most don't know is that there were in fact 14 Saints named Valentine. The name "Valentine", which means worthy, strong, or powerful, was quite popular just prior to the Middle Ages and there are no records to indicate which of the Saints was meant to be celebrated on February 14th.

The Church, however, recognizes Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, both Christian martyrs, as being honored on February 14th. But as an official day of recognition the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969; of course millions of Catholics and other religions still celebrate the holiday. It was removed, according to the Church, because "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.

While sending Valentine's cards and letters was popular 100 years earlier in England, in the United States it was the 1800's that saw the rise of Valentine's Day as a national sensation. An article in Graham's American Monthly observed in 1849, that "Saint Valentine's Day... is becoming, nay it has become, a national holyday." While romantic gestures have likely always been associated with love, it wasn't until the 1940s or 1950s that people began widely practicing the act of gift giving in association with Valentine's Day, more similar to the holiday as we now know it.

The Best Chocolate You've Ever Tasted

The Most Lavishing Of All Valentines Day Ideas

To be sure, you can purchase chocolate anywhere and in every variety and price range. However, truly exquisite chocolates are more difficult to find and say so much more than anything else you could give. You'll spend more, but these aren't your everyday chocolates, these are without question the Best Chocolate you'll ever taste, and almost certainly the best chocolate your loved one has ever received.

So when you're needing to make a Valentine's Day splash, a really big one, look no further. These gifts are also ideal for Anniversary gifts, birthdays, graduations... anytime where ordinary boxed or junk chocolate just won't do. If you're looking for good ideas for Valentines Day, you've found it.

If I were looking for something unique and memorable, for a very special occasion, this would be it!

Made in France, these chocolates are handmade by Pascal Caffet, the Gold Medal Winner, Chocolate World Championship and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and have been savored and coveted by country leaders, celebrities, and VIPs worldwide. zChocolat.com has received numerous accolades and awards, including "Forbes's Favorite" and "Best of the Web" by Forbes, Inc. since 2005, "Top 5 Chocolate Gifts for Valentine's Day" by the Food Network, "Best Online Chocolatier" by Web Magazine, "Best Lesser-Known Gift Site on the Web" by the Wall Street Journal and "Top 10 eBusiness Websites in France" by IBM, Ernst & Young and Le Figaro.

Yes, they ship from France, and yes they ship them carefully packaged in dry ice and guarantee fresh delivery.

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly”

~ Sam Keen

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The Reasons I Love You

Romantic Gestures Without Equal

Keeping with the theme of unique and special Valentines Day ideas, these engraved stones will remind the one you love that the reasons are infinite, and now nine of them are etched in stone. If you came here looking for special things to do for Valentines Day, the rest assured that this is something unique that she will remember.

One side of each brushed-nickel token says "I love you" and the other bears a compelling reason, from "because you're an inspiration" to "because I just do!" and "for always getting my jokes." Comes in a luxurious pouch. Stones are approximately 1 3/4" long.

Stones read "I love you..." on the front, and a different "reason" on the back:

...because you're an inspiration

...because of your great smile

...for being so giving

...because I just do!

...because you love me

...because you rock

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Greatest Love Story Of All Time - Eternal Lovers Abelard and Heloise

Abelard and Heloise were young lovers in 12th century France whose paths were forged by destiny and for which fate would hold some cruel and painful tribulations in which the pair would cement their unyielding love for one another by refusing to surrender that love. In a book, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, the love letters between the pair are presented to not just merely chronicle their love, but to enshrine and highlight the notion of enduring love.

Heloise was a brilliant scholar with a reputation for intelligence and insight. She was the niece of Notre Dame's Canon Fulbert and driven by an incessant pursuit of knowledge and truth truth, of wisdom. Her uncle, in an effort to aid her pursuits and education, hired noted teacher Pierre Abelard to tutor and mentor the young Heloise.

Abelard was a well known and cited philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician some 20 years older than the young Heloise. While extraordinarily devoted to his career and intellectual pursuits, Abelard quickly finds himself enthralled by the young lady and a romantic relationship ensues, out of which a baby is born. While the exact events aren't certain, it is held that Abelard chose to have a "secret" wedding to protect his career.

Fulbert, not happy with the love affair and how it affected his niece, openly divulged the secret marriage to the world. This act would be the beginning of the tragic events that would put Abelard and Heloise on the romantic map.

Heloise, perhaps driven by the shame of a secret wedding (which must look to 12th century France as if something shameful had happened to require it) denied that she had married Abelard. Embarrassed by the whole ordeal, both Abelard and Heloise agreed that Heloise should retreat to a convent (Argenteuil). Fulbert became incensed at what he believed was Abelard's attempt to be rid of the young mother so he arranged to have Abelard beaten and castrated (likely by local thugs).

Both Heloise and Abelard agree that for everyone involved it was best that they retreat to religious professions and Heloise would become a Nun (apparently reluctantly) and Abelard a monk. Heloise wrote to Abelard that she couldn't understand why she should live out her life in a religious role for which she had no calling. She was also tragically forced to give up her child to adoption.

The pair began a long journey of separation and torment, but over the course of many years would express their love for one another via their letters. While hundreds of years may have erased some facts from this true tale, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise is an accurate and real expression of their love. If you're touched by their story and would like to indulge in a fictional spin on their tale, there is a great novel titled "Stealing Heaven: The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard" which adds a fictional spin to this true love story for modern readers looking for more.

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul”

~ Judy Garland

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Most Romantic Poem Of All Time

If you want to impress the one you love, share or write a poem.

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.

You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each others cup, but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each others keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each others shadow.

Found in Kahlil Gibran's book, "The Prophet".




Whether on Valentine's Day or another special day, do you struggle each year when trying to find the perfect special gift for your loved one, or do you always know what to get?

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Romantic Quotes

Like poems, these gestures touch deep into the heart!

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul” ~ Judy Garland

“And think not you can guide the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, shall guide your course.” ~ Khalil Gibran

“Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.” ~ H. Jackson Browne

“People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.” ~ Douglas Yates

“What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” ~ George Eliot

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~ Corinthians

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” ~ Lao Tzu

“If you have it [love], you don't need to have anything else. If you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.” ~ James M. Barrie

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“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it... you and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.” ~ George Moore

“Paradise is always where love dwells.” ~ Jean Paul Richter

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” ~ Germaine De Stael

“Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart.” ~ Euripides

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” ~ Ivan Panin

“The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.” ~ Sir Hugh Walpole

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Here are fruits, flowers, leaves, and branches, And here is my heart which beats only for you.” ~ Paul Verlaine

“To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed.” ~ Valerie Lombardo

“There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me.” ~ Gretchen Kemp

A Special Gift They Will Appreciate Day After Day

Often times you want to be practical and thoughtful, at the same time. Because of that many people choose to give a gift that anyone is happy to receive, like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.

Not only is it practical and something they can use every day, it opens up a great new opportunity for them to spend more time reading, surfing the web or enjoying great movies and music... anywhere and anytime. Read what some Amazon customers have written about the Kindle Fire HDX:

"What a fabulously awesome tablet this is, especially when you consider all the features it has and then the price! It is so very easy to navigate the screens and locate exactly what you are looking for. I truly love this Kindle Fire HD!"

"Spent a lot of time reviewing this device. I have an ipad, which is great, but I feel its too big for reading. Bought it about a week ago and haven't put the thing down since...the screen is bright and the battery lasts a long time."

The Kindle Fire HD has an amazing 2,939 Customer Reviews with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars! They will be able to enjoy:

- 1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology

- Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound

- World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)

- High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast performance

- Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space

- Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email

- Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps

- Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content

- Kindle FreeTime - a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child

Travel Somewhere Exotic

There's something special about rescuing the one you love from the hassle of the daily grind and do more than just take some time off, but immerse together in a truly special and memorable adventure of the sort from which lifelong memories are made. There are many places around the world which would easily meet your goal of a great adventure, but few places equal the untouched beauty and natural marvel that South America can offer. If you can dream it you can live it in South America.

Why do romantic getaways appeal to so many lovers? There are many reasons, but here are a couple. First, you both are in a new environment, one which you've never experienced separately. This allows you to build totally new and unique memories and feelings that will forever be associated with one another. Secondly, when you escape with the one you love to a place totally removed from your normal environment you remove many (if not most) of the daily stress that often times get in the way of passion and romance. Finally, the romantic gesture associated with such a unique getaway sends a strong message about how much you value and appreciate the one you love, about how important it is for you to spend time together.

Whether you take a South American adventure, travel somewhere else, give a unique gift or do something entirely different, as you search for good ideas for Valentines Day or another special occasion always remember that the point is to make obvious and subtle gestures that they are special to you and that their happiness is important to you.

There are of course many ways to do that and not all of them require you to spend money. After all, money isn't an indicator of love. How you treat someone, daily, has more to do with true love than anything you'll ever buy them. But once in a while we all want to do something special with our significant other and I hope this article has given you some good ideas.

Chris Medina Knows What Love Is

Valentines Day is about love, not gifts. Though we do use gifts to express our love, and that's great, we can show it much more by how we actually love. I hope this inspires you.

If you don't know, Chris was an American Idol contestant. During the show it was learned that he's been taking care of his fiancé who was severely injured in a car accident, suffering brain damage. They were just months away from their wedding at the time of the accident, but showing what true love is, he stayed with her and now spends every day by her side. He wrote this song for her. This article talks more about the story of Chris Medina.

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It is important to be loved, but the greatest gift you can EVER give is the gift of YOUR love.

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    • Celebrates profile image

      Celebrates 3 years ago

      These are some really great ideas for Valentine's Day. Well done article!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely lens:)

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Lovely lens.. so thoughtful. Angel blessed too!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens, lot's of good reading, ideas and interesting polls. I think you covered it wall. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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