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Ways To Say Happy Valentines Day

Updated on December 2, 2017
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Ben is a semi-retired sixty something, having spent 30 years working within the UK Utility industry. A father of 3 boys and grandad of 3.

Gift Ideas for your Valentine

Valentines Day 2018 - a truly special day for loved ones everywhere.

But it can be difficult to find something that portrays your feelings and it can often lead you to being at a loss as to what buy that special person in your life?

My article: Help Its Valentines Day will hopefully show you a selection of gifts for Valentines Day that should help provide you with a few ideas of what to give to the loved one who shares your life.

I hope that you enjoy your visit.


Valentine Fact

The heart is the symbol most commonly associated with Valentines Day. In ancient times most believed that the soul resides in the heart.

Valentines Heart
Valentines Heart

How Did Valentine's Day Begin?

Traditionally, the 14th February has been a special day to exchange gifts between loved ones.

Named after St. Valentine (did you know that there are actually numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine), no one can be certain which of these saints started the tradition, but it is commonly believed that it was St Valentine, a roman in 269 AD who gave up his life for refusing to give up his faith in Christianity.

Today, Valentines Day is celebrated among us who are already enjoying life-long partnerships and those who are just embarking on new relationships alike. And long may it remain so.

Valentine Fact

Did you know that Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D.?

Say It With Flowers - A Valentines Day Favorite

Flowers are always a welcomed gift. But did you know that the gift of a flower has a special meaning?

Red Roses - Love and Passion

Yellow Roses - Friendship

White Roses - True Love and purity of mind

Pink Roses - Friendship, Sweetheart

Black Roses - Farewell

Valentine Fact

Did you know the red rose was the favourite flower of Venus - the Roman goddess of love?

Roses on Valentines Day.  Pink Roses indicate Sweetheart.
Roses on Valentines Day. Pink Roses indicate Sweetheart.

Valentines Day Cards

One of the most common Valentine days traditions is to exchange love notes - called "Valentines". These started as hand-written notes,but have now been replaced by greeting cards.

Valentines messages can be traced as far back as the 15th century in Europe. But are more commonly attributed to their revival and popularisation during the early 1800's in Britain. In America the Valentine Card became popular around the time of the Civil War (1861 - 1865).

In Britain, it is believed that the introduction of the postal service with the "penny post" helped increase the sending of Valentines Day Cards. This made it an inexpensive and fast activity. Prior to this, most Valentines would have been hand delivered.

Every year, some 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged in the United States.

Valentine Fact

In the United States, credit goes to Miss Esther Howland for sending the first valentine cards, with commercial valentine cards being introduced in the 1800's.

Antique Valentines Day Card
Antique Valentines Day Card

Antique Valentines Day Card

Yes its true that some modern day Valentines Day cards express fondness and affection in the old Valentines Day style.

However, I somehow believe that Antique Valentines Day cards have an innocence and charm that is extremely appealing.

In early 1800's Britain, fancy Valentines were made with lace and ribbons. However, the end of the 1800's, Valentine Cards were being mass produced.

Early Victorian Valentines came in several different styles including:

Acrostic - valentines where the first lines of the verse spelled-out the loved one's name.

Pin-prick - valentines made by pricking tiny holes in paper with a pin, creating the appearance of lace.

Theorem - valentines were designs were painted through a stencil .

Today, such cards are increasingly collected and steadily rising in value.

Valentine Fact

Did you know that Teachers are believed to receive the most Valentines Day Cards.

The Best Songs of Valentine Day - Say I love you with music

Valentine Fact

Did you know that Sweden only began celebrating Valentines Day recently with young couples starting to take up the practice?

The Gift Of Jewelry

The gift of jewelry always has meaning on Valentines Day.

A thoughtfully selected item of jewelry can say a lot about how you feel. Care should be taken to consider what your chosen piece says about your relationship.

As UK relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr states:

"If he's given you a nice piece of jewellery then he's seriously committed to your relationship. Men just don't give the good stuff unless you mean something special".

It isn't all about the price paid. It is much more about the care and attention that is given to your selection.

Valentine Fact

Did you know that approximately 3% of pet owners give Valentines gifts to their pets?

A reference to St Valentine Day from Shakespeare (Hamlet 1600-1601).

Tomorrow is Saint Valentines day,

All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

To be your Valentine.

Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,

And dupp'd the chamber-door;

Let in the maid, that out a maid

Never departed more.

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

Valentine Fact

Did you know that Doves are associated with Valentines Day, they pair for life and share the care of their young.

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Valentine Fact

A love knot is a symbol of undying love - it has no beginning and no end.

I hope that enjoyed this article. Please leave feedback - it's always good to know what you think.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago from Redcar

      @LauraHofman: Thank you.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Happy Valentine's Day! Wonderful suggestions here.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago from Redcar

      @tonyleather: Thank you - it is very much appreciated.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Fabulous lens that I am happily putting forward for the Valentines day lens quest!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago from Redcar

      @Nithya Venkat: Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      A great lens, enjoyed reading.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @hptouchupdate: Thank you.

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      hptouchupdate 4 years ago

      Great lens, will use in the future.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @steadytracker lm: Thank you.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      A wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing all of these great valentines ideas with us.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Lots of good information and suggestions!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Very nice lens...enjoyed my visit. Happy Valentine's Day

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

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      Happy Valentine Day!

      All the very best to you and your loved ones, from me and mine!

      Helene Malmsio aka. SCSS

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @curious0927: Thank you so much for the blessing - very much appreciated,

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      really nice lens! Blessed by a "Squid Angel"

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Good ideas!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful lens and great suggestions!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      I also enjoyed your lens.Have a great day!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Sweet! Happy Valentine's Day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this! Enjoyed seeing it before leaving work and seeing my sweetheart tonight.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

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      Happy Valentine Day!

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      Helene Malmsio aka. SCSS

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      KaneshiaKelly 5 years ago

      Love Your lens

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like the way you had those little quote boxes all the way through your lens. Did you know that in Japan the women all go out and get Valentine's presents, mostly chocolates, for their husbands and bosses? It's a real turnaround!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @Titia: Its good to hear that you enjoyed your visit. I hope you have a great Valentines Day.

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      LindaFoster LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens thanks for sharing! :) still looking for a gift for my wonderful fiance.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Happy Valentines day to you, I've enjoyed my visit here.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Another excellent lens from you! :)

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Don't have sweetheart to send card to but my granddaughters like to get mail so they will get valentines from grandmother. Nice lens.

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      Valentines Day is near so I will greet you in advance. Happy Valentines Day my friend. :) Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to say Happy Valentines Day....guess I'm pretty traditional!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creatively put the Valentine's day.

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Thanks for the history and background on Valentine's Day. Enjoyed reading it very much.

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I wonder why Sweden does not celebrate valentines day?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very nice. Some good trivia found that I didn't know. (Sweden and 3%pet owners.) Arranged well with a romantic tone. I like. *sigh* tomorrows the wonderful day. Happy V-Day.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      nice lens and very helpful

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Gorgeous gifts and beautiful lens.

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      StaciJansma LM 6 years ago

      Perfect lens for Valentine's Day!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Cute lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How sweet ~ I'm the 30th person to Like 30 Ways to Say Happy Valentines Day! Very Sweet!

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens my squid friend hope you do well with this, wishing you lot of luck.

      John.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Lovely thoughts! =D

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens great products, great job!!

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Lovely lens for a special time! Thumbs up from a new fan!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      lovely valinetine lens!

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Great lens on valentines day, and cute list of items! great ideas, and well done!

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      xenoc 6 years ago

      nice recommendation! thanks for sharing..

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      csescape 6 years ago

      A beautiful lens. There is also a superstition about signing your name to a valentine, it is suppose to be bad luck. I just always thought I had a bunch of secret admirers :)

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      There's loving your pet and then there's loving your pet. LOL

      I can't believe it's almost February. Personally, I prefer tulips over roses.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Really useful ideas, thanks for sharing.

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      themeaparty 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Thank you for all the ideas--some traditional and some very unique. I also really like the look/layout of your Lens! I could learn a thing or two from you! Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love-ly lens! Enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That's a lot of ways to celebrate Valentine .

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Excellent lens with a wonderful selection of Valentine gifts presented very creatively! *Blessed by a Squid Angel*... ;)