Curious about the history of Valentine’s Day I started doing a little snooping. In doing my research I actually found something that is a little more interesting than the history – the present. Apparently there are one billion Valentine’s Day cards sent each year and women purchase 85% of all valentines.
So, guys, this Valentine’s Day, step it up. Get the woman you love (or just like a lot) a card and something special to go with it – and I’m not talking drugstore chocolates or overpriced flowers. Get her something that will last, that she can look at and appreciate for years to come. Something that will remind her that you’re in the small percentage of guys that actually buy their gals Valentine’s Day gifts.
If you’re short on ideas, here are my picks for substitutes for the traditional gift of flowers (and hubby, if you’re reading, I’d be happy with any of these):
The Floral Branch Necklace by Lisa Hopkins. $96. Hand-cut of sterling silver and hung from a 16” silver chain. Just like real flowers, since this piece is handmade, no two are exactly alike.
Hydrangea Cluster Necklace by Patrick Irla. $164.25. A few years ago my husband bought me the beautiful Blue Topaz Hydrangea Necklace and the delicate and organic flower makes a wonderful piece for daily-wear. With a few more blossoms, the Hydrangea Cluster necklace could easily be dressed up or dressed down, and these flowers will last a lifetime.
Dogwood Lidded Vessel by Whitney Smith. $50. Give this handmade lidded vessel as a gift on it’s own or fill it with chocolates, or a piece of jewelry – say, a handmade engagement ring for a Valentine’s Day proposal? Any way you give it, this vessel is a charming gift.
Good luck, guys! And, happy Valentine’s Day.