Across Australia and around the world, February 14 marks a day of celebration of St. Valentine. The legend of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery, however regardless of its origins, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in all parts of the globe.
As can be expected with a universal celebration, different cultures have developed their own traditions for this day. In some countries, Valentine’s Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving gifts for children and others include acts of appreciation between friends.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate February 14, it is important to remember to buy for the person, not for the gift. Roses and chocolates aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!
Here’s our top ideas to show that special someone you’re thinking about them this Valentine’s Day.
Of course, the red rose is the flower most popular at Valentine’s, for its association with love and affection. However, if your someone is more of a lilies or native flowers fan, it’s perfectly okay to opt for those instead! A bunch of their favourite flowers are a more thoughtful gift than sticking to what’s popular and traditional.
We all know someone who’s got a bit of a sweet tooth. Chocolate is the other popular Valentine’s gift, but try and fine-tune what you purchase to his or her tastes. Chocolate coated pretzels, almonds or fruit & nut, or dark chocolate ginger, Turkish delight, rocky road or rum dates are great gourmet alternatives to the standard plain chocolate bars. More and more options are available for vegan or dairy free alternatives, if he or she has dietary restrictions. Some stores stock vegan chocolate just for Valentine’s Day!
Breakfast in Bed
Sometimes it’s more about the gesture than a gift! Flowers and chocolates aren’t everyone’s thing, so show your affection in other ways. Get up early and cook up some bacon and eggs, or a fruit salad with quality seasonal produce (or both!), and give him or her a lazy breakfast in bed.
So your someone isn’t a morning person, or has early work commitments? Treat them to dinner instead! Save your money on busy, noisy restaurants and set up a candlelit dinner at home. Try a romantic pasta dish, or get a bit messy and make some pizzas together. Our favourite recipe: https://www.rozas.com.au/project/gourmet-pizza/
There are endless ways to spend Valentine’s Day, either with family, friends, or your partner. Going against tradition isn’t always a bad thing, so get creative and treat them to something you know they’ll really enjoy!