He is the patron saint of lovers – but did you know hes also the patron saint of epileptics and beekeepers too?
There are various legends as to the exactly who he was, but the most popular held belief is that St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus in about 270.
The stories tell that St. Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailers daughter, whom he had befriended and healed from blindness.
Another common legend states that he defied the emperors orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. Valentines Day as a lovers festival dates at least from the 14th century.
We believe you should celebrate love every day, but having a specific day is no bad thing – sometimes we all need a little reminder right?
Heres some ideas on what you could do for your loved one; it doesnt need to be a grand gesture, make it personal.
♥ A MEAL OUT ♥
Yes its a bit of a cliché, but how about booking a table somewhere you had your first date? Or going to somewhere that reminds you of food you had on a special holiday? Its the thought that counts!
♥ A PICNIC ♥
OK, so the weather isnt great in February, but wrapping up warm and packing a lovely hamper full of goodies and sitting somewhere with a lovely view can be the perfect time to connect.
♥ A NIGHT IN ♥
Light those candles and create an atmosphere. Go for a classic steak and chips (or cauliflower steak!) or order your favourite take away - but make the setting special.
♥ A DANCE LESSON ♥
Why not search out your local dance classes and have an evening of learning to salsa? Its bound to be fun at least!
Show that someone special how much you love them with a stunning gift. Weve got lots of beautiful jewellery that will suit every taste and budget.
Need inspiration? Click here to check out our 10 GREAT VALENTINES GIFTS IDEAS.
Happy Valentines Day xx