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History of St. Valentine's Day

Roman Times

The origins of Valentine's Day come from a number of sources, one of which is Cupid the Roman God of Love, symbolised by the popular image of a young boy with bow and arrow.

February 14th was also a Roman holiday in honour of a Goddess. It was customary for young men to choose randomly the name of a girl to escort to the holiday festivities. From the origins of this developed the modern custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date.

Christian Times

300 years after the death of Christ, Valentine, a holy priest in Rome, was imprisoned and, on the 14th February, beheaded not only for his Christian teachings but also for his alleged miracles. During his imprisonment he purportedly cured the jailer's daughter of blindness. Legend says that the night before his execution he wrote a letter to the jailer's daughter signing it 'From Your Valentine'. He also received notes in his cell from all who loved him.

Celtic Times

On 14th February, St. Valentine's Day and also the Eve of St. Valentine's Day it was custom for unmarried young men to draw a known female name from a ballot to find out whom they may marry or handfast with. Valentine slips containing a girls name to be courted would be worn by a boy on his sleeve. Eventually this custom was replaced by the sending of Valentine cards.

In Scotland the St. Valentine's Day ballot was popular. A gift and card would be sent to the girl whose name was drawn. It was the belief that the first person met on this day of the opposite sex, excepting members of the family, would become a partner.

Modern Times

From the many origins of St. Valentine's Day it has now become a universal custom to send anonymous cards and gifts to a wished potential lover. Red Roses, the flower of love, are sent with Valentine messages.

Gift Selection

To celebrate your Valentine's Day we have the following gift selection for you to choose 'From Your Valentine'. Remember we will include that personal message from you and deliver direct to your love.

All items can be gift wrapped and sent with a personal message at no extra cost.

So many of our creations make perfect choices for Valentine's Day. It is impossible for us to list all of them so we have selected just a few of our customer's favourite items.

Red Roses paperweight Winged Heart design and create handpainted stained glass gifts in the Scottish borders. They are the leading company in the UK for handpainted stained glass gifts. Their range of creations make perfect unique gifts for Valentine's Day. Choose from their range of photoframes, Swarovski crystal window pendants, static window clings, paperweights and window roundels and panels. Window Roundel in Red Roses design
Window pendant in Full Rose design Window Panel in Rose and Leaves design Pink Square Photoframe in Full Rose design
Amethyst Friendship Oil Lamp For that special Valentine's gift choose from our beautiful range of outstanding quality Friendship glass items from D & J Glassware. The vibrant iridescent colours reflect the light and create more colour in the garden. These make perfect gifts for all garden lovers. Their Friendship gifts for the home and garden include Friendship Oil Lamps, Tree of Life Glass Friendship Balls, Friendship Wishing Drops, Celebration Bubbles and Friendship Footed Candleholders.
Happiness Tree of Life Glass Friendship Ball and Stand Winter Tree of Life Small Glass Friendship Ball New Beginnings Tree of Life Glass Friendship Ball Friendship Ornamental Ball and Stand
Purple Pearlescent Friendship Heart Friendship Hearts are traditionally known as symbols of friendship and are given as gifts to express affection or love. The Pearlescent Hearts from D & J Glassware are available in pink, purple and white and come boxed and with a Friendship label attached. Give a Friendship Heart as a symbol of the friendship and love you share with a loved one. Purple Pearlescent Friendship Heart in box
Lavender/Purple Friendship Fused Heart The Friendship Fused Heart is a beautiful handcrafted glass heart. A gift to celebrate friendship and love for that special person. A perfect gift for that special Valentine. Supplied boxed, with a white satin ribbon and Friendship label. Red/Pink Friendship Fused Heart
Customer Favourite The Friendship Wishing Drop is a beautiful mouthblown glass drop. A gift to wish health, wealth, happiness and good luck to that special person. Available in amethyst, blue, kaleidoscope and rainbow. Amethyst Wishing Drop
Amethyst Friendship Footed Candleholder Friendship Lights make a romantic Valentine gift. Reflecting iridescent colours by day and creating a beautiful and ambient glow by night they make superb gifts for your Valentine. Friendship Candle Holder shown left and the Friendship Mini Globe Tea Light on the right. The innovative design enables the Mini Globe to be used in 2 ways - with the tea light inside the globe or with the tea light placed on top of the globe as shown. Available in amethyst, blue, green and white. Amethyst Friendship Mini Globe Tea Light
Slimline Mirror in Rose and Lattice Design in pink Decorative Stained Glass Mirrors in Mackintosh Rose designs. Celtic Glass Designs presents Winged Heart's stunning Slimline Gift Mirrors. These significant and expressive gifts are ideal for that special Valentine's Day gift. Slimline Mirror in Rose and Leaf Design in mauve

Our Rennie Mackintosh Pink Rose design is a stylised rose based on the designs of the famous Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Embroidered items include jewellery purse, pocket tissue cover, specs case, table cloth, table runners, tissue box cover and towels. All make romantic gifts for Valentine's Day.

Jewellery Purse in Rennie Mackintosh Pink Rose design Pocket Tissue Cover in Rennie Mackintosh Pink Rose design Towel Bale in Rennie Mackintosh Pink Rose design Spectacles Case in Rennie Mackintosh Pink Rose design

Another Mackintosh design, featuring a purple rose. The Mackintosh Purple Rose is available in jewellery purse, specs case and table runner.

Jewellery Purse in Mackintosh Purple Rose design Spectacles Case in Mackintosh Purple Rose design Runner in Mackintosh Purple Rose design

The Double Love knot has been designed for St. Valentine's Day.

Table set with Double Love Knot design glass wareChampagne flutes in Double Love Knot design

The Eternity knot symbolises all that is eternal as in everlasting life or eternal love/relationship. A very popular choice to say 'yours forever'.

Table set with Celtic Eternity Knot design glass ware and linen

Champagne flutes in Eternity Word design

We also have this design available with the word Eternity hand painted in gold beneath the Eternity knot. This is shown left.

Our Trinity Heart design, with the Trinity Knot encircled by hearts, is shown right.

Champagne flutes in Trinity Heart design

Sea Gems have a range of eye catching and stylish pens, including Crystal pens precision set with cool crystals, highlighted with pearlescent colour effects and Stylus pens for using with smart phones and tablets. Beautiful gift box included.

Single Rose Pen in Sea Gems Mackintosh Rose design Red Rose & Leaf Bookmark and Pen Set in Sea Gems Mackintosh Rose design Lavender Rose & Leaf Bookmark and Pen Set in Sea Gems Mackintosh Rose design Pen in Celtic Birds Design
Pocket Watch in Celtic Trinity Knot design We have a selection of stylish pocket watches which make perfect Valentine gifts.

In addition to our Eternity knot glassware we now have a stunning range of jewellery available from Sea Gems. Sea Gems have created a range of items including bookmarks, compact mirrors, jewellery including brooches, pendants, bracelets and earrings, pill boxes and pens that evoke the elegance and mystery of the heritage of Celtic nations around the world.

Jewellery in Eternity Knot design Jewellery box and Trinity Heart jewellery
Purple Compact Mirror in Sea Gems Mackintosh Two Roses design Red Compact Mirror in Sea Gems Swirls Design Large Pill Box in Celtic Birds design Purple Pill Box in Arabesque design Cats on Moon Pill Box

For ladies who love the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh we have a range of compacts and pen sets in the Mackintosh style which make ideal gifts.

Rennie Mackintosh Rose design compact and pen set

For the gents we have a range of pewter gifts from St. Justin, one of the leading silver and pewter makers in the UK. We have flasks and paperknives, and stylish gents pens including ballpoint pens and fountain pens from Sea Gems.

Knotwork Panel flask Ball point pen in Celtic Spear design Etched Fountain Pen in Celtic Birds design

The Mackintosh style Rose design symbolises the passion of Lovers.

Table set with Mackintosh Rose design glass ware and linen

The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol. The heart expresses love, the hands friendship and the crown loyalty. It represents a token of love and became traditional during the 17th century to wear the Claddagh ring when engaged or married.

Table set with Claddagh design glass ware

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