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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mackintosh Rose and Lattice design is available in table runners, doilies, jewellery roll, jewellery purse, specs case and pocket tissue holder. This design has been produced to celebrate 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and artist, who was one of Scotland's most influential creative figures. High quality products at affordable prices make these items a very popular choice with our customers and a perfect gift for Valentine's Day!
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, specs case, doilies, table runners and towels. All make romantic gifts for Valentine's Day.
The Double Love knot has been designed for St. Valentine's Day.
The Eternity knot symbolises all that is eternal as in everlasting life or eternal love/relationship. A very popular choice to say 'yours forever'.
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.
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.
The Mackintosh style Rose design symbolises the passion of Lovers.
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.
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