The tradition of giving gifts on Valentine’s Day has been popular since the fourteenth century, when lovers would send romantic letters and poems to each other. Today, there are a variety of gifts out there that you can send to the one you love. But what are the meanings behind the most common Valentine’s gifts? You don’t want to send the wrong message, so we’ve researched the secret messages behind your favorite romantic gifts!
Cards – The printed card is a modern twist on the classic love letter. Cards and suggested verses started to pop up around 1800 as an alternative for young lovers unable to compose a letter on their own. Today, the greeting card is a common and fun way to tell someone how you feel. Of course, it always helps to add a personal note to your card.
Roses – roses are probably the most popular Valentine gift. Each color has it’s own meaning:
- Yellow – friendship and freedom, or congratulations.
- Pink – love and friendship, though more platonic than red roses.
- Red – the classic symbol of romantic love.
- White – symbolic of truth and innocence, also a way to say “I miss you”.
Chocolates – The message here is pretty clear – you think your Valentine is as sweet as candy! Just be careful and make sure they actually like these sweet treats and don’t have any allergies!
Whatever the relationship, there are plenty of meaningful and fun ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day!