Did you know the first Valentine's Day was in the year 496? It's said this loved-up holiday originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, as a day to celebrate St. Valentine, a priest in the third century AD who broke the rules and arranged several marriage ceremonies, despite marriage being completely banned by the Emporer. After being thrown in jail, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and upon being sentenced to death, he signed his final note, "From your Valentine". Romantic, right?
Now, Valentine's Day is a way for people to express their love or tell someone how they really feel. As thousands of years have passed, we've added beautifully written cards and thoughtful gifts to the mix, from long-stemmed red roses to pretty lace lingerie sets. We've even started to branch out from the more classic presents, opting for items we know our one true love will adore, like wine glasses (to go with those chocolates) and red heels for a night of dinner and dancing.
Here's a round-up of our Valentine's Day wish list, no matter what kind of gift you're looking for (or hoping to receive). Lovers, take note!