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The Romantic History Behind Your Valentine's Day Gifts to Yourself

Updated: Oct 6, 2022



Valentine's day, it's the most romantic day of the year, when friends, family, and couples come together to celebrate each other—and yet it’s also the day that's most stressful for single people. As much as you may want to deny it or dislike the fact, being alone on Valentine’s day can be a very lonely time. This is one of many reasons why Vase Creation has launched its signature self-care gift set to help people reduce their stress levels and embrace self-love throughout the year.


You don’t need a significant other to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, there are many ways to enjoy a day of romance on your own and fill it with love and happiness.



First Things First: History of Valentines Day

It's widely accepted that the ancient Romans are responsible for bringing Valentine's Day into our lives. The holiday started out as a celebration of an early Christian saint named Valentine, who was imprisoned for performing marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer; before he was beheaded, he wrote her a letter and signed it "From your Valentine." The holiday has gone through some changes over the years, this story is the origin of our modern practice of exchanging love letters on Valentine's Day!


The Romans also celebrated the festival of Lupercalia, which honored their god of fertility. The festivities included a matchmaking lottery in which young men chose women's names out of an urn. Couples paired by this method often ended up marrying. This practice is thought to have influenced the modern tradition of giving and receiving cards on Valentine's Day!



A Guide To Celebrating Valentine's Day, Alone

"You can't expect a relationship to transform you," says Dr. Jennifer Freed, Ph.D., a therapist and the creator of "A Course in Love." "You need to love yourself first — and then find someone who loves you for who you are."


If you're single, Valentine's Day can be just another day that reminds you of your lack of relationship. Or it could be a day to celebrate self-love and appreciation with some beautiful — and slightly indulgent — gifts. Whether it's a gift to yourself or with your friends, these thoughtful items will make you feel special on Cupid's big day.


Celebrate Valentine's Day alone with a gift set of self-care items. If you are in a relationship, get it as a gift for your significant other or best friend too.



Things to do on Valentine's Day when you're single

  • Top restaurants to treat yourself solo

  • Movie recommendations for a night in with yourself (and your dog)

  • Get pampered at the spa

  • Books and podcasts to help you heal from a breakup

  • Special food delivery services that cater to your cravings (and don't charge extra fees just because it's Valentine's Day)

  • Volunteer for a good cause

  • Celebrate with a Self-Care Gift Set


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The quest to find romantic love may be an important one, but don't forget that alone time is valuable too. So whether you're spending Valentine’s Day with yourself or with loved ones, remember to take some time to enjoy the things that make you happy. Because after all, it's you who deserves a little extra love on this day.

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