What to buy for loved ones this Valentine’s Day

Why not treat a loved one (or yourself!) with these old and new finds on Valentine's Day?

Ceraudo dusky pink cushion

A (very) brief history of Valentines Day

The history of Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a mystery but the earliest accounts date back to the Ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia. Far from the lover’s holiday it is today, during this celebration, shepherds sacrificed elderly goats to bring health and fertility to their new livestock.

Some thank Geoffrey Chaucer, the mouthpiece of courtly love, for the creation of February 14th in his famous poem The Parliament of Fowls.

However, the most popular account of the holiday’s origin is certainly more romantic. In 270 AD, a priest named Valentine was executed on 14th February by Emperor Claudius II for performing secret marriage ceremonies on Roman battlefields. During his time in prison he healed the jailer’s blind daughter and on the night before his execution gave her a hand-written letter, signed ‘From your Valentine’.

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Bxxlght ‘You had me at hello’ poster

Bxxlght You Had Me At Hello poster

£70, Harvey Nichols
harveynichols.com

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Large French frosted and cranberry glass shade

Large French Frosted and Cranberry Glass Shade

£295, Agapanthus Interiors
agapanthusinteriors.com

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Crumble Snuggler by Loaf at John Lewis & Partners in Clever Velvet Dusty Rose

Crumble Snuggler by Loaf at John Lewis, Clever Velvet Dusty Rose

£1,449, John Lewis & Partners
johnlewis.com

 

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‘You Go Girl’ mug

You go girl mug, Oliver Bonas

£12, Oliver Bonas
oliverbonas.com

 

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Vintage Welsh tapestry blanket

Vintage Welsh tapestry blanket

£295, Cooling & Cooling at Decorative Collective
decorativecollective.com

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Carolina cushion in dusky pink

Ceraudo dusky pink cushion

£125, Ceraudo
ceraudo.com

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Vintage brass plate

Brass plate from Mustard Vintage
£29, Mustard Vintage mustardvintage.com
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‘Wah-ha-hoo! I’ve found my Valentine’ postcard

I've found my Valentine postcard, c1910
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A collection of antique and vintage valentine's cards

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Faded pink French food cupboard

Faded pink cupboard
£325, Vinterior