What is romance? Perhaps it is the flurry of excitement that comes when Valentine’s Day rolls around for new couples. Making lists, searching shops, and dropping hints around their partners is an exciting time. Romance as stated in the dictionary is: a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.
It’s those butterflies you get when you hold hands, the unknowingness when they cover your eyes for a surprise; romance is colorful. It’s so attractive to us because it provides fleeting moments of excitement from the mundane of day-to-day life. With romance comes gifts, and that can sometimes lead to indecisiveness. We’re here to help you figure out your next romantic gesture that isn’t limited to a bouquet of flowers. Let’s dive into the best romantic gifts without flowers!
The History of Sending Romantic Gifts
Before diving into the neverending list of potential gifts, let’s look back on the history of sending romantic gifts. Romantic gift giving can be found all throughout history. Modern-day examples include when Alex Rodriguez gifted Jennifer Lopez a stunning pair of emerald and diamond earrings for Christmas. To the 1800s, when one of Prince Albert’s first gifts to Queen Victoria was a delicate golden brooch set with a porcelain orange blossom to show purity.
Gift-giving, in general, can be traced back to the primitive era for accomplishments, appreciation, and rewards. Of course, the average gift consisted of teeth and stones back then! Thankfully, gifts have evolved and adapted with us as a society over the years. Through the Middle Ages, gifts were more food-based because they were seen to be symbols of power in a hungry society. Those who were well-off showed that not only they had food for themselves but could afford to give it away as well. During this era, gifts were not just used for and seen as political, religious, or power symbols. Romantic gifts grew in popularity in the forms of flowers, ballads, or even personalized garments!
Dowries were popular romantic gifts for this time. The practice of the bride’s family receiving land, money, and other items of value from the male as an exchange for his bride. This was a way to show his love and devotion to his future bride, gain approval from the father, and show that he could provide for her. Today, romantic gifts don’t need to be tied to a special occasion; they can be just because! The practice has become more casual to give your partner small gifts to brighten their day without spending a lot.
Upcoming Holidays and Gifts You Can Send To Your Loved One
Need an occasion to give that special someone in your life a lovely gift? Here are four holidays that will be the perfect time to do so.
Sweetest Day, October 16, 2021
A lesser-known holiday but still just as important as the rest! A day dedicated to specifically gifting the men in your life, whether that be your boyfriend or husband. Decadent gifts such as candy and chocolate are the perfect sweet gifts for your sweet significant other.
Christmas, December 25, 2021
Aside from Valentine’s Day, Christmas has to be the most classic holiday for giving romantic gifts. Despite it being a family holiday in North America, in other countries like South Korea, it is considered a couple’s holiday. This is the best day to give a heartwarming gift during this cold season, no matter where you are.
Valentines Day, February 14, 2022
A classic holiday to give your lover a gift. Historically, Valentine’s day is a day to express your feelings and love towards one another. Take this day as the perfect opportunity to let someone know your feelings for them.
National Proposal Day, March 20, 2022
As the name suggests, this day is all about proposals. Basically, just making it known that you are available to receive a proposal through subtle hints or being direct. Ways to do this are to go shopping for jewelry with your partner, show them that your friend has gotten engaged, or even ask them what they envision their wedding to look like! A day to be bold and give your partner a gift that is timeless, just because you can see yourself being with them for life.
Romantic Gifts Without Flowers: Unique Gifts for Him
Not sure what to give him? Ideas are on us! Take him out to the lake for a picnic and a basket full of beer! Sharing childhood memories over a cold one while watching the sun set is the perfect casual day out. If he’s not into beer, which not everyone is, why not just an entire cake? Let him cook dinner on your next date and you can both relax when it comes to dessert. A freshly delivered cake of your choice with that new tv show you’ve both been dying to see? Sounds like the perfect night to me!
Romantic Gifts Without Flowers: Unique Gifts for Her
Have you exhausted all possible options of gifts for her? We’ve got you covered. Consider a spa basket with all the essentials to pamper her. A night of relaxation with lovely scented bath bombs, lotions, and face masks will have her feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Going for something more casual? You can always stick with the classic box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Those are definitely the perfect gift for when you’re celebrating something, or better yet, they are an amazing pick-me-up remedy!
No matter what romantic gift you get for your partner, it’s not how grand it is, or how expensive the gift is. Truly, gift-giving is a way to communicate your feelings when words fail us. The most important thing is the thought and intention behind it and that is what shines through.
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Lizzie is a full-time content creator with Gift Baskets Overseas. Before that, she worked at an International Department in a Canadian College for 3 years and moved to Belarus from Canada at 22. Lizzie is an enthusiastic explorer who travelled through Belarus, France, USA, Canada, Poland, Austria, and South Korea.