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Valentine’s Day Fun Facts You Don’t Know

26 Jan

For most of us upcoming Valentine’s Day is associated with roses, chocolates, cards and fancy dinners with our loved ones. We are most probably familiar with some basic traditions and history facts but is there anything more to the holiday? There definitely is and you’re about to discover Valentine’s Day from a new perspective.


  • In the 19th century doctors advised their patients with broken heart to eat chocolate in order to sooth the pain from the lost love. To this day, many women find comfort in a box of chocolates when dealing with heartbreak.
  • Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
  • There’s no secret that chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Richard Cadbury from the Cadbury chocolates company is responsible for popularizing Valentine’s Day chocolates. It was him who first presented his beloved one chocolates in a heart-shaped box.
  • Now over 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold every year on Valentine’s Day.
  • In U.S alone people spend over $1 billion worth of chocolate for Valentine’s Day.


  • The most popular Valentine’s Day flower is a single red rose surrounded with baby’s breath.
  • A red rose is considered the flower of love because of their color that stands for strong romantic feelings.
  • Red roses were favorite flowers of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
  • Over 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
  • While California produces over 60% of American roses, the most flowers sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America.

Valentine’s Day Cards

  • About 85% of all Valentine’s Day cards are bought by women.
  • Over half of all cards are purchased less than a week prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

Random Facts

  • Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • About 3% of pet owners will be spending over $700 million on Valentine’s gifts for their pets.
  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals made on Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples. But did you know he is also the patron saint of epilepsy (which St.Valentine is said to have suffered), plague, greetings, travelers, young people, and bee keepers.


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Birthday Gift Basket to Albuquerque, USA

25 Jan

Every year I sent my Mum in Albuquerque NM a Gift Basket for her birthday and Christmas, this year was no different, however due to an error at the warehouse at GiftBasketsOverseas the Christmas delivery which was to be delivered on the 22 Dec 2015 did not happen, I spoke with my mum on the 25th Dec, only to find out it had not been delivered. I called GiftBasketsOverseas and spoke with a number of people in customer service about the issue, under normal circumstances you might not go back to that company, HOWEVER, they immediately admitted their mistake and assured me they would call me back, they did call me back (in Australia) and followed up with emails keeping me informed of their investigations and what they were going to do about it. They arranged for the delivery (while a few days late), but my Mum understood, they called her to explain the situation and even sent her an extra gift. They emailed me today (5th Jan 2016) to tell me it had been delivered. What impressed me was how quick they responded (no excuses as to who’s fault was), to me this Customer Service at its best, so many companies could learn from the team at GiftBasketsOverseas – few names to mention (Annette, Maria, Miriam). Thank you, I will continue to use their service, while mistakes sometimes happen (and they do in every company) its all about how you respond to your customers and treat them, and the team at GBO sure know how to do that – “love your work”.


Gerry F. (Australia)

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Sweet Gourmet Gift to Vitebsk, Belarus

22 Jan

A lovely presentation of unique gift basket to Belarus. The perfect pleasure for those who know and appreciate great flavors and quality. This delicious surprise contains a big selection of famous chocolates and confections from the world renown chocolatiers including Walker’s shortbread cookies, European biscuits, wafer cookies, Godiva and Lindt chocolates among others. Especially for wine connoisseurs we’ve included a bottle of imported dry red wine that will go perfectly well with all the sweet treats. If your dear ones are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other significant occasion in their lives a festive cake will become the perfect addition to any gift. This delicate fruit cake is tasty and light enough to make the celebration guilty free for those health conscious recipients letting them enjoy the holiday to its full.


Flowers & Gift Basket to Linz, Austria

19 Jan

Scientifically speaking, a rainbow is a full spectrum of light reflected in the sky. For most of us though, it is something magical, inspiring, and caused by a true wonder. Creating this gift basket to Austria our gift experts were inspired by rainbow phenomenon and called it Gourmet Rainbow. The variety of goodies in it represents the spectrum of colors, as it features various kinds of finger-licking treats from sweet and savory to healthy and guilty pleasures. Your dear recipient will start the feast with gourmet salmon, cheese and crackers; continue with healthy jam assortment, fresh fruit; and top it all of with a cup of English Breakfast Tea, milk and dark chocolate and delicious cookies. Meant for really special occasions is a complimenting bouquet of seasonal flowers. Our florists have hand-picked only fresh, bright blooms of superior quality making sure it will be a hit with any recipient on your list.


Spirits Gift Basket to Melbourne, Australia

18 Jan

Thank you so much for being able to deliver the gift basket we ordered, especially as it was such short notice. Our friend is only staying at this address for a few more days, so it was important that it arrived on time. We are all very satisfied with the service in general.

Your effort is much appreciated.

All the best,

Viv Drummond

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Gourmet Basket to Samarkand, Uzbekistan

14 Jan

A sign of appreciation, a token of respect, a perfect gift for a business associate, corporate client or boss, this gift basket to Uzbekistan combines the wholesome flavor of great red wine paired with a delectable selection of snacks. There is creamy Brie cheese and crackers, mouthwatering dark chocolate, variety of jams, delicious cookies, and other sweet and savory delights to satisfy any cravings. Make sure your dear recipients know how much you appreciate them. Demonstrate that you care and send best wishes for their Birthday, Anniversary, seasonal holiday, or any other upcoming occasion. Let them celebrate with style and flavor and be sure that your thoughtfulness will be paid for in no time.


Gift Basket to Astana, Kazakhstan

12 Jan

Perfect surprise for family get together, celebration at the office or party with friends this gift basket to Kazakhstan has all the essentials your recipients require in order to have a great time together. The wooden keepsake hamper is featuring an assortment of delicious sweet and savory snacks and high-quality alcohol of your choice as a centerpiece. Depending on your recipients’ preferences and a set budget you can include anything from something simple like a pack of beer to best whiskeys, exquisite wines and champagne. It’s totally up to you and your imagination how to customize the gift basket to make it perfect for the specific occasion. We know how important your own input is, because nobody knows your recipients better than you do!


Fruit Basket to Beijing, China

11 Jan

Thank you so much for a great experience… great selection, timely delivery, and freedom from having to deal with customs and shipping. My business partners in China were very impressed and pleased with the gift. Your company is bringing positive emotions to so many people. Great experience overall. I would recommend to anyone.


Janet S. (Arlington VA)

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Flowers & Gift Basket to Vilnius, Lithuania

08 Jan

Looking for the best way to wish happy holidays to a family? Both parents and children of all ages will enjoy a festive gift basket to Lithuania filled to the brim with an assortment of delicious treats for any taste. Gourmet crackers, rich cheese, dried nuts and fruits are perfect for sharing with the nearest and dearest. To let the grown ups raise a toast we’ve included a bottle of crisp dry red and white wine. We also took care of the little recipients and those with a sweet tooth and added a box of mouthwatering Belgian assorted chocolates. To complete the impression and help create the holiday atmosphere our florists have created an arrangement of delicate and vibrant flowers. The hostess will be all smiles when she sees this gorgeous floral composition that will become the best centerpiece of any celebration. Bring your beloved family together, send your best wishes, or surprise a friend with deluxe gift they deserve!


Holiday Gift to Brussels, Belgium

06 Jan

Even though all the biggest winter holidays are behind we all still feel the holiday cheer and want to keep celebrating. Make sure your dear recipients can enjoy winter celebrations as long as possible with a gift set to Belgium that will become a daily reminder of the joy and blessings of this magical time of year. An original composition of miniature evergreen tree in a stylish pot with fresh vibrant roses and carnations is decorated with cute toys and candles to create an unforgettable impression. Especially for those who prefer celebrating with style we’ve included a bottle of sparkling wine perfect for indulging on their own or sharing with others. Sweet tooth on your list will appreciate a complimentary box of delicious gourmet chocolates. Wish happy holidays, say Congratulation, I Miss You, Thank You with a surprise that will impress your recipients even with the most sophisticated taste.