Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Valentine's Day - Stupid or What?


So, February is around the corner and you can expect the internet to be filled with ads for Valentines gifts. But does anyone stop to think about what St. Valentine would make of it all?

The real St. Valentine, though not much is known about his life, was a third century martyr who died refusing to deny his belief in Jesus Christ. Is that a good reason to buy your loved one a box of chocolates? I don't think so. If the poor guy were alive today he'd be turning in his grave. No, hold on, I think I got the metaphor mixed up a little...

The point is this: by concentrating our notion of romance on one day of the year we trivialise it. Nowadays, if you don't buy your loved one something special, you're a terrible lover, even if the rest of the year you've been the perfect partner. Doesn't make sense to me.

But maybe I'm just unhappy because, like most men, I'm completely useless at buying presents..! Honestly, this is the guy who once bought his girlfriend a poncho for Valentines.

So, what this post is really about is this: HELP ME! I want to buy a special gift this year for you-know-who and I don't have a clue. Who better to ask than the smart people who read my blog? Over to you...

44 comments:

Mary said...

Richie!

She wants something personal, so she doesn't feel left out when the others are having their brag fest!

So, how 'bout a composition--that costs you no more than the paper to print it on!

Like,

IOU 365 days of love!

Or,

Redeem this for the delighted and willing performance of your favorite chore that you want me to do for you.

Etc.

Works for Christmas--why not for Valentine's?

Mary

Sean Carter said...

You sound totally confused....and you've around a couple of weeks to find that perfect gift for your special one...well since you're looking online you can visit my blog sometime soon as i've posted a lot of gift ideas and resources for Valentines Day...so drop by soon and you just might what you're looking for!!!

Richie said...

Mary: I already give my girlfriend 365 days of love, plus one day extra in leap years! I think she'd give me a clip round the ear if I tried to palm her off with something like that!

Sean Carter: I am totally confused. On the one hand, I think Valentines is a strange celebration, on the other hand I would feel guilty if I didn't get something.

I'll check out your blog for some ideas. Do have ponchos with love hearts?

Adrian said...

If I knew the answer to this one, I would immediately package it and sell it to the highest bidder!!

GOOD LUCK BUDDY!!

Justin said...

I know a great thing to do during valentines day. Wait, I forgot... the present that I gave to my family ended up in the attic...dang...if it won't work for christmas then it wont work for valentines day...

Richie said...

Adrian & Justin: So, it's not just me. ALL men are stupid when it comes to buying presents!

katherine. said...

um...talk with one of her friends...if you really don't know what to get for her...maybe they will...

Richie said...

Katherine: Welcome to my blog! Thanks for leaving a comment! Good advice! It seems that women are better at giving suggestions to this topic than men...

pravin said...

Bro don't waste your time and money. If that someone special gets upset on valentine's she's not the one for you.... Buy her a bus ticket to timbuktu instead...

Let's clebrate Hate day tomoro....

“Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.”
Niccolo Machiavelli

Followed by Self-Hate day on the 16th...

sunitha said...

The tragic thing is that most people structure their lives and relationships in ways that require proof of emotion. Just have a bright hopeful smile for your partner everyday, rain or shine, that's love.

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