Many people send Valentine’s Day cards, gifts or text messages to their partner or somebody for whom they have romantic feelings. Cards and gifts are traditionally sent anonymously in the UK, even if they are from a partner or spouse. Popular Valentine’s Day gifts include:
- Chocolates and other types of candy.
- Red roses or bunches of flowers.
- Champagne or other sparkling wines.
- Lingerie or other clothing.
- Electronic gadgets or accessories, including USB sticks and skins for laptops, net books and mobile phones.
- A surprise meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel.
- A short break in the United Kingdom or abroad.
Children, parents and other relatives send exchange Valentine’s Day cards in some families. Groups of female friends may also send each other Valentine’s Day cards. However, these customs are less common in the United Kingdom than in some other countries.
Many couples try to eat a special meal with each other. They may do this in a restaurant, hotel room or at home. Some opt for food and drink with a romantic feel, such as oysters, chocolate fondue, strawberries and champagne. Others choose less formal, but easily prepared dishes.