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The history of giving love gifts

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Gloves

It was customary for chivalrous gentlemen in England to send a pair of gloves to their true loves. If the woman in question happened to wear these gloves on Sunday, it was a sign of her acceptance to his proposal.

Love spoons

In 17th century Wales, ornately carved spoons, known as love spoons, were made by a suitor to show his affection towards his “true love”. Made from a single piece of wood, their decorative carvings delivered various meanings. An anchor meant “I desire to settle down”. An intricate vine mean “love grows”.

Chocolate

During the 1900’s, men would often go out of their way to bring their young ladies a gift of chocolate. Chocolate was a symbol of love, and cost him a great deal of his wages.

The history of giving love gifts

Venison and a Blanket

In Ancient Cherokee Indian Culture it was customary for the man to bring his “true love” gifts of venison and a blanket. Food and a warm bed…symbols of his ability to support her.

Flowers

Giving flowers, according to some accounts, dates back to the 1700’s, when Charles II of Sweden introduced the Persian custom of “giving flowers” to the nations of Europe. Books about the meanings of particular flowers were written, and in fact, entire conversations could be carried out using only a gift of flowers. Having said that, some believe that the history of offering flowers can be traced back to Ancient Greece. In fact, the Greeks are well known to offer flowers and wreaths to their various gods and to shower their victorious generals with laurels and bouquets.