Over the past few decades, Valentine's Day has largely become a consumer-driven holiday (Americans spent $18.9 billion in 2015 on gifts and celebrations for the day, Forbes.com reported), but new evidence suggests that more Americans want to spend less money and more time with their loved ones this year.
With this new sentimental (and cost-effective) outlook in mind, here are seven bygone Valentine's Day traditions that we'd like to see make a comeback. They're all things you can do for free (or practically free), which will help put the emphasis on making memories with your spouse, friends, and family members.
Long before Hallmark and the mass-produced greeting card industry existed, lovers, friends, and family members used to send one another Valentines that were
Before the days of buying cards in bulk, people of all ages used to design and create unique cards from scratch. In the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, lovers spent considerable effort creating something beautiful. "These cards often featured elaborate cutwork lace, ribbons and trimmings, or etchings of birds, butterflies, flowers, and other
Gifting Purse Puzzles
If you really want to go all out with a handmade of expression of your love, take a cue from the Victorians and make a "puzzle purse." These gifts were a series of love letters that were meant to be read
Though it's never been quite as popular in the United States, sending one another pressed white flowers called snowdrops is a tradition among Denmark couples, according to The Huffington Post. The best part? These dried flowers last much longer than fresh ones.
Rather than dropping a
Exchanging Funny Cards
If you're going to give a mass-produced card to your partner or spouse this year, give a card that shows off your sense of
Giving Reusable Chocolate Boxes
One tradition that seems to have disappeared completely is the exchanging of ornate chocolate boxes. Richard Cadbury, the heir of the renowned British chocolate empire, is credited
This year, instead of giving chocolates and candies in cheap, plastic packaging, place your treats in a beautiful box worthy of holding onto forever. Who knows, maybe your box will be a collectable one day, too!
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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