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7 Meaningful Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Written by Annika Caldwell

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Posted on January 27 2019

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. There is always so much pressure to find the perfect gift to show our love and affection to that special person in our life. We have some fresh ideas for unique gifts that your Valentine will cherish beyond Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day in Scandinavia and Nordic Countries: a Special Day for Friends too

Before we reveal our handpicked list we wanted to share some fun facts about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Nordic countries.

Finland

Ystävänpäivä is the Finnish name for St. Valentine's Day. It literally means "Friend's Day" and the focus is on celebrating friendship. On this day small gifts and cards are given to your friends, well, pretty much to everyone. So, if you are single, Finland is your place to be on the 14th of February as you don't need a romantic partner to celebrate it with. In Finland you get to spread the love to all your friends, family and loved ones!

Sweden

In Sweden too, Valentine's Day is bit more of a family affair than it is to shower your special sweet heart with chocolates, teddy bears and flowers. Valentine's Day in Sweden is called Alla Hjärtans Dag and it literally translates into "All Hearts Day". How sweet is that to have a day to show your love and appreciation of another beyond romantic partners! Swedish couples do celebrate Valentine's Day over nice meals, live music, lots of roses and they also exchange small gifts.

Denmark

Snowdrops and gaekkebrev are part of Valentine's Day traditions in Denmark. White flowers (snowdrops) are given to sweethearts and friends as well. Gaekkebrev is a romantic poem or love note signed with dots making the recipients guess who it is from!

Iceland

Valentine's Day in Iceland is a pretty simple affair and not really celebrated there. Iceland's way of celebrating love is done on Konudagur ("Woman's Day") and Bóndadagur ("Husband's Day"). These two days are linked to the old Norse calendar and this year Konudagur (always on a Sunday) is celebrated on the 18th of February and Bóndadagur (always on a Friday) takes place somewhere from the 19th till the 25th of January. During these two days spouses pamper each other!

Norway

Like in Sweden, Valentine's Day in Norway is alle hjerters dag to show feelings of love, affection and friendship. In recent years it has turned into a celebration of love and romance like it is in the English speaking cultures. It includes gifts, love letters and cards. But according to a survey done in 2015, over 70% of the respondents felt "Valentine's Day" was not that important. So, if you "forgot" the Valentine's Day, you are not alone!

So, What to Get Your Loved Ones on Valentine's Day?

Here are our picks and why we think they make a great Valentine's, Ystävänpäivä, Alla Hjärtans Dag, Konudagur, Bóndadagur gift:

1. Love is All You Need: Moomin "Love" Mug

Writer and artist Tove Jansson’s Moomin characters and stories center around love and friendship. The Moomin philosophy is rooted in the core values of love and friendship. Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson said: “The Moomin stories are essentially about the things that are the most important to anyone living anywhere – things like love, tolerance, respect, being part of a family and belonging."

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2. Art That Celebrates Everlasting Bonds

These pieces of art reflect the spirit of Valentine's Day in their own unique way.

Teemu Järvi Illustrations: Swan

Share a symbol of love, loyalty and dedication to your mate - swan style! Swans are among the most faithful creatures in the animal kingdom when it comes to mating. With few exceptions, swans mate for life. Few images are so storied as that of intertwined swan necks in the shape of a heart. All over the world it is recognized as a the universal symbol of love!

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Iittala Birds by Toikka: Owls

Share the wisdom of the owls with your mate through the elegant Birds by Toikka glass owls. Like swans, barn owls, mate for life. The male build their nest and keeps his partner supplied with food while she raises their young. Show your love and appreciation for your "wise one" with one of these unique figurines.

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Teemu Järvi Illustrations: Wolf

Reward your "pack leader" with the majestic Wolf art print by Teemu Järvi! Wolves may be among the most misunderstood carnivores in the forest. They are often thought of as malicious and cunning hunters and are portrayed as tricksters or con artists in popular folklore. The truth is that wolves have a family life that can be characterized as more loyal and pious than most human relationships. Wolves are family-oriented creatures dwelling in packs consisting of a a male, a female and their offspring, similar to the "nuclear family".

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3. Celebrate Strength, Love and Wisdom: Kalevala Jewelry "Seed of Strength" Necklace & Earring Set

You can never go wrong with handmade jewelry and sharing Kalevala Jewelry's environmentally friendly jewelry is a double win! Every piece from Kalevala Jewelry is unique and has a story to tell.

Designer Elina Makkonen writes "Strong will is like a small seed that grows into something great. When nurtured with warmth, love and wisdom, even the poorest of soils can grow a seed that can reach soaring heights. It reminds us of the force of nature hidden in a very small seed." The Seed of Strength collection pieces are the perfect gift for the woman in your life who brings her strength, love and wisdom to your relationship.

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4. Add a Little "Sisu" to Your Valentine's Day: Aarikka Pohjanpässi (Ram)

In classic Finnish culture, the ram or “pässi” symbolizes Finnish grit, or “sisu”. Kaija Aarikka captures the perseverance of the ram through her joyful and stylish collection of “Pässi” products. The small "Pohjanpässi" is part of Kaija Aarikka’s series of Pässi collection. The Pässi is a valued gift, and its unique design remains timeless decade after decade. The wooden ram is hand-crafted from natural materials in Finland. Eco-friendliness and sustainability are of the utmost importance to Aarikka. Sometimes we all need to add a little “Sisu” to our relationships! Maybe Aarikka’s “Pässi” is just what you need this Valentine's Day?

You can find Pohjanpässi here >

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5. Express Your Love with Timeless Beauty: Aino Aalto Glassware

If your Valentine is inspired by more practical gifts, consider gifting award-winning Aino Aalto tumblers debuted in 1932. Aino's drinkware has become a timeless classic of Finnish design. Designed to replicate ripples in the water, the Finnish lead-free glassware is space saving, stackable and versatile. It is also dishwasher safe and ideal for everyday. This year Aino Aalto tumblers are also available in beautiful sea blue color inspired by the Arctic Sea. Functional and classic yet beautiful to look at, these tumblers will say "I love you" for a lifetime!

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6. You Have My Heart Forever: Lovi "Heart"

Lovi's “Heart” is made from Finnish birchwood and we love the fact that all Lovi designs are eco-friendly and the materials are certified by the Program for the Endorsement of the Forest Certification (PEFC) to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer. Since 2009 Lovi has planted over 40,000 trees. You can feel good about these little hearts! You can also easily mail these hearts as they come in a letter-like-package ready to mail. Give your heart away today!

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7. Let's Nest Together: Kauniste Cushion Covers

Set the stage for some romantic snuggle time this Valentine's Day with Kauniste’s Woodlands pattern cushion covers! Maybe a bit of an unconventional suggestion as a Valentine's Day gift but its actually a practical one if you are ready to take your relationship to the next level. Show your desire to nest together with these eco-cute nature inspired Woodlands Cushion Covers designed by Laura Carlin. With two colors to choose from, you are sure to please your snuggle bunny!

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There is a Story Behind Every Design at NØRDIK!

Tell us how you plan to celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends and loved ones.

Happy Valentine's Day and Friend's Day from NØRDIK!

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