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Didn't you know, roses and chocolates are so last Valentine's day!

People have started a strange trend for Valentine's day, and everyone's going crazy for it.

Keep scrolling to find out more.

 

What really is the meaning behind Valentine's day?

Valentine's day might just be a big corporate scheme, but it doesn't have to be.

It's more than that.

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It's no surprise that card and flower companies exploit Valentine's day for all it's worth, but the day itself happens to have a rich history. Scroll to the end to see the bizarre bouquets people have been getting for their loved ones.

Who is St. Valentine?

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It all started in the third century... With a guy called Claudius the second; he banned his people from getting married because he believed it made his soldiers weeker.

Someone needs a hug.

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One of Claudius' Roman priests - St. Valentine - felt this was out of order, and began marrying the soldiers behind his back.

He did him dirty.

When Claudius found out about St. Valentine's betrayal, he was sentenced to jail. Funnily enough, this is where he met the love of his life. Ironic, right?

This was obviously forbidden.

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The love of his life turned out to be the jailer's daughter, which was obviously forbidden.

Things escalated.

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St. Valentine was sentenced to death. It's what he did before his execution that created the tradition of Valentine's day.

He sent a love letter.

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Signed "your Valentine," just before being executed on February the 14th.

It went on to signify the beginning of spring.

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Nowadays, it's a way for people to express their love and gratitude for the special people in their lives. And a way for big companies to turn the holiday into a big money-making event.

It's crazy how much people spend.

According to the National Retail Federation, people are expected to spend an average of $161 on Valentine's day.

It doesn't just have to be a box of chocolates or a teddy bear.

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Valentine's day has seen many people around the world celebrate the day in wacky and wonderful ways, to show the people they love that they care. Here are just 10 of the best.

Traveling with your partner.

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People have started traveling to different places around the world to share their love of cultures with one another. I have to admit, I'd much rather spend my money on an adventure rather than book a meal in an overcrowded restaurant.

Cupid costume.

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This might not be something you want your partner to do for you, or even wear in the same room as you, but this trend of dressing up as Cupid has become quite popular at Valentine's day parties. If you're not really the romantic type, this could be just the thing you need.

"Quirkyalone Day."

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This is basically a singles awareness day. It has created a space for people who are focusing on loving themselves or people who haven't found the one yet. It's a great idea to create a reason to give yourself the care and love you deserve. Just remember, self-care shouldn't just be for one day. And don't ever worry about being alone on Valentine's day, everyone is at different points in their lives! Treat yourself to a bit of Valentine's day love.

Group date.

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People have started to celebrate Valentine's day in groups with their close friends. There's no rule that you have to spend the day with just your significant other. After all, Valentine's day is all about showing gratitude to all the people you love in your life.

Buying gifts for themselves.

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I don't usually need an excuse to buy myself something, but if St. Valentine wants to give me another reason to buy myself a new handbag, then I'm not complaining. Go ahead and splurge on yourself!

Change the date.

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Changing the date of Valentine's day is a pretty good idea because it allows people to celebrate with their loved ones without being stuck in an overcrowded restaurant. This also lets couples find a day that best suits them.

All girls slumber party.

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It's time to crack open the boxed wine and scour Netflix for the best chick flicks to watch with your besties. This is a cheap and fun-filled alternative to the more traditional V-Day celebrations.

Meaningful gifts.

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Some people think the best way to show you care on Valentine's day is to buy the most expensive gift. But I guarantee if you put the effort into getting something your partner actually wants, you're doing so much better. Even if you don't think its particularly romantic, it shows you've put thought into your gift.

Go for a drive.

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Going for a late-night drive can be romantic, and also gives you a chance to talk to each other without any disruptions. It can be difficult to find the time to spend alone together without life getting in the way, but simple things like going for a drive together can show the other you're making the effort to spend time with them.

Odd bouquet.

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Roses are usually the most gifted things on Valentine's day, but people are taking the classic gift and putting their own spin on it. Keep scrolling to see what people are making.

That's one way to a girl's heart.

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There has been an uprising of people giving bouquets of chicken nuggets to their loved ones.

Well, it's original.

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Nearly all of the Instagram pictures show nuggets on sticks, some accompanied by fries, and some with chocolates included in the bouquet too.

It's a nice gender-neutral gift.

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Who's to say guys can't enjoy a bouquet of roses or a nice box of chocolates. However, if your guy loves his meat, Manly Man Company offers half-pound rose and daisy bouquets made of beef jerky.

For the Veggie in your life.

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If your Valentine isn't a meat fan and the nuggets are a no go, Grillo's Pickles has you covered. Because let's face it, who doesn't like pickles.

These have revolutionized the V-day bouquet.

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The Boston based brand, Grillo's Pickles has created a revolutionary bouquet far more superior to the regular rose.

Why pickles?

“Not only is a pickle bouquet more beautiful than a dozen red roses, and healthier than a standard box of chocolates, it’s also far more creative." Said Travis Grillo, the creator of the pickle bouquet.

They're becoming very popular.

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Edible bouquets seem to be increasing in popularity, and clearly it's not just chicken nuggets or pickles. Basically, any food you can think of can be bouquet-ized. Even pizza is making its way into the bouquet. However, if you aren't ready to get weird with it, people are opting for a more traditional take on this new trend, filling a bouquet with a variety of chocolates, including the well-loved Reece's peanut butter cups.

How do you make the pickle bouquets?

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If you're looking for a DIY gift idea, Grillo's Pickles has outlined a step by step plan of what you'll need to make the delicious gift for your valentine.

What you'll need...

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All you will need is: Pickles A flower vase (foam and tissue paper optional) Savory garnish, such as cherry tomatoes, mini bell peppers, olives etc. Extra dill or greenery, for the final finish. I'd maybe get some soft mints on the side, just in case.