February calls for celebrating love. To honor it the right way, we’ve got something special that you shouldn’t miss. Whether it’s about embracing self-love or cherishing your significant other, parents, or pet – we’ve got two words for you – gifts and prizes. Get inspiration on what to buy for Valentine’s Day, fund your iCard account, make a few contactless payments, and grab the chance to win amazing prizes! All you need is your smartphone. Hop on reading to see what we’ve prepared this time!
The story of Valentine’s Day
We all know about Cupid, the heart-shaped gifts, the roses, and the chocolates. But how did all the sweetness become the symbol of this day? There are many myths around St. Valentine’s and even though nothing about its origin is completely certain, here are the most common beliefs.
The story begins somewhere around the ancient celebrations of Lupercalia. It was a fertility festival where Romans would sacrifice a goat and perform rituals to have a more fertile year. The celebration took place on the 15th of February and St. Valentine’s was a way to “Christianize” Lupercalia.
Another belief in some countries was that the middle of the month was the start of birds’ mating season. It was, in a way, the beginning of the belief that Valentine’s Day was dedicated to love and romance. At the same time, some experts believe that it was Geoffrey Chaucer – best known as “the father of English literature” who was responsible for linking the 14th of February with romantic love in his poems.
The well-known symbol of Valentine’s Day is Cupid. He originates from Greek mythology and is often portrayed as the God of love – Eros, represented as a handsome immortal. The Hellenistic period, however, changed him to the chubby child with arrows we all know today.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world. Many countries enjoy its spirit and the idea of spreading love in all shapes and sizes. After all, there’s always a reason to make someone smile, even yourself, with a little (or not so little) treat.
Get ready with gifts that won’t hurt your wallet
Valentine’s Day means seeing chocolates, wine, and hearts everywhere. We can’t escape the cliches, but let’s be honest – they always work. Yet, if you want to get creative this year or join the non-traditionalist Millennials, we’ve got you covered. Research shows they tend to shift the gift-giving and use the occasion to buy something for their pet or closest friends. The commercialized types of gifts are a “no” for them, too, so hear us out on our exceptional ideas:
- handmade or eco-friendly jewelry – choose something that doesn’t require knowing the right size – a necklace or earring would work best. In addition, it’s a great contribution to small businesses and/or saving the planet;
- an experience – from wine tasting and painting lessons to candle crafting, horse riding, carting, and escape rooms;
- cards with challenges or any board games to make your loved one’s day more exciting;
- a disposable camera and a photo album – to capture all the special moments and collect some memories;
- a vinyl record player – for every music lover.
However, if you’re keen on the most stereotypical gifts, make sure to personalize them with a message that expresses your love. This way you can make them truly special. There are plenty of options. Just hop on and get creative!
Are you already excited to celebrate? Now it’s time to reveal our surprise to get you really motivated. iCard gives you the chance to win a prize while shopping for your loved ones. Don’t miss it!
Celebrate with iCard and win
We know that buying gifts requires a sufficient amount of money in your account. Now, we give you 15 days of free funding of your iCard account with a linked card. And if you use your Visa card, issued by iCard, for at least 5 contactless payments with a phone or a watch between the 8th and the 22nd of February, you get the chance to win PlayStation®5 (Slim) with EA Sports FC 24 or one of five prizes worth 100 euros each.
As simple as it can be, we believe that you’ll make yourself and your beloved ones happy with all the gift ideas and freedom of payments with iCard.
Gift the freedom to choose
If you somehow ran out of time or our ideas weren’t the right fit for you, we have the perfect solution. There’s no better way to show your love than to give the freedom of choice with GiftCard. It’s a prepaid card that can be sent and used all around the world for any type of payment. The best part is you can choose its design on your own, so your gift can never be boring. Here’s what you have to do:
- Go to www.giftcards.eu
- Select “Virtual” or “Plastic” from the menu and choose its design.
- Enter the desired amount in BGN, EUR, or RON.
- Personalize your gift so you make it truly special.
- Fill in the required details and Voilà! The perfect gift is ready!
Anyone who has received a GiftCard can buy whatever they wish for. We’re sure we’ve got you covered with this one!
Enjoy the month of love
We hope you have a great time celebrating! But remember to keep the spirit up and continue spreading love and happiness all year round with iCard’s help.
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