Gnomes are particularly popular during Christmas because of their resemblance to Santa’s elves, but should we swap out roses for gnomes instead on Valentine’s Day? This may sound odd, but it might be time to change the typical roses and chocolates for something more unique.
In the USA billions of dollars are spent on this festivity, but it is said that the celebrations are growing out of touch. A solution to this would be getting an unconventional gift such as a gnome which can either be made by hand or bought online. Whether it is for someone who loves gardening or a child, gnomes are popular creatures with a wholesome aesthetic that often bring a smile to people’s faces. Buying a matching set of gnomes can be a special way to connect with your loved ones. Below are a few that you can buy:
Plush Decoration Valentine’s Day Gnomes
These two Valentine’s Day gnomes make a very cute couple and would like great in your house around your sofa or placed on a shelf. They are red and grey and are handmade with soft material that will comforting to touch. I really like the design here and think that they would look amazing surrounded by other soft ornaments.
Clay Valentine’s Day Gnomes
I love the design here and the use of clay really makes them look different so they would be great to use either indoors or outdoors. I really like how they have used purple here rather than the obvious red which is used on most Valentine’s Day gnome products. They are handmade with polymer clay and 4.5 inches tall so can fit in pretty much anywhere.
How to make a Valentine’s Gnome
If you have time to make a more personalized gift for your loved ones, then you should consider making gnomes out of clay! It is much easier than one would think. All you need to do is buy some air-dry clay and mold your gnome to the dimensions you want. Follow the instructions on the packaging and then paint over with a red/ pink heart theme as they represent love and passion. Below is an in-depth tutorial explaining all the steps visually:
If you want to make a stuffed gnome to keep indoors, then check out the link below for a follow-along tutorial:
What is the real story of Valentine’s Day?
The origins of Valentine’s Day are very disputed, but the most common explanations are narrowed down to the festival of Lupercalia and the martyr of St. Valentine. Lupercalia was a pagan fertility festival in Rome. Ancient Romans would party and purify themselves through rituals. Every year on February 15th a male and a female were paired up as partners and many ended up marrying each other. To Christianize the event, it was replaced by Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius I.
Others debate that the day comes from Christian martyrs that were killed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. The emperor struggled to recruit young soldiers because they did not want to leave their loved ones. Claudius banned any further marriage or engagement in Rome to encourage more people to join the army. However, during this time St. Valentine secretly married young people until he was caught. He was sentenced to death for his treason to the emperor. St. Valentine was beaten and beheaded on February 14 around the year 270 AD.
Centuries later, societies still blindly celebrate this event annually by exchanging candies, flowers, and other gifts between loved ones. It is a special occasion worthy of a special gift, which is why you should get your familiars a gnome. Some say they bring good luck and protection which is something everyone needs and appreciates.