If you're reading this article, it's safe to assume you recently came to the realization that Valentine's Day is looming — er, waiting just around the corner. Some people might have already gotten their shopping over with, and I'm sure it must be nice to sit back and watch the rest of us scramble for last-minute Valentine's Day gifts. The good news is that there's still enough time to order something online, so at least you won't be handing over an assortment of items from the nearest drug store on Feb. 14. The not-so-good news is that at this point, you'll probably have to fork over money for faster shipping, mere weeks after your wallet recovered from the damage inflicted in December.
Although Valentine's Day is associated with romance (and consumerism) these days, it has surprisingly metal origins. According to NPR, the modern holiday might have grown out of Lupercalia, a Roman feast taking place on Feb. 13 to 15. In addition to a cutesy matchmaking lottery, revelers would also sacrifice a goat and a dog. Later, Lupercalia was combined with St. Valentine's Day -- a day honoring the execution by Emperor Claudius II of two martyrs named Valentine -- to overwrite the pagan rituals. Sometime in the Middle Ages, Valentine's Day greetings began appearing. Hundreds of years later, Feb. 14 is known as a day for lavishing your loved ones with candy and wine and/or awkwardly skirting the subject of love if your relationship is new.
With the holiday fast approaching, it's time to whip out your credit card and do some online shopping. Here are 14 gift ideas with overnight shipping.