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Robb Report’s Seven Cures for the Common Valentine’s Day Gift

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It is believed that Valentine’s Day has origins in the ancient Roman holiday of Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility through laughter, frolicking, feasting, and animal sacrifice. Since as far back as the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius I replaced this bawdy, jovial occasion with a day named for a Christian martyr called Valentine, significant others and prospective lovers have celebrated their affection on February 14. But too often do Valentine’s Day offerings fall short of adequately expressing the true heights of that affection. This year, the editors at Robb Report have compiled seven suggestions—from extraordinary chocolates and the world’s top Valentine’s Day dinner menus to mouthwatering jewels and an award-winning wristwatch in red—to help reinvigorate the romance of Valentine’s Day with the passion with which it was once celebrated.

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