Valentine's Day Gift Ideas 1

Some historians believe that our modern celebration of Valentine’s Day originally was tied to a pagan Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was held annually in mid-February.  During the festival, men would run through the city swinging freshly skinned animal hides and women would line up to be struck by the hides in the belief that it would ensure their fertility. And, they wonder what happened to romance…

No, Hallmark did not invent the holiday, but it has done a good job capitalizing on it. And, given a choice between the old traditions and the new, prudence suggests that our modern practice of gift giving may be the wiser one.

Lisa Rieves provides Vinings residents a uniquely local way to mark the occasion and celebrate the amorous day.  ‘The Front Porch’ antique and gift boutique occupies The Vest House, a historic antebellum residence dating back to 1828. It is located at the crossroads of Paces Ferry Road and Paces Mill next door to the Old Vinings Inn.

The Front Porch offers an eclectic variety of gifts from predominantly local sources as well as some captured from the famed Round Top antique market in Texas. All items sport a sophisticated southern flair.  From local jewelry and art to accent lighting made from shotgun shells, you can find a unique gift for your southern sweetheart in this quaint little shop. Visiting is a treat unto itself, and patrons take a sentimental step into the past, as described by the motto painted on the building’s stoop: “Every so often, go where you can hear a screen door slam shut.”

My plan this Valentine’s Day is to spend some quiet, reflective time with my bride sitting on our own front porch. Like most guys, I am hoping that my presence suffices for my present. But, just in case I misjudge, I am also planning to have a gift for her from ‘The Front Porch.’ Otherwise, the spirit of the Lupercalia festival may raise its ugly head, and this time it may be me that gets slapped around by some kind of animal skin…