Every year on February 14, people pass out Valentine's Day gifts that represent the special affection held for loved ones and friends. There are a few ways to make sure the gift chosen is thoughtful.

Valentine's Day has been around since the fifth century, but its roots go even further back to an ancient Roman holiday called Lupercalia, notes National Geographic. While early Roman celebrations were held on February 15 and were pagan rituals thought to increase fertility, modern Valentine's rituals include cards and gifts. These cards and gifts are carefully chosen to represent the relationship between the giver and the recipient. Honoring the relationship, whether it is romantic, friendship or familial, is the key to choosing a thoughtful gift for this winter holiday.

Hobby-themed Gifts
Choosing a themed gift based on something the recipient likes, such as a hobby or favorite activity, shows that time has gone into understanding that person's values. Gifts related to a favorite hobby tend to be valued more highly by the hobbyist, as noted by HobbyGiri. As an example, if the recipient is a golfer who has been talking about getting new tees or a new golf glove for ages, offering one of those items as a gift shows a high level of thoughtfulness.

This approach is easily applied to any hobby. The key is listening to the recipient when the hobby is mentioned. If the recipient hasn't discussed any specific hobby-related needs, another approach is researching common needs for the hobby in questions. For another example, if the recipient is a sewing enthusiast, items like sewing scissors are always useful. Taking the time to understand the hobby helps strengthen the connection between the giver and recipient.

Gifts Related to Mutual Interests
Choosing a gift based on something the person and giver enjoy doing together makes the gift a memento that reminds the recipient of the giver each time it is used. Some examples include a walking stick or compass for couples who enjoy hiking. Fishing gear is a thoughtful gift for couples who enjoy spending an afternoon together at the lake or river's edge angling for bass or trout. One big advantage of using a mutual interest as a basis for gift giving is the giver's familiarity with the needs associated with that hobby. Using the fishing example, if the giver knows the other person has been struggling with a reel that catches when casting, a new reel is an idea for a gift. A thoughtful gift that reflects a connection with the recipient is a truly special thing even if it is not the type of romantic gift typically associated with Valentine's Day.

Traditional Valentine's Day Gifts
Cards and candy are traditionally two of the top Valentine's Day gifts. Cards are available to honor almost any type of relationship, from a significant other to friends to family members. There are even cards designed to give to someone from the dog. Another idea is to give something personal and handcrafted. Make a special card or prepare an example of a favorite crafting pastime, like candle making, woodcraft or sewing a keepsake gift, to give on Valentine's Day.