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The gold miners in Australia who were blushing with new found wealth from the Ballarat mines were willing to pay a princely sum for making elaborate valentines. The merchants in Australia would generally send orders of a thousand pounds at a time to make the Valentines Day grander. The most profligate of valentines were made of a satin cushion and ornately designed with flowers, colored shells, ribbons etc. All this work was kept in a neatly adorned box.

In some countries like Austria and Germany there has long been a tradition for men to buy their sweethearts flowers on Valentine's Day. An interesting facet of this tradition is that men have to pay attention to the type of flowers their sweet hearts like- both in terms of color and fragrance. In Germany it has become a kind of must for the lovers, husbands or people who are courting, to give gifts and flowers to their loved ones on Valentines Day.

It adds romance and excitement to the occasion. Here various gifts in the shape of love symbols would be given with romantic love messages written all over. On the occasion of the Valentines Day the husbands give presents of chocolates and roses to their wives. Even the certificates of baptism and marriage were thought to be given as Valentines Day gifts but these were more likely to be decorative and pictorial. These would be accompanied by love messages and romantic verses.