14 February Russian and Ukrainian women will be celebrating St. Valentine Day with the rest of the world as the day of love and lovers.

The most romantic holiday of the year became known in the USSR back in early 1990’s. I remember my trip to South Korea in February 1993, where lovers and married couples were giving chocolates to each other on this day, which was not a custom back in Russia at the time, although we did know about 14 February being the day of “everyone who was in love”.

St. Valentine Day in Russia and Ukraine

Today Saint st-valentine-russia-ukraineValentine’s Day in Russia and Ukraine is quite commercial, with greeting cards, red roses, and heart-shaped souvenirs sold in large quantities in stores. Shop windows are decorated with red hearts and flowers.

Males and females exchange special Valentine’s greeting cards, usually with a handwritten individual message inside. Young people enjoy it the most: 80% of people aged 18-24 celebrate this day. Kids at schools already give greeting cards to each other, using this occasion to express their secret admiration.

A man will usually give his sweetheart red roses and a box of chocolates, and maybe some romantic gift. Heart-shaped jewellery or red-coloured scarves, shoes, clothes, and lingerie are popular. Night clubs host themed parties for singles and couples alike, restaurants offer special dinners for two.

Except for teddy bears and soft toys, which don’t score too high with Russians and Ukrainians, celebrations are very much alike.

Gift ideas for women

st-valentine-2015-giftsBeing a romantic celebration, any gifts of sentimental nature will be very well received. Anything heart-shaped or red is a great present, best if it’s made with your own hands.

If the present cannot be delivered to Russia or Ukraine, or you are running late with trying to organize something, simply put together a present and email her a photo. Pictures are popular with Russian and Ukrainian women, who love taking photos just as much as looking at other people’s images. If you email her a picture, she can have it on her phone at all times!

Examples of heart-shaped St. Valentine’s gifts:

  • Sea shells or buttons, glued inside a picture frame
  • Multicoloured breakfast cereal rings glued on paper
  • Rose petals arranged on a table
  • Pillow
  • Painting in red nail polish on any hard surface (i.e. cup, mug, plate, cutting board etc)

These things can be purchased from 99-cent or craft supplies stores, or handmade. If you are not sending it to your darling by mail, simply make a souvenir and email her a picture.

2015-st-valentine-russia-ukraine-1Other romantic gifts:

  • Picture of you and her together in a cute frame (real or edited in Photoshop; for example, a picture of celebrities can be used and their faces replaced with yours)
  • Video or audio of you singing a song for her
  • Her name in rose petals, sea shells, flowers etc
  • Painting of her made by you or a street artist (from her photo)
  • Hand-made necklace or bracelet

Non-physical presents:

  • Original poem or verse
  • St Valentine story with you two as heroes, maybe future-based (1-3 years from now)
  • Unique greeting telling how much she means for you
  • Elaborate computer graphics incorporating your names, photos etc
  • Ebook
  • Voucher to an online store delivering to Russia or Ukraine

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David Brunner
David Brunner

Elena, can I make a request? I am a man of 42 years old. I would be happy to date really young beautiful women. But in all likelihood, most would not be attracted to me. Please post pics of women who are… more “attainable”. It actually enhances the value of your site. The “other” sites all have models. But most women at your site are not. We would like to see those women. Most of us don’t have a chance at Karina, Anna, Sveta, Oksana, etc. But Olga Kuznetsova, is more in line with the kind of lady we will… Read more »

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson

I am not sure that I fit into the age range that a Russian woman is looking for. At 50 all I can do is hope. I have always heard positive things about these women and would just like to find a true soul mate for the rest of our lives.


Maybe its only me but I’d rather do all of these some other time than Valentine’s day. It’s so cliche to get some chocolate and red roses, hand over gifts or whatsoever just because its 14 of February. I’d cherish every moment spent alongside my soul mate. Not just one day, everyday. I’d do thinks when she expects the least… Valentine’s day is when she will expect the most 😉 If you catch my drill.


I want to inform everyone that these days, sending a gift or a card to Ukraine may take some extra time. I sent over my gift for Orthodox Christmas and it only arrived on the 19th of January. But it DID arrive! Just more then a week too late.
This time i have taken some extra time in advance to post my V-card. I hope this time it will be just in time for Valantine’s day! 😉


From women’s side of view, I can say that flowers and/or a romantic dinner (preferably cooked by man’s hands 😉 ) are among the best ideas for a Valentine’s day gift. If a distance separates you from the one you love, sending a card would be great. In any case, the most important thing on this day is to express feelings sincerely!


It says that St. Valentine day is the best opportunity to tell, «I love you». However, it is very difficult to dare on it. Those who did it are very strong.