With valentines day coming up, you might be looking for a really unique (but affordable!) way to impress someone. Here are some different ideas inspired by ancient Egypt which you can make or buy today! We absolutely guarantee your valentine will not have received any of these before!
Write your partners’ name in hieroglyphs
Difficulty: Super easy
Instructions: Use our translator to transliterate your partner’s name – write this on an envelope, gift tag or in your card to make an ordinary item much more interesting!
Egyptian pharaohs wrote their names in a cartouche – you might want to do this too – learn more here!
Make a Hieroglyphic card
Difficulty: Quite easy
Instructions: Instead of just writing the name, you could make or write your entire card in hieroglyphs! Not much good at drawing? Print this page, and trace the hieroglyphs from below.
Here’s some useful words you might want to use :
|Beautiful / Happy||Nefer|
|Eternity / Forever||Djet|
Fineliner with superfine and metal-clad tip
Dry Safe - can be left uncapped for days without drying up
Washes out of many textiles
Water based ink
Line width approximately 0.3 mm
Everything you need to make 16 Cards for all Occasions, including birthdays
Personalise your cards using the coloured cards, wire, gold stars & gel pen and create great designs
Great instructions to get perfect results every time
Includes pre cut & folded cards, papers, envelopes and star sequins
Learn the art of decorative card making
Make a papyrus!
Instructions: first get yourself some papyrus (cheap links below – yes, its genuine papyrus!) We absolutely guarantee your valentine will have never received a papyrus!
With papyrus in hand, you could either write a message or (if you’re feeling creative) why not go for an Egyptian style artwork? Many original papyri have colorful drawings with hieroglyphs used for names or important messages, which make clear the events shown in the picture. The pictures will give you some ideas for style an layout! It was common to show the couple seated, perhaps enjoying an activity or family time, with brief messages or names in hieroglyphs worked into the image.
High quality scroll made from real premium papyrus 100 x 30 cm according to ancient original models of the Romans, Greek and Egyptians.
2 wooden rods made from durable beech wood, non-dyed, just natural wood.
How about some Historical (but affordable) Jewelry?
The ancient Egyptians certainly appreciated the finer things in life – jewelry was as for them then as it is for us today! For the rich, there was gold, silver and precious stones – Some of the more prized and favored stones were lapis lazuli, turquoise, garnet, carnelian, obsidian and rock crystal. Ordinary people went for imitation stones and copper based items. A popular material, faience, was made of ground quartz mixed with a colorant that was heated and molded to imitate more expensive natural stones.
Popular among all classes were amulets, which were often incorporated into Egyptian jewelry or worn as independent pieces. Amulets are charms or talismans believed to either protect the wearer or infuse him or her with power, protection, luck and so on. Egyptian amulets were carved into various forms and shapes, such as animals, humans, gods and symbols. The amulets were equally important protectors of the living as they were armor of the dead.
The scarab beetle was a universal sign of good luck – it was belied to convey courage and the protection of the gods. Giving small scarab beetles, often made of faience were frequently given as gifts. Some were even inscribed with messages or images of deities and given for special occasions, such as a marriage or pregnancy.
Beginning in the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, memorialising scarabs became common.
They were often incorporated into tombs, as grave goods, or given as gifts.
The Scarab was sacred to all Egyptian Sun Gods, the scarab amulet provided the wearer with both the protection of the sun and its' creative life-force.
Size 30 x 20mm / 1 1/4" x 1"
The ankh symbolised life – the ankh, when used as a hieroglyph literally meant “life”. The popularity of the ankh in ancient Egyptian life is evident in the numerous and varied types of everyday objects which were shaped in the form of the ankh. In Tutankhamun’s tomb, a gilded mirror case was found in the shape of the ankh, many of the gods were pictured holding and ankh and they were certainly popular gifts to give!
The Ankh is probably the most well known ancient Egyptian amulet and is found in many tombs and sarcophagi and illuminations.
This Ankh amulet is beautifully detailed and finished in gold and silver, set with a lovely blue crystal.
Jewels of Atum-Ra
Bast, the cat goddess was associated with health, happiness and love. Cats were highly respected in ancient egypt – not least because they were incredibly useful for controlling mice, rats and even snakes! Because domestic cats tend to be tender and protective of their offspring, Bastet was also regarded as a good mother, and she was sometimes depicted with numerous kittens. Consequently, a woman who wanted children sometimes wore an amulet showing the goddess with kittens, the number of which indicated her own desired number of children.
Figures of cats were offered to the sun goddess Bast at her temple at Bubastis to receive her blessings as mistress of music, dance, pleasure and love.
Jewels of Atum-Ra
Something a little more modern?
Ancient Egypt-inspired bracelet features 16 handcrafted charms incorporating authentic Egyptian symbolism, including The Eye of Horus, the Face of Nefertiti, and the Winged Isis
Fit for a Queen! Each charm on this opulent women's bracelet features 18-carat gold-plating, making you feel like a queen whenever you wear it
Genuine Swarovski crystals add more sparkle and elegance to the already luxurious charms on this bracelet
Vibrant enamel inlays recall the colourful splendour of the Pharaonic Age and bring each charm to life in a burst of colour
Bracelet is adjustable up to 9.055 inches (23 cm) in length
Beer and Wine!
Difficulty: Painting and decorating, medium – drinking, very easy.
The ancient Egyptians were HUGE beer and wine fans – they got through loads of the stuff, so that there were even festivals entirely devoted to getting so drunk one
passed out… The ancient Egyptians made and consumed red and white wine (irep) Throughout Egypt there are many tomb paintings illustrating the gathering and pressing of grapes and making them into wine.
The Egyptians usually stored and served their wine from vessels known as Amphorae. Amphorae vessels were frequently inscribed on the shoulder or have stamps or mud seals. Often the inscription would have the King’s name, the particular variety of wine, its vineyard, the vintner and the and the wine’s owner. For a unique gift you can buy and decorate you own Amphora!
Popular scenes involved couples drinking, armies heading off to war or animal motifs – but you can add anything you like – find the hieroglyphs for beer and wine in the table above.
Ideal for purifying water at work, or at home. Pets and plants love this fresh water too. Removes the chemical taste of tap water. The porous body of the pot attracts toxins in the water and draws them through the body of the pot into the basin below. Drink the purified water from inside the pot.
The circular egg-like shape of the pot allows the water to move in curves and spirals. This is how water moves and is purified in nature. Allowing water to move in this way encourages smaller molecule cluster sizes, and this action makes the water from this pot seem more hydrating than tap water - which has been delivered along straight runs of piping.
You will notice when you drink water which has been conditioned in this pot, that it spreads more over the mouth than tap water, giving a fresher feel to the mouth and a more refreshing effect - probably the effect of smaller clusters of water molecules.
The water is cooled due to the evapouration across the body of the pot, working like a mini-refrigerator. The hotter and drier the weather, the more the pot cools the water compared to the surrounding air temperature.
Comes with cork bung, to prevent insect and dust getting into your drinking water. Easy to use, no expensive replacement filters and economical. A pot, if properly cared for can last for years. Fits on top of the kitchen work surface.
Size:16.5 x 0.1 cm/6.49 x 0.04 inch
These metallic marker pens are ideal for scrapbook and craft card making
Works on virtually any surface- metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone and more
Have a good effect in all kinds of color paper
Pack of 10 markers of different colors
How about some alternative flowers?
While many people today think of Egypt primarily as a dry, its important to remember that the vast majority of Egyptian settlements in antiquity (As today) are located along the Nile river, in a band of rich soil and diverse flora and fauna. The Egyptians were, in fact, big flower givers, using them for all the same occasions as today, birthdays, weddings, funerals, and as a token of love an affection. This year, why not skip the roses, and go for something with an interesting back-story? At festivals, women frequently adorned their hair with lotus flowers and on some special occasions, men did as well.
Hows that for different? For the Egyptians, water lillies had particular significance – they open in the morning and close again at night. This was probably the reason that the ancient Egyptians saw in them an image of rebirth and regeneration, important concepts in their religion. It was incredibly popular to give water lillies, with some of the first every bouquets being made of papyrus and lilies! There was even a yearly “feast of the lotus” – During this feast, every one was supposed to hold a silver pot, shaped like a lotus with a burning candle in its middle. Then, everyone was supposed to head for the Nile, with the pot in his hand and an overwhelming dream in his heart. According to the old myth, it was believed that if the burning candle continued floating on the surface of water, the dream would come true.
Go for a water lilly for something totally different
Fresh - Picked on the day
1 x Pot luck lilly ( Random colour )
Posted. Mon - Thur to avoid issues
Naturally grown no lights or nutrients added
Or get the silver pot, and have your own dream ceremony..
Professional holder for subuliform incense or incense coil.
Hand-carved polished Metal Lotus Flower Incense Burner, Special Design and last forever.
Dimension, S:3.1'' x 2.7''; L: 4.5'' x 4.1''.
Durable and easily cleaned, a beautiful decoration at home.
Great eastern enlightment piece, makes a perfect gift for any holiday or occasion