DIY Valentine's Day Gifts
Valentine’s Day is all about showing someone how much you care about them. Sure, you can buy something for your sweetheart, but when it comes to making them feel special, nothing succeeds like a gift you’ve made yourself. Unlike an item you can just pick off a shelf, a homemade gift takes a fair amount of time and a bit of thought. That means your sweetheart will be impressed and feel super special…which is the whole point. So this Valentine’s Day, spare your other half the cliché box of chocolates. Instead, prove that you care by making one of these pretty simple, but totally adorable gifts.
Take a chill pill, Valentine! Let your sweetheart know that it’s okay to relax. While candles, soaps, body scrubs, and bath melts sound difficult to make, they pose no more of a challenge than baking a cake. Just find a recipe you like and get to it! To make it more romantic, try gifting your bath time goods in repurposed mason jars (or other glass containers) that are tied with thick, silken ribbons.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Roses are red, violets are blue, homemade perfume is really easy to do! Okay, yeah, lame rhyme, but, it is actually pretty easy to make. Similar to bath scrubs, a recipe for perfume can be easily found and tailored around your Valentine. Plus, you can choose from a plethora of different essential oils, so the scent will be completely unique, just like they are.
52 Card Pickup
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Transform a deck of cards into a flip-book of all the things you love most about your mate. Enlist the help of Mod Podge or the like to adhere your 52 things to the face side of the cards and fashion holes through the deck. Then, using metal rings, ribbons, or string, tie the cards together for a sweet, romantic Valentine’s Day gift.
A Good Call
Don’t let your communication fall apart! Instead, protect it with a sweet, personalized case for their phone or tablet. If you plan to start from scratch, take your time to pick out durable, pretty fabrics to protect their gadgets. Or, if you’re looking for something more permanent, find a solid colored plastic cover and personalize it with paint markers or an image that you’ve sealed with Mod Podge (and maybe a kiss too).
There’s a fine line between being ridiculous and being romantic that becomes a little blurry in regards to crafting a Valentine’s Day pillow. But the sweet thing about this project is that you’re putting a personal touch on something that they’ll use – maybe even every night. If you’re not really into embellishing with ribbons and appliqués, take a stab at screen printing onto some pillow cases. It’s pretty easy to make your own screen out of items around the house and you have all the liberty in the world to personalize.
Of the Month Club
Keep the romance alive with this gift – hands down, one of the cutest, sweetest Valentine’s Day ideas. Take twelve envelopes and label each with a month of the year. Inside, place date ideas, gift cards to restaurants, tickets to shows, etc. That way, for the next year, you’ve got a hot date at lined up once a month. It seems like a silly gift, but taking all that time to plan things out that far in advance is just about as romantic as it gets.
Just Their Cup of Tea
…Or coffee. Help them enjoy their morning mug even more by being there with them. Using some felt, thread, and a little creativity, a coffee cup sleeve easily takes shape. To let them know you love them a latte (sorry, had to), be sure to add a cute, personal touch, such as a simple felt heart, that can be sewn onto the base.
One For the Books
You may be able to judge these books by their cover. If your love is an avid reader, find bargain books that you can make original by creating your own jackets for them. Look for books of love poems, classic romances, or fairy tales and remember: the older the better, since you’ll be giving them quite the facelift. For wrapping, write famous words of love (or your own) on silken ribbons that match your finished masterpieces.
About the Author:
Katie Straw is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.