Ahhhh… l’amour. February means love is in the air. Or not. To be fair, I always say I have a Valentine, even if he is furry, has paws and might be a feline. Okay, he is a feline but he is still my Valentine! Max is not fussy, which makes him a great Valentine, but he also steals my credit card to buy me a gift since he’s a bum cat without a job. Yup, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 Of course, whether your sweetheart is a feline or human, you can still give high-impact and low-cost homemade Valentine’s Day gifts without breaking your piggy bank (or stealing your sweetheart’s credit card).
To Spend Or Not To Spend, That Is The Question
Valentine’s Day has become a very expensive, commercial holiday. This can put intense pressure on every gift-giver. I don’t feel it needs to be that way. I have no issue whether you spend very little or a lot, just always spend within your means AND in relation to how much this holiday means to you. For some, it is a big deal and for others it is not. Be honest with your sweetheart and make sure you find a compromise if it means more or less to them.
While I won’t deny a love of sparkly things, I have become a recent convert of DIY gifts. In fact, some of the best gifts I’ve given have been made with my own two hands. Too often we value a gift by its price tag versus the intent, knowledge and effort behind it.
15 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts that Your Sweetheart Will Cherish
All you need is a little ingenuity and time to make some high-impact, low-cost homemade Valentine’s Day gifts. I scouted out some great gifts that your Valentine will love.
1. 7 Days of Love
This is so adorable. You take a pill box and fill it with some of his/her favorite candies and love notes. You decide whether the notes and candies are hot or sweet!
Get all the details from The Dating Divas.
2. Love Notes Pillow
Such a cute and fun idea. Place secret love notes behind the heart to make your sweetheart swoon and hit a grand slam with this homemade Valentine’s Day gift.
You can get the tutorial at It Happens in a Blink.
3. Valentine’s Day Treat Bags
This is a great gift bag for homemade candies or treats for co-workers, friends and kids.
Get the tutorial at Satori Designs for Living.
4. Lipstick Art
I love this. It’s chic and a little sexy. Grab your favorite lipstick(s) and start smooching.
Get instructions on A Beautiful Mess.
5. Comics Coasters
Does your sweetheart love comics? Then these fun coasters are right about their alley. Bonus benefit is that they will likely never forget to use a coaster from here on out.
You can find instructions at Mod Podge Rocks.
6. Open When Envelopes
This is such a sweet idea. You create a bunch of envelopes with notes/gifts to be opened at specific times, such as when you’re feeling sad or on your birthday. You can easily adjust the open when moments to revolve around Valentine’s Day.
For more details and ideas on what to put inside, visit ldr13.
7. Post-It Mirror Heart
Your sweetheart will surely smile when he or she finds this massive heart with love notes waiting for them.
Learn more at Life Lives Here.
8. 12 Months of Dates
A common complaint among married couples or couples in a long-term relationship is that romance or date nights get pushed aside. Well, here’s a fun way to bring it back.
Get instructions and free printables at Thinking Closet.
9. Coffee Bouquet
This is the perfect gift for a coffee lover who doesn’t like flowers. Just grab their favorite k-cups and glue them to some fabric roses and wrap in tissue.
10. Booze Bouquet
If coffee isn’t their drink of choice, then consider giving them a “drink” bouquet instead. I love how they wrapped the bottles to mimic flowers.
Get the instructions at Celebration Generation.
11. Beer Flowers
Maybe your sweetheart prefers beer over the hard stuff. No problem. You can dress up a six-pack of his favorite craft beer and it will become his favorite bouquet.
Get directions at 30 Minute Crafts.
12. Candle Carved with Initials
A romantic and simple idea. It’s elegant, timeless and uniquely yours.
Get the instructions at Hello Candle.
13. Scavenger Hunt
Another fun idea that can be as steamy or sweet (or both) as you want it to be.
The ladies at The Dating Divas have instructions, printables and basically everything you need to pull this off. (Note: you’ll have to scroll down to find the information. It’s idea #4)
14. Chocolate Fondue
In my heart, I’m a foodie, so I have to share a recipe. Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand and this is a decadent and easy dessert to enjoy together.
Get the recipe at Eat Laugh Purr.
15. Movie Night Gift Basket
This is another gift that you can easily personalize. You can heat things up with a steamy movie or laugh together at your favorite comedy. Just fill a basket with a good movie, some yummy treats and the beverage of your choice.
Real Love is Priceless
To me, Valentine’s Day is meant to be fun versus high pressure and competitive. These homemade Valentine’s Day gifts all fit the bill of being romantic and playful and are a great way to demonstrate your love. And real love has no price tag.
Dr Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” The greatest gift you can give someone is your love, which is not only priceless but also free. The gifts you give on Valentine’s Day, whether homemade or store-bought, expensive or inexpensive, are just the icing to your shared love.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What’s the best gift you’ve received?