Valentine's Day is whatever you make it, often literally. So if you want to change it up from a regular store-bought gift, why not try getting crafty?
Here are 14 of the most romantic DIY gifts you could give your Valentine this year.
1. Kisses Jar
No, I don't mean actual kisses, but you can throw either a few Hershey Kisses or slab on some lipstick, kiss some paper, and cut out your kisses. A cute way to show your valentine that you saved a few kisses for them for when you're not around.
2. Mirror Sticky Note Heart
If you happen to live with your valentine or you are able to sneak into their bathroom at some point on Valentine's Day, you can write a few meaningful notes that are either inside jokes, things you love about them, or just cute quotes and stick them on their mirror in the shape of a heart. It's a sweet surprise they won't be expecting when they first enter the bathroom.
3. Make Your Own Bouquet
Take some of your valentine's favorite candy or snacks and make them a custom bouquet. They'll know you were thinking purely of them and their likes as opposed to just getting a regular bouquet of flowers.
4. Cook Them A Heart Shaped Meal
Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, go out and get some heart-shaped cookie cutters and add a romantic twist to a home-cooked meal.
5. Create A Scrapbook
Take some of your favorite photos together and put them all together in a sweet little scrapbook. You can make it valentines-themed if you want, but either way, it'll be a present they can enjoy any day they want.
6. Make Your Own Game
If you and your valentine love to play games together, how special would it be if you made your own game based on the two of you? You can take the concept from games such as "Monopoly," "Uno," or "Cards Against Humanity" and add your own fun twists to make them unique to the two of you.
7. Make A Date Jar
You can add popsicle sticks to an empty jar and color them based on what date you're going to be going on. For example, green sticks could mean dates that require a little more money while yellow can be special date nights at home. Whenever you or your valentine want to have a date night, you can pick a stick from the jar and be surprised for what kind of date you'll have together.
8. Give Them A Custom Coupon Book
Whether they're for a 30-minute back massage coupon or a coupon for them to pick what movie you both watch without any complaints, you'll be giving them a way to have a win from time to time in your everyday relationship. But don't forget to put an expiration date on certain things you don't want looming over your head forever!
9. Make Them A Special Valentine's Day Goody Box
Fill it with whatever you want! Theme or no theme — that's fine. Add a bunch of things you know that they'll like, from candy, cozy socks, food, and more. Have fun with it!
10. Paint Them A Picture
If you happen to be the artistic type, paint or draw them something you know they'd love to frame and put somewhere. Anytime they'll look at it, they'll be thinking of you.
11. Take Them On A Picnic
Grab a blanket, throw some of their favorite munchies into a basket, and head to the park. Don't forget to check the weather before you plan this, though!
12. Make Your Own Mug
Go and get a blank white mug from the dollar store, any kind of stencils you may want, and some paint pens. Decorate it however you want and then bake it in the oven for a little while. Let it cool, wash it, and you've got a customized mug made just for your valentine.
13. "Open When..." Letters
If you happen to be doing the long-distance thing or are about to do it soon, make some letters for them to open when they miss you. You can make one for when they're hungry and throw a gift card to their favorite restaurant in there or make one for when they miss you really bad and put lots of pictures of you both in there. It's the gift that keeps on giving. My boyfriend loved the ones I made him before he went away to school, and he's still taking his time opening them all.
14. Plan a Scavenger Hunt For Them
Last, but not least, if you only got your valentine a gift but you want to make it more fun somehow, send them on a little scavenger hunt throughout the house or even to places special to both of you. Their last spot should lead them to you waiting with their gift.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!
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