Homemade gifts are often considered the most meaningful to their recipients, and it’s no secret why. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your significant other just how much you value their friendship, love and support. These simple and affordable DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas will get just the right reaction this February 14th.
1. 52 Things I Love About You
Have an old deck of cards laying around? Using household items, repurpose it to make this adorable booklet full of reasons you love your friend, family member or lover.
2. Felt Heart Hand Warmers
On what might otherwise be a cold and dreary winter day, Valentine’s Day enthusiasts everywhere are feeling the warmth of a lover’s touch. Extend that warm and loving feeling throughout the winter with these easy-to-make, fragrant felt heart hand warmers.
3. Heart-Shaped Wine Cork Board
For the wine aficionado, you can’t go wrong with this heart-shaped wine cork board, made from old wine corks. You’ll be sure to have lots of fun preparing (i.e. drinking) for this DIY project and maybe your Valentine can even help (unbeknownst to them, of course).
4. Love Coupon Book
Reserved for the lover, this DIY Love Coupon Book from The Dating Divas is the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving. Fill it with coupons for breakfasts in bed, massages, romantic picnics, bubble baths or whatever tickles your (or their) fancy. Print coupon templates from the web or make your own with cardstock.
5. Keyboard Key Art
With so many techies moving from desktops to laptops and handheld devices, landfills receive more electronic waste than ever before. Show your love for the environment and your Valentine with this simple and playful keyboard key art piece. After all, who doesn’t love a good play on words?
6. Valentine Bath Bombs
After a long, hard day at work, nothing spells relaxation like a warm, soothing bubble bath. These charming and aromatic DIY heart-shaped bath bombs will help your Valentine escape the stress of the daily grind.
7. Valentine’s Day Surprise Crackers
Crackers aren’t just for Christmas anymore. Fill these simple Valentine’s Day Surprise Crackers with sweet messages, puzzles, jokes and your Valentine’s favorite candies.
8. Homemade Conversation Hearts
A Valentine’s Day classic, conversation hearts bring back memories of childhood and elementary school. The only thing missing from these little pieces of nostalgia is personalization. Make your own conversation hearts with this recipe from Serious Eats and tailor each piece of candy to its recipient.
9. Personalized Wooden Heart Coasters
Reminiscent of love hearts etched into trees, these initialed wooden heart coasters are the perfect gift for a Valentine who loves all things rustic. String them together with some twine and include a bottle of bubbly and some chocolates and you’re all set for a romantic evening in.
10. Love Map
Every great love story starts somewhere. Show your sweetheart that you’ll never forget how it all began with this beautiful DIY love map. If marriage isn’t yet on the agenda, choose different captions such as “First Met,” “First Kiss” and “First ‘I Love You.’”
About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.