Whether you’re trying to save money or just want to give a special Valentine’s Day gift, here are 11 romantic DIY gifts that will make anyone’s day.
1. Love map
Frame a map of special locations you’ve been together. If you haven’t traveled much, then choose the places you’ve met, married and live. Or create a map of locations you dream of visiting together. Then create a plan to make it happen.
2. Re-label candies and other goodies
Take the label off your favorite drink and replace it with a label that says, “love potion #9.” Do the same with candies, only leaving special love notes, “what I love about you.” Open them together throughout the evening.
3. Make a photo pillow
It’s easier than ever to print on fabric. Go to your craft store and find the material. Choose a favorite photo to print, then make it up into a pillow. Stuff it with a pillow form to make it simple and easy.
4. Personalized framed message
Write a poem and frame it. Give it to your loved one. If you can’ t write a poem, just write something from your heart.
5. Love coupons
Coupon gifts might seem cheesy, but they’re usually a big hit. Make a booklet of redeemable activities. Include some for chores that you don’t usually do. Make a few for you as a couple, and don’t be afraid to turn up the heat.
6. Photo album/scrapbook
Print out some of your favorite photos. Put them in a scrapbook. Maybe write descriptions, not necessarily about the picture, but about why you chose the picture. “I love the way you smile.” “This day was special to me because…” “You made me feel…” You don’t need a lot of special stickers, markers or paper, just use your imagination.
7. A book of pre-planned dates
Make up a bunch of dates for each month ahead. Put the information in an envelope to be opened on the first of each month. For example, in May, you could go enjoy the botanical gardens. In the envelope, include pictures of a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and maybe some silk flowers.
8. Personalized pillowcases
Get some iron-on letters at your local craft store. Take two pillowcases and write the message across, so it starts on one side and finishes on the other. Make sure to get a high thread count for a comfy night’s sleep.
9. A personalized book
Create your own book of “50 Reasons I Love You.” Include pictures, mementos, and poems, anything that is meaningful for you as a couple.
10. Customized wine glasses
Head to your local craft store and get materials to etch on glass. Use your creative skills to design something special to etch on the glass. Buy a bottle of wine to enjoy together.
11. Cook up some goodies
Dip strawberries in melted chocolate. Make a batch of brownies. Using a frosting pen, write little messages on them. Get ambitious and make personalized fortune cookies. Feel free to dip those in chocolate and decorate with Valentine colored sprinkles. Make your favorite dessert in a smaller pan for a couple’s dessert to share. Be creative.
We’d love to hear about your favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. Leave your tips in the comments.