Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do something sweet and creative to show your significant other how much you love and appreciate them. Doing so doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money, though. In fact, the most touching gifts are usually more about personal touches than shocking price tags. Here are some unique gift ideas you can pull off for pennies.
Homemade Valentine’s Coupon Book
A creative and practically free Valentine’s Day gift ideas is to create a coupon book for your romantic and/or domestic partner. This book can be totally constructed by you, using scrapbook paper, markers, or you can even create it on a computer and print it. Really, the design of it is the fun part! Include things like “your favorite homemade dinner,” or “you choose the movie for movie night” among other things as “coupons” that your loved one can cash in whenever they please. They’ll be enjoying this gift for some time to come, and it’s a perfect way for you to show them you know what they like!
Paper flowers are an eco-friendly and cost friendly alternative to regular flowers. The best part of these is that they are longer lasting that real flowers, too! Your partner will appreciate the hard work you put into creating these, and you can get as fancy or stay as basic as you want when making them.
A delicious, homemade baked good is always a winner for Valentine’s Day. Dig into your recipe book or peruse Pinterest for something that you know your partner will love. Not so good in the kitchen? No problem. Even boxed brownies that are simple to make will be appreciated by your significant other. Another simple idea is to make your own chocolate dipped strawberries, which are a Valentine’s Day treat staple.
At Home Movie Night
Sometimes a gift is more about the experience than it is about giving a physical item. Set up an at home movie night, pick something you know they’ll enjoy, and have all the fixings – popcorn and candy – ready to go as a surprise for this holiday treat.
A handmade card is always a memento to treasure. Get creative and create something pretty with a handwritten message inside. This is a cheap gift that doesn’t skimp on meaning.
What I Love About You Book
Take some time to list out some of the top things you love about your significant other and put it into a homemade book. Do this on a deck of cards and bind them together with ribbon or use plain old construction paper. They’ll love reading these tidbits over and over again.
Take some of your favorite snapshots of the two of you and make them into a photo collage, then frame it. Get creative and shape the collage into a heart or another festive shape. You can also adorn the collage with glitter, buttons, stickers, or anything else that your heart desires.
Custom Candy Box
Take a box with a bunch of compartments – like a sewing or craft box – that can be bought on the cheap at your local craft store. In each compartment, put a different type of candy that your significant other loves. You can even create your own “candy box map” like one that comes with a box of chocolates, and instead of listing the type of candy, put a cute note in each spot or something you love about your partner.
Date Night Jar
Fill a jar with notes folded up in them that your partner can pick from the entire next year. Each note can hold a different idea for a date night the two of you can enjoy, like, “wine and cheese night”, or “play mini golf.” You can also follow this same idea but, instead, write different things you love about your partner or favorite memories from the past year on the notes rather than date suggestions.
Use a simple recipe to make a homemade sugar scrub that your partner can use in grooming themselves. Give it a delightful scent so that each time they smell it, they’ll be reminded of this special holiday and the love you share.
There are so many options when it comes to making this holiday one to remember, and none of these ideas require much spending, putting more green in your pocket for date nights throughout the year!
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Do you want to know what’s better than a bouquet of a dozen red roses? How about a bouquet of bacon roses? Or, if you aren’t a meat-eater, a bouquet of hand-crafted origami roses or ones made of duct tape that won’t wither away within a couple of days?
For this Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetheart with something that goes beyond a boring Hallmark card. Like a DIY card with a customized QR code. Or a private Tumblr for you and your valentine to archive old memories and favorite animated GIFs. If you’re feeling really ambitious (and trust your valentine’s sense of direction and problem-solving), try a romantic scavenger hunt.
And if it is too late to make reservations at your favorite restaurant, you can always buy some pizza dough and whip up a heart-shaped pizza. If there is any day to get a little cheesy, it’s Valentine’s Day.
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Why give your sweetheart a paper card when you can make an edible one instead?
This Valentine's Day, instead of going to the store to buy a card that will inevitably end up in the trash, try your hand at a card that will end up in your loved one's belly. Whatever message you write, it will be that much sweeter. Here's how to do it:
1. Make the cookies and icing: A classic sugar cookie provides the perfect canvas for cookie cards. All you need to do is roll out your dough extra-thin to make cookies that can slip into a paper envelope. We rolled the dough 1/16"-thick and cut out 4-by-6-inch cards using a ruler and bench scraper, but you can use rectangular cookie cutters, or a knife, too. Then, carefully transfer the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for about 6 minutes at 375°, rotating halfway through baking. Let the baked cookies cool completely before decorating. Meanwhile, make a few batches of royal icing: one to use for the outline, one for flooding, and however many you want for all the colors your heart desires. We prefer gel colors to dye, and piping bags and tips for the most precise decorations.
2. Decorate the cards: To make a blank card, use outline-weight royal icing to draw a border. Then, fill in the center with flooding-weight royal icing. You can play with the design here as much as you like. Try outlining and color-blocking hearts before flooding or using the flooding and marbling technique to make marbled hearts (Check out our Holiday Cookie Decorating Guide for the details on all of our favorite techniques.) Dust with edible glitters and sprinkles to your heart's content. Once you've created your base design, let it dry and set completely for about 1 hour.
Forget flowers and chocolates. Make these beautifully meaningful gifts instead.
1. Valentine’s Themed Scrapbooking Kit
This kit from CaitlinRoseCrafts comes with everything you need to make a scrapbook celebrating your relationship, and can be bought with or without a blank scrapbook.
Promising review: “I can’t love on this enough! It is PERFECT for scrapbooking and creating a memory book like me. I love love love it. Can’t recommend enough.” — Vicky
You can get it from CaitlinRoseCrafts on Etsy for $19.34+.
2. DIY Acrylic Coasters
You can pick out your (or your partner’s) favorite colors and follow the instructions to make these gorgeous coasters. The kit comes with everything you need, including gloves to keep your hands clean.
Promising review: “The stones are smooth and good size. Everything arrived fast and smoothly with the seller being super helpful.” — Clair I.
You can get it from TresasDIYTreasures on Etsy for $58.49.
3. Customizable Embroidery Portrait
Believe it or not, you can make your very own embroidered portrait! All you have to do is send the picture of your choice, and you’ll receive a kit with supplies and instructions to make your very own portrait.
Promising review: “The seller was able to accommodate my special requests and the product is absolutely gorgeous. It shipped impressively quickly coming from Turkey. I would absolutely purchase from this shop again!” — Abigail Hummel
You can get it from PSYCHoHOOP on Etsy for $55+ (price varies depends on size of the portrait).
4. S’mores Macaron Kit
If you’ve ever been intimidated by the thought of making your own macarons, fear no more! This kit comes with all the ingredients and instructions you need to make this yummy treat for that special someone.
Promising review: “I’ve never tried a macaron recipe that included cream of tartar before, but this is the best batch I’ve ever made. I managed to make about 30+ macaron shells, the instructions were great, the packaging was immaculate, and the finished macarons tasted phenomenal.” — Emily Chen
You can get it from TheCraftyBakester on Etsy for $40.
5. Candle Making Kit
Candles are always romantic, and making them yourself is just another way to show you care. Everything you need comes in one box, including your choice of essential oils for fragrance.
Promising review: “The kit came with mini essential oils, dried lavender, colorful stones, and seashells to sprinkle on top. We decided to dry our own flowers and sprinkle gold leaf on top, and it came out really cute! The only thing was that it took a couple weeks to receive the kit — I’m assuming it might be COVID related, but I was in no rush so it was fine! The seller was very communicative and sweet! Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone looking for something to do at home in quarantine.” — Carlie
You can get it from PopShopAmerica on Etsy for $35.97+ (options for two, three, and four essential oils).
6. DIY Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage right now, and what better time to enjoy them in your home than Valentine’s? This kit comes with all the yummy ingredients, seasonal toppings, a mold, and detailed instructions. All you need are mugs and milk.
Promising review: “I fell head over heels with the hot chocolate bomb craze. That being said, I also don’t want to spend the money on over priced bombs. I want to make them myself. Anyway, this kit has everything you need. I can’t wait to make them!! It came with everything in the photo, plus instructions. Such a great deal!” — Grace
You can get it from HotChocolateBomb on Etsy for $33.54.
7. Soap Making Kit
This soap making kit is the perfect gift for the soap lover in your life, as this kit has everything you need to make up to 16 scented soap bars from scratch. You can customize the colors and scents however you want, and all the ingredients are soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Promising review: “My first order didn’t make it, but the shop sent a replacement right away. So far I’ve made charcoal, orange, aloe, and vitamin E bar, a peppermint coffee scrub, a lavender and chamomile bar, and lastly I did a charcoal, rosemary, and sea salt bar. I am super happy with this product and I definitely will be purchasing more!” — Phylicia Townsend