Every Valentine’s Day people shell out mega-bucks on extravagant dates, fine jewelry and opulent gifts, all in the name of showing how much they love their significant other. While it is nice to be treated like a king or queen for a day, in truth, most of us really just want something special that shows they care, whether that be something simple or outlandish.
So here are a couple do-it-yourself gift ideas that will definitely show your valentine how much you care.
Make It A Puzzle
Nothing is sexier than word puzzles, what you do not believe me? Well then pick up a newspaper and follow these simple steps.
First find the crossword puzzle and grab a red pen. Fill in some of the words with “Will you be my valentine?” spreading it out through the whole puzzle (embellish with hearts at your discretion).
Then sit down with your soon-to-be valentine and tell them you are stuck on “14 across”. Once they look at the puzzle, they will definitely have an answer for you. Hopefully it is a three letter word that starts with a Y!
Hang It Up
Now this is for you more advanced crafters. For this you will need colorful paper, tape, scissors and yarn/string. Cut out 25 hearts (each big enough to write a letter in them). Then fill in each heart with one letter of the sentence, “Will you be my valentine?”
Next, tape each letter to the string in order, making a garland. You can hang it somewhere where your potential valentine will see it or simply hold it up the next time you two get together. Not only will it get the question asked, but it will show your valentine how much you care about them being yours on Feb. 14.
Afterwards, they can hang it as a reminder of you, and trust me, this one worked last year!
Now that you have a valentine…
Go Back To 4th Grade
In elementary school, it is proper etiquette to give everyone in class a valentine, thus making it fair for everyone. As we got older, it got more selective; candy-grams for our friends in middle school; flowers for our high school valentine and so on. Inspired by our elementary school days, this is the perfect idea for the craft-impaired, yet still creative, cupid.
For this you will need a box of “elementary” invitations (maybe your valentine has always loved baby animals or they still have a favorite superhero). Address each valentine to your special someone using all the things you love about them. For example, the first one could say “To: Peter, From: Joanna,” but the rest would be filled with “To: My Favorite Person to Go Rock Climbing With, From: Joanna,” or “To: The Girl with the Most Beautiful Green Eyes,” or “To: The Better Cook in this Relationship.” You get the idea! These cute sayings are an easy way to show how much you like your chosen valentine.
Collage Your Love
Is your valentine the creative type? Well then embellishing a notebook or sketchbook just for them is a surefire way to show them you care, plus it is a gift they can use all year.
Start off with paper clippings that either remind you of your valentine, or things that that said valentine would enjoy. These can be photographs, magazine clippings, old maps, book pages or drawings. Start clipping and cutting, placing all your images on the front and back of the notebook. It is best to glue them down with rubber cement or another strong adhesive. Once your collage is finalized, coat both sides in Mod Podge, as this will create a seal over the pictures making it last much longer.
Finally, write a sweet note and glue the envelope to the inside of notebook, this way they always have a little note reminding them of you.
I hope you get to spend this Valentine’s Day with someone you love, whether it be your boyfriend, girlfriend, crush, best friend, mom or cat! And if crafting is not your thing, you always have discount candy to look forward to!