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Thursday, February 9, 2012

diy valentine gift ideas

Yesterday, I sent my husband an instant message with a link to a T-shirt, telling him I'd buy it for him for Valentine's Day if we had the budget for gifts. It started me thinking about what I could do for Valentine's Day.  Honestly, I have never been a big fan of the Hallmark holiday because of the emphasis on materialism and attention it drew to my 27 years of singledom.  I have a better attitude about embracing it with homemade items and acts of love these days.

I'm glad I have the weekend to decide what to make :)  Here are some do-it-yourself and homemade items  to inspire a budget conscious Valentine for your sweetie, neighbor or friend!
52 Reasons Why I Love You from PaperVine

homemade lip balm from JustLove.lyThings
game of love from Real Housewives of Bucks County
moisturizing bath candy from Crunchy Betty
Still searching for more ideas?
  • Stay in for dinner. Eat dinner picnic-style ((on the floor)) with a cozy blanket or build a fort, use candles or Christmas lights to make it something different than another meal on the couch or sitting at the table.
  • Create a coupon book. Think of 5-10 ideas ((back rub, kitchen clean up, etc.)) This was a similar DIY idea with scratch off lottery tickets. The tickets/coupons can be used year-round for a gift that outlasts the shortest month of the year.
  • Bake a treat. What does your spouse/friend like to indulge in? Take the time to make that special treat to show your love.
  • Pamper yourself.  You might as well take care of yourself and check out these homemade body scrubs from Crunchy Betty.
What are your Valentine's plans?  Will you make something to give away?


  1. My son was born on valentines day so we don't really celebrate anything but his birth on the 14th. Hooray for free passes. :)


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