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5 Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

5 Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

1. We may be living in the digital age, but some things never change. The mix-tape will forever remain the ultimate symbol of love! Bust out your old cassette stereo and get going on the ultimate mix. Maybe some Prince, Neil Young, ELO, Yoko Ono, Berlin? Use an old photo of you for the case with a special message.

2. Last minute? Or simply struggling to find the right present? A personal gift certificate may cover your bases. What does your loved one really want? A clean house, a back massage? You can give it to them! This is a good chance to have some fun with the card too. Use stamps, stickers, collage, calligraphy, tie it with some ribbons to a box of chocolates and your efforts won’t go unnoticed.

3. The smell of love? You can make your own. Get some essential oils and jojoba oil (as the base) at the co-op or local apothecary and a little blue glass spray bottle and experiment with combinations. Try rose water and lavender or bergamot and sage.

4. Don’t just give cut roses for Valentine’s Day – give a living plant that will grow and thrive in your household. Have fun with it and paint the pot yourself or add some special rocks or shells to it. A perfect symbol of your growing love!

5. Okay, you may not have the best needle skills, but that’s why it’s the effort that counts. Try embroidering your love’s initials on a scrap of cotton or silk or a thrifted scarf. It’s a classic romantic symbol! You can find tutorials online if you really aren’t sure where to start, but even a tight running stitch can still read.

Related: 5 Great DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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9:30AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:51PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thanks for sharing these ideas...

11:39AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

it's not just for valentines day. i made my own bath salts/bombs and salt scrubs as gifts for people in the past, be it christmas, birthdays or mothers/fathers day

2:47AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

I am not too crafty but I try something clever this year. :)

5:58PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Handgemaakt is vaak 't leukst!

6:48PM PST on Feb 21, 2012


4:54AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Homade gifts are better,anyway.

4:26AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Great ideas!

8:38PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

The best Valentine's Day card I ever gave was handmade and painted by me. It may not have been the most beautiful but it was the most heartfelt.

1:04PM PST on Feb 17, 2012


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