I’ll admit that I used to dread Valentines Day coming around every year. There seems to be a social expectation that you spend a lot of money on your loved ones with jewelery, flowers, perfume/cologne, chocolates and more.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to give and make my wife feel special — I think the main problem with the commercial side of Valentines Day is that there is no thought or love put into the gift idea. You go to the store, buy some expensive earrings and you’re done.
Not exactly romantic, is it?
This year I have decided that I want to be unique and offer something homemade, personal and special for Valentine’s Day. It just so happens that doing it this way is often a lot cheaper too!
Scouring the internet for ideas and examples of unique gifts has taken me to some fantastic sites across the web and I’m always amazed at how talented and creative some people are.
Their ideas have inspired me to try something different myself and hopefully they will for you too. Here are the 7 best unique Valentines Day gifts I have found. Enjoy!
Unique Homemade Valentines
Few things are cooler than fortune cookies and those cryptic messages they contain. When I saw this idea for a Valentine gift I knew it would work well for men, women and children of all ages. Using beautifully patterned paper, some thoughtful messages and some origami hand-fu you’ll have fortune cookies baked for the whole family!
I love mason jars. They look vintage, have history and can make a really great gift when used the right way. With one mason jar, a bottle of olive oil and a sentimental photo, you’ll have a fantastic looking gift that is totally unique.
Crayons are not just for kids to scrawl all over your house with. They can also be used to make a really sweet Valentine’s gift for either your children or you. The tutorial uses a letterpress machine to pimp them up, but if you’re nifty with a pair of scissors and scrapbook paper, you can do that bit yourself! Definitely doing these with my daughter.
This homemade Valentines card makes anything Hallmark produce look absolutely terrible! The detail, depth and use of textures is awesome and it’s a great way to combine a card and a gift into one. The gift is the love, time and effort that went into the making of the card – obviously!
Using a matchbox and a few little scrapbook items you can make this slide-out love box that gives your Valentine a poem, message or sign of your love for them. Awwww.
Is your partner into poker? If so, you can create 52 loving messages to them atop a deck of cards and bind it with a bow for extra Valentine cheer. Just make sure you don’t use their best set of playing cards to make the gift!
This is my favorite of all the gifts because they look so professionally made they could be bought. Like those Lovehearts candy we all used to eat as a kid, you can put cutesy little messages on mini bars of soap. Will you “Be Mine?”
The point here is that Valentines Day isn’t about how much money you can spend or buying more “stuff” that you don’t really need. It’s about showing somebody you love them and care enough to do the little things.
Happy homemade Valentine’s Day! Personally, I think homemade gifts are the best, and only, way to show love on February 14th. What about you?
Ian Nuttall is the resident blogger for DebtHelpScotland.co.uk – a free advice site that helps people to spend less money and be more frugal. He loves Valentine’s Day and always tries to make it special.