From the heart: DIY Valentine’s Day gifts

February 12th, 2014


Is there any holiday that causes more stress than Valentine’s Day? The pressure to come up with a decadent and romantic gift is expensive, especially for college students. Instead of overpriced flowers, candy and an hour-long wait for an expensive meal, here are a few ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special without breaking the bank.


For the boyfriend

–When you just start dating and Valentine’s Day is around the corner, the inner dilemma of whether or not to get your boyfriend a gift can be overwhelming. A mason jar filled with candy is a great gift. It’s affordable, easy to personalize, and the perfect way to let someone you know that you care without going over the top. You can even make it funny and flirtatious by filling it with Hot Tamales, and leaving it with a message saying, “You’re a hottie!”

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– If you have been dating your boyfriend for a significant amount of time and want to do something creative for his Valentine’s Day gift, you should make a “man bouquet.” Start out buying a large beer mug, Styrofoam ball and presents to fill your vase with. Place your Styrofoam ball in your mug and surround it with tissue paper. Next, attach all of your gifts such as mini liquor bottles, boxers, beef jerky, hot sauce, candy or golf tees to your skewers. Then place your skewers in the ball so they do not move during transportation, and add a ribbon as the finishing touch.

For the girlfriend


– If you and your girlfriend have only been seeing each other for a short time, and you are stumped on what to get her without breaking the bank, make her a “candy milkshake.” Just head down to the dollar store and pick up an old-fashioned milkshake glass cup. Next, grab a bag of her favorite candy. Fill the glass to the top, then add a straw and some tulle to create a unique and thoughtful gift that is sure to sweep her off her feet.

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– If you have been seeing your girlfriend for a lengthy amount of time and she loves heartfelt gifts, make her a memory jar. Buy a mason jar and decorate it with paint, scrapbook paper, glitter and anything else you can find. Then fill it with 14 pieces of paper shaped like hearts (because V-Day is Feb. 14). Write a different memory or reason you love her on each piece of paper. This gift will be sure to make her melt.

For the bestie


– Instead of getting your friends a boring Valentine from a box, personalize them with their favorite snack. Just search online for Valentine’s Day sayings and hundreds will pop up. A few of the most creative are for gum (I’m STUCK on you), pretzel M&Ms (I’d be in KNOTS without you) and Reese’s pieces (you stole a PIECE of my heart).

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– If you’re willing to spend a little more money on your friends, head to the nearest Sephora or Ulta and buy a nail file and bottle of nail polish. Then find some cute chevron or diamond covered ribbon to tie them together. Then add a cute tag saying, “I’d file you under ‘A’ for awesome” with a personalized message inside.



– Gifts and photos from Pinterest