With Valentine’s Day coming up next weekend I wanted to share some last-minute gift ideas with you guys. These gifts are inexpensive and are hand-crafted which makes them even more meaningful. And I promise they are easy to make! I have personally given all of these as gifts (mostly to Nick) over the years and I find that it is fun to make something for your loved one that the enjoy too. You will notice that these gifts are all food or drink related (based on Nick’s likes) and some are a bit cheesy, but that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about! So without further ado…
1. “You Float My Boat”
Nick and I both share a love for ice cream and when I saw this printable on Pinterest (my forever inspiration), I knew this would be a perfect gift for him. I included root beer, vanilla ice cream, and fun curly straws (along with a new swimsuit and Reese’s peanut butter cups because he’s spoiled). I put the goodies in a basket I already had at home and finished it off with ribbon and the printable. Ta-da!
2. Heart Krispies
I decided to make these fun rice crispy treats as part of Nick’s Valentine’s Day gift one year. I made regular rice crispy treats (I use the Rice Krispies cereal recipe), but instead of making them squares I cut them into hearts using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. I inserted popsicle sticks and dipped them into melted chocolate adding festive sprinkles afterwards. I placed the treats in a vase with tissue paper to create a man-friendly bouquet of sorts.
2. Sweet Sayings
Okay, this gift wasn’t for Nick, but I thought it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day since it is packed with yummy candy. I made this for my Grandma’s 90th birthday and she loved it! This is a gift you can personalize with whatever sayings and candy you want based on the recipient. I also added some stickers to fill in any white space leftover. Make sure to use a study poster board that can hold up the weight of the candy.
1. Drink Coasters
This was my most recent creation. I chose a couple of Nick’s favorite beers and bought a case of each so that I could use the wording on both sides for the coasters (I gave him the beer in a bucket to go with the coasters). I bought white tiles at Home Depot and felt and Mod Podge at Hobby Lobby. I cut the cardboard and felt to the size of the tiles. Then, I used Mod Podge to adhere felt to bottom of each tile. Once dry, I placed the cardboard on top of tile and used Mod Podge to coat. I let it dry for 15 minutes before applying one or two more coats. You can also use a gloss spray on top, I just used several coats of Mod Podge. He uses them all the time at his apartment, score!
2. Favorite Drink Kit
Nick is a big fan of rum and coke so I loved the idea of making a drink and chaser kit. This is another gift that can be personalized based on your honey’s favorite drink. I tied the rum onto the Pepsi along with some cute straws (holla Target dollar section!) with twine I had at home. I added a cute little “Cheers!” sign to finish it off.
3. “To the Moon and Back”
Okay you caught me, another Pinterest inspired gift… I can’t help myself! One of Nick’s favorite beer is Blue Moon so I just added some extra words to personalize it, easy right? I used construction paper for the backing to the words. I also tied a balloon to the beer for some extra fun. Sometimes a hand-made gift doesn’t have to be complicated!
Alright, that is enough cheesiness for one day. I am currently exploring options for Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Please comment with any ideas or favorites of your own! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, enjoy the love this weekend!
– M –