I know that Valentine’s Day is not a holiday that is loved by everyone. However, I have always liked Valentine’s Day because I love coming up with cute ideas to let family members, friends and or significant others that you appreciate them. Of course you don’t need a holiday to do that but I don’t see the harm in doing something small for someone on February 14th. You don’t have to buy something elaborate or even create something fancy. I think some of the best gifts for Valentine’s Day are ones that show that they put a little bit of time and effort into it. Below I will be sharing some ideas for gifts for Valentine’s Day that I have come up with that are mostly simple but fun.
See’s Candies is a popular candy shop in California. Several malls throughout the country have pop up stands featuring See’s Candies for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Of course, chocolates are not a new idea for a Valentine’s Day gift but getting a personalized box of someone’s favorite See’s candies is a sweet gift. Personally, I don’t like chocolate with nuts in it so I prefer getting getting my favorite pieces over a pre selected box of chocolates from Target. If you don’t know their favorite pieces you can always get them a certificate to let them build their own box. My recommendation for a note to put with the See’s candies is in the picture above. Can’t you See that you’re the one for me?
If you don’t want to buy chocolate you could pick up a pint of their favorite ice cream and put a note with it that is a fun play on the flavor. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip so I created a note that said You Were Mint to be my Valentine. You can also use the Mint to be idea with breath mints. Both of these ideas are inexpensive and easy for those who don’t have a lot of time.
Candy Cards are another fun way to give candy for Valentine’s Day. All you will need is a poster board and some candy bars to create one. My recommendation is to pick candy with a name that you can use in a sentence. I made the candy card pictured above in college and it says “If you need a moment in class to take a break from Airheads & Nerds eat a Twix then talk to Heath about Thingamajig and Whatchamacallit math stuff. If your Payday is 100Grand don’t let it slip through your Butterfingers. When the Three Muskeeters see Turtles at the aquarium take a picture. Hope this makes you Snicker (I colored in the last s in snickers).”
My favorite thing to drink is unsweetened tea and if you know a tea lover this can be a great gift. Now that I am older I appreciate getting gifts that I know will use. I also like to give gifts that I know will be used and enjoyed. For this idea I chose tea because I was trying to think of cute things that the cards could say. This is another example of an inexpensive idea that can be made cute with what you write on a note to put with it. If someone just gave me a box of tea I would be happy but I wouldn’t think that much of it. However, with a note saying “You Are Perfect to a Tea” I would think that was cute.
Do you know someone who loves Full House? You can buy them this People magazine with information about the new spin off coming to Netflix February 26 called Fuller House. If they don’t have Netflix another thought gift might be to give them a gift card for a one month subscription so that they can watch season one of Fuller House. For the note I would recommend using one of the best quotes from Michelle Tanner “You Got It Dude?”. The magazine costs a little over $5 with tax which makes a great inexpensive but thoughtful gift.
Up is one of the sweetest Pixar movies and is very loved among Disney fans. You can buy the grape soda pin that Ellie gives Carl in the movie at the Disney parks. Or you can do what I did and make your own. I took a bottle cap and spray painted it silver. Using a hammer and a nail I put two holes in the cap for the safety pin to fit in. For the finishing touch I printed off the grape soda label and used mod podge to get it to stick. Once the spray paint dried it took me less than fifteen minutes to put together. I have always wanted the pin and making my own was easier than I thought. Disney fans will really appreciate this simple but thoughtful gift.
Using bottle caps, magnets and printable Harry Potter images I put together my next gift idea. I found the Harry Potter images through pinterest and was very pleased to find that they were the perfect size to fit inside a bottle cap. In my craft supplies I had small circular magnets which stick on the back of the bottle caps without any glue. I used mod lodge to stick the paper inside the bottle cap. Previously I had seen a Valentine’s Day card that said “Do you play quidditch? Becase you look like a keeper” and thought it was adorable.
These ideas for gifts are not exclusive to Valentine’s Day. They could be given for any celebration or just to brighten someone’s day. You don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Surprise your parents, roommates or friends with something small but thoughtful. The world is always in desperate need of more love and a small gift is a great way to let someone know that you are thinking of them. You don’t even have to give someone a gift. Making someone a card is another way to say that you care.