Whether you celebrate Valentines Day with the whole shebang or with a loved one, with these gift ideas and you won’t be accused of being cheap or not caring at all.
Throw off the usual sweet chocolates and classic flowers.
Find a variety of our top picks for simple but special Valentines Day gift ideas:
It used to be mixed tape, then a burnt CD, and now it’s all about USB playlist. Hop onto your iTunes account and make a playlist of songs that remind you of your special someone to download to their device. It’s compatible for Mac and Windows.
2. Handcrafted Card
If you ran out of words to say let this card do it for you. A home-made custom card can have all the special touches and humour that are just right for your sweetheart. Add photos, mementos and items shared between just the two of you.
3. Mutual Dream Board
Thanks to Oprah, dream boards are all the rage now. Find pictures and photos of both material and spiritual things you two are hoping to achieve together. You can include words like happiness, inner peace or increased sex drive, or pictures of a bigger house, a new car or a holiday destination.
4. Your Very Own Chocolate/Treat Box
Rather than give your special someone a box of choccies they will probably only eat half of, make up a batch of their favourite type of treat and wrap it up pretty. Think honeycomb or strawberries dipped in chocolate, personalised M&Ms or jellybeans or homemade slice. You can also try having customised marshamallows with your photos printed on it.
Check out our article on Gift Wrapping Ideas for Valentines Day for wrapping ideas.
5. Custom Crossword
This is a really cool idea! There are heaps of ‘make your own crossword’ sites where you choose the clues and answers and a purpose-built crossword can be downloaded and printed. Use clues that are just about the two of you, for example; Clue: ‘Where did we meet’ Answer: ‘At Bunnings’. It’s gonna be exciting!
6. IOU Booklet
Tried and tested, the IOU booklet can always be a winner. Make sure you include really personal IOU’s; if you know they hate folding in the washing or love a good foot rub, make sure there are a couple of vouchers for those jobs. Be sure to include some fun ones too!
7. Coffee Table Book
Better yet, make a virtual one! Most people store all their photos on their phone, so snaffle their phone and download all their pics into albums and folders. There are thousands of free slideshow/album type programs online and you can often find great deals for photobooks and albums to create hard copies to keep.
8. Gourmet dinner or a simple picnic lunch
Find out your Valentine’s favourite dishes and spend an afternoon cooking a custom menu.
9. A Love Poem or Love Letters Box
A pretty jar, a decorated box or a little booklet made of little poems, love notes and things you find special about your loved one are a really sweet way to show them how much you care.
No matter how you choose to spend the day or what you choose to give, there’s really no better reason to show your special someone just how much you love them, on Valentines Day or any day!