7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (For Him & Her)

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Don’t be the one who gives the boring, cheesy or lazy Valentine’s Day gift this year. Because nothing feels like your loved one didn’t try like a box of going-stale generic chocolates from the drugstore, am I right?

Whether you’re giving gifts to your significant other, friends or family members, skip the greeting cards, boxed chocolates and stuffed bears this Valentine’s Day.

Instead, with a little do-it-yourself effort, you can turn everyday items that your loved ones will actually use into Valentine’s Day gifts. Here are seven ideas.

1. Natural and organic beauty products

Give your loved one a fancy lotion, soap, shampoo, moisturizer or other beauty product. I’m not talking Suave® here. Think more natural and organic products that feel spa-like. (My favorite natural brands that you can easily find at your local Target are Acure, Alba Botanica, Pacifica, S.W. Basics and Yes to.) Make the gift feel Valentine’s Day-themed by tying a red ribbon and twine around the bottle.

2. Everyday essentials in a cute container

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Whether you’re gifting a few beauty products or another assortment of items, like a coffee mug and a package of locally-roasted organic coffee, tie the items together by placing them in a cute basket, crate or bucket (like this IKEA bucket.) Be sure to choose a container that you think the recipient will use again. That’s part of the gift!

3. Health gifts to feel good

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Give your significant other health items that will make her feel good. Maybe she’s been meaning to take more vitamins, for example. Gift her fish oil, a women’s multivitamin or a probiotic. (Again, tie a red ribbon around the bottle to make it festive for Valentine’s Day.) And, be sure to opt for high-quality vitamins. Check out Whole Foods, Sprouts or Trader Joe’s.

4. Tea for comfort

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Another feel good gift is tea. Whether loose leaf or in bags, tea is warming, comforting and uplifting. Make the gift feel special by checking out a local health food store or tea shop. You’ll be more likely to find something besides the regular brands you see in grocery stores.

Or, opt for a different type of tea (black, green, white, herbal) than he normally drinks. Or, a brand she hasn’t tried before. As a diehard black tea drinker, I never would have guessed that I’d love herbal bedtime teas, but they’re my favorites right now. The go-tos in my mug are Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief and Yogi Bedtime tea.

And, if you want to add-on to the gift, give a related item, like a small plate for his tea bag or a tea infuser so she can try loose leaf tea.

5. A plant (or two)

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A bouquet of flowers is fun, but gifting a plant is even better. Plants brighten up a space, clean the air and they last longer than a dozen roses. (If you need ideas for what plant to buy, here are my five favorite low-maintenance houseplants.)

6. Fill a mason jar

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This is a simple gift idea that still feels special. Fill a mason jar (or two) with her favorite candy or nuts. It’s a two-in-one gift.

7. A favorite wine or beer

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Gift your loved one a favorite bottle of wine or a pack of beer. It seems simple, but if it’s a brew he’s been meaning to try or a wine you think she might like, the thought really does count. Be sure to tie on a red ribbon for that extra thoughtful touch.

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Don’t stress out about a Valentine’s Day gift. These simple, yet thoughtful, gift ideas are all you need.

(This is not a sponsored post. Any product recommendations, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.)


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Get Organized: A Collection of Home Organization Tips & Ideas

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If your new year’s resolution was to finally get organized, don’t give up on that resolution just yet. (Statistics show that 80 percent of people who make a new year’s resolution Jan. 1 won’t stick with it by Valentine’s Day.)

Get your whole house in order with my favorite strategies, tips and ideas for home organization. I’ll give room-by-room organization tips, plus cute storage ideas.

From the bathroom to the office, here’s how to finally clear the clutter and get organized.


5 Ways to Use Wooden Boxes for Storage

We all need to store stuff. Why not make it look good at the same time? Wooden boxes are one of my favorite creative storage solutions that serve a purpose and look attractive. You can pile just about anything in them and they make a jumbled mess of stuff much more easy on the eyes.

Try these creative ways to use wooden boxes for storage.


Stylishly Organize Your Home With Vintage Tins

We often associate “storage” with dumpy, bulky plastic tubs and containers. When you work so hard to fill your home with items that fit your style, you might wonder why can’t storage do its job and look good too? It can! Keep your home looking stylish by corralling all of those stray items—mail, batteries, office supplies—in easy-to-come-by vintage tins.

See why vintage tins make the best storage.


5 Fun Storage Solutions for Your Desk

If you don’t have a lot of drawer space in your desk or home office, it’s hard to stay organized. See how I solved this problem with these five desk storage solutions that work well and look good too!

See the desk storage solutions.


Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful. See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Make your own cute craft caddy.


7 Handy Bathroom Organization Tips

Bathrooms tend to be difficult rooms to keep organized. Shampoos, soaps, lotions and the tons of other products we use daily easily get scattered about. Tweezers, nail files and hair ties end up anywhere but where you can find them. If you’re anything like me, keeping your bathroom clutter-free will seriously reduce your stress level when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.

Keep your bathroom tidy.


I hope these ideas help you get organized. Decluttering always clears my mind and helps me feel inspired.

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How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks

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Don’t toss out last year’s calendars. Repurpose those dated calendars into bookmarks.

Book lovers know you can never have too many bookmarks. (I lose them all the time!) So why not easily create your own bookmarks from that calendar you were going to throw in the trash?

Besides keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, you may also be helping yourself keep that New Year’s resolution of reading more this year. A pretty bookmark may be all the incentive you need to crack open a few more books.

Get ready to turn those pages (and not lose your spot) by making your own bookmarks from old calendars.

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Every year, my mom buys me a couple of wall calendars for Christmas. And every year in January, my eco-conscious heart hates to toss out the old ones, even if I am putting them in the recycle bin.

This isn’t my first old calendar redo. In the past I’ve made envelopes from old calendars (and wrote about it for Organic Authority.) I’ve also framed the images from old calendars for easy wall art. But this year I wanted to come up with a new way to repurpose old calendars.

When researching ideas to repurpose old calendars, I found these gift tags from Real Simple. They looked like bookmarks to me at first and they inspired me to try to create bookmarks from my old calendars.

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Want to make your own bookmarks from old calendars? Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies you’ll need:
– Old calendar
– Poster board or thick paper
– Bookmark (to trace)
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Single-hole puncher
– Twine or ribbon
– Pen
– Scissors

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This is a great project for a chilly afternoon. Grab a mug of coffee and get to crafting.

Step 1: Trace the outline of the bookmark
With a pen, trace the outline of the bookmark you’re using as a stencil on the calendar image of your choice. Here I’m tracing the outline of a coffee cup from a coffee-themed calendar.

Step 2: Cut out the bookmark
Next, cut out the bookmark. Then, grab poster board or a thick paper. Here I have a small piece of white poster board.

(Tip: The calendar image itself is too flimsy to simply use as your bookmark. That’s why you’ll also need poster board or a thick paper. You’ll be adhering the calendar paper to the poster board, so it’s more firm. I also used the front and back covers of the calendar for this because they’re made of thicker stock.)

Step 3: Paint on the Mod Podge
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of your bookmark cutout. Working quickly, paste the bookmark cutout onto the piece of poster board (or thick paper.) Smooth it from the inside out to get rid of air bubbles.

Step 4: Add another layer of Mod Podge
Paint on another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of your bookmark. This will seal it all together.

Step 5: Let it dry
Now, let the bookmark dry completely. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut out the bookmark
Cut out the bookmark. Now it will feel like a real bookmark. It’s much sturdier than the first time you cut it out from the calendar.

Step 7: Punch a hole
Using a single-hole puncher, punch out a hole at the top center of your bookmark.

Step 8: Thread ribbon through
Finally, thread a small piece of ribbon or twine through the hole. I like to loop the twine in half, stick the folded end through the hole, thread the folded end through the newly-made loop and pull to secure it. You can then knot the bottom two ends.

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I’m still in awe of how well these bookmarks turned out. During a few days off work after the holidays, I went on a bookmark-making binge and made almost 60 of them. You can get a lot of bookmarks out of one calendar. I’ve given away a few to friends and now I’m thinking about selling them in my family’s antique booth.

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These bookmarks make great gifts for the bookworms in your life. Even better, if you’re buying books for friends and family, stick these handmade bookmarks into the pages for a special addition to the gift.

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