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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How to Wrap Gifts Without Buying Wrapping Paper

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Buying new wrapping paper, bows, ribbon and tissue paper every Christmas can get expensive—and wasteful. With a little creative thinking and a bit of scavenging around the house, you can find everything you need to wrap gifts with recycled or reused materials. Here are some ideas that I used this year.

Newspaper

This versatile classic never gets old. Newspaper makes the perfect reuse wrapping paper. It even has the same fun ripping sound and sensation as traditional wrapping paper. And, you can even wrap the gift in the section of the newspaper that best fits the recipient. Funnies for the kiddos. Home and Garden for mom. Sports for dad. Style for sis. I’m being stereotypical here. Please be more creative than I am.

Greenery

Head out to the backyard and trim some pieces off that pine tree and whatever those other trees are called that are green all winter (Are they just evergreens?). Whatever they’re called, snip off a few boughs and incorporate them into your gift wrapping. A simple twig or two tucked into some ribbon or string will make a package look rustic. For the package above, I made a mini wreath out of snippets of greenery. The middle of my mini wreath didn’t look so good, but I fixed that with a button and a little hot glue.

Grocery bags/brown paper

When you wrap gifts in brown paper, you create a blank canvas to personalize your presents. (And, it’s a great way to reuse all of those paper grocery and shopping bags you saved.) Dress up your brown packages with ribbon, stamps, scrap paper, yarn and personalized gift tags. Check Pinterest for lots of pretty inspiration.

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Toilet paper rolls

Wrapping your presents in toilet paper rolls? No, you can’t do that. Well, you probably can, I’m just not crafty enough to figure that one out. You can, however, create snowflakes to adorn your packages out of toilet paper rolls. Here’s a tutorial. After you make a few toilet paper roll snowflakes, affix a snowflake or two to your wrapped gifts to make your packages a tad more fancy.

Odds and ends

If you want to wrap your presents using recycled or repurposed materials, you have to get imaginative. Assemble a bunch of odds and ends from around your house to potentially use to dress up your packages. Think unused ornaments (like the snowflake below), doilies, stones, buttons, twine, old jewelry, whatever you can find. Place it all in your work area, so you can gather inspiration as you wrap.

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If you save materials all year, it makes wrapping presents the repurposing way a lot easier come Christmas time. Plan ahead and save all of those paper bags, tissue paper, ribbons, bows, and other crafty items you come across during the year. Don’t forget to also keep packing materials, like boxes, bubble wrap and the paper that items come shipped in, too.

Do you wrap presents in reused materials? Tell me about your favorite ways to wrap gifts in the comments section!

Looking for other crafty Christmas projects? Check out how to make this fabric wreath and this do-it-yourself hanging collage.

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