Valentine’s Day DIY Gifts
VALENTINE'S DAY DIY GIFTS
Valentine’s Day has certain pressure and obligation often attached to it. Let’s throw that pressure and obligation out the window this year. Let’s not spend tons of money on gifts, instead why not just make a little something for someone you love; a parent, partner, sibling, child, best friend, loved one, or even roommate.
I am not always the best at DIY, but I took to Pinterest for inspiration based on the treats my valentine likes; Oreos, and Rice Krispy treats. I decided to make Oreo pops dipped in chocolate with sprinkles, a giant look alike Hershey kiss made of rice crispy treats, and a date night activity jar. I made some heart shaped rice krispy treats with the left over rice krispy mix and sprinkles. Zero baking, very inexpensive and so easy!
Giant Rice Krispy Treat (Hershey Kiss Look Alike)
For the giant rice krispy treat I used a set of funnels I got at my local dollar store for $1.25, used the recipe on the back of the rice crispy box (I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract,) let it cool and set in the fridge, used aluminum foil to cover it, and I wrote a love quote on a slip of white paper for the tag.
For the Oreo pops I picked up lollipop sticks, white chocolate melts, sprinkles, a package of vanilla frosting and of course Oreos. I melted the white chocolate in the microwave. Opened the Oreos up and added a little vanilla frosting. I then dipped the tip of a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and put it on one side of the cookie in the vanilla frosting and sandwiched the cookie back together. Let it set for a few minutes so the chocolate hardens and the stick stays in place. Then I dipped the whole cookie on a stick just to coat the cookie. Let the excess drip off, let it harden a little, I did two coats. As the second coat was drying I scattered some sprinkles. Finally I stuck the sticks in a piece of Styrofoam to the pops could dry fully.
DIY date night/activity jar
This only takes a mason jar, popsicle sticks, some markers, and a few ideas! I made up a list of activities and then thought of a way you could save or splurge on a version of that activity. The ideas I used are:
Paint Night – Take a class OR get a few supplies and paint at home
Cocktails – Go out for drinks OR make your own at home even invent your own
Culture – Go to a Museum or Art Gallery (find out when they have free nights)
Baking – Try a new recipe OR make your favorite
Game Night – Buy a new game OR play your favorite (have a little fun competition)
Crafternoon – Make a gift for someone OR do a DIY project for the home
Wine Pairing – Buy a new wine and ingredients for a meal OR pair wine with something you already have in pantry
Movie Night –Go to the theatre OR watch a movie at home
Cooking – Find a new recipe and buy ingredients OR do a Chopped TV show style challenge with ingredients you already have
Comedy/Drama – Take a class/course OR see a show
Memory Lane – Watch home movies, look through albums OR just share memories.
Dancing – Go to a club or class OR just have a dance party for two at home
Future – Make future plans OR make a vision board
Pizza Night – Take out OR make your own
Picnic – Discover a new spot OR picnic at home
Makeover – At the mall OR at home
Coffee Date – Try a new Café or your favorite OR have specialty coffee at home
Netflix & Chill – Check out something new OR continue marathon
Weekend Getaway – Hotel OR staycation
Camping – Campsite OR backyard/livingroom
Sexy Time – Plan an elaborate evening or just get it on
Physical – Go to the gym or do a workout OR play a sport
Golf – 18 holes OR driving range OR mini putt
Walk it off – Take a hike OR go for a walk
And there are so many more ideas you can add to your own, you can make theme ones as gifts for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays, kids activities, family activities, movies to watch, books to read, bucket list, goals. It is budget friendly to make as a gift, but also very thoughtful.