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Valentine's Gifts from Your Kitchen, with Photos

Updated on September 10, 2012

 

Every year, people give all kinds of gifts on St. Valentine’s Day. These range from small mementos to elaborate, expensive jewelry.  Of course, most couple exchange presents on this special day for lovers, but lots of folks also give gifts to friends, co-workers, and their children and other family members. If you’re trying to decide on gifts that will be appreciated, yet ones that won’t break your budget, consider homemade goodies from your own kitchen. These tasty treats can be an inexpensive way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Below are some ideas for cheap Valentine’s gifts that are also unique, creative, and thoughtful:

Heart-shaped cake

You’ll need a heart-shaped pan for this one. These range from simple to very ornate. If you want to get really fancy, use a multi-pan set in graduated sizes to create a three-or four-tiered cake.

Use any cake mix or a from-scratch recipe, and bake it in the pan. When it has cooled, carefully remove the cake. Remove any crumbs from the cake with a pastry brush. Ice the cake with white frosting, or tint the frosting pink. Chocolate is always a good choice, too. Adorn the top with red hot heart-shaped candies, pastel candies, raspberries, or sliced strawberries.

Valentine cookies

Tint a batch of sugar cookie dough pink and cut with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Bake and cool. Leave them plain or decorate them with icing. Pipe white “lace” on the cookies, outline the edges in red, or write a message on each cookie.

Another idea is to make round cookies and create a heart design in the center of each cookie. To do this, make a heart stencil from a piece of paper. Hold the stencil over each cookie, and paint the exposed cookie surface with beaten egg white or thin white icing. Sprinkle red sugar over the cookie, then remove the stencil. The sugar will stick to the cookie in the appropriate place, making a heart.

How about a giant heart cookie? You can use refrigerated sugar cookie dough to make this. Just roll the dough out and cut it with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter or with a heart-shaped cake pan. Pipe icing and icing gel to create designs and to write a personalized message.

If you'd like to be a little more original, use the "I (heart) U" cookie cutters!

These cookies are filled with jam.
These cookies are filled with jam.
To make these, tint half the dough red, roll the two doughs together, and slice before cutting into heart shapes.
To make these, tint half the dough red, roll the two doughs together, and slice before cutting into heart shapes.

Valentine cookie bouquet

A bouquet of yummy cookies makes a wonderful gift! Make a mixture of heart-shaped cookies and round cookies with sugar heart designs, like the ones discussed above. Before baking, insert wooden shish-kebob skewers into the bottom of each cookie - after you've removed the sharp end. When the cookies are done and are cool, decorate with icing. Place a piece of Styrofoam into a pretty flower pot, and arrange the cookies. Check out the personalized red flower pot below with a great Valentine's Day message! Add a pretty bow, and voila! You have a beautiful creation from your own kitchen.

These cookies say "I love you" in different languages.
These cookies say "I love you" in different languages.

Heart cupcakes

For the kids on your Valentine’s Day list, make a batch of cupcakes in heart-shaped pans. Ice the cupcakes and decorate with heart-shaped candies, strawberries, tinted coconut, or red sugar. Another idea is to place several heart-shaped suckers in the center of each cupcake, at different heights.

If you have some chocolate lovers (and who doesn't?), make small cupcakes and dip them in chocolate for a decadent treat!

These small cupcakes were dipped in chocolate.
These small cupcakes were dipped in chocolate.

Healthy heart muffins

 If you have a friend who can’t have sugar, or one who’s totally into healthy eating, they don’t have to be left out of the Valentine’s Day fun! Just make a batch of bran muffins or other healthy muffins, and bake them in heart-shaped muffin tins. Microwave some fat-free or low fat cream cheese until it’s soft. Add a drop or two of red food coloring to turn the cream cheese pink. Add Splenda to sweeten. Decorate the muffins with this healthy topping.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A lot of good, inspiring tips and I enjoyed it very much. The only thing I haven't even coped with Christmas yet ha ha ha Have a lovely Christmas. We got snow in London and it looks beautiful and gets me all going.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great hub. I love this idea and the recipes sound delicious and look romantic. Perfect idea.

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      Carolyn Blacknall 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great hub! I love the Wilton Heart Shaped Cake Pan. You're making me hungry!

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Oh, you got me with the cupcakes dipped in chocolate...... big problem there though....... I won't want to share.

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, HH. Glad you're enjoying the snow. Merry Christmas!

      Thanks for visiting Pop! Ya know, you could always make heart-shaped waffles!

      Yes, I've used the heart-shaped pan many times through the years. Good to see you, Carol!

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Is it Valentine's already? Time sure goes by fast...I haven't even been able to think about the yummie desserts for Christmas.. Great work here, will have to come back again when we get closer as I will forget.

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      Dao Hoa 7 years ago

      They look soooo good! Delicious! I bookmarked it for later.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Always good to get started ahead with Valentine's Day. I also like that you have picked a niche, good traffic strategy and plan!

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      YUM. It makes me want to eat sweets, it all looks so good!!

      Great post, Habee!!

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      europewalker 7 years ago

      Yummy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ehern, I'm planning ahead! Thanks for reading.

      Dao, glad you liked the hub. come back soon!

      Thanks for the kind words, Sweetie!

      Sorry, Carolina - wasn't trying to tempt you, but glad you read it!

      Hello, Europe! Thanks for visiting!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      wow, very nice ideas habee, merry delicious day, what did you cook today< Maita

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I didn't cook anything today!! BUT...over the past few days I've cooked/made spiced nuts, almond sandies cookies, smoked honey ham, smoked pork roast, chicken ball, cheese ball, sugar cookies, onion dip, rocky road fudge, Italian cheese spread, cheese straws, toll house cookies, and pecan pie. I may never cook again!! lol! Good to see ya, Maita.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for including the healthy heart muffins.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You are welcome, my friend. And thank you for reading!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This looks yummy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sandy. Love your pic!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Just browsing and yikes - those look good! I'm so hungry right now I could eat all of those - except the chocolate...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey - you no like chocolate????

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      Mâý Lhouvum 5 years ago

      awesome yummy..

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