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Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts in Less than 30 Minutes

Updated on January 19, 2014

Save Money and Time by Making Your Own Gifts

Store bought gifts can be nice, but using the same wording and putting it together with a homemade gift can be even better!
Store bought gifts can be nice, but using the same wording and putting it together with a homemade gift can be even better! | Source

Making Gifts From the Heart

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the ones you love and what better way to show someone you love them than to make a completely homemade gift from the heart. Below are ideas for unique and special gifts that take less than thirty minutes to make. There is a little something for everybody!

Fun Sayings to go With Your Food Gift

  • Chocolate- You make my heart melt
  • Lollipops- I'm a sucker for your smile
  • Rice Krispie Treats- You make my heart snap, crackle and pop
  • Gum- I'm stuck on you

Homemade Valentine's Gifts for Guys

Whether you have a little boy or nephew to surprise or you are a teenage girl with a new boyfriend, food is always a great place to start when you are finding your way to a man's heart. Here are some great food related suggestions. You can decorate a bag to put the items in or buy a cup with their favorite team on it and put the goodies inside the cup. I have been giving my husband candy for Valentine's Day for over fifteen years and every year I find new and creative ways to present it to him. You might even want to create a treasure hunt with clues leading to the food stashed in a pirate treasure chest!

  • chocolate covered pretzels
  • chocolate covered strawberries
  • Sweet Tart hearts
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • lollipop flower

Make Your Own Flowers

Learn How to Make Duct Tape Flowers and give as a bouquet or turn into unique pencils to keep at a desk.

Homemade Valentine's Gifts for Females

Although some women might like chocolate, jewelry, flowers, or a large stuffed animal for Valentine's Day, most women would much rather a gift that is not from a store. One great homemade gift is to write a poem, but if you aren't poetic, finding one on the Internet that has meaning to you would be a great gift if you printed and framed it. Another great gift idea is to create a romantic CD or playlist for your Valentine. Make sure you choose songs that have meaning to the two of you.

Photo Gifts

Finding a great photo of you and your loved one can lead to many great gifts. Consider making a tile photo gift or framing a favorite photo of your Valentine in a double frame. In one side put the photo and in the second side put a love quote that you like.

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Have a Romantic Dinner Together

If you just can't seem to find your creative side and make the perfect gift for your Valentine, then consider having a romantic meal together. The planning of the meal and the atmosphere is really what matters. If you can cook, find a recipe online that you think your Valentine will like or take a dish your lover already likes and give it a twist. Consider making meatloaf in a heart shape or make heart-shaped salmon cakes. Even if you buy food and bring it home and present it in a romantic way, your Valentine will truly appreciate the effort.

This article on Planning a Stress Free Valentine Dinner will help you from start to finish. The day should really be about you spending quality time with someone you love, so a dinner followed by some movie watching and cuddling might just be the perfect way to express your love!

Origami Money Heart

Quick and Easy Valentine's Gifts for Kids

  • origami money heart- see the video above; this gift can be done in less than two minutes!
  • fleece blanket- make a tied fleece blanket by following a few easy steps in this article; no sewing involved!
  • chocolate covered pretzel snacks- dip pretzel sticks into melted white or milk chocolate and decorate with candy sprinkles.
  • homemade heart shaped crayons- melt old crayon pieces and place in heart molds to create fun heart shaped multicolored crayons.

Homemade Heart Shaped Crayons


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    • chrissieklinger profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wilderness, your grandkids would love folded money!

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      Dan Harmon 

      5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Nice idea. And I bet each of my grandkids get a heart dollar this year. My wife is always sending e-cards - maybe I can find a nice one and figure out how to send it to her.

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      5 years ago

      Cute idea! I'd rather a "homemade" gift, any day, because those are the ones that come from the heart!

    • chrissieklinger profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Making your own chocolate treat is really not as hard as some people think. My husband always makes me a special meal on Valentine's Day, my birthday and Mother's Day and it is the best gift every time!

    • chrissieklinger profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I think personally made gifts are good for all holidays but especially a day when you are expressing your love for someone. Spending the time to make a gift is one way to show how important that person is to you!

    • chrissieklinger profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Valentine's Day is one of those holidays where you can really let your creative side loose!

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'd love to receive a handmade or home-cooked gift. Certainly beats that store-bought heart-shaped box of candy.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I think personally made gifts are such treasures! Nice ideas, and thoughtful!

    • RTalloni profile image


      5 years ago from the short journey

      Neat ideas to use as a springboard for creating a delightful Valentine's Day celebration!

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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This is so thoughtful. I'd love to receive any one of those lovely gifts and make one or two of them too. Thanks. Voting and sharing!

    • chrissieklinger profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bad or good homemade gifts are always more memorable and in my opinion so much better than store bought.

    • Natashalh profile image


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      I have always enjoyed making my own gifts. Throughout the years, my family's has out up with some weird things, but I think I'm getting better at it, now. Great ideas!


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