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Valentines Day Gifts That'll Melt Their Heart.

Updated on January 16, 2012

How to Make Your Own Gift Basket.

DIY Valentine Flower Arrangement.

Neat Button Heart Valentine's Card

You don't have to go broke to impress your sweetheart.

This time every year I am bombarded by television ads that do an outstanding job of making me feel like crap. The seasonal Valentine's Day ads from the various jewelry companies often show what appears to be a very well off gentleman slowly opening a velvet covered box revealing something sparkly and big then the scene turns to her melting into his arms with the end of the ad signing off with their signature phrase. Humph!

Those commercials only ad to my feeling of inadequacy and lack because guess what? I just cannot afford spending thousands of dollars on a Valentine's Day gift of that caliber.

Just because you can't afford big jewelry or outlandish luxury cars wrapped in a big red bow doesn't mean you can't wow your sweetheart. On the contrary, it's often the simple gifts that come from the heart that impress them the most.

Here are just a few ideas to get you going.

Surprise them with a framed photograph.

I really surprised my with when I snuck into one of her cameras, took the memory stick, burned a photo she was fond of onto a CD and then took it to a photo kiosk and enlarged it. Then I took it to a frame shop and for less than $100 and had it professionally framed. She was floored that I had taken the time to have this made and the look on her face and the way it made her feel was so worth it.

Make your own Valentine's Gift Basket.

Here's where you can really get creative. Think about what their hobbies are. What do they enjoy? Of course you should add some quality candies. This is Valentine's Day after all. But you should tailor the basket to match their personality to really make a good impression. Picking up a nice basket to hold all your goodies isn't hard to come by. Many hobby and stationary stores should carry a variety of baskets big enough to hold the things you would want to put into them. Oh, to jazz it up even more, go ahead and splurge on some plastic grass to line the bottom of the basket. It'll add some panache and hold the items a little more securely.

Make Your Own Valentine's Day Card.

For that special hand made touch, creating a Valentine's day card is not for little kids anymore. Taking the time to create from scratch a heart felt card can really add another layer of sentiment to your gifts. Remember that creating one on a computer may be perceived as a little cheesy so be careful not to skimp on this. A quick trip to the office supply store can yield some quality card stock that will look much better than printer paper.

For a real handmade feel check out

I love this site. It's a great place to buy and sell cool handmade items. Their selection is vast and not only can you buy some pretty sweet Valentine's Day gifts but if your a hands on kind of person, this site will give you some cool gift ideas you could easily make yourself.

Save a bundle by making your own flower arrangement.

Hey, I know. A dozen roses can easily cost you $50. And that's without the shipping costs. By purchasing individually and arranging them yourself, you can save quite a bit. Picking up a vase at Hobby Lobby is another way to lower your costs. Here's a link with some more great ideas.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Ultimately the idea is to give a gift that is heartfelt and shows your appreciation. Putting thought and love into this years Valentine's Day gift is really what you want to do because no matter the cost being genuine and thoughtful is priceless.


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    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      You have to be creative when money isn't something you can throw around the jewelry store.

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      Writer Fox 6 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Sometimes its difficult to come up with a new idea every year. You've given some great tips!

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      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      @plussize-lingerie. Good points. A good frame does go along way to enhance a photo. And if that pic was worked on to improve image quality think of the impact that would have on the other person.

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      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      @crackers10. Absolutely correct. Every year these materialistic marketers prey upon peoples sensibilities in order to make a buck.

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      David Taylor 6 years ago from UK

      I've also done the framed photograph gift, and can attest that it's very well received. If you take some time to pick out a nice frame it helps, and you can also do some basic photo editing, such as cropping, adjusting lighting levels, etc, to show you put some effort into making sure the presentation is as good as possible for their beloved memory.

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      crackers10 6 years ago from DreamWorld

      This is probably the best Hub I have read in a long time. I am so tired of the materialistic image that is Valentines Day. These gift ideas are great because you are trying to get your "other" something that no one else can get them.Something tailored to their personality.To me that shows way more love and care then picking out the most sparkly thing you can find( cheesy,predictable,and cliched comes to mind) Great Hub :)


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