Okay, so I’m not saying skip the candy and flowers (gasp!). But if you’re drawing a blank, or even just a partial scribble, here’s some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for and from everyone. I’ve got homemade, store-bought, crafts from kids, gifts for teachers. Look through and you’re sure to find something that doesn’t suck. Follow the links to find out more by clicking on either the picture, or underlined bright blue text if shown.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Cutest Pillowcases Ever! From funny to sweet, and some super sappy in-between I just love them all. Make sure you check out the selection here. See if you can find the one that made me say, “Um I think that was meant to be cute, but….” Oh, and don’t forget how thoughtful a new set of comfy pillows would be to stuff these with, shown here.
How about a glowing necklace? It’s a twist on the traditional gift of jewelry, and some of these are beautiful (bonus:a few are marked way down right now)!
If you saw my holiday gift guide (which has some more ideas if you want to check that out here), you know how I love custom , original, and personalized. One of my readers has the cutest Etsy shop called The Pickled Pine, so go check it out and come back when you’re done!
I saw this throw and thought it would make a beautiful Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift. There are loads more of sweet stuff here.
They have something there that I mentioned for the holidays, and still think it makes a really unique gift. This photo puzzle also something you can do together.
There’s always jewelry, right? Start here, then move through the categories, depending on who you’re shopping for. I have my eye on these.
Let’s talk about passion. As in, what is their passion? Is there a hobby they’ve just discovered, talked about trying out, or loved as long as they’ve been alive? Let’s look at a few things that might show support of something that makes them happy. Some of these are great gifts for kids,too!
♥Matching tattoos. Yes, I think there’s something very sweet about this. And they don’t really have to be matching. Maybe you’re the yin to his yang, or something equally corny. But for the right couple (like us, if we could get over spending the money), it would be a very romantic gesture. If you’re wondering about the heart next to it, it’s a mini scavenger hunt from over at my date ideas post!
A Break. What?! Inconceivable. But much appreciated. Whatever is their “chore”, pay to have someone else do it. Housecleaning service for a week or month. Lawn mowing service for the summer. Car wash coupon booklet. Word of advice,though. Write on the envelope,”Because you deserve a break”. You don’t want to ruin Valentine’s Day with anybody feeling like what they do isn’t good enough and needs a professional. 😉
Let’s move on to some partially homemade or full-on get your hands messy gifts from the heart. These are great from kids, and to kids.
Bitty Books – So precious! They can write and illustrate their own book about mommy and daddy, or grandparents and siblings. This would make a really cute teacher gift, too. Mommy and daddy could also make the cuties a special keepsake.
Love bug card – My kids love crafting their own cards to give as gifts. Instructions and template for love bug are here.
Love Book – This was a gift to Daddy that makes a really cute Valentine’s Day gift. See how we made it here.
Bookmarks – My kids have about a bazillion books (you can see their mommy reads the dictionary every day,right?). They are obsessed with bookmarks, and love making them, using them, and giving them. Find our simple how-to here.
Hanging hearts – My schmoopies (with Daddy’s help!) made these as Mother’s Day gifts, but I thought they would be perfect as a Valentine’s day gift, too! Instructions and template here.
Cupcakes – These make such a sweet gift with their pretty individual wrapping. I also haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love putting sprinkles on a cupcake (and all over the table, and chair, and floor, and dog). Check here and here for the supplies we used.
Giant Kiss – As long as we’re making yummies, how about a Kiss? I made my first one about 20 years ago, and still can’t believe how easy it is! Let the kids get in on the designing, or surprise them with their own. Find out how we do it here.
Vase – It’s a buck, takes about 5 minutes to pretty up, and makes a great teacher gift, or for mommy from the kids. Here are the super easy instructions.
Snowglobe – These have endless theme or personalization possibilities! Also kids love making anything with glitter – which as a bonus you’ll keep finding everywhere for weeks. The whole family will look like they’ve been to a strip club. 😕 But still, they love it, and is a great gift for them to make for anyone. Find out how we made this one here.
Footprint hearts in frame – MOM, LOOK AWAY. SKIP TO THE NEXT ONE. You don’t have to be
burdened blessed (you know I’m not serious) with 4 kids to make a whole flower. One can do all petals, 2 can do 2 – you don’t need it spelled out,right? I thought this makes such a special gift to mommy (except in this house where Daddy cringes at the paint, so unless I’m making it for myself…) or grandparents. Mom, you’re not still reading this are you? Fine. Surprise! Here‘s our play-by-play.
Reasons Jar – Recycling the same craft from above, I thought of another way to use the vase. Make it this year, and then every day, or week, put in “reasons why I love…” Want more detailed instructions? Go here.
Sprinkle surprises – Small gestures go a long way. You don’t always have to buy an expensive gift. Leave a trail of little candies everywhere your loved one goes in the morning – nightstand, bathroom sink, refrigerator, by coat. Breakfast in bed. Doing their chores (this goes for everybody in the house). 20 extra hugs – that’s my favorite. Love notes. Jackpot and I have been leaving each other little post-it love notes since the beginning. Sometimes it’s just a heart. I’ve kept every single one. I now leave the kids little notes – in their lunchbox, written in Sharpie on the snacktime string cheese wrapper (I felt the need to specify wrapper. I really hope none of you would write in permanent marker directly on the kid’s food!), in a book they’re reading,etc. We used to have the cutest mini heart post-its, so I went looking for something like it and found these.