Heeeeey it's almost time for another gratuitous commercial holiday!!! Whether you feel like this about Valentine's Day:
Or like this:
Or even like this:
Chances are there is SOMEONE in your life you should do something for. You could help your local big box store monopolize your town and buy a heart-shaped box full of crappy, waxy chocolate from them, and a card for good measure. Awesome!
But it doesn't have to be that way. If that special someone is expecting a gift from you, show them you are willing to put a little more time and love into something you made- just for them. There are a ton of ideas out there, but in all honesty most of them will get you a very heartfelt thank you and then be tucked away in the back of a drawer never to see the light of day again. On this particular holiday the adage "it's the thought that counts" may truly be what's most important, but we tried to round up a few tutorials from around the web that we think are actually kind of cool. And the best part is there's something for everyone. Some of these are even perfect Galentines projects!
There are few things that make you feel more pampered than soaking in a hot bath that smells amazing and FIZZES. Candles, rose petals, glass of wine? Major bonus. You don't need to spend a fortune at Lush to create that experience- these require pretty basic household ingredients and you can get creative with the scent.
The possibilities with these are endless. Do some cool artwork, write a funny phrase (I love you a latte!) an inside joke, or personalize them with names in your best lettering. A google image search for Sharpie Mugs will turn up a ton of ideas!
Yes this is cheesy but it's actually a sweet memento especially if you're married or you've been together for a while. It calls to mind the early, carefree days of your relationship while symbolizing the strength and longevity of your bond. Plus it would make a great paperweight.
This is just a cute alternative to a card. Write your message of love and appretiation and wind it around a retro wooden spool.
Basically these are just rediculously cute. This tutorial link gives you 22 ideas of gifts you can make with Altoid tins. Perfect for traveling, backpacking or popping into your murse or purse when you're on the go, there is everything from a Pocket Tackle Box to a Martini on the Go Kit.
Because well-groomed facial hair is a win-win: it makes both of you happy. Once you've bought the main ingredients, it's cheap to make a bunch of bottles of these. As the tutorial states, "Beard oil offers a variety of benefits for an unshaven man: it moisturizes the often dry skin underneath, it tames beard frazzle, and it just smells nice."
Again, there are just so many options with this gift. Use photos of trips you took together, your kids and pets, or couple selfies. Cut the photos into heart shapes if you want it to be super valentine-y.
These are easy, endlessly customizable, make your skin feel amazeballs, and would go great with the Bath Bombs!
Pretty much this is all anyone really wants. The genius of the Koozie is that it simultaneously keeps your drink cold and your hands warm. And then maybe your partner won't need to warm their hands up by slipping them under your shirt and onto your nice warm back. With this method you can customize the Koozie with any old image you choose! You will be required to sew exactly two straight lines, which even the least crafty of us can manage. You can even sew it by hand with a strong whipstitch if you are sewing machine-challenged.
So there you go! Plenty of time to whip up some handmade Valentine's Day love. Your boo will appreciate you sooooo much! Now go get 'em, Tiger!
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