Valentine’s Day has long been a day of controversy. Some people consider it an opportunity to celebrate love and loved ones; some consider it a poor excuse for spending money; and others find it a sad reminder of the absence of romance in their lives.
Whatever your perspective, Valentine’s Day can be an occasion to celebrate your relationship with your partner, children, or grandchildren. The celebration does not require grand gestures, expensive flowers, or pricey chocolates; often the greatest and most memorable gifts are investments of time, spent laughing, learning, and living together.
We have gathered some fun (and inexpensive) ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.
1. Valentines Day Love Magnets
Customize your own message onto adorable valentines day magnets using clear flat marbles, colored paper and a little decoupage medium. Not only are these easy to make, but the fun conversation heart phrases make them great gifts for friends, family, and significant others! Step by step guide to make marble valentines magnets.
2. Homemade Cards
While stores have plenty of Valentine’s Day cards, it’s hard to find one that expresses your thoughts perfectly. Make your own cards on the computer or with construction or scrap booking paper. Pop-up cards are one of the most inexpensive, yet heartwarming ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day. Click here for a template and step-by-step directions to create your own delightful greeting.
3. Valentine Printable in a Frame
Looking for a really romantic and meaningful gift that’s easy and budget friendly? Try creating a customized printable message in a frame for a loved one. All you need is a frame ( easy to find at a dollar store), a cute heart felt ribbon, or any other crafty decor you want to use, and a printer with white paper. To find a step by step guide to create this fun craft, click here. You can either create your own special printable message, or go online for free printable messages .
4. Customized Candles
Some people avoid purchasing candles or giving them as gifts because of scent allergies. Unscented candles are agreeable options for people with allergies, and can be less expensive than the scented alternatives. Use candles, sheets of beeswax, and cookie cutters to create a customized candle that can add atmosphere to a celebratory meal, or be used as decoration and a reminder of time spent together.
5. Candy Kabobs
Everyone loves candy,and what better way to show someone how much they mean by giving them their own customized Candy Kabob! Not only are these really easy to make, but they can be customized for any holiday, or special occasion. All you will need is a variety of soft/gummy candies, bamboo skewers, clear bags, and ribbon!
6. Wooden Picture Frame
Celebrate your relationships by printing pictures and framing them in your own homemade wooden photo frame. A framed picture in a personalized frame created by you, will last longer than a box of chocolates, and will be sure to melt the heart of the person you give it to. To create this craft you will need a wooden unfinished picture frame, paint, stencils, ribbon, wooden letters and any other decor you would like to use. For detailed instructions on how to create this craft click here.
7. Valentine Garland
A Valentine’s garland is a beautiful addition to celebrations and gatherings, and need not be reserved for one day only. The delicate, pretty garland is a smiling symbol of care, and can be customized by colour, shape, and size. Graphic designer Olivia Kanaley provides a step-by-step tutorial.
8. Valentines Love Dish
Create a personalized custom dish for your loved on that will be remembered on a daily basis! Its really easy, and very practical so you can be sure it’ll be used often! All you will need is a dish of your choice (bowl, mug or plate), a sharpie and an oven. Click here to follow step by step instruction on how to create this memorable gift.
9. Children’s Handprint Crafts
Creating this artwork is a wonderful way to spend time with a child and celebrate his or her artistic gifts. The finished product can be a memorable keepsake or a cherished gift. Try the Valentine Handprint Canvas or the Hands and Hearts art to preserve the child’s hand prints and send a message of love.
The final gift idea is the gift of time; time is valuable, and greatly appreciated. On average, people spend about $115 on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to an article published by The Globe and Mail. According to Statistics Canada, in 2008, Canadian chocolate manufacturers made $1 billion in revenue. In 2009, Canadian retailers sold $2.2 billion of cosmetics and fragrances.
Yet time can mean more than the fullest bouquets and the glossiest gems. Visiting a friend, inviting someone over for a meal, or making plans to go out for coffee are simple yet significant ways to place value on others.