Valentine’s Day gifts are always a challenge. You don’t want to be cliché and go with flowers and chocolates, but you’re not able to come up with anything else either. Well, you know what they say. The best gifts are the ones that carry a personal touch.
Don’t worry. We’re not asking you to make the gifts from scratch. Though, if you’re good enough to sew things like Sew Covered, maybe you should. Anyway, what we’re asking is for you to take time to make gifts, even simple ones.
Knowing that you took time away from your busy schedule is a tremendous gift, and a material reminder can be heartwarming to have.
Look around. Is there a mason jar sitting somewhere, empty and unused?
Go online. Look up instructions on how to make origami flowers or cranes. Write little notes on the paper before folding them into the shape of your choice. Put them in the mason jar. It’s adorable, it’s practical, and it tells your loved one you took the time to do all of that.
Poetry is an excellent gift, too. There’s also a quick form you can use that’ll fit in a text message.
Read up on haiku or tanka. These are both forms of Japanese poetry that are defined by syllable count in their lines and the use of natural imagery. The 5-7-5 structure of haiku is more popular, but you can get a little extra punch with the 5-7-5-7-7 count of tanka.
Express your love and what you love about your significant other in a short poem, quick and easy. It doesn’t even have to rhyme, and there are so many examples you can find to help you get started.
Do you have a mug and an oil-based sharpie? Can you write?
If the answer to the questions above is “Yes,” why not personalise a mug? If you don’t have a mug, you can buy one. Write a simple message. I suggest avoiding puns unless you know they don’t mind them. It’s quick, easy to do, and won’t cost you a lot.
Buy a jar, some cards, and some writing tools.
Fill the jar with cheap, but intimate date ideas. Present it as a gift, and let them pick a card whenever you two want to go out on a date but don’t have the money for the usual dinner and dancing. Small favours like massages and breakfast in bed are good, too.
Make a custom playlist for them.
In the old days, whether you millennials believe it or not, we didn’t have digital services. No, we had to make an effort to record the songs we liked on blank media called tapes. These days, all you need to do is to create a custom playlist.
If you want to go the extra mile, actually find the songs on that custom playlist and give it to her on some manner of storage media. If it’s feasible – like with a USB flash drive – you can decorate that for a more romantic feel, too.