I love looking at Valentine's Day from the perspective of my kids.
For them, Valentine's Day is an excuse to craft with hearts, to create something that tells their FAVORITE people they love them (and perhaps an opportunity to give and receive tasty gifts as well)! What could be better than that?
Whether you are about to celebrate your first Valentine's Day with your boyfriend or girlfriend, your 50th with your spouse, or you've got kids and you want to make it extra special for them, Valentine's Day is a Holiday worthy of your creativity.
I'm always curious about how Holidays came about... so here's a bit about the origin of Valentine's Day if you are curious as well.
To assist you in the very important task of getting creative this Valentine's Day... I've provided a few homemade Valentine gift ideas below.
Then further down, you'll find some free and simple ways to show your love on Valentine's Day!
Kids love advent calendars and a Valentine version is a really fun way to make Valentine's Day extra special. If you are looking for a gift-worthy Valentine craft idea to keep you warm during the cold months between December and February, look no further!
While there are many ways to make a really cool Valentine countdown, I have included a very special free printable template to help you make your own from scratch.
Use the templates provided to create your own fun gift boxes that attach to your calendar and hold a small gift for each day leading to Valentine's Day.
Get the template and learn how to make a Valentine countdown calendar here.
When flower bouquets, candy and creativity meet... you get a candy bouquet!
I love making my own candy bouquets for a variety of occasions but Valentine's Day may be the most perfect fit for this particular homemade gift idea!
This is a great project for adults as well as kids. There's lots of ways to get the kids involved in this one (they will love working with candy)... from allowing them to make the whole bouquet... to preparing the candy on sticks and having them make the arrangements... to simple having them decorate the vase or pot.
In addition to the Valentine's Day candy bouquet shown, you may also like these potted candy arrangements as well as these all around candy bouquet instructions.
If you make your own treats for homemade Valentine gifts such as truffles, fudge or cookies, you can use Valentine colored or Valentine patterned paper to make origami boxes for individual sized treats.
One box can enclose a homemade:
You may want to wrap each treat in parchment paper to help keep them fresh before you enclose them in the boxes.
...Or you could stuff your boxes with a few store-bought candies such as Hershey's kisses, jelly beans, conversation hearts, chocolate covered coffee beans for adults, etc.
Another easy option is to go to a gourmet chocolate shop or your local handmade chocolate shop and purchase a few fancy chocolates to include one per box.
For an extra special presentation, try making a clear lid (instructions here)!
You can make just one origami box per person or make several and stack them up for your own homemade Valentine gift treat tower...
To make your own treat tower (instructions here), make 3 - 4 different sized origami boxes and stack them to create a fancy treat tower like they sell in specialty gift shops.
If you get tired of giving sweets or you can't for any reason, you could give homemade play dough in Valentine colors or wrapped in colored plastic wrap.
You could also attach one or more plastic wrapped red play dough balls and a heart shaped cookie cutter to a balloon to give for small homemade Valentine gifts.
You can make homemade Valentine gift treat bags full of things like:
These items are available at dollar stores, crafts stores and party supply stores... and also Amazon.
This year, I got these adorable "neon monkey" temporary tattoos for my daughter and friends.
Ever get tired of store bought Valentines? You can instead, make your own Valentine cards for family and especially for your kid's Valentine exchange at school.
You may think you don't have time for such a task... but here's how to make several easy homemade Valentines in 10 minutes or less.
If you have a little time, you could also create these Valentine's Day Cards with Pockets to enclose candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, a charm or a hand written love note for someone special.
The original larger pouch card works too for enclosing more candy or a larger item.
Homemade Valentine gifts are sweet to give and so are the following simple, free and easy things you can do to make the day special. There are ideas that lean toward romance for your partner and also things that you can do to sweeten the day for your children.
Homemade Valentine gifts can be wrapped up and tagged with these free printable heart tags.