Here are 5 easy DIY gift ideas for Valentine’s Day that you can do with your significant other or, even if you’re single, with your best friends.
1. ‘Open when…’ letters
Although a simple idea, this is one of the easiest ways to show someone how much you care for them and it can be shared with friends or your respective boyfriend or girlfriend. All you need is paper, coloured pens or pencils, envelopes and a little bit of time. For this DIY, address the letters to your valentine and write on the envelopes to open the letters when the person is sad, angry, upset or are missing you and whatever else you can think of to add a little bit of flare. You can always use a ribbon or a box to keep them all together and to dress them up a little.
Other ideas include:
- When you can't sleep
- When you overthink
- When you have a good day
- When you’re bored
2. ‘Reasons why I love you’ or ‘Favourite memories’ jar or box
This is another DIY that requires a little bit of time, but will be worth the effort! All you do is find an old shoe box or an empty jar, get some coloured paper - I would suggest pink and red for a Valentine’s Day theme - and write down reasons why you love the person you're giving it to or some of your favourite memories of them. They can then read your notes and memories whenever they want to. To add to this DIY you can cut the paper into heart shapes or you can decorate your box or jar. For example, if you’re using a glass jar decorate it with sharpies or add a label to your jar or box to really make it special.
3. Baked goods
Making baked goods is always a good way to show people you care about them. They can either be given as a gift or shared, follow our guide to Valentine’s Day baking here. http://www.rguunion.co.uk/media/radar/
4. Handmade cards
Perhaps considered a little “primary school”, but using a handmade card rather than a store bought one can show the person just how much you care. You can also add some personal flare to this DIY. For example: if you have a friend who hates Valentine’s Day make them an Anti-Valentine’s day card as opposed to a traditional Valentine’s Day one. Or, if your significant other has a love for all things sparkly create a glittery ensemble. You can really add that extra personal touch by making your own rather than giving any generic store card.
5. Personalised CD or Playlist
As cliché as it may sound, a personal playlist or CD for your Valentine can be a quick and easy way to, not only share your love for music with a specific individual but, can also introduce them to a new genre of music. You can even create a theme to a specific playlist like ‘Songs That Remind Me Of You’, ‘Songs You Should Hear’, or ‘My Favourite Love Songs’. It’s romantic, personal and easy to do - it’s bound to be a real winner.