Mom always said, “It’s the thought that counts.” And when it comes to finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, she’s right! Gifting with purpose is the name of the game when Valentine’s Day rolls around. So don’t worry about price points and fancy wrapping as long as you’re thinking with your heart. DIY gifts are a great way to show how much you care, and we’ve got some simple ideas that are sure to surprise your better half.
Provided you live in a place where snow is a guarantee in February, a pre-planned “snow day” is something you can enjoy together. Obviously, to fully appreciate an outdoor Valentine’s Day, you’ll need to dress the part. Bundle up in your warmest winter coats, tall boots, and snow pants if you have them (rain-resistant athletic pants can also do the trick). You can even make wardrobe a part of the gift by surprising your partner with a new winter scarf, hat, or gloves.
As far as snowy activities, we recommend the classics. Start with snow angels, then move on to snowman assembly. Build a snow fort using a handy block maker; you can find a variety of block molds online to ensure airtight construction. If you’re the competitive type, engage in a good-natured snowball fight. It might sound silly, but there’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgic fun in the wintertime.
The best part about snow days? Drinking hot cocoa afterward! Prepare some gourmet drinks by doctoring up the standard store-bought cocoa mix. Add chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks, caramel sauce, whipped cream, marshmallows, or a splash of peppermint schnapps for a truly decadent drink. Then, find yourselves a cozy fleece blanket and relax.
Sign up for a class at your local pottery shop and give a one-of-a-kind gift your significant other will use year-round. Decorate a coffee mug with your love’s favorite colors or meaningful messages and pair it with a bag of locally roasted beans for a thoughtful and practical Valentine’s Day present.
Toast to your relationship with a personalized wine or cocktail package. Start with a sturdy seagrass basket and add a few wines to try together for the first time. Pair the bottles with assorted local cheeses, meats, nuts, crackers, or other small snacks for a low-key indoor picnic. Don’t forget to add some cute napkins and plates.
Another fun option is a cocktail basket. Gather everything you need to create your partner’s craft cocktail of choice and make a few drinks together. Pro tip: Choose a cocktail with a memory association, like the mojitos you sipped on your honeymoon or the brandy old-fashioned you had on your first date. Again, pair the spirits with local snacks or order takeout ahead of time for a fuss-free evening.
Who doesn’t love movie night? Transform the living room into a theater for a relaxing, at-home movie marathon. Queue up the streaming service or grab some classic DVDs. Keep some soft drinks or cocktails nearby, and don’t forget the snacks. To avoid constant pausing, bring the food and snacks within reach. Set up a popcorn bar for a unique twist on a cinema favorite; make a big bowl of popcorn with optional toppings like melted butter, olive oil, finely grated parmesan cheese, sea salt, and herbs and spices. A batch of pre-mixed cocktails or sangria is also a smart move
To keep things extra cozy, include cute, comfy pajamas, fuzzy socks, or a new fleece blanket.
Is it even Valentine’s Day without copious amounts of sugar? Nothing says, “I love you” like homemade cookies and candy. Whether you work in secret to surprise your partner or spend time in the kitchen together, baking Valentine’s treats is the ultimate in DIY gifting.
Frosted sugar cookies are a holiday must-have. Use a piping bag to write sweet notes and inside jokes on every cookie surface. Chocolate bark is a simple option for even the most inexperienced bakers. Melt your favorite brand of chocolate and pour it into a paper-lined baking dish. Top with crushed candies, dried fruits, or nuts, and let it all harden in the fridge for a delicious V-Day treat. Homemade hot cocoa mix is another nice option to enjoy throughout the winter months.
There are many ways to organize your goodies for gifting. Use decorative tins, printed plastic bags, or cardboard cookie trays. Our favorite: Place a selection of treats in a reusable basket or canvas storage bin with a quality set of monogrammed towels as a cushion.
Above all, it’s the time spent together that you’ll remember forever. However, you decide to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day, be sure to celebrate in a way that means something to the both of you. A homemade item or customized event is always appreciated.