An Uncomplicated Life Blog: DIY Non Candy Valentine's Day Gift

Monday, January 8, 2018

DIY Non Candy Valentine's Day Gift

When chocolates and teddy bears rule the market, dare to be different and make your own DIY Valentine's Day gift that delivers a heartfelt message

I love me some holidays just about as much as I love me the color pink and all things girly. I blame the fact that my house is full of males - even my dog is a boy! And while I love holiday decor, putting up pink hearts all over my home... Just isn't appealing. Don't get me wrong, I think it's cute, I'm just not sure if it's cute in MY home. That's why I love to make my own Valentine's. I get to be crafty and decorate things with doilies and hearts and sparkles but my home remains a more mature space to live in. Check out this easy non candy Valentines Day gift you can make your spouse or loved one(s).

Not that there's anything wrong with gifting chocolates and teddy bears. Heck, maybe your spouse wants those things! But we've always tried to do Valentine's Day a little more heartfelt, even when we were just dating. Homemade Valentine's, love notes scattered around the house, that type of thing. I think by the time February rolls around, we're sick of sweets from the holidays and our anniversary is Jan. 18, so we want to keep gifting simple (and affordable) after the Christmas and anniversary rush. Enter this DIY non candy Valentine's Day gift: The homemade love note jar.

Wanna check out what I made last year? It's right here and would go great with this love note jar if you're super crafty! 

What you'll need:
- Mason jar or some sort of cute container 
- colored paper
- scissors
- pen (colored ones like these make it more fun)

Cut the paper into heart shapes by making a stencil out of either regular printer paper, sales inserts from the newspaper, or card stock. Trace the hearts onto the colored paper and cut them out. Make sure to cut INSIDE the line so that your heart comes out without ink on it (see photo below). Write sweet messages to your spouse or loved one with the fun pens. Here's some ideas to get you thinking:

- your favorite memories with them
- the best vacation you two ever went on
- the best bottle of wine you two ever shared
- an inside joke only you two would find funny
- the moment you knew you loved him/her
- the thing you love best about your relationship
- the quality they posses that you admire most

The list goes on and on and the possibilities are endless! Make sure you get enough paper to write out all the wonderful things about your loved one to fill up your jar. Fold the hearts in half so that they'll fit and the message won't be readable from the outside. This way they'll have more fun diving in and reading all the great things you have to say about them.

Once your done, decorate the container with ribbon and put a tag on it with reading instructions. You could put it on their dresser and have them read a note a day, or you could hide the hearts around the house and have them find them, putting them in the container when they're done reading them. It's up to you, and there's no wrong way to do it! You'll make your loved one's day and likely make them feel better about themselves, too. Happy Valentine's Day!

This easy DIY is a great gift for a loved on that doesn't involve candy for Valentine's Day
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  1. This is such a sweet idea, Paige - my husband made me something like this when we were first dating. He also despises getting gifts, so I'm so glad you posted this - I'm going to make him one and come full circle : ) He'll love it.

  2. This is such a fun idea! My nephew will love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this idea! I think I am going to get the supplies to make one this evening and the kids can make one for daddy! Thanks for the inspiration because I have been looking for a project for a while now!

  4. this is so cute and something i could actually do! i love the idea to write little notes on the hearts.

  5. Yes! I love this idea, thinking of doing it with my hubby for our first anniversary, but making it together and then re-openning it on our second anniversary, and filling it with new things!!

  6. I LOVE diy gifts and this is a perfect example of how you can keep it simple and heartfelt. My husband and I made a promise to do hand written cards a couple of years ago, so that's been our own DIY go to.

  7. I love this sweet idea. It's also a gift kids can participate in.

  8. Great idea! I did this several years ago (minus the hearts) and it was a big hit. I did 52 cards so it lasted all year!

  9. This is a fab idea! So many people don't want sweets or chocolate at this time of year because they're still in the January 'diet mode' so it's great to have something that they can keep and look back on in a few years!

  10. I would so love it if my spouse gave this to me, ok maybe I should do it for him :)

  11. The love note idea is so cute. I am thinking that maybe we can modify slightly and have it be something for each other.

  12. DIY gifts are always the most thoughtful in my book. This idea is so cute! Thank you for sharing.

  13. What an adorable and heartfelt gift! This is a great idea I look forward to sharing!

  14. Awe, this is so cute! Way better than candy!

  15. What a great idea! I love DIY!I'm going to modify it a bit and maybe its a game my daughter can play with her friends.

  16. Wow..... This note jar is looking cute. This is really a cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is such a sweet idea! I think this is way better than candy since you show how much you love them!

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