Nothing says “I love you” like a one-of-a-kind gift you’ve made with your own two hands. This Valentine’s Day, take a break from the same old candies and flowers and put on your crafting gloves: do-it-yourself gifts are a romantic way to show your loved one how much you care.
52 Reasons I Love You
The reasons are countless, but an abridged list makes a more manageable gift for Valentine’s Day. Turn a deck of playing cards into the most unique gift your valentine has ever received.
U Complete Me Pillow
It’s all about the pillow talk this Valentine’s Day. Turn a pair of plain pillowcases into a romantic gift for your sweetie with a DIY iron-on message of love.
12 Pre-Planned Date Ideas
Make it a date this Valentine’s Day and beyond! A basket full of 12 pre-planned dates (or however many you see fit) gives you and your sweetie something special to look forward to each month.
Personalized coupon gifts are always a big hit, and they’re almost as much fun for you to make as they are for your special someone to redeem. These romantic coupons can be redeemable for activities as tame or as spicy as you’d like.
Love Notes Felt Notebook
Whisper (or, in this case, write down) sweet nothings to your significant other. This handmade felt notebook opens up into the shape of a heart. It’s a darling gift for Valentine’s Day, or any romantic occasion.
Your light bulbs may burn out, but your love will last forever. Tell the light of your life how much he means with this DIY valentine light bulb decoration. Turn a boring household accessory into a sweet gift he’ll adore.
Making Memory Candles
Display your favorite photos in a whole new way. Using see-through contact paper and black and white versions of your favorite photos, turn a set of plain candle holders into a romantic gift that displays your favorite moments forever.
Meringue Message Cones
Delicious (and adorable) meringue message cones put a unique spin on the idea of fortune cookies. Each delectable treat hides a surprise inside-a romantic message for your sweetheart.
Seven Days of Love
Your spouse may claim to not like surprises, but he’s sure to love this one. Fill a seven-day pill box with tiny treats and surprises, plus a special message for each day. Use a pre-made printable for the note, or use your own creative design and message.
I Love You Because…
Your favorite photo frame, a darling pre-made print, and a dry-erase marker become an easy and romantic DIY project your loved one will cherish. Personalize your message for Valentine’s Day, and change it whenever and however your heart desires.
Be Mine Candy Wrappers
It doesn’t get much better than chocolate. For a sweet DIY treat, remove the labels from your special someone’s favorite nugget chocolates, and create your own in their place.
He Holds the Key to My Heart
This charming gift is just as romantic for him as it is meaningful to you. A vintage key becomes the foundation for this creative gift, which also features items you can easily find at home and at your local craft store.
Turn a cherished photograph into a beautiful DIY photo pillow. The memories are captured forever, and the pillow’s vintage feel makes it not only a romantic gift but also a beautiful display piece for your bedroom or family room.
Candle in a Bottle
Turn a used book and an old glass bottle into a romantic gift. Use it to tell your special someone what they mean to you, and then let the soft candlelight set the mood all year.
Popcorn Date Invite
Sometimes the typical “date night” for couples can be a little overdone (and expensive). Instead, why not spent a cozy night in? Get creative and assemble a date night package with everything you and your sweetie will need to enjoy a night on your own couches, in front of your own TV.
Pie in a Jar
Give the cupcakes and chocolates a rest, and opt for pie instead. Even better, this DIY pie in a jar recipe makes a sweet and romantic gift that’s as fun to make as it is to enjoy (with your special someone, of course).
Message in a Bottle
A message in a bottle is a romantic gift for any special occasion. He’ll appreciate the sweet sentiment, and he’ll also love that his special message is part of a keychain-something he’ll be glad to use for years to come.
Made with Love Jar
How do you tell someone you love them? A batch of cookies should do it! Fill a wide-mouth jar with cookies, and then add pretty paper and a “Made With Love” label to dress up the jar. It’s a quick but romantic way to present a batch of his favorite cookies (or other treats) on a special occasion.
Love Potion No. 9
A print-at-home love potion label turns your favorite beverage into a romantic gift that’s also a big hit at your Valentine’s Day party.
He holds a special place in your heart, and now he can keep his place in a book, too. You can both use this cute DIY heart bookmark for holding pages in books, notepads, and calendars. As an added bonus, it will make you both smile every time you see it.
Candy makes the perfect gift for a romantic occasion. You can make it even better by packaging it in a lovingly hand-made Valentine’s Day pillowbox.
Pixel Heart Necklace
This adorable DIY gift is pixel perfect for the valentine who’s into the old 8-bit games and 80s style revival. Several layers of red, pixelated heart-shaped paper are glued together to make this simple yet romantic pendant.
One year wedding anniversaries traditionally call for paper gifts. This one fits the bill, and it’s also great for the first Valentine’s Day, or any romantic occasion thereafter. Three maps mark the special locations from romantic events in your lives. Add it to a beautiful frame to make it a romantic display piece.
Bake it in a Cake
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make these cute and delicious cupcakes, complete with a heart shape inside. They make a sweet and romantic gift for that special someone in your life, whether for a special occasion or for whenever!
You may also be interested in our list of 52 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him.