Malicious gossips claim that Valentine’s Day was invented by flower shops in order to rake in a hefty profit every year alongside Mother’s Day. To make a statement against commercialism, we suggest making Valentine’s gift yourself.
Homemade gifts for Valentine’s Day are practically free, but also priceless. Especially if you give your loved one a special experience or just time with you. Basically, Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a little reminder not to take your partner for granted.
That’s why we’ve decided on five DIY Valentine’s gifts that cost you next to nothing but give you twice as much joy as a simple bouquet of flowers.
1. DIY Valentine’s Day Gift: Morning Love Greeting
If you’re lucky enough to start Valentine’s Day together, nothing beats a leisurely breakfast in bed. To celebrate the day you can extend the tray with fresh crêpes and fragrant coffee with a few rose petals. If you don’t want to support Valentine’s consumption, you can get flowers beforehand and let the leaves dry.
Because Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 every year, it may well fall on a weekday. If you don’t live with your partner or if you have different working hours, it will be difficult to have Valentine’s breakfast together.
Instead, you can simply stick a few post-its with kind words on your better half’s bathroom mirror the night before (e.g. in the shape of a heart). Or you prepare a lunch box for him or her as a morning love greeting – with sweet messages on fruit and vegetables.
2. Love Letter as a Homemade Valentine’s Gift
Writing a love letter the old-fashioned way for Valentine’s Day isn’t just a romantic idea for long-distance couples. Even if you see your partner more often, a handwritten love message like this is much better received than a quick WhatsApp message. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a calligrapher
To write a beautiful love letter. Just write down what you love about the other person and what you are grateful for. Decorated with a few lipstick kisses, drawings, or photos, such a letter is a very personal Valentine’s gift.
3. Make Your Own Valentine’s To-do List
In every relationship, habit creeps in at some point. Far too often you catch yourself sinking in the evening on the couch in front of the TV instead of consciously spending time together again. Let alone have a real date with your partner.
So that this doesn’t happen (so often) in the future, give your loved one a box or a beautifully decorated glass for Valentine’s Day, which you fill with special date ideas. You can also choose one date for each of the next 12 months. As a romantic to-do list, so to speak.
As a long-term plan for your relationship, this homemade Valentine’s gift is also great for your anniversary.
Ideas for your date box:
- Night in the hotel around the corner.
- Night walk to the observatory.
- Swimming naked in a lake in the evening.
- Insert a wellness day.
- Cooking evening for a joint course menu.
- Reading: 5 things you learn when you’re with the right person.
4. Homemade Chocolate as a Valentine’s Gift
Anyone can buy chocolate. However, it is much nicer if you make the chocolates yourself for Valentine’s Day. You can easily adapt the recipe to your partner’s preferences. For example, choose dark chocolate instead of white and vice versa.
What is also presented beautifully is a self-designed bar of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. To make the chocolate yourself, all you need is a cake tin, chocolate couverture from the supermarket and a few nuts, biscuits, or spices to refine it.
Here’s how it works: You melt the chocolate in a hot water bath and pour it into the mold – line it with baking paper beforehand. Now add the decoration ingredients. Put it in the freezer and after a few hours, you can pop or break your own chocolate bar out of the mold. Lovingly packaged, it becomes a great homemade Valentine’s gift.
5. Candlelight Dinner as a DIY Valentine’s Gift
Love goes through the stomach – for example, bake your loved one a delicious Valentine’s Day cake or invite them to a homemade candlelight dinner in the dining room at home.
The food is more important than a sprawling table decoration with crafted hearts, candles, and rose petals. If you know your partner’s favorite dish, that’s half the battle.
If you like it more casual, simply order a pizza from the delivery service in the evening and eat it in bed, relaxed. After all, Valentine’s Day can be a little more unconventional.