Personalized Business Case
Don't let your main man go without a handy carrying case for his business papers, newspapers, and magazines. He'll love getting our DIY business case for Valentine's Day! Customize the designed holder to fit his interests, too.
February 14 signals Valentine's Day, but it's also smack dab in the middle of winter (and you know what that means: cold!). So hand knit a scarf for your special someone. Variegated yarn offers the option of multiple colors, while a repeating pattern makes it easy enough for beginners.
Top Valentine's Day Ideas
If you're looking for a big-ticket item to give for this Valentine's Day, try our DIY desk idea. Cut an old table down to a tidy console by selecting a desired length (but no more than 18 inches for stability) and trimming off the legs. Mount a 1x4 board to the wall, and use L-shape brackets to secure the desk to it.
Editor's Tip: Want to re-create the clever memo center? Cut an old crib spring down to a square shape, and frame the cut edge with a 1x2 board.
Snazz up some simple cork coasters with our geometric designs for a DIY Valentine's Day gift. To make, cut 4x4-inch squares from thin cork. Cut a simple herringbone pattern from stencil acetate. Press the stencil onto a cork square and apply acrylic paint.
Freestanding Photo Collage
Give your valentine the gift of a trip down memory lane with our freestanding photo collage. Select 14-20 photos that are special to you and your man, and crop them into 4-inch squares. Print onto photo paper; cut out. Using adhesive strips or Mod Podge, carefully adhere each photo to a thick piece of white cardstock (the paper has to be thick enough to stand on its own). Use a crafts knife to cut out each photo, leaving a small border. On all four sides of each photo, cut small slits as shown. Assemble your photo collage by fitting the photos together using the cut slits.
Bar Tool Essentials
If your main man is a self-proclaimed mixologist, let him tend bar at home with a full set of bar tools and accessories. Get him ready to start pouring with a cocktail shaker, jigger, cocktail strainer, corkscrew, juicer, bar spoon, and cocktail muddler.
Sweet Succulent Arrangment
If your man is the gardening type, try an arrangement of unique succulents for his Valentine's Day gift. Arrange the plants in a cool-looking bowl or basin. Our picks:
A. Miniature pine tree (Crassula tetragona)
B. Tiger jaws (Faucaria tigrina)
C. Paddle plant (Cotyledon macrantha)
D. Narrow-leaf haworthia (Haworthia angustifolia)
E. Ox tongue (Gasteria verrucosa)
F. Variegated creeping crassula (Crassula sarmentosa variegata)
Kitchen Pot Holders
If your guy is the chef in the family, a set of fun pot holders is an easy Valentine's Day gift for him. Pick out a couple of brightly colored holders in patterns that he'll love and wrap with wooden spoons, measuring cups, or another type of kitchen utensil.
Beer and Peanuts
If the quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, this beer-and-peanuts pairing will have him head-over-heels in no time. Repackage salted shelled peanuts in a resealable plastic bag and pair with your loved one's favorite specialty beer. Transform the store-bought snacks into a special treat by adding a personalized tag or note and embellishing with red ribbon.
Business Gift Combo
For your tech-savvy valentine, tuck the shiny new toy that he's been eyeing, like an iPod touch, in the front pocket of a white collared shirt. He'll look smart and polished at the office, and he'll love having apps for just about everything at his fingertips.
Five Handmade Gift Ideas
Need a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? Watch this video for five easy ideas for handmade gifts, including customizable stoneware and fun food gifts.
Homemade Pizza Kit
Surprise your valentine with a romantic dinner in. Make and bake two large or four small pizza crusts and wrap up a variety of his favorite pizza toppers plus our quick pizza sauce. Include instructions to bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes, and place in a decorated pizza box.
Decorated Leather Flask
Wrap a nice leather flask with red-and-white valentine-theme paper and add a message, such as "Be My Valentine." Cut the paper to fit and secure in back using tape.
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Hot Chocolate Date with Personalized Mugs
Turn a simple Valentine's Day gift into an intimate date with personalized hot chocolate mugs, two packets of hot chocolate, and mini bottles of Irish cream liquor. Package everything together with pretty tissue paper. Before you sit down to enjoy your hot chocolate, write a message or draw a picture on the mugs.
DIY Tablet Case
For the gadget-obsessed man in your life, create a personalized tablet case from ever-trusty duct tape. Wrap lightweight fabric around the tablet, leaving some overlap for a closure flap. Cover one side end-to-end with duct tape in your desired pattern. Add self-stick tape to the closure to finish.
Memory-Saver Photo Frame
Highlight a trip, hobby, or other event in a gift that will make him remember your most-cherished memories. Create a custom embellished photo mat by arranging words and phrases in an illustration program then converting them to an outline font. Print your creation on art paper, then color the words.
Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce
Spice it up this Valentine's Day with the gift of hot sauce. Try our Triple-Pepper recipe, which is perfect for kicking up everything from stir-fry to scrambled eggs, or buy his favorite hot sauce and personalize with our printable labels. Adorn your gift with dried chili peppers and a festive photo-transfer label.
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Keep your loved one extra warm and cozy this Valentine's Day with a terry cloth, flannel, or fleece bathrobe. The classic men's wrap is sure to keep him warm even when he's not cuddling with you.
Travel Wall Art
Remind your man of a favorite vacation you took together with our easy wall art. Just cut a map to standard printer-paper size and use it to print special phrases and images you share. Attach the map to a store-bought canvas with spray adhesive, then brush with two coats of decoupage medium to seal.
Homemade Meat Rub
Custom spice mixes are a quick and easy gift to give a man who loves to cook or grill. Fill a small spice jar with our Jamaican Jerk Rub, and wrap the jar with twine. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon and adhere to a wooden clothespin using glue; use the clothespin to attach a card with the spice name and instructions.
Fortune Cookies with Dipping Chocolate
Sharing fortune cookies dipped in chocolate can be a fun and sweet after-dinner activity to do with your valentine. Line plastic Chinese take-out boxes with decorative tissue, then fill them with store-bought fortune cookies. Wrap a jar of dipping chocolate with patterned paper and ribbon, then tuck a paper heart under the ribbon for a finishing touch.
Map Coaster Set
Decoupage maps or special items, such as photos or artwork, onto square tiles to make a one-of-a-kind set of Valentine's Day drink coasters. Back the tiles with felt to keep them from scratching surfaces.
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