When the month of February is approaching, you can simply feel love and romance floating in the air. As commercial as nowadays' consumerist society might have made it, Saint Valentine's Day remains the celebration of love. It has become a tradition that, no matter the stage of their relationship, couples exchange gifts. It's usually flowers, jewellery, teddy bears or chocolate for women, and ties, watches, gadgets and luxury pens for men.
If you want to step off the beaten track and offer your Valentine a personalized present made by your own two hands, all you have to do is to use your creativity and to spend a few hours crafting it. Here are some ideas of do-it-yourself gifts you can make for your wife or girlfriend this year:
A Love Jar
Women like being told how special they are. No matter how long is your history together and how many times you have already proven yourself, they simply like hearing it. Why wouldn't you take this opportunity to tell her how you feel? Write a few sweet notes, fold them nicely and put them in a jar, together with some heart shaped confetti, candies, chocolate or bath salt. Make your choice in accordance with your partner's tastes and preferences, and you can be sure she will get something special this year. Moreover, this is a really easy-to-make gift. Once you have everything you need, you can prepare your love jar in a few minutes.
Jewellery is another thing women love, but you have already showered her with all sorts of design earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Without spending a fortune, this year you can offer her a special garment you made yourself. If you are not good at handcrafts, maybe you should start with something easy, but nevertheless interesting like a lace pendant.
DIY Lace Necklace - Flickr/ecokarenlee
Look for a piece of lace fabric. It can be an old one as long as its condition is good. Cut out the pattern carefully and attach it on both sides to a chain necklace. For better effects, you can use a stiffening solution and iron the lace before hooking the chain.
You have been together for a while. Hence, you created a bunch of memories, but the pace of modern life is so hectic that you rarely find the time to sit down and recall those times. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. Moreover, you will have a personalized gift that will show her how much you appreciate your relationship.
Make a list of the moments you want to include in your memory book. Look for pictures you took on those occasions. If you don't have photos for each memory you want to reiterate, don't panic. There are other solutions. You can recreate the atmosphere using other clues: pressed leaves for a walk in the park, a drawing of the Eiffel Tower for a trip to Paris, etc. Now take a notebook and assemble everything in a creative way. Add some words coming from the bottom of your heart. Ta dah! Here is your Valentine's Day gift.