Guest post from Jami Leigh Balmet
Valentine’s Day can be a fun expression of love to our spouses, children, co-workers, family, and friends. Or, it could be a financial headache and just one more thing to add to our to do lists. Don’t let that happen this year. By planning ahead and taking a few minutes, you can craft some fun, inexpensive, and heart felt gifts for everyone you love this Valentine’s Day. And let’s face it, a homemade gift does mean so much more than a store-bought box of chocolates.
Decorated Tea Box and Bags
Over Christmas, my husband fell in love with a new tea and he is the kind of guy who has to have a cup every night. So I made him his very own box of tea with lots of hearts and “I Love Yous” all over it. I also made cute little hearts at the end of the tea bags. This way he can think of me whenever he gets a craving for tea at his office.
Just start with your favorite tea, cover the box in cute scrapbooking paper and cut out hearts for the tea bags. This is a quick and easy gift for your spouse or friends in your office.
Scripture Memory Cards
I made these gifts for my ladies Bible study group and everyone loved them! I broke the scriptures of Proverbs 31 into nine sections so we could memorize them easily. I printed the scripture so that they all fit onto one page and then had them laminated. I then cut them into pieces, punched a hole in the corner and attached them with a metal ring.
It’s a quick and easy present that can be taken with our loved ones wherever they go.
Other cute ideas to print:
- “The Love Chapter” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient; love is kind…”
- “12 Reasons Why I Love You”
- 21 “chore” cards. I.e. One free 30 minute back rub
You can download my Proverbs 31 Scripture Memory Cards free printable page here: Proverbs 31 Bible Study Memory Cards.
A Family Journal Calendar
I originally saw this idea on Design Sponge and instantly fell in love. But being the scrapbooker that I am, I had to make my journal calendar more exciting and colorful! The idea is you have one line for each year. So each day you flip open to the current day and write in the year and one line of something your family did that day. For instance: February 14th, 2012: Jason surprised the family with chocolates and a family journal calendar. Then next year you flip to February 14th again and add under that line- 2013: The kids made a lovely dinner for Mom and Dad and we all played monopoly.
What a wonderful way to remember big moments such as “Baby’s First Step” and memories that tend to fade such as a fun day at the park.
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcake Bites
If you haven’t tried making your own cupcake bites yet, do yourself a favor and make them this year. They aren’t hard to make and everyone loves them. I have to make dozens for my husband to take to work each Valentine’s Day!
Fun Photo Gifts
Okay so these gifts aren’t totally homemade, but they are adorable and can be as fast as your mouse will click.
Target has some seriously fun, photo gifts
Costco also has some fun gifts:
Costco allows you to make custom notebooks with the options of Address book, Baby book, Birthday reminder, Wedding planner, and more.
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