Having made it through the majority of holiday season, it feels comical to be thinking about gifts. My wallet is in need of a break, and I’m fresh out of ideas. In spite of that, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s only a few days until significant others everywhere will be scrambling to find a gift worthy enough of giving. I know that it can be a bit corny to consider a handmade option, but it’s undeniably the most economical way to go, and arguably the most heartfelt. Here are a handful of crafty ideas, just in case.
- Coupon Book
I know, it’s a painful cliché, but I appreciate that it can be tailored to any relationship. It’s also a great chance to offer something you maybe haven’t had time for, such as making dinner. There can be as few or as many choices as you want, and time is one of the most valuable things we have to offer each other.
In a world post-Spotify, playlists are no longer the most romantic gesture. If your partner is a huge music geek, or if you share the same tastes, a thoughtfully fabricated playlist can say things in a way you maybe haven’t thought of yet. Better still, the playlist can be made for the two of you, and listened to when you bother are together. Bonus points if it’s burned on a CD and covered in cute stickers.
- Lover’s Notebook
Love letters are dead, but consider the idea of an evolved love letter system. Communication is vital for relationships to thrive, and it can be a hard thing to prioritize on a busy schedule. Having a notebook that is passed between the two of you, full of daily thoughts and adventures, is a way to make sharing exciting.
- Token of Talent
Are you really good at something or have a secret hobby? Using those talents to make something for your significant other, such as a poem, painting, or song, can be a gesture that is remembered for years to come. They’ll be receiving a part of you that is irreplaceable, and impossible to find at a store.