Now is not the time to be crammed into a mall searching for the perfect gift for your loved one (though we would argue there is never a good time). Instead, if there is an upcoming birthday, special occasion, or just because, why not make your partner a gift instead?
People appreciate handmade gifts because you took the time and energy to make them. Do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts are meaningful and fun, and the best part is that you can surprise the love of your life anytime by making one. There are a ton of homemade gifts for a partner you can make, but if this isn’t high on your skills list, no worries. We’ve got you covered.
Say it with sweets
There are a ton of sweet things to do for your partner (pun intended). You know their favorite candy, right? Find a small mason jar or container and fill it with sweet treats. Next, tie a heart-shaped note around the lid with a ribbon and write, “I love you to pieces,” on it. It’s a perfect item to keep on their desk to remind them of you.
If your sweetie loves fresh-baked bread, make them a few loaves of banana bread. Let them cool and wrap them with cellophane. Next, print off one of these adorable bread wrappers to give it a little personality. These are specific for Valentine’s Day, but there are lots of options online to customize your own.
Everyone loves a love note
If your honey doesn’t have a sweet tooth, you can take that same small mason jar or glass container and fill it with love notes. Grab construction paper and cut out squares that you can fold in half. Write memories, lyrics, quotes, or anything else that reminds you of them. Whenever they’re having a bad day, they can take a note out, and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
If you have a favorite photo of your significant other, frame it with a thick matting. Then, write a love letter to them on the matte using a silver or gold permanent marker. It’s the perfect addition to any home and only requires a frame, pen, picture, and your imagination.
Consider their hobbies
Does your babe love baseball? If so, order several balls online and write notes in permanent marker on the balls. It’s a cute and unique way to incorporate what they love into their gift. This is the time where puns can really shine, so don’t be shy about writing “reasons you’re a catch” and listing all the reasons why.
What about comics? If your bae is way into Marvel or DC, check out these DIY comic coasters. They use real comic books, and you can customize them with their favorite characters. This one is a little more advanced, but luckily, this blog walks you through the process step by step and gives you a list of everything you’ll need to make the project a success.
Be your own mixologist
Another fun DIY idea for your partner is to make your own customized olive oils. You can buy olive oil in bulk and use several different bottles in fun shapes and sizes to create one-of-a-kind oils by introducing herbs like rosemary and thyme or items like garlic or red pepper. Leave them to marinate for a few days or weeks before you gift them. It’s the perfect gift for the home chef in your life.
Similarly, you can infuse their favorite spirit like gin, tequila, or vodka with pineapple, lemon, lime, strawberry, or a mixture of any of the above into large jars. Just tie a ribbon around it and put a note on top that you are GIN-uinely glad you met them and, voila — you’ve got the perfect gift.
Store-bought presents are nice, and they have their place, but taking the time to think of something your partner would really love and appreciate just feels extra kinds of special. These ideas are relatively easy if you don’t fancy yourself a crafty person, and they don’t cost a lot either.
You don’t need to wait until it’s a special occasion. Sometimes, the best gifts are ones you don’t expect. Find an hour or an afternoon and dig into one of these fun DIY projects. Your sweetie will thank you, and you will earn some serious points in the process. Happy gifting!
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