Easy Valentine's Gift Ideas

Three Fun Ways to Share the Love!

As Valentine's Day approaches, thoughts turn to love, romance, appreciation...and of course, that perfect gift. Here are three romantic but surprisingly easy ways to say “I love you" with flair this Valentine's Day.

Give a Gift Card From the Heart

Create a Valentine's Day card for your loved one this year. You can do it the old-fashioned (and very sentimental!) way by drawing and writing it freehand, or use our Valentines Tutorial and add your own personality to the finished product.

A handmade card says, "I thought long and hard about you...and then I made this for you." It's as good as a Cupid's arrow straight to the heart of your beloved. Try it...we think you (and your sweetie) will be pleased with the results!

Candy

Make Your Own Candy

Yes, we mean it. And it's not as difficult as it sounds. "Making" candies for that special someone doesn't require special skill. All that's needed for this fabulous edible gift is a candy mold, some meltable chips/pieces in chocolate or another flavor (be sure to purchase chips specifically for candy making) and a double-boiler or, if you don't have one, a pyrex bowl that fits only partially immersed in a pot of water.

Some "chocolate" candy making chips aren't pure chocolate -- very often they're made of meltable, edible material plus a smaller amount of chocolate. Be sure to look for a high percentage of chocolate in your chips, or enjoy the delicious and special taste of candy making chocolate pieces.

Melt the candy according to the package's directions. Pour them into the mold or molds (chilling the molds in the freezer for 10 minutes makes the finished product harden up more quickly). When the candy has hardened, remove it from the freezer. That's all there is to it!

Have a Drive-In Movie at Home

What's more romantic than a good old-fashioned drive-in movie? A "drive-in" movie date in your very own home. Drive-ins are a thing of the past in many parts of the U.S., but they remain an icon of that "perfect date" between those who are giddily in love. Make a fun invitation for your guests using one of our editable templates.

Here's how to set up a special showing just for your loved one this February 14: Rent or record a favorite love story (or one you haven't seen yet -- surprises can be romantic, too). Pop some movie theater-style popcorn (there's no counting calories when you're in love!), dim the lights, set up a lounge chair or a section of the sofa and sit back and snuggle together for 90 minutes. It may well be the best date you've ever had -- and we bet your loved one will agree.

You can add to this theme if you'd like by setting up vintage movie posters around the area (look online for deals), downloading an old-fashioned pre-movie instrumental and playing it as your lover "gets seated," and, of course, having a sneaky little intermission when the mood strikes.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Written by: Melanie Henson