LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
Did you wait until the last minute to think about Valentine’s Day gifts? No worries, we’ve got you covered. There are so many little gifts you can make on the day of V-Day and still come out smelling like one of the roses you received. Here are a few DIY gift ideas with basic instructions on how to make them:
Sweet, Sweet Love
Making some sort of baked good – such as these cookies or a favorite cake – is a delicious way to say, “I love you.” In this instance, I whipped up a batch of my mom’s favorite sugar cookies, which are actually made with cream cheese. But you could make anything your little heart desires. Thinking about the tastes of the person receiving the gift is a must. Of course, if he or she has dietary restrictions, such as being gluten free, then find an appropriate recipe. If you go with cookies, personalize them. You can write someone’s name or messages on them or add little touches that speak to their interests and personality. Feel free to get creative, people.
Make like a pre-schooler and whip out the construction paper to make your own Valentine’s Day card. I find making cards therapeutic. What’s nice about these is that they don’t cost you $4 to $5 for a pre-printed message that is fitting for just about anyone. These cards are usually more affordable, and you can craft them to perfectly fit the person receiving them. Again, these can be personalized with names and messages. You can create images and designs that speak to the character and personality of your beloved. All you need is some colored paper, glue, and a pair of scissors. Use your imagination and don’t be afraid to be clever or even humorous. Sometimes, those are the best cards. If you’re up to it, reveal your heart in what you write on the inside. Now, that’s an old-fashioned Valentine, and it’s classic.
Doorway to Your Heart
I love, love, love this idea. When done correctly, Valentine’s Day is all about helping the people you love understand how much they mean to you. You don’t even really need material gifts to do that. You need affection and a few simple words. I cut out hearts and taped them to a favorite ribbon. Then, I wrote messages to my husband about all the things I love about him, such as how he treats my family and how he makes me laugh. I tried to get specific, so he realized that I recognize what’s special about him. Then, I hung the ribbons with the messages in the doorway of our kitchen. I left them up for the entire weekend. It was a big hit.
Let the Heart Speak
This banner could not be easier to make. All you do is print out hearts with messages on them, which you can find online or design yourself in many programs, including Cricut Design Space. After you cut them out, you simply attach them to a ribbon and hang it horizontally on a wall or mantle (as I did). These are super cute, as my son would say, and send adorable messages either demanding affection, offering advice, or expressing admiration. I’m not a big fan of the Conversation Hearts candy because, let’s face it, they taste bad. But I love the idea of sharing such short, yet kind (and sometimes funny) messages. This banner is just plain fun. Admit it.
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.