Cute DIY Valentine’s day gift ideas for the last-minute planners
The #14DaysOfLove is coming to a close, which means it’s nearly time for the big day itself. That’s right, Valentine’s day is upon us, and whilst some of the more organised may have started planning on New Year’s Day, the rest of us just aren’t that prepared. If you’ve been slightly out of it and the big day has snuck up on you, don’t fret! We’ve got some cute last minute gift ideas that are easy to plan, easy to make and are sure to get their heart pumping in just the right way.
- Make a love den!
An oldie, but a classic, there’s nothing more romantic than strolling through the door to find the living room replaced with a love den. We’re talking pillow forts, blankets and duvets strewn out across the floor, fairy lights draped from every surface and rose petals (paper versions will also do) scattered everywhere. Lighting candles is also a great way to set the mood – as long as you pay enough attention to the open flame when there is already so much heat in the room!
To really complete the surprise, grab a hamper and fill it with a bottle of bub, some of your S.O.’s favourite snacks and a movie (even print out the DVD cover if you’re going to be pressing play on Netflix – it’s the thought that counts, right?) then sit back, relax, and let them be amazed. Word of warning, you may have to swap the living room for the bedroom if you happen to live with a handful of roommates, otherwise, you might get some surprise visitors..
- Arrange the perfect evening out – in!
Okay, we know how cheesy that might sound but seriously, is there a better gift than some yummy food and yours truly? We didn’t think so. The only planning you need do in advance is work out the cooking times for the yummy spread (and maybe leave the souffle for another time). To give it that extra sparkle, pop a blanket on the floor and lay the food out picnic style, this way you get to cosy up even closer, and who doesn’t want that!
Of course, if you’d rather be the centrepiece than the dish, we recommend taking some style inspiration from Anastasia Steele and lacing it up with the Fifty Shades Darker collection in collaboration with Coco De Mer.
- Envelopes to open when..
Forget the cheesy ‘coupons’ that usually spring to mind as a last minute gift idea, instead, you can use the same materials to make something super thoughtful that’s even easier to make. It’s also perfect if you’re on a bit of a budget and still feeling the January pinch! To get going, gather a collection of envelopes and paper, then write your loved one a collection of letters, yes, that’s it! Theme the letters so that they’re instructed to open when they might be having a bad day, missing you, or just in need of a pick me up. Some ideas include ‘Open me when you’re feeling sad’ ‘Open me when you have a big decision to make’ or ‘Open me when you’re nervous about something.’ Trust us, no matter how made of stone your S.O. is, this might even bring them to tears!
- Scavenger hunt
Okay, so maybe a little bit of planning is needed for this one, but with the right attitude and a few bits and pieces, it can definitely be a last minute surprise – you just need the right ingredients! On the big scale, you could send your loved one on a hunt around their favourite places, picking up clues as they go along. If you’re living in the same place you met, you could even send them on a trip down memory lane and end up in the spot where you had your first kiss (how cute!)
If taking it to the outside world is just a bit too much for you, however, you can still have the perfect scavenger hunt right inside your own home, or even one room, (as long as your clue hiding skills are up to par!) If you are staying inside, it could be a good idea to hide little pieces of a ‘puzzle’ for them to put together at the end …
- Jar of things you like about them to extend the #14DaysOfLove all year round
Something adorable to keep the love going for longer than the #14DaysOfLove February has to offer; this easy and thoughtful V-Day gift is the cutest thing we’ve seen in awhile. Taking some inspiration from the ‘Jar of Awesome’ idea, take a mason jar and fill it with little slips of paper that tell your partner what you love about them. The trick is not to read them all at once, but rather read one when you need a little pick me up. You could give them a schedule (like one a day for a year) or just tell them to take one out when they’re thinking about or missing you.
If you know your partner would love this idea as much as you, you could even make it a valentine’s day activity, where you each make one for the other, spreading the love and keeping the butterflies going all year round.