In just several days, Feb. 14 will be here upon us. For many of us, that means trying to figure out quick and easy last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for our special loved ones. Of course, like every holiday, V-Day seems to sneak up on us ridiculously fast. I could have sworn we were just revving up for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.
And since we can't stop time from flying by, the best we can do is to figure out last-minute options. That's why I've rounded up a list of 15 charming gift ideas that can be customized in a jiffy. Don't worry, this roundup isn't just all about significant others and spouses. There are options in this list for best friends, family members, and even yourself. Hey, why not?
Thankfully, the best gifts are usually the simplest. It all comes down to personalizing the present to fit the taste, style, and preferences of the recipient. With that said, Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. By keeping things simple and sweet, you’ll be less likely to stress yourself out just before Valentine’s Day.
Ready to get started? Here's a list of 15 gift-worthy projects. Happy Valentine's Day!
1. Valentine's Day Heart Pepperoni Pizza
When it comes to real love, you can't go wrong with this heart-shaped pizza by How Sweet It Is. Top it off with homemade heart pepperoni made with a heart cookie cutter. Want to get real cheesy? Add a tag sporting the slogan, "here's a pizza my heart." It's the perfect last-minute gift that any foodie will appreciate.
2. Tie-Dye Heart-Shaped Cupcakes
Boxed baking mixes are amazing for fast and effortless dessert gifts. Plus, with some food coloring and creative mixing techniques, you can make a batch of heart-shaped cupcakes with tie-dye frosting. Anyone that adores color and kitschy things will adore these. Find the exclusive tutorial here at Bustle.
3. Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark
... Because Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a generous dose of chocolate. This simple bark recipe by Life, Love & Sugar features both conversation hearts and beautiful marbled chocolate, creating a deliciously eye-catching gift.
4. 12 Months of Date Nights
Looking for something that will last longer? Visit The Thinking Closet to learn how to make an adorable pre-planned date night book for your sweetheart. The post features free printables and ideas for creating your book of date nights. This is extremely easy to customize, making it a wonderful option for those hard-to-gift people.
5. "Open When" Envelopes
For the person who loves sweet sentiments and nostalgia, gift this batch of envelopes by Alanna Wilson. Each envelope is labeled "Open when..." followed by a feeling, situation, or thought. You can personalize each letter or package as much as you'd like. It's the type of gift that will keep on giving well past Valentine's Day.
6. Valentine XO Mugs
Do you have a coffee or tea lover in your life? Gift him or her this super sweet DIY mug by Proper. The process is so quick that you can even make it 24 hours before Valentine's Day.
7. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hearts
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a traditional V-Day gift that practically everyone loves. This year, take it up a notch with chocolate-covered strawberries that look like hearts. This Bustle tutorial proves that even the most common treats just wanna have fun.
8. DIY Leather Heart Coasters
Galentine's Day is coming up fast, meaning that it's time to start thinking about presents for our best girls. Try whipping up these leather heart coasters with some help from Proper. Girls' night in never looked so good!
9. Love Coupons
If you're really pressed for time, head over to The Dating Divas and print out this charming book of love coupons. You can pick and choose different coupons for your Valentine, ranging from dessert dates to movie nights.
10. "You Whisk Me Off My Feet" Whiskey Valentine
This is one of those fast (and awesome) gift ideas that take little to no effort. Simply buy a bottle of whiskey, print out Pizzazzerie's darling printable tag, and you've got yourself a present.
11. Celebrity Valentines
Pay homage to your favorite actresses, singers, and icons with these DIY celebrity Valentines from A Beautiful Mess. This is an excellent way to customize quirky V-Day cards for your coworkers, friends, family members, and more.
12. Strawberry and Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes
Treat your loved one to breakfast in bed with this delicious pancake recipe by Averie Cooks. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this beautiful concoction?
13. Lipstick Art Inspiration
Remind your loved one of your kisses with this lipstick wall art by A Beautiful Mess. You can also use the same technique to make a small desk version or a card. Make it personal by placing a favorite photo on top of the print.
14. Homemade Valentine's Day Treat Boxes
Send a message and a cute treat with this treat box project by A Beautiful Mess. The "XO" desserts are especially brilliant; you can make them with store-bought pound cake cake! How easy is that?
15. His & Hers Pillowcases
Cozy up on V-Day with this lovely pair of DIY pillowcases by A Beautiful Mess. This idea is especially rad if you and your loved one just moved in together, or have been wanting to re-decorate your space. It's also a beginner's sewing project, making it ideal for whipping up in an afternoon.
For more DIY inspiration, check out Bustle on YouTube.
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