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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Him

February 6th, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Homemade Valentine Gifts for Him

Ladies, do you feel like I do – at a loss when it comes to coming up with a fantastic Valentine's Day gift for your guy? Sometimes sticking with the old stand-by cologne, watch or box of chocolates feels like a copout, doesn’t it?  How about a handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your boyfriend, fiancé, husband, dad or son? Not only is it a heartfelt option, it can also be a thrifty alternative if you’re on a tight budget.

We put our creativity to the test and came up with six DIY Valentine gifts for your guy, including an edible gift (BACON) and a printable gift (for those of you who consider yourself “craft-challenged”). No matter his age, hobbies, or personality, he’s sure to love one of these easy homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

Date Kits

My husband loves when we get out of the house and do things together, so I thought I would make some date kits for Valentine’s day. This was a HIT! I was able to purchase a couple new items, but also just round up things in our home to fill the baskets. I made a movie night date kit, a beach date kit, and a hiking date kit.

Make a Date Kit for your guy for Valentine’s day

In the movie night kit, I included a new DVD, popcorn, popcorn seasoning and his favorite candy.  

For the hiking date kit, I purchased trail maps, and added water bottles, granola bars, almonds and bug spray.

And lastly, for the beach kit (if you live somewhere warm!), I added a beach towel, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Free Printable Love Coupons

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If you want a simple printable Valentine’s gift, these love coupons are perfect. Just click to download five coupons featuring:

  • Sleep In: One morning to sleep in as late as you want
  • Do Over: One “get out of the dog house” pass for instant forgiveness
  • Remote Control: Your choice of television for one entire day.
  • Movie Veto: Your choice of movie for one entertainment session.
  • Day Off: One day of skipping your chores.

Personalized Bottles

This one couldn’t be simpler! Take a 6 pack of your guy’s favorite beverage (or even hot sauce!) and create new labels. I just took colored construction paper, some markers and got creative. For labels, think of cute little sayings:

  • Orange Crush soda – “I’ve got a crush on you!”
  • Soda bottles – “Soda you want to be my Valentine?”
  • Beer bottles – “I love you beer-y much!”
  • Yoohoo bottles – “Yoohoo! I love you!”
  • Mountain Dew – “I adore all you dew!”
  • A&W Root Beer – “You’re AWesome!”
  • Water bottles – “Water you waiting for? Be Mine!”
  • Hot sauce – “Burning love”

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Sports Canvas

This one is for someone who is a little artistic, but I promise it’s easier than it looks! Simply find the logo for his favorite team, print it out, and cut it out. You’ve just made a stencil! You can trace your shape onto a canvas and paint it. With a few bottles of cheap acrylic paint from the craft store, and a couple hours, you can create a masterpiece for the man cave. Take a look at this Arkansas Razorback canvas my friend made for her husband!

You can easily paint a great sports canvas for a gift.

Sports Tie Blanket

If you want to give a gift to a sports fan that doesn’t require a ton of creativity, then a fleece tie blanket is the perfect DIY Valentine’s gift. Have to pieces of fleece cut to the size of blanket you want (you can go with team colors or team logos), then cut slits in the side and tie them together.  This tutorial is really easy.

Make him a tie blanket with his favorite team’s colors for a great DIY gift.

Bacon Roses – the “Man Bouquet”

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, bacon is like taking the fast lane to his heart. How about some bacon roses?

There are several tutorials floating around the web, but I decided to make bacon roses the simple way (without having to drill into a muffin tin).

Make bacon roses by rolling slices of bacon.

Preheat your oven to 375. Roll your bacon from the wide end to the thin end.

Place a toothpick at the bottom to hold it together. Bake the bacon for 30-40 minutes until crispy.

Place toothpicks in the rolls, and bake the bacon roses in a muffin pan.

While the bacon is cooking, take a fake flower stem and remove the flower (leaving the little green end).

Remove the flowers from a fake flower stem to prepare them for the bacon roses.

When the bacon is finished cooking, let it cool, and then remove the toothpicks. Place the bacon roses on the flower stems and give them to your favorite guy.

Bacon roses (made without drilling!) are a perfect DIY gift for any guy.

Share Your Homemade Valentine’s Gifts with Us!

We would LOVE to see your DIY Valentine creations. Share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to social@upack.com.