I love Valentine’s Day and all the gifting possibilities! If you love lavender and balloons, this simple DIY is for you! Balloons are super cute, but don’t last for that long. I decided to pair them with something that can be used long after Valentine’s Day. Whether making these for your kids or surprising you best gals with a gift at their door, these lavender sachet balloon bouquets are something that everyone will love!
You know I’m a fan of music. And I love song lyrics. So you should totally use some song lyrics as valentines for your sweety. Some of these are available for purchase or download. And some are ideas that you could create yourself. These work best for people who are also music lovers. For example, if the recipient isn’t a fan of The Smiths, they would maybe not get the sentiment from the image in the top left of this round-up. And while nobody has a tape player any more, the act of making someone a “mixed tape” (for me that is most likely a playlist over on Rdio) can be super romantic. And cheap. Yeah! The TV on the Radio and Jack White valentine’s are printables I shared a few years ago! Go download them now!
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HVD guys! I hope your day is filled with romance and yummy sweet treats. Daddy’s of boys, training begins now. Teach them what it means to be a good husband by example. No sexy time needed. Wash a dish, maybe?
*We will return to our regularly scheduled ‘Dirty Side of Blogging‘ next week.
Ladies. We are just 2 days away from Valentine’s Day. It’s crunch time for the men in your life. Forward this to any man you know who could use some tips for shopping for their significant others. And feel free to add your own tips in the comment section. Let’s help husbands and boyfriends give better gifts! (Really this post is just suggesting they put some thought and a little effort).
Valentine’s Day is in two days. Do you know how you will celebrate it with your wife or girlfriend? P.S. bookmark this site for future occasions (Do you even know when your anniversary is? Her birthday? The first time you held hands? HOT TIP: you will get even more brownie points for doing any one of these things for no reason at all. Here is how to buy last minute gifts for your wife or girlfriend.
First off, use your noodle. You need to think for a moment about how your woman is. Would she scoff at, what some might consider to be, smaller gifts, then this post is not for you. Grab your wallet and head to your nearest luxury department store. Buy a $400 pair of sunglasses, have them wrap them up for you and you are set. But if your gal likes you to put a little bit of thought in to the gift, read on.
My husband and I decided early on in our marriage that the only real gifts that we would buy for each other, each year, would be birthday and Christmas. We will potentially enjoy a nice meal out for our anniversary but we feel we have a lot of nice things already and don’t need any more stuff. Depending on how your significant other is, choose one or more of these items to gift her.
If your gal likes to have a cocktail, grab a bottle of bubbly, something that most people do not splurge on or buy for themselves. The Veuve is a nice, recognizable bottle and crowd (in this case, your lady friend) pleaser. In my opinion, it is far better to purchase gifts that fit in to your price range than just trying to impress someone (who knows how much you really make). So if you can’t swing the $40 bottle, look for the La Marca. It is an Italian prosecco, $12-$14, and tastes delicious. But how much effort does grabbing a bottle of alcohol really take? Consider adding on an auxiliary gift. The auxiliary gift can be inexpensive but should be something that either goes with the drink you are giving or be something that the gal would love. These leopard print coasters actually came from the Dollar Tree. Remove all packaging and tie up with string. Simple.
Socks?! You say. Yes, socks. Browse the internet for a humorous saying to go on the gift tag or use the old stand by, “cold feet, warm heart” or say something about snuggling. While socks are a practical item, there are some really fun, design forward pairs out there. You can’t go wrong with Stance socks. You can find these at most of your local skate or surf shops including the larger chains like Zumiez. Look for pairs that remind you of her. Pick a flower from the garden to give along with one -3 pairs of socks and get ready for a hug.
Store bought flowers are totally ok. This particular bouquet came from Wal-Mart. But she doesn’t have to know that. Most women like their men to put in a little bit of effort to make them feel special. This was seriously the tiniest bit of effort. First, remove the store-bought wrapping. Then cut part of a paper grocery sack, wrap it around the stem and wind some pink nylon string (found at both Home Depot and Lowe’s) around it. How easy is that?
Does your gal have a sweet tooth? Chances are you know a few of her favorite candies. This box was from the Target dollar bin. All you have to do is repackage things to make them look like you spent time on it, even if you really didn’t. She likes something salty instead? Take a moment to look around for a larger divided container (perhaps in the home decor or kitchen areas – even a divided dish would work) and fill with savory snacks. Add a note that says something about her being sweet and you are totally getting lucky tonight.
This one is especially great for women with children. Sometimes the best gift for a mom is getting some time by herself. It might seem tacky to just hand her some cash but hear me out. Most women love to get pedicures. And there are little nail places all around town. Chances are, she has a favorite. She may have even mentioned it to you before. But wait, was it Lucky Nail, Nail Lucky, Happy Nails…the chances of you getting that one wrong are high. Tell her that you know how much she does for the family and that you want her to go pamper herself. The fact that you be taking care of the kids and planned this out will show her that you care and she will be beyond excited. And she will have the choice of where to go. Nail places are not created equal. Are you seeing some gifts or combos of gifts that might work for the lady in your life?
This last suggestion is not something for last-minute purchases but will surely help you on your gift giving journey. Suggest that your gal pal make a “wish list” board on her pinterest. You can look at this like a personal gift registry. You can ask her to begin pinning things that she would like to get as gifts from you or even others. Then whenever you need to, you can check out her list and potentially buy them straight from the link. What is also cool about this is that it still leaves a little bit of the surprise factor for her when opening gifts. Do you see that, up there? I have 40 things on my wish list so I would never be able to guess what things I might get. I’m sure she will happily show you how to navigate to that board (but you really should bookmark it or save it as your home page).
I hope this has helped you learn how to give gifts to your significant other. All we really want is a little thought and effort to know that you care.
*Ladies, feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments section!
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of the Bakery Because “Give the gift of deliciousness” campaign.
If you know me well, you know that I over think everything. Often, I get an idea and it spirals out of control until it is so big, and such a production that I don’t have the energy to do it anymore. But if I can get out of my own head, I can simplify things and not lose the intention behind it. Take for instance, sweet treats. I love sugar. And most other people do too. But I don’t need to spend days baking special treats to show someone my appreciation or love. Store bought treats are there for me, ready to use. While they might be a little plain for my liking, all it takes is a moment to jazz them up and put a little “me” in it.
Your local grocery store’s bakery section is an untapped resource. For real. Mine has a crazy amount of baked goods, decorated cakes, cookies, and even accessories (the coolest candles and sprinkles!) So why not embrace it and take some of the stress off of yourself. And guess what else? These things taste amazing!
I decided to pick up some goodies and give them a little repacking makeover. All I needed was some cardstock and Duck tape to get me started. Super easy.
I used plain cookies and then picked up other supplies at the store to create individual cookie decorating gifts. For no other reason than to make someone’s day. But of course these would work as Valentine’s too. But guess what? The store also has frosted cookies! Instead of these kits, you could just pop the pre-decorated cookies in clear cello bags – letting their cuteness show through. Even easier.
Yes, you read that right. Cherry Fun Dip Whipped Cream. This is a super easy Valentine’s Day treat for kids. I like to think that my kid’s don’t eat a lot of junk food. But I would be kidding myself. Due to food allergies we steer clear of ice creams, cupcakes and cookies when out and about. But I am learning that I over compensate for that with candy. I really am trying to work on that this year. But there are a few days out of the year, when an extra special treat just makes sense. And Valentine’s Day is just that. If you didn’t see my Stout Brownie post the other day I became obsessed with all the things you can do with homemade whipped cream. So I decided to see if I could flavor it with candy. Well, let me be perfectly honest. I originally tried cherry jello, and since I am a novice in the kitchen, I had no idea that the gelatin would make the heavy cream get crunk. That is really just the best way to describe it. It’s not just a dance you know. It is totally what it turns in to when you add jello to heavy whipping cream. I mean it started out fine, and then BAM! Crunk. Lauren suggested trying a powdered candy and I knew right away she was on to something.
Now is the perfect time to find multi packs of Fun Dip at Target. I didn’t think I would have trouble finding Fun Dip, but it isn’t easy to just buy one or two bags of it (Note to my local OC peeps: the Irvine Spectrum has a candy store in the Target wing that does sell them by the piece). I picked up a package of Valentine’s sized Fun Dips and picked out all the cherry (blue would just be super grody – not really – pink is just cuter). Making the Cherry Fun Dip Whipped Cream is really easy. I use a cup of heavy whipping cream, a TBSP of powdered sugar and 8) .5 ounce packs of cherry Fun Dip. I’m not sure if the regular, individually sold packages are bigger than this so just know that you will need about 4 total ounces of the powder.
How awesome will your kids think you are when you surprise them with this on Valentine’s Day morning in their chocolate milk. Oh, you don’t serve this type of trash to your kids that early? Then by all means, save this for afternoon snack.