DIY Valentine's Gifts

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Valentine’s day is only two days away and most of us have no idea what we are going to gift our loved ones with. Truth is it’s not difficult to find a valentine’s gift because everywhere you go all you see is valentine’s this and valentine’s that! Shops are over-flowing with gifts so we are spoilt for choice. But for those of us who insist of being different, go the extra mile to surprise our loved ones and don’t like over-spending; DIY is what the Love Doctor ordered. I always believe that a gift should be memorable, sentimental and most importantly unforgettable. Chances are you have exhausted the perfumes, chocolates and handbag gifts so this year is the perfect time to try something new.

  1. Seed-Starter

There is no better gift than giving someone the gift of ‘life’. Now now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start making babies, I’m talking about giving a gift that is ‘alive’. A plant is something that someone can keep for a long time and it’s a constant reminder of you. A seed starter is a great gift for someone you just started a relationship with. Clean the jar(an old reusable jar) and decorate it to your liking. Add potting soil and your seeds and finish it off with a handwritten note.

  1. Honey Jars

I have seen an increase in the honey brands that are on supermarket shelves and I have noticed local brands as well. If you are still ‘campaigning’ for the woman/ man you fancy you don’t want to overwhelm them with a gift that screams ‘Clingy’ and at the same time you don’t want to not do anything because you aren’t officially together. Buy a bottle of your local honey, ‘Tswine’ is a good brand and accompany it with a quirky ‘Bee Mine’ note.   I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like honey and if they do exist you probably shouldn’t be trying to get with them in the first place.

  1. 14 date nights

If you are in a long-term relationship or are married with children, date night is probably at the bottom of your priority list. I think date nights are very important to keep the spark alive and ensure that you and your partner stay connected. Buy some fancy paper from CAN or BMS and cut it into different shapes. Come up with 14 date nights that your partner will enjoy and write them down on your different shaped notes. A picnic, fishing, braai for two or dinner at your partner’s favorite restaurant could be some of the dates that you could come up with. Find a recyclable jar and fill it up with these notes. Your partner will have the option of pulling out one of these dates when they feel like it during the course of the year. So you would have extended Valentine’s Day to the rest of the year.