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Modern DIYs and Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Conversation hearts, chocolate covered strawberries, love-themed candies, pink and red bouquets, and heart decorations galore…does this sound familiar? Valentine’s Day certainly has a way of creeping up after the holidays. If classic Valentine’s Day traditions have you rolling your eyes far before the 14th, our list of modern DIYs and buys might be just what you need to start painting the town red (or pink!) with Valentine’s Day spirit.

Start Decorating

Give your home a February 14th face-lift with modern DIYs adding just a hint of romance to your decor - no Valentine’s Day party required.

Mat Mason Jar Vases

What You Need:

  • 1 or more mason jars
  • acrylic paint in warmer hues (pink, red, burgundy, wine, dark orange)
  • a paint brush
  • scissors
  • fake or real flowers.
  • butchers twine (optional)
  • super glue (optional)
  • washi tape (optional)

Clean out your mason jars with soap and water and let them dry completely. Take the acrylic paint and squeeze onto a clean surface. Paint a thick layer onto the jar (you can leave out the bottom) or a thinner layer for a more distressed look. Let dry, and add another later. Use the washi tape and carefully wrap around the top of the jar as an accent. Alternatively, take the butchers twine and super glue and evenly wrap it around the top of the mason jar, securing with the glue. Tie into a neat bow and add a drop of glue to the knot. Before adding flowers, ensure that the jar’s components are completely dry. Arrange your flowers (real or fake!) and enjoy those warm hues and refreshing flowers.

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Running short on time but still looking to add a Valentine’s Day accent to your home? Our giant Party Balloon with metallic confetti can be hung outside your house for a pop of glamour, or blown up inside placed next to a bouquet of roses for a centerpiece, and used for your family’s personal Valentine’s Day party.

Heart Shaped Eats & Treats

There are a lot of sweets circulating around Valentine’s Day, but don’t think that heart-shaped foods are only reserved for sugary cravings. Use your heart cookie cutters to create all kinds of love-inspired foods!

Take your heart cookie cutter and cut out the center of a piece of bread. Coat both sides with butter and lay flat in a frying pan on low heat. Crack an egg into a bowl, and slowly add the egg into the center of the toast (hint! try not to get all the egg white in the center as it might overflow over the bread). Once the egg white cooks, carefully flip the bread over and cook until golden brown. Cutting down on carbs? Forgo the bread and use the cookie cutter to turn a regular fried egg into an adorable breakfast. Plus, you can use the heart-shaped cookie cutter for a Valentine’s Day meal the whole family will love! Create heart-shaped quesadillas, sandwiches, mini pizzas, pancakes, and so much more! Whoever said not to play with your food?

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Need a quick gift for the big night? Come prepared for your dinner date, or your heart-shaped meal with the family, by bringing a Love Candle to Go in a tin from Donkey Products. Keep this little tin with you at all times, and get ready to say “I love you!” Or if you have a more few Valentine’s to hand out, these Fun Paper Gift Cards provide you with 80 options for surprising someone with a sweet Valentine’s Day gift, birthday, or just because.

Gifts for Her

If DIYs aren’t your style, Zeitgeist Gifts has got you covered with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list.

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  1. Brighten up her day by saying “Hi :)” this Valentine’s Day with our adorable lunch bag from Fluf. Made from 100% organic cotton and free of BPA, lead, and phthalates, there are plenty of reasons to smile! :)

  2. A flower pot fit for one classy lady. Surprise all the plant-moms out there with our unique Elegant Audrey Flower Pot. (Hint! Bring it to your local greenhouse and have them pot a plant in it for you to gift!)

  3. Help to squeeze in that last workout of the day for that fit female in your life. The Magnetic Wearable Light from Palomar is an easy and secure way to remain visible while running, biking, or walking around at night.

Gifts for Him

  1. Friends and family all over the country? This is a great way to keep track of the different time zones across the U.S. Stylish, modern, wooden clocks, and practical - what’s not to love?

  2. Give the perfect shave and a laugh with Duke Cannon’s Tactical Grooming Supply Gift Set. Your man will conquer even the toughest grooming gripes with “Smells Like Productivity” shaving cream and “Smells Like Victory” “For the hard-working, well-groomed man.”

  3. Classic red and black ping-pong paddles are a thing of the past. Stand out with a unique table tennis paddle from Donkey Products. His table tennis skills may be in question, but his style clearly won’t be.

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Gifts for Kids

  1. Bring playtime to the next level with My First Autobahn adhesive game tape from Donkey Products. Your child’s imagination can take the wheel with the easy to peel and remove tape.

    Not into cars? Create an in-house horse show with My First Horse Show adhesive game tape. Design a race track around the kitchen table, or even have the horses do tricks and flips by extending the track up the wall!

  2. Say goodbye to bath time tears! Your kids will be excited to hop in the tub with these novelty bath sponges from Donkey Products. Rule the seas, kingdom, or court with pirate and princess themed sponges!

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Say it With a Smile

There are many ways to create a warm, inviting, and loving environment for yourself and the people around you. Get the kids involved and have the family create cards listing the things you love most about each other, or simply snuggle up on the couch for a family movie night. Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be a chore, and the best gifts always come straight from the heart.

Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas for Every Personality

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February 14th is just around the corner! In a couple weeks’ time 180 million Valentine Cards and 198 million roses will be exchanged to husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, crushes, and secret admirers across the country. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and fancy dinners out will be expected by many, and couples far and wide will gather to celebrate their special romance.  

Valentine’s Day may seem silly to some, but it’s celebrated in many countries (Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Great Britain and the United States all celebrate) and it’s a holiday with a rich history. While historians will agree the history is murky, there’s no doubt that the Valentine’s Day celebrations can be traced back to one person—the illustrious Saint Valentine. One legend claims Saint Valentine was a priest in Rome during the 3rd Century. When marriage was forbidden for young men because it was believed single men made better soldiers, Saint Valentine began marrying young couples in secret. When he was caught, he was sentenced to death. Another legend claims Saint Valentine helped Christians escape brutal Roman prisons. When he was caught and imprisoned, he sent a “valentine” greeting to his lover from his jail cell, signing it “From your Valentine.”

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Whatever legend is true, the stories of Saint Valentine always present him as both a romantic and a hero, aiming to make life better for those around him. And while the traditions have changed over the years, romance has always been at the holiday’s core.

How will you celebrate this year? Whether you’re married, in a new relationship, or enjoying being single, we’ve got great suggestions for a successful Valentine’s Day that go beyond the traditional box of chocolates and dinner.

FOR ALL YOU COUPLES OUT THERE…

Play up the romance! No one says Valentine’s Day needs to break the bank. There are tons of ways to say “I Love You” without spending millions on diamonds or making dinner reservations six months in advance.  Keep it simple and sweet. If you’ve both been bogged down with work, the kids, the house, and the bills, maybe a big fancy night out will seem more daunting than pleasurable. So keep it simple, but still romantic. How about a home-cooked meal in? Set the table with cute Valentine’s Day love candles (and as an added bonus, these are portable if you want to take your dinner outside) and cook one of your Valentine’s favorite meals. Set the scene with these adorable “Love is in the Air” soap bubbles. Give gifts that show you know you’re partner: For those who love quirky accessories, these Audrey Hepburn, Jimi Hendrix or Queen Elizabeth flower pots or funny nose mugs will be great. Or, if you want to show your appreciation in a fun and unique way, try these motivation cards – because everyone loves a positive message every now and then.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE PROUD AND SINGLE…

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a day where you send flowers to yourself and wallow in self-misery. Instead, gather your single girlfriends and have a special Valentine’s Day party all your own. How about a tea party? Accessorize with these funny tea characters that sit right in your mug and allow you to have tea with Queen Elizabeth and Audrey Hepburn. Have some tasty appetizers and fun games ready to play and celebrate your independence!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE CRAFTY AND SWEET…

The best gifts are the ones that are handmade. All of us can go to the store and buy something nice, have it gift wrapped and present it to our Valentine alongside a store bought card with someone else’s words. Don’t get me wrong, those gifts can be wonderful, but to kick it up a notch, why not pair your gift with one that you made yourself? Even better, get your kids involved and they can add a personalized touch to the gift for mom or dad. Write a message on a cute, personalized card  or add your signature with this gift stamp cube. Peruse Pinterest for some easy, homemade crafts! Whatever your skill level, there are easy ways to give your gift a nice personal touch.

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