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40 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Actually Want

Forget flowers and chocolates. Make these beautifully meaningful gifts instead.

1. Valentine's Themed Scrapbooking Kit


This kit from CaitlinRoseCrafts comes with everything you need to make a scrapbook celebrating your relationship, and can be bought with or without a blank scrapbook.

Promising review: "I can’t love on this enough! It is PERFECT for scrapbooking and creating a memory book like me. I love love love it. Can’t recommend enough." — Vicky

You can get it from CaitlinRoseCrafts on Etsy for $19.34+.

2. DIY Acrylic Coasters


You can pick out your (or your partner's) favorite colors and follow the instructions to make these gorgeous coasters. The kit comes with everything you need, including gloves to keep your hands clean.

Promising review: "The stones are smooth and good size. Everything arrived fast and smoothly with the seller being super helpful." — Clair I.

You can get it from TresasDIYTreasures on Etsy for $58.49.

3. Customizable Embroidery Portrait


Believe it or not, you can make your very own embroidered portrait! All you have to do is send the picture of your choice, and you'll receive a kit with supplies and instructions to make your very own portrait.

Promising review: "The seller was able to accommodate my special requests and the product is absolutely gorgeous. It shipped impressively quickly coming from Turkey. I would absolutely purchase from this shop again!" — Abigail Hummel

You can get it from PSYCHoHOOP on Etsy for $55+ (price varies depends on size of the portrait).

4. S'mores Macaron Kit


If you've ever been intimidated by the thought of making your own macarons, fear no more! This kit comes with all the ingredients and instructions you need to make this yummy treat for that special someone.

Promising review: "I've never tried a macaron recipe that included cream of tartar before, but this is the best batch I've ever made. I managed to make about 30+ macaron shells, the instructions were great, the packaging was immaculate, and the finished macarons tasted phenomenal." — Emily Chen

You can get it from TheCraftyBakester on Etsy for $40.

5. Candle Making Kit


Candles are always romantic, and making them yourself is just another way to show you care. Everything you need comes in one box, including your choice of essential oils for fragrance.

Promising review: "The kit came with mini essential oils, dried lavender, colorful stones, and seashells to sprinkle on top. We decided to dry our own flowers and sprinkle gold leaf on top, and it came out really cute! The only thing was that it took a couple weeks to receive the kit — I’m assuming it might be COVID related, but I was in no rush so it was fine! The seller was very communicative and sweet! Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone looking for something to do at home in quarantine." — Carlie

You can get it from PopShopAmerica on Etsy for $35.97+ (options for two, three, and four essential oils).

6. DIY Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Bombs


Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage right now, and what better time to enjoy them in your home than Valentine's? This kit comes with all the yummy ingredients, seasonal toppings, a mold, and detailed instructions. All you need are mugs and milk.

Promising review: "I fell head over heels with the hot chocolate bomb craze. That being said, I also don’t want to spend the money on over priced bombs. I want to make them myself. Anyway, this kit has everything you need. I can’t wait to make them!! It came with everything in the photo, plus instructions. Such a great deal!" — Grace

You can get it from HotChocolateBomb on Etsy for $33.54.

7. Soap Making Kit


This soap making kit is the perfect gift for the soap lover in your life, as this kit has everything you need to make up to 16 scented soap bars from scratch. You can customize the colors and scents however you want, and all the ingredients are soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

Promising review: "My first order didn't make it, but the shop sent a replacement right away. So far I've made charcoal, orange, aloe, and vitamin E bar, a peppermint coffee scrub, a lavender and chamomile bar, and lastly I did a charcoal, rosemary, and sea salt bar... I am super happy with this product and I definitely will be purchasing more!" — Phylicia Townsend

You can get it from GrowandMake on Etsy for $59.95.

8. Muslin Candy Bags


Stamp muslin bags with simple heart motifs and fill them with candy for a gift that you can't go wrong with. As seen here.

9. Romantic Libations


Decorate a beer (or soda) package to turn it into a heartfelt gift, as done here.

10. Tick Tocks


Who knew breath mints could be so romantic. Just decorate them with these labels.

11. Snow Globe


They're not just for Christmas. Make a water-free snow globe with heart motifs and these directions.

12. Takeout Candy Boxes


Use these free printables to turn a plain takeout box into a cute candy holder.

13. Love Potion Bubble Bath


Decorate little bottles of bubble bath like so and hand them out to all your gal friends.

14. Party Poppers


The perfect favor for your V-day get together. Use old cardboard rolls, pretty paper, and candy to make these poppers.

15. Peppermint Infusion Bags


Fill a handmade heart-shaped tea bag with smashed peppermint candies to make a sippable gift for your loved ones. Check out this tutorial.

16. Heart Beaded Beanie


This beaded beanie is easy enough to make for a few friends.

17. Wooden Coasters


Make love coasters with you and your loved one's initials, or a friend's name. Check out this tutorial.

18. Notebook Paper Treat Bags


No fancy materials required- you can make cute treat bags out of simple notebook paper with this tutorial.

19. Sweetheart Vase


This vase gives a personal touch to a a heartfelt bouquet.

20. Glitter Nailpolish


Make your own glittery heart nail polish for lady friends. Get the simple directions here.

21. Love Cactus


Give someone an easy-to-care for bit of greenery. This post shows you how to create them and make cute planter cards.

22. Sharpie Mugs


Make your own mugs of love as gifts for friends, family, or your sweetheart.

23. Glitter Heart Boxes


Embellish cardboard boxes with layers of colorful glitter, then fill them with candy. This post has the details.

24. Sunglasses


This blogger simply attached a Valentines Day note to pairs of dollar store sunglasses. A creative and inexpensive gift that's great for a group!

25. Love Bugs


These golden love bugs are a fun and unexpected gift for a non-squeamy friend.

26. Crayon Heart Boxes


These decorated boxes turn a simple gift into a fun V-day present.

27. Pompom Bouquet


No green thumb needed to keep this bouquet alive. Learn how to make one here.

28. Conversation Hearts Pinatas


This post shows you how to turn cardboard heart boxes into little candy-filled pinatas for your loved ones.

29. Marshmallow Pops


Decorated marshmallow pops with homemade heart sprinkles for a sweet gift anyone will enjoy. Use this recipe.

30. Heart-Eating Dinosaur


Make an unexpected expression of your fondness with a gold painted dino. Great for guys young and old. Get the details here.

31. SoBe Bottles


Let someone know you would SoBe their Valentine with these cute tags.

32. Ombre Pencils


Turn plain pencils into stylish V-day gifts with a simple paint job, as done here.

33. Honey Jars


These little honey jars work for everyone from mom to your best friend.

34. Heart Dominoes


Make a simple heart-themed domino set with these directions. Then spend your Valentines Day playing around.

35. Custom Chocolate Wrappers


You can't go wrong with chocolate, but it's even better when wrapped in custom cut-out papers. Learn how to make your own here.

36. Heart Magnets


Make clay magnetic hearts to adorn your loved one's fridge. This tutorial shows you how.

37. Seed Starter


Spring is just around the corner. Spread some hope with these little seed starters.

38. Hot Cocoa


Fill a glass container with your favorite cocoa mix and decorate the top with gingham, as done here.

39. Heart Page Marker


Make these simple bookmarks out of decorative paper and hand them out to friends and family.

40. Glittery Heart Block Puzzle


Make a block puzzle with multicolor hearts, as done here.