Green Valentine's Day: Inexpensive, Homemade Gifts

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February is an expensive month for me. I have Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend’s birthday and our anniversary all packed into the shortest month of the year. Last year drained my bank account, so this year I’m looking for ways to save money but still make Valentine’s Day special for the both of us.

If you’re like me, you probably want to save some money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, too. The easiest way to do this—short of not exchanging gifts—is by making homemade gifts. Not only will this save you money, but it adds a personal touch that a store-bought gift doesn’t have.

I lack creativity in coming up with my own homemade gift ideas, but I’m great at following instructions! Thankfully, Natural Home has lots of articles detailing how to make a variety of items that you could easily give to your special someone.

Photo Lamp Shade
This gift is both practical and personal. By day it looks just like a plain lamp shade, but turn the bulb on at night and the light will softly illuminate photos of you and your sweetheart.

Photo Lamp Shade
Make this photo lamp shade for your Valentine. Photo By Susan Wasinger

Steel Candle Covers
Candles are the perfect way to set the mood and create a little romance. These instructions will help you to create a modern yet whimsical candle holder out of metal plates.

Decorative Vases
Instead of using a traditional clear glass vase to hold Valentine’s Day flowers, use craft paper to make your own personalized vase. It only takes 60 seconds!

Decorative Vases
All it takes is 60 seconds to turn a glass container into a decorative vase. Photo By Susan Wasinger.

Food can also be a gift. If you’re not a crafty person—and if the way to your loved one’s heart is through their stomach—consider giving your Valentine a delicious dessert. You could even make the dessert together for a romantic afternoon or evening.

Candy Hearts
Don’t buy your sweetheart stale candy hearts from a store. Show a little love and make them yourself with this old-fashioned recipe.

candy heart
Pour a little love into these homemade candy hearts. Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison

Flourless Chocolate Ganache Tart
If your partner has a big sweet tooth, this recipe might be for you. Indulge in this decadent dessert together—you won’t be able to resist!

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Truffles with Coconut
Don’t spend a lot of money on fancy chocolates when you can make them yourself. This recipe will make a tasty, elegant gift.

truffles
Homemade truffles will make the perfect gift for a sweetheart with a sweet tooth. Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison.

If you have any other ideas for inexpensive, homemade Valentine’s Day gifts, leave a comment for others to enjoy.