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Make it Yourself This Valentine’s Day with Ease

The heart-shaped-candy holiday can be more fun with less work.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day does not mean you have to spend a lot of money or try to make the most spectacular cards for your kids’ classes, the most thoughtful creation for your significant other, and the most amazing treasures for your friends.

Yes, we all see the over-craft-chievers on Pinterest and Instagram. And from time-to-time I try to craft-chieve my dreams, too. You just don’t have to invest a lot of money and time into making Valentine’s gifts that will make your loved ones feel special.

So before you shop for a present or head out to the craft store and load up on tools, ribbons, glitter, glue, and tons of candy, I’ve got a few tips for going big by going small.

Make it in the kitchen.If you love to bake, why not use those skills to make your Valentine’s in your kitchen? Think about those yummy little sugar cookies with pretty white, pink, and red icing. It’s hard to not smile when someone shares a fun little cookie. Muffins or cupcakes with little white frosting and a cherry or strawberry are another easy treat. And if you can make a heart in a coffee, well, that’s the bee’s knees.

Make it in the backyard. So if it’s too cold for gardening where you live, and you have snow, you have the perfect canvas for a love message. A giant heart with your loved ones’ name will mean more than a fancy dinner. And flowers really do make perfect gifts. It doesn’t have to be 12 red roses. If there’s just one in a thoughtful vase or vessel, then it’s better than having 11 more.

Make it in the office. A handwritten note means more than anything someone at a greeting card company could write. In the smart-phone text-centric world we live in, a note on real paper can be the most thoughtful and cherished gift you can give. I still have notes written from loved ones long gone, and those are treasures that connect me to them in a way that a store-bought gift never could.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family. I hope that you can stop by our #HOSSdesign Twitter chat on Wednesday, February 8th at 8pmET for 30 minutes of fun Valentine’s ideas.