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Valentines For Everyone

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Valentine’s Day is a special day that is usually celebrated by couples. It’s not too often we tell others how much their friendship, love, and care mean to us. This Valentine’s Day, take the opportunity to show your friends and family how much they mean to you.

Here are some creative and thoughtful ways you can do that:

  • Gather your family or single friends and cook a special Valentine’s dinner for them. Send them an invitation through the mail or email them.
  • Bake a ton of cookies, wrap them in colored cellophane and tie with ribbon or buy those disposable containers with the colorful lids and tie a ribbon around it. Include a simple note or quote expressing some sort of sentiment. (A simple “I’m glad we’re friends” or “Friendship is sweet” will suffice.)
  • If you’re not a cook, don’t worry. You can buy cookies or you can give little bundles Hershey’s Chocolate Hugs and Chocolate Kisses. Using colored tissue paper or cellophane, cut them roughly into 8 inch squares. Place a handful of the Hugs and Kisses in the center. Gather the edges of the paper together into a bunch and tie with a ribbon. If you’d like, adding a tiny wire flower (like they kind they use in wedding favors) or a small message or quote would make each little bundle more personal.
  • Buy a yellow rose for each of your female friends.
  • Jar of wishes. Make a thousand stars (or tiny cranes) with origami* paper or ribbon and fill a small clear pretty jar with them (half-filled is fine too). Seal the lid with the original cover or you can substitute the lid with a cork plug. Finish by tying a ribbon around the neck.

    Here’s how you make the stars:

    1. Prepare strips of pretty/colorful paper (about 0.25 in x 6 in). It can be thicker if you want to make bigger stars. (You can also use non-fabric ribbon.)
    2. Bring one end of the strip around itself and loop through hole as you would when tying a knot. At the same time leaving one end very short. The colored side of the paper should be on the outside. Flatten the “knot” making sure the edges are touching each other.
    3. Following the shape of the flattened “knot,” wrap the long end around each edge each time flattening the fold. (It should be a perfect pentagon shape, flattened.)
    4. Tuck in the last edge into one of the folds.
    5. Lastly, hold the pentagon by 2 points and pinch in the opposite 2 edges between a point on the pentagon. Then, do the same for the rest of the edges.
    6. The star should take shape and be puffed up as it is pinch.
  • Valentine’s Day Grab Bag. Buy a bunch of small, fun gifts related to Valentine’s Day (i.e. Pillsbury Valentine cookie dough, small stuffed animals like Beanie Babies, a red iZone Camera, picture frame with a group or personal photo). Wrap each individually and have your friends each pick one.
  • Remember how you used to make Valentine’s Day cards for your classmates in grade school? You can do the same for your friends and family. Get some art paper* of different colors and textures, heart cut-outs, paper doilies, pressed flowers, scraps of pretty paper, pictures or artwork from magazines, etc. Using glue, scissors, and a little creativity. Combine them with a thoughtful message, and voila! it makes a great gift.
  • On the same note, instead of a card, make a bookmark. This way your loved ones can remember the thought every time they read a book. A message, a simple poem (composed by you or a poet), or a quote that expresses your feelings will do. Write or print it out neatly on art paper and adhere to a stiff cardstock. Add whatever designs you like and seal it with either clear contact paper or clear packing tape when you’re done. Punch a hole at the top and tie a ribbon through the hole.

* You can find these items in most art supply or craft stores.

This entry was posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:35 am.