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Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Friend

Unique Gift Ideas You Make Yourself

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For something totally unique, why not make your friend a gift for Valentine's Day? They'll appreciate your personal touch and whatever you make will help reinforce the fact that you appreciate their friendship that much more.

52 Reasons I Love You Cards

I love this idea for a lot of reasons, mostly because you can personalize it especially for your friend. It has a fun look and is something that will always remind your friend that they are loved and cared about. (That's great on days when things aren't going well and they need some cheering up.)

Conversation Heart Cookies

Using a (clean) office stamp and edible ink pen, you can put your own special message on these cookies inspired by Conversation Heart candies. You can color the cookies using gel-paste food coloring to basic sugar cookie dough. A vanilla cream filling goes between the cookie pieces.

This is a great idea for a party or to make up a couple and put in pretty box for a friend or coworker.

Creative Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbook pages are great for your own memories, or to give to a friend. You could do one like this example and put in a special scrapbook frame, available from a variety of different craft and hobby stores.

Be My Valentine Throw

If you’re a crocheter, this Valentine throw is an easy project for a good friend. It uses four skeins in white and two in red, with a size US H-8 hook. Final project measures 44 x 53 inches. This is an especially nice gift for a best pal or someone who has moved to a new city.

DIY Heart Friendship Bracelet

Friendship bracelets are a great gift for Valentine’s Day for a variety of friends, from the new pal to the casual acquaintance. Use some bright threads and use it on a gift or as part of a small surprise. (Here are more ways to use friendship bracelets.)

Hanging Towels

Get some cute Valentine's, heart-themed, or red towels, and make these gems for your friend's kitchen. This is also a good gift idea for coworkers (if there is someone that you go to lunch with frequently and would like to know better, for instance), or even neighbors.

Coffee Filter Valentine Wreath

This is an extremely simple craft project using white and tan coffee filters, a stapler, hot glue gun, a wreath form (which you can get at any craft store or buy direct online) and some heart-shaped paper doilies. It's a fun project you can with your kids or just to give a friend to decorate their door.

Winnie the Pooh Friendship Necklace

Fans of Winnie the Pooh know there are tons of great life lessons and friendship quotes from the books, and this necklace is the perfect way to convey your appreciate for a friend this Valentine's Day.

It has the quote, "If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." You can also get it engraved. It's under $55 from Signals.

Felt Heart-Shaped Sachets You Can Warm Up

Sachets always make a nice Valentine's gift for a friend, but with this idea from HGTV you can also warm them up. They're made by cutting two pieces of red felt into a heart, sewing them together, and filling with uncooked brown rice and dried lavender. They'll work as a sachet, but if you want to heat them you can pop them in the microwave for up to twenty seconds.

Homemade Valentine's Gifts for the Guys

Guys are especially hard to buy for, aren't they? At Valentine's Day, why not make your guy pal a gift that shows him you appreciate his friendship. These ideas from our Frugal Living guide will help.

Wrapped Roses

Flowers make a great gift for friends anytime, but during Valentine's Day you could spruce them up by wrapping them in paper that contains some poetry. This template from Martha Stewart uses the Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem "How Do I Love Thee?" Valentine's Day is always better with a little poetry.

Valentine's Day Coupon Pocket Runner

Coupon books can act as a future small act of kindness that you promise now and deliver on later. Coupon booklets aren't new, but this presentation certainly is. This pocket runner uses small envelopes, acrylic paint, clip art, ribbons, and cut out hearts. A white card is placed in each envelope which will contain the coupon you write out. You could also use this just as a way to remind your friend of fun memories or express your gratitude.

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