3 Gift Ideas for Your Valentine
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Even though it feels like the year just began, January is now practically over. The next holiday is a big one for lovebirds!
I already know who my Valentine is! 😉 What we’re doing for V-day is the question at hand. Usually I try to give a special gift to the lucky guy in my life. That doesn’t mean I go out and spend a crazy amount of cash on him–to me it truly is the thought that counts! Often times I make gifts, buy some special candy, or even arrange a kid-free date for the two of us.
Today I’m going to give you 3 gift ideas for your Valentine. There are plenty of things you can do no matter how much money you have to spend!
1. Buy Jewelry
Yes, of course this tops the list. Every girl loves to get new jewelry for Valentine’s Day! This year I have the perfect idea for new jewelry–the new Heart Collection by SamyStyles. You can get these lovely pieces custom made with your colors for that extra special touch.
2. Make (or Buy) Some Truffles
Seriously, who doesn’t love truffles? They are incredibly easy to make and taste delicious! This is the perfect gift for either a guy or a gal! Here’s how to make your own:
1 8oz package cream cheese
3 cups confectioners sugar
10 oz chocolate (dark chocolate works best)
Optional: additional 12 oz melted chocolate, nuts, oreo cookies, sprinkles, etc
Blend cream cheese and confectioners sugar until completely blended. Melt 10 oz of chocolate (you can do this in the mircrowave) and add to the mixture. Mix until completely blended. This is the “ganache” part of the truffle, or what I like to call the creamy deliciousness in the center. 🙂 If desired, you can add a small amount (1 tsp or less) of vanilla, jam, liquor, crushed oreos, or other extracts to flavor the ganache.
Put the ganache in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let it harden slightly. This makes it a LOT easier to roll into balls. Once it is sufficiently chilled, take the ganache out and roll into 1 inch balls.
At this point you must decide how you want to finish them. If you want to coat them with chocolate, put them in the freezer (on a tray lined with wax paper) prior to dipping in melted chocolate. Alternatively, you can roll the ganache balls in cocoa powder, crushed cookies, sprinkles, nuts, or whatever else you can come up with.
Keep the truffles chilled until you are ready to serve them. They are best when you let them warm to room temperature just prior to eating them. Yum!
If all else fails, you can always pick up a bag of truffles at the grocery store. Lindt truffles are absolutely scrumptious and will be appreciated (and devoured) by your Valentine!
My final gift idea won’t cost you a thing besides some time. I did this for my husband before we were married and he still thinks it was the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.
First, sit down and write out all of the reasons you love your Valentine. Think of the special little things, quirks, inside jokes, or anything else special to the two of you. Next, cut out a billion little hearts out of paper.
On each paper heart write a little note that starts like this: “I love you because…” and make each one different. When your Valentine isn’t around (the night before Valentine’s Day is best), hide the notes everywhere he or she is likely to find them. For example, you could hide some in the bathroom beside their toothbrush, by the coffee maker, in their favorite cup, in their wallet, in their car, et cetera. All day your Valentine will be finding little reminders of the love you share.
So, there you have it! Three awesome gift ideas you can use this Valentine’s Day. 🙂 Please let me know if you decide to use one of these, I would love to hear how it worked out! If you have other suggestions, please share them in the comment field!
- 15 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts (fabsugar.com)
- Valentine’s Day – Cook Your Way Into His/Her Heart (sonomacountyseniors.wordpress.com)
- How to survive Valentine’s Day in debt (cleardebt.co.uk)
- Cute Valentine’s Ideas For Every Budget (bellasugar.com)
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