J and I have celebrated 13 Valentine’s Days together. That’s 13 years of trying to find new and creative ways to let J know just how much I love him. After 13 years it’s easy to get stuck in a rut or by-pass the holiday altogether. We are pretty predictable in how we celebrate. J usually gets me flowers, we go to a nice dinner (on any day other than the 14th) and I get him something small like a bottle of booze or underwear. And not the sexy kind 🙂 This year I wanted to do something a little more special than a pair of GAP boxers. When we were dating I did these kinds of things all the time but then life happens and…underwear.
Thankfully, this DIY Valentine is not only super simple to put together, it doesn’t cost a lot of money or take a ton of time. And if you’ve already got your Valentine a valentine, you could even make this for a birthday, anniversary, or even Christmas.
What You Need:
-5 boxes of various sizes (choose these after you’ve picked out your items so you get the right size)
-5 labels, one for each sense (taste, touch, sight, sound, smell)
-Small gifts that match up with each sense
-Tissue paper or paper shreddings
-Scissors and tape
-Wrapping paper (optional)
What To Do:
1. Select 5 small gifts that match up to the 5 senses. Here’s what I used:
Sight: Gift card to our local movie theater
Smell: Air freshener for the car
Taste: Mini bottles of Jack Daniels
Sound: I made a playlist of songs in Apple Music that have meaning or are sentimental and I will share it with him right before he opens the gift
Touch: T-shirt that he can wear on our upcoming Disney trip
Here are some other ideas, but the possibilities are endless. The more creative you are, the more fun I think it would be.
2. Gather five boxes to put your items in. I bought mine at Michaels since I didn’t have any small boxes at home and didn’t want to wrap them. If you don’t mind wrapping, you can repurpose boxes you already have.
3. Place each item in a box and top with tissue paper or paper shreddings.
4. Download or make your own labels for the outside of the boxes. I made mine for free using Canva. Simply select a valentine themed background and swap out the pre-entered text for the names of the senses. Download the design as an image (Png or JPeg), paste into Pages/Word, then print and cut them out. You can also buy pre-made labels on ETSY or make handwritten ones. I also made one extra label that said, “Being with you makes perfect sense,” and tapped this to the front of a card envelope. You could also stick this on one of the boxes or skip this step.
5. Wrap the boxes (optional) then tape the labels on top. Arrange the boxes so each box and label can be clearly seen.