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Easy DIY Gifts for Friends and Family for Valentine’s Day

Gift box with heart balloon floating it the sky, Happy Valentine's Day banners, paper art style.
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I’m going to share a little secret.  You DO NOT need to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate!  While there are several stories about the origin of the Valentine’s Day, and it is true that they involve romantic love, the holiday itself has evolved to being a day of showing anyone, whether friend, family, or significant other, that they are loved.   


So now that we know you can celebrate friends and family on this upcoming holiday, let’s talk about gifts.  You don’t have to go all out to show your friends and family that you care.  Below are some simple – and cheap – DIY gifts that can be done in plenty of time before the big day. 


Friendship Bracelets 

Perfect for younger siblings, teammates, and…friends 

A quick internet search will pull up at least 2,987,321 results for how to make a friendship bracelet, or you can check out a book from the Library!  The nice thing is that these can be as easy or as elaborate you want.  Not very crafty?  That’s okay…just make a simple braided bracelet!  Are crafts your favorite thing in the whole wide world?  Great…try making words or a picture with the knots!  You can even add charms!  The possibilities are endless, and all you really need is some embroidery floss.  The floss (or thread) is available in approximately 14,309 colors so customizing the bracelets to be someone’s favorite colors is easy.  I’ve made some in team colors, favorite colors, or even colors from a favorite painting.  The floss is also readily available in most dollar and box stores, and it lasts forever.  Plus, these bracelets can be easily adapted into keychains or bookmarks! 


This is an eight-strand braided bracelet that worked up pretty quickly. 



Perfect for parents, siblings, and friends 

Like the bracelets, there are more tutorials online than you’d ever need for origami, and the Library also has quite a few books.  And, again, this can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like!  You could try making a bouquet of origami flowers or someone’s favorite animal.  There are even stars made from strips of paper – try writing a message or memory on the paper before folding it.  You could give someone a whole jar of memories or happy thoughts!   Origami paper comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it’s usually sold in stacks so you’ll have enough paper to last a bit.  Depending on your project, you can even use regular paper that you color and decorate yourself!  

My origami frog, given to me by one of my kids.  She folded it with regular printer paper, then colored it in.  I stuck a magnet on it and now Fred lives on my filing cabinet! 



Perfect for friends, especially if you have a lot of them 

Don’t worry…if crafting isn’t really you’re thing, there’s still a cheap idea. Remember those boxes of Valentine’s cards that you’d get for class parties?  Those can still be fun to give out!  There is an endless list of themes for them, so there’s bound to be one that fits your friend group.  Plus, those boxes are pretty cheap for how many cards you get.  And if you’re artistic at all, you could even make your own small cards for your friends by drawing favorite memories, making a photo collage, designing on a computer…anything!  Plus you could take it a step further by adding a piece of candy, if you feel like splurging a couple dollars more. 


Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic relationships anymore.  We can all agree that there definitely needs to be more love in the world, so take some time to think of the people in your life you love and who love you back.  And now you have a couple of ideas now to show these how much they mean to you…while saving a couple bucks, too.   


Happy crafting! 


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”