Romantic DIY gifts are the perfect way to make someone feel special! Perhaps it’s your SO’s birthday, or maybe it’s your 1 year anniversary! No matter what the occasion is, these affordable and thoughtful DIY gifts will make your lover swoon. Get ready to sweep your SO off of their feet with your arts and craft skills!
1. Jar of Sweet Nothings
This romantic DIY gift is simple and sentimental. All you need is a mason jar and colored pieces of paper. On each note, write down a “sweet little nothing.” They can be compliments, inside jokes, or even your favorite memories of your boo! It’s up to you if you want to fill the jar all the way or write down a certain number of notes. If you’re planning to give this away as a birthday present, make a note for every year leading up to their birthday!
2. “Open When” Letters
Have you ever seen The Notebook? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who cried when Allie finally gets Noah’s year-long stack of letters! That’s the idea here, though. Create a bunch of letters that your SO can open at various times throughout the year. Some topics could be “open when you are feeling down,” “open when you get that promotion,” “open when you miss me,” and “open when you’re in the mood.” If you’re in a long-distance relationship, this gift is perfect for you!
3. “Love You to Pieces” Picture Frame
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture framed by a mash-up of puzzle pieces is just damn cute. For this DIY gift, all you need is a picture of you with your SO, a regular picture frame, and a puzzle. Once your picture is inside the frame, glue the puzzle pieces to the outside of the frame, making sure to overlap them haphazardly. To give this gift the final touch, in the bottom left corner write, “I love you to pieces!”
4. Jenga Love Game
Ready to turn your SO on? This romantic DIY gift is perfect for setting the mood as well as showing your lover how much you care about them. Simply purchase a regular Jenga set, then paint over the pieces in any colors you want (the more colorful, the better). After the paint dries, write down truths and dares on the pieces, such as “what do you like most about your SO” or “kiss for 10 seconds.” You can make this game as dirty or as sweet as you want, it’s all up to you!
5. Cute Candy Bar Puns
If your SO has a sweet tooth, then this DIY gift is for you! Start by buying candies that your bae likes. Next, think of puns using the candies that you bought. Write down the puns on a colorful poster board, making sure to leave spaces where you will glue the candy. For example, one candy pun could be “I won’t let you slip through my Butter Fingers” using a Butter Finger, or “I love you Bear-y much” using gummy bears. Make your puns short, sweet, and to the point!
6. Personalized Calendar
Nothing says “I love you” like an organized, color-coated calendar! For the planners in your life, try making them a personalized calendar that they can hang proudly above their desks. Don’t forget to add important dates to the calendar, like birthdays and graduations. You can also print out your cute couple selfies, or pictures of their pets and family, and glue them into the calendar. Although this DIY gift takes a lot of prep time, it’s totally worth it because it’s practical and thoughtful.
7. Stuffed Pinata
This romantic DIY gift is sure to bring out the kid in your SO! Simply get a pinata (it can be any size and any theme) and fill it with thoughtful treats and sweet notes. It’s up to you if you want to make your own pinata out of cardboard or purchase one at your local party store. When I did this for my boyfriend, I bought a Spongebob pinata (who doesn’t love Spongebob?) and filled it with his favorite candies, tiny love notes, and little knick-knacks that I knew he’d like. Trust me, they’ll want to break it open faster than you can say you’re welcome.
8. Treasure Hunt
A romantic treasure hunt is such a fun DIY gift that your bae won’t forget! Before you begin, choose if you want your SO to find one big present at the end, or tiny gifts along the way with clues. If you are having trouble coming up with clues, you can always use Google for some inspiration! Another helpful tip is to start backward at your grand finale and work your way back to clue 1. This gift can be done carried out at multiple locations, or in the comfort of your own home. It’s all up to you and your imagination!
9. Homemade Blankets
When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a cozy blanket! One of the easiest ways to make a no-sew homemade blanket is to go to your local fabric store and purchase 2 sheets of anti-pill fleece. Make sure they are a design that your SO likes. Layer the 2 sheets on top of one another, and fringe the ends. Once you have fringed all the way around both sheets, tie the fringes from sheet 1 to sheet 2, and voila! You’ve made a super cute and practical DIY gift!
10. Vision Board Memory Collage
Use this romantic DIY gift to show your SO that you remembered the important milestones in your relationship! Simply start by making a collage of pictures and words that remind your boo of your time together so far. You can even add images regarding their dreams, goals, family, and passions. This is your chance, show your SO that you know them better than anyone else!
Which of these romantic DIY gifts was your favorite to make? Are there any gifts not on this list that you like? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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