26 DIY Valentine Gifts for Him
Buying V-Day gifts for your man can be a 'lil bit tricky — so why not DIY your very own, custom pressie. Here's 26 of my fave, budget-friendly pressies that you can make in no time at all!
26 DIY Ideas for Valentine Presents for Your Man: Supplies and Cost
1. Picture in a Mason Jar
Quart-sized mason jar, olive or vegetable oil, 4 x 6 picture trimmed to fit
$7.25: $.25 to print the picture, $2 for mason jar, $5 for olive oil
2. Open When . . . Envelopes
Colored envelopes, paper, time to write
$15: $10 for envelopes, $5 for paper
3. Bag of His Favorite Things
A few of his favorite things, brown string, brown paper
Varies depending on fav things
4. Pallet Coasters
Craft sticks, glue gun, glue for gun, scissors, wood stain, wood stain brush, craft knife or razor blade
$21: $6 for craft sticks, $9.00 for wood stain, $6 for brush
5. Still Nuts 4 U
A jar, nuts, paper or other decorations for jar, glue
$14: $2 for jar, $7 for nuts, $5 for decorations
6. Boyfriend Wall Art
Frame, colored paper, stencil set, letter stickers, or paint
7. Jar of Cheap Dates
A jar, printed cheap date ideas, time to come up with ideas
$2 for jar
8. Valentine Scavenger Hunt
Manilla envelopes, hearts/lace/etc. to decorate, time to plan and execute the hunt!
$15 for manilla envelopes
9. Surprises to Get His Motor Running
Example used bag of hot cheetos, ribbon, and a sticker
$4: $1 for Cheetos, $1 for ribbon, $2 for sticker
10. 12 Months of Dates
Keyring, stiff decorative paper
$7: $1 for keyring, $6 for decorative paper
11. Secret Message in a Bottle
Bingo chips, alphabet stickers or stamps, a jar and a decorative label for it
$15: $5 for bingo chips, $4 for alphabet stickers, $2 for jar, $4 for label
12. 7 Days of Love
A 7-day pill container, candies, printed messages
$5: $1 for pill box, $4 for candies
13. DIY Conversation Balloons
Heart-shaped mylar balloons, vinyl stickers
$12 - 20: $2/balloon, $10 for letters
14. Iron-On Pillow Case Transfers
Pillow cases, transfer paper, a printer, an iron
$25: $15 for transfer paper, $10 for pillowcases
15. Memory Candles
Black and white photocopies, transparent contact paper, candle
$7 - 25: $5 for contact paper, $2 - 15 for candle
16. Meringue Message Cones
Meringue, sugar cones, melting chocolate, chocolate chips, and paper messages
$16: $5 for cookies, $4 for chips, $3 for cones, $4 for melting chocolate
17. Message in a Bottle — Keyring
Keyring, message-holder, paper with message
$5: $1 for keyring, $4 for message-holder
18. Popcorn Date Nite Invite
Movie popcorn bucket, movie candies, picnic foods
$23: $6 for bucket, $2 - 10 for movie, $15 for food and alcohol
19. DIY Sharpie Mugs
Mugs, oil-based paint sharpies
$16: $10 for mugs, $6 for sharpies
20. Sweetheart State
Wooden state, wooden letters, wooden star shapes, white and black craft paint, craft glue, foam paintbrush, pencil, paper plate, fine and medium bristle paint brushes
$44: $6 for state, $10 for letters, $3 for hearts, $10 for paint, $15 for other supplies
21. Valentine Lightbulb
Red thin gauge wire, incandescent lightbulb, wood cube, two pins, paper and pen, hot glue, pliers, screwdriver, safety goggles, wire cutter, hammer and nail, hot glue gun
$29: $8 for wire, $2 for bulb, $9 for cube, $10 for other supplies
22. Clothespin Message
Pencils, colored pens or penciles, markers, glue, paper, clothespins
$10: $2 for clothespin, $8 for other supplies
23. Keys 'n Junk
24. DIY Stick Messages
A wood-burner, some sticks, sandpaper
$13 for wood burner
25. Luv'd Up Sneakers
Sneakers, decorations for the box
Varies (depending on the shoe)
26. Romantic Movie Basket
A box full full of romantic movie night supplies
Varies depending on food + alcohol
1) Picture in a Mason Jar
The most thoughtful gifts are the ones we can make ourselves.
Use your partner's interests as a springboard for what to make. For example, maybe they love holidaying. Why not make a picture gift of a holiday you took together like in this mason jar.
Mason jars can be acquired cheaply from your local craft store. You could even use candle jars you have lying around your home. Get the step-by-step instructions from August & After.
2) Open When . . . Envelopes
This gift idea is my personal favorite.
Create as many special envelopes as you want and watch his face light up as he opens one for when he needs to be cheered up.
What you put in these little pockets of delight is up to you — maybe a silly picture of you or some poetry.
These are a real hit depending on how creative you want to get with the project.
3) Bag of His Favorite Things
You know the way most guys hate shopping? Think how great it would feel for him to have you make up a bundle of his favorite things — a travel version of his favorite board game, a box of his most treasured sweets, or maybe even tickets to see a game. The sky is the limit for this one.
It really shows how much you listen and care when you take the time to make this extra special gift for him.
4) Pallet Coasters
You can make these really cool coasters with popsicle sticks - then just draw a heart on the mug with a sharpie (and then place it in the oven!).
Get instructions from Remove and Replace.
5) Still Nuts 4 U
All you have to do is fill a jar with nuts, then hot glue a custom label with your own romantic message! Get creative with pretty paper, bows, or other details that you like!
6) Boyfriend Wall Art
You could make this wall art freehand or get a stencil set that will make your life a little easier. You don't have to make a huge poster — you could make something small too. The idea remains the same: doing something to show him how much you appreciate him.
7) Cheap Dates
Dates don't have to cost much — you can go for a picnic at the closest park or nice scenery spot, give each other massages, or just go down to your local dollar store and buy each other something cheap but funny.
It's all about spending time together! Fill up a jar with a bunch of ideas and then have fun throughout the year carrying them out.
8) Valentine Scavenger Hunt
You'll actually have a lot of fun with this one! Come up with clues that rhyme, or if that makes your brain hurt, just write funny clues. If you're in a Sherlock Holmes-y mood, you could go all cryptic!
9) Surprises to Get His Motor Running
These are such cute and wallet friendly pressies. Just make sure the kiddies don't take it to their teacher by accident! Hot Tamales are a great food to use for this idea too.
10) 12 Months of Dates
No matter how busy life gets, you need to keep the romance alive with frequent dates. Neither of you will have any excuses with a "12-month" pre-planned date gift.
11) Secret Message in a Bottle
This is such a cute idea to create a secret message with the help of bingo chips! You can get the detailed instructions at BottleCapCo.
12) 7 Days of Love
This is a really fun gift idea — fill each day with little sweets and gifts, a special message, or even a (Hershey's) kiss!
13) DIY Conversation Balloons
Get yourself some vinyl letter stickers (at your local craft store) and you can make your very own romantic balloons with sweet messages!
14) Iron-On Pillow Case Transfers
Simply print the PDF file onto iron-on transfer paper and stick them to your pillowcases and you'll have an adorable set of pillows that you can both rest your tired heads on.
Get full instructions for this project from Homedit.
15) Memory Candles
This is such a romantic way to display your photos — just use black and white photocopies and transparent contact paper to transfer images to glass candleholders.
16) Meringue Message Cones
This idea takes the idea of fortune cookies and makes it even more delicious with sugar cones, meringue cookies, and chocolate chips. You can either make your own meringue or get it store-bought. Create the ice cream "scoop" by attaching the meringue with chocolate. Put a message in the cone and attach the "scoop" with more chocolate. Yum!
17) Message in a Bottle — Keyring
This is a really great idea for a guy — especially the ones that are so hard to buy for! Look for the small glass container in the charms section of the craft store.
18) Popcorn Date Nite Invite
You don't need to spend big on dinner at a five-star restaurant. Instead, why not have a cozy night on the couch and have an indoor 'picnic.' Grab a blanket, snuggle up, and put on your fave movie and get the treats out!
19) DIY Sharpie Mugs
Start your morning with a sweet message that will put a smile on both your faces! Use an oil-based sharpie and your messages will last longer.
Get the details at PopSugar.
20) Sweetheart State
This is a really cool idea, especially if you're both from the same state or neighboring towns. If you're from different states or countries, you could use a world map or map of the United States instead.
Get the details from CraftCuts.
21) Valentine Lightbulb
Once you hollow out your lightbulb you can place a subtle love note inside the pretty glass bulb and display it year round!
Get all the details from Apartment Therapy.
22) Clothespin Message
This is actually the cutest pressie ever, and even though it costs very little, it will bring your loved one a huge amount of happiness.
You can get the detailed instructions from Instructables.
23) Keys n Junk
Sick of your guy running around frantically in the morning looking for his wallet, keys, phone, change, etc? Come on — it happens to the best of them!
You should make him a really funky wallet, key, and coin organizer from materials you probably have lying around your home!
He'll seriously love you for it!
24) DIY Stick Messages
If you and your boo love nature, then you should make a really frugal gift with some sticks. Just use some sandpaper and a soldering iron to write your message.
If you don't have a soldering iron you can just use a sharpie (but seriously, the burnt lettering looks a lot cooler!)
25) Luv'd Up Sneakers
This will probably be the most expensive gift on the list — depending on what type of footwear you want to buy. But for me, the message is the most valuable part of the gift!
Don't forget to draw all those love hearts and kisses!
26) Romantic Movie Basket
This gift gives you the perfect excuse to make him watch a chick flick — just put enough surprises in there to keep him happy!
For More Ideas and Tutorials
- 38 DIY Valentine Gifts for Him, That Will Show How Much You Care! | coco29
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- 30 DIY Valentine Gifts He'll Absolutely Adore! | CraftRiver
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