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26 DIY Valentine Gifts for Him

Updated on February 14, 2017

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
Varies
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
Varies
Varies
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

Picture in a Mason Jar
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

Open When Envelopes
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

Bag of His Favorite Things
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

DIY Pallet Coasters
DIY 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

Still Nuts 4 U
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

 Boyfriend Wall Art
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

 Cheap Dates
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

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
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

Surprises to Get His Motor Running
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

12 Months of Dates
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

Secret Message in a Bottle
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

 7 Days of Love
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

DIY Conversation Balloons
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

 Iron On Pillowcase Transfers
Iron On Pillowcase 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

Memory Candles
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

Meringue Message Cones
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

Message in a Bottle
Message in a Bottle

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

Popcorn Date Nite Invite
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

DIY Sharpie Mugs
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

Sweetheart State
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

Valentine Lightbulb
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

 Clothespin Message
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

Keys n Junk
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

DIY Stick Messages
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

Luvd Up Sneakers
Luvd 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

Romantic Movie Basket
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!

Food for Thought

What will you give for Valentine's Day ?

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      ezzly 13 months ago

      Thanks Areena

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      AreenaTejani 13 months ago

      Great work!

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      Jbiz 13 months ago

      How do you make the keys n junk box? Is it wood? Do you use regular glue?

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      ezzly 13 months ago

      thanks inizchetan :)

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      iniz chetan 13 months ago from Punjab

      thanks :)

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      ezzly 13 months ago

      Thanks for commenting Teresa, and happy Valentines :) you can get the stencil here http://www.thestencilsmith.com/catalog.php?item=35...

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      Teresa 13 months ago

      I really like some of your ideas, but the link at the top does not lead me to a page where I can purchase stencils or free printables, only more gift ideas. Very good ideas, I may try a couple if I can find some stencils I like. Thanks!

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      ezzly 13 months ago

      Thanks the revieweb :)

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      Author Wong 13 months ago from US

      Very useful post ! Thank you

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      ezzly 13 months ago

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      Mr Ali 13 months ago from Pakistan

      Really a good collection for valentines gifts.

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      Jamie 14 months ago

      I don't see the link for the stencil either. Can you please post the link in the comments?

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      Shelly 14 months ago

      The boy friend wall card. What are the measurements for it. I want to make it for my guy.

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      Candy 15 months ago

      Hi! Am I crazy or is it not there? I can't find the link to the tutorials for any of these or the stencil set for the wall art as indicated in the description. Thanks!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hi Rebecca, an old container was upcycled and painted black with keys and stickers added. There's a great little tutorial here about cement coasters to give you an idea of working with cement http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-i...

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      Rebecca 2 years ago

      What kind of materials did you use for the keys n junk box? Super cute! I want to do it as a craft for my toddler for her daddy:)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks Celebrates, happy valentines to you too !

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      I like the date ideas in a jar. That is a really cool idea. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hi Shelly look at the link I provided in the introduction , it's a stencil , it's no.7 on the list.

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      shelly 2 years ago

      Can you send me the link for the boyfriend wall art please. Thank you

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Creativelycc, thanks for visiting, yes totally agree handmade gifts are way more impressive ;)

      Jeannieinabottle, thanks for commenting hope you have fun creating :)

      Dee, thanks for stopping by If you refer to number 17 on this list it has the link for the stencil :)

      http://craftriver.com/diy-valentine-gift-ideas-for...

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      DEE 2 years ago

      I'm attempting to make number 6 but have no clue what to use for the letters help!!!

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      What great ideas! I am low on cash right now and need some inspiration. Thanks for your help!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      These ideas are awesome! I love them. This makes a Valentine's gift so much more personable and true from the heart. Thank you!!!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for commenting peach purple , the sharpie mugs are so cute :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i think i will do the mug with sharpie pens

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks hope centre, yes men do need encouragement I agree , I have forced my hubby to like Valentines and believe it or not he actually enjoys making cards for me now or at least he plays along ;)

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      Hope Centre 2 years ago

      Very very interesting hub. Everything was new for me. I'll show it to my daughter, She will love it (She is 10 years old and loves art&craft). Because I don't think men are really that much romantic. Hubbies usually feel suffocated by that much involvement. Its my idea only, no one has to has to agree with it anyway.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Audrey , hope you have a great Valentines :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Love these clever ideas for valentines DIY gifts. Fun to make too. Thanks a heap for sharing and voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share. Audrey

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks Mike !

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      In fact, graphics on this hub make great sense...

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hi Jenn, an old container was upcycled and painted black with keys and stickers added :)

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      Jenn 2 years ago

      Do you know what was used for #23

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hi Beth,

      I have e mailed you with details , thanks for visiting :)

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      Beth 2 years ago

      Can you please send me the link to order the stencil for #6 - Boyfriend Wall Art. You can send to bethbcraig@gmail.com. Thanks! Your ideas are fabulous!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Uzochukwu Mike :) Creative wishes to you !

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for visiting Whidbeywriter, have a great Valentines !

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      Mary Gaines 2 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      These are great ideas!!! I have voted up and will share!!!! Thank you!

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      You have written a great and correct hub. creative one.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks rebecca and velour hope you have an awesome Valentines Day :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great creative ideas for Valentine Gifts! Thank you for sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Lots of cute and creative ideas here! Thanks! Pinning this to Holiday Crafts board.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting pstraubie , and blessings to you. I hope you have fun with your grandson crafting the pallet coaster :)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a clever assortment of ideas to use for him. I see one that I will do with my grandson to give his daddy...the pallet coaster.

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      Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Ha brilliant ! My sis has a birthday near Christmas and everyone used to just give her 1 present for both ! Many happy returns to you for 2015 :)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Ezzly, my hubby knows very well by now that my birthday and Valentine's Day are TWO separate occasions :) Wishing you nothing but the best in 2015.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Margaret hope you've an awesome Valentines :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      You've got some awesome ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting and happy birthday , hope your hubby gets you presents for both your birthday and valentines :)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Really cool hub, thanks for some really great ideas! I always struggle to find the right things for my husband on Valentine's Day...it doesn't help that it's also my birthday :)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Deborah Morrison , yes valentines doesn't have to be expensive, and thoughtful homemade gifts are always sweeter ;)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hey Christy Maria , thanks for visiting I love the movie basket idea too it's the perfect hamper idea for movie lovers !

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      Deborah Morrison 2 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Unique and inexpensive ways to send a message of love for Valentine's Day and the great photos add and extra dimension of interest.

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      Christy Maria 2 years ago

      These ideas are so great! I always struggle trying to figure out small gifts for special days like Valentine's Day. I am going to do the movie basket! Thanks!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Yes I like that idea too , it would also be a great Christmas present , I bet your cards your a hit :) Thanks for visiting

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      Daniele Albanese 2 years ago from Milford, Delaware

      I like the movie basket idea. I made good for one cards before. For example: massage, car wash, dinner.

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      Shirley Johnson 2 years ago from Sallisaw, OK

      There were some incredible ideas on here that I might have to try. The message in a bottle or the Seven Days of Love.

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      bookerboy 3 years ago from Ireland

      Nice ideas there

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