I am a fashionista trained in fashion buying and fashion design.
Buying V-Day gifts for your man can be a 'lil bit tricky—so why not DIY your very own, custom pressie? Here are 26 of my fave, budget-friendly pressies that you can make in no time at all!
26 DIY Valentine's Gift Ideas for Your Man: Supplies and Cost
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
Open When . . . Envelopes
Colored envelopes, paper, time to write
$15: $10 for envelopes, $5 for paper
Bag of His Favorite Things
A few of his favorite things, brown string, brown paper
Varies depending on fav things
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
Still Nuts 4 U
A jar, nuts, paper or other decorations for jar, glue
$14: $2 for jar, $7 for nuts, $5 for decorations
Boyfriend Wall Art
Frame, colored paper, stencil set, letter stickers, or paint
Jar of Cheap Dates
A jar, printed cheap date ideas, time to come up with ideas
$2 for jar
Valentine Scavenger Hunt
Manilla envelopes, hearts/lace/etc. to decorate, time to plan and execute the hunt!
$15 for manilla envelopes
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
12 Months of Dates
Keyring, stiff decorative paper
$7: $1 for keyring, $6 for decorative paper
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
7 Days of Love
A 7-day pill container, candies, printed messages
$5: $1 for pill box, $4 for candies
DIY Conversation Balloons
Heart-shaped mylar balloons, vinyl stickers
$12 - 20: $2/balloon, $10 for letters
Iron-On Pillow Case Transfers
Pillow cases, transfer paper, a printer, an iron
$25: $15 for transfer paper, $10 for pillowcases
Black and white photocopies, transparent contact paper, candle
$7 - 25: $5 for contact paper, $2 - 15 for candle
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
Message in a Bottle — Keyring
Keyring, message-holder, paper with message
$5: $1 for keyring, $4 for message-holder
Popcorn Date Nite Invite
Movie popcorn bucket, movie candies, picnic foods
$23: $6 for bucket, $2 - 10 for movie, $15 for food and alcohol
DIY Sharpie Mugs
Mugs, oil-based paint sharpies
$16: $10 for mugs, $6 for sharpies
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
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
Pencils, colored pens or penciles, markers, glue, paper, clothespins
$10: $2 for clothespin, $8 for other supplies
Keys 'n Junk
DIY Stick Messages
A wood-burner, some sticks, sandpaper
$13 for wood burner
Luv'd Up Sneakers
Sneakers, decorations for the box
Varies (depending on the shoe)
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
Show your guy how much you care by making your very own DIY pressie.
- 30 DIY Valentine Gifts He'll Absolutely Adore! | CraftRiver
Find all the best DIY gifts you can make for the special guy in your life.
Food for Thought
Charl on May 07, 2018:
Thanks ezzly, you shared great ideas, I can also use it for romantic ideas with my partner
ezzly (author) on February 15, 2016:
AreenaTejani on February 15, 2016:
Jbiz on February 14, 2016:
How do you make the keys n junk box? Is it wood? Do you use regular glue?
ezzly (author) on February 10, 2016:
thanks inizchetan :)
iniz chetan from Punjab on February 09, 2016:
ezzly (author) on February 08, 2016:
Thanks for commenting Teresa, and happy Valentines :) you can get the stencil here http://www.thestencilsmith.com/catalog.php?item=35...
Teresa on February 07, 2016:
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!
ezzly (author) on February 06, 2016:
Thanks the revieweb :)
Author Wong from US on February 05, 2016:
Very useful post ! Thank you
ezzly (author) on February 03, 2016:
hey jamie check here http://www.thestencilsmith.com/catalog.php?item=35...
Mr Ali from Pakistan on February 03, 2016:
Really a good collection for valentines gifts.
Jamie on January 25, 2016:
I don't see the link for the stencil either. Can you please post the link in the comments?
Shelly on January 18, 2016:
The boy friend wall card. What are the measurements for it. I want to make it for my guy.
Candy on December 29, 2015:
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!
ezzly (author) on February 19, 2015:
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...
Rebecca on February 19, 2015:
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:)
ezzly (author) on February 14, 2015:
Thanks Celebrates, happy valentines to you too !
Celebrates on February 13, 2015:
I like the date ideas in a jar. That is a really cool idea. Happy Valentine's Day!
ezzly (author) on February 12, 2015:
Hi Shelly look at the link I provided in the introduction , it's a stencil , it's no.7 on the list.
shelly on February 12, 2015:
Can you send me the link for the boyfriend wall art please. Thank you
ezzly (author) on February 08, 2015:
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 :)
DEE on February 07, 2015:
I'm attempting to make number 6 but have no clue what to use for the letters help!!!
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on February 07, 2015:
What great ideas! I am low on cash right now and need some inspiration. Thanks for your help!
Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on February 07, 2015:
These ideas are awesome! I love them. This makes a Valentine's gift so much more personable and true from the heart. Thank you!!!
ezzly (author) on February 07, 2015:
Thanks for commenting peach purple , the sharpie mugs are so cute :)
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 07, 2015:
i think i will do the mug with sharpie pens
ezzly (author) on February 07, 2015:
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 ;)
Hope Centre on February 07, 2015:
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.
ezzly (author) on February 07, 2015:
Thanks for sharing Audrey , hope you have a great Valentines :)
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 07, 2015:
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
ezzly (author) on January 25, 2015:
Thanks Mike !
Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P from Anambra State, Nigeria on January 25, 2015:
In fact, graphics on this hub make great sense...
ezzly (author) on January 23, 2015:
Hi Jenn, an old container was upcycled and painted black with keys and stickers added :)
Jenn on January 22, 2015:
Do you know what was used for #23
ezzly (author) on January 21, 2015:
I have e mailed you with details , thanks for visiting :)
Beth on January 21, 2015:
Can you please send me the link to order the stencil for #6 - Boyfriend Wall Art. You can send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Your ideas are fabulous!
ezzly (author) on January 19, 2015:
Thanks for your comment Uzochukwu Mike :) Creative wishes to you !
ezzly (author) on January 19, 2015:
Thanks so much for visiting Whidbeywriter, have a great Valentines !
Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on January 19, 2015:
These are great ideas!!! I have voted up and will share!!!! Thank you!
Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P from Anambra State, Nigeria on January 19, 2015:
You have written a great and correct hub. creative one.
ezzly (author) on January 19, 2015:
Thanks rebecca and velour hope you have an awesome Valentines Day :)
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 18, 2015:
Great creative ideas for Valentine Gifts! Thank you for sharing.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 18, 2015:
Lots of cute and creative ideas here! Thanks! Pinning this to Holiday Crafts board.
ezzly (author) on January 18, 2015:
Thanks for visiting pstraubie , and blessings to you. I hope you have fun with your grandson crafting the pallet coaster :)
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 18, 2015:
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
ezzly (author) on January 10, 2015:
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 :)
Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on January 09, 2015:
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.
ezzly (author) on January 09, 2015:
Thanks for visiting Margaret hope you've an awesome Valentines :)
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on January 09, 2015:
You've got some awesome ideas here! Thanks for sharing.
ezzly (author) on January 07, 2015:
Thanks for visiting and happy birthday , hope your hubby gets you presents for both your birthday and valentines :)
Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on January 06, 2015:
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 :)
ezzly (author) on January 05, 2015:
Thanks for visiting Deborah Morrison , yes valentines doesn't have to be expensive, and thoughtful homemade gifts are always sweeter ;)
ezzly (author) on January 05, 2015:
Hey Christy Maria , thanks for visiting I love the movie basket idea too it's the perfect hamper idea for movie lovers !
Deborah Morrison from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2015:
Unique and inexpensive ways to send a message of love for Valentine's Day and the great photos add and extra dimension of interest.
Christy Maria on January 04, 2015:
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!
ezzly (author) on December 10, 2014:
Yes I like that idea too , it would also be a great Christmas present , I bet your cards your a hit :) Thanks for visiting
Daniele Albanese from Milford, Delaware on December 09, 2014:
I like the movie basket idea. I made good for one cards before. For example: massage, car wash, dinner.
ShirleyJCJohnson on November 22, 2014:
There were some incredible ideas on here that I might have to try. The message in a bottle or the Seven Days of Love.
bookerboy from Ireland on January 21, 2014:
Nice ideas there