Five Steps to the Perfect DIY Valentine

Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to think about how to express your love. However, you don’t need to empty your bank account to make meaningful gestures. In fact, some of the most touching and wonderful Valentine’s Day surprises are DIY in nature, costing very little or nearly nothing at all. Here are five steps you can follow this February.

1. Think about what your partner likes

Plenty of expensive Valentine’s Day gifts are actually very impersonal, often catering to the consumer’s idea of what the holiday is supposed to be about. Instead of conforming to what you think is expected of you, start by thinking about what your loved one truly cares about. For example, some people love receiving openly romantic gifts while others would genuinely rather get something of practical value. Meanwhile, one person might want a material object they can keep while another would prefer something that revolves around an experience.

2. Consider gifts that chronicle your relationship

If you’ve been together quite a long time and are with someone who loves to relive happy memories, there are plenty of DIY gifts that will work well. You might consider making a photo album with one image per month or year you’ve been together, or you could create a scrapbook filled with mementos (such as restaurant cards, plane tickets and notes you’ve written to each other).

3. Be creative