If you are unsatisfied with the mass-produced Valentine’s Day printed products you find at the grocery store, consider using the versatility of offset printing to your advantage. With a little creative thinking, you can create one of a kind Valentine’s Day messages and greetings. Here is a simple “how to” for creating a unique Valentine that your child can pass out at school.
Valentine’s Day Candy Bookmarks
1. Design a 2 x 6 bookmark using Valentine’s Day motifs. If you aren’t blessed with a graphic eye, find a printing company that has pre-made, customizable templates for you to use.
2. To save time, customize the design with your child’s name so you won’t have to spend hours writing it over and over again like when you buy Valentine’s at the store. For an even more personal touch, put your child’s photo on the bookmark. This is sure to be a hit in the classroom and everyone will love it.
3. Have your bookmarks printed. If you’re using a template from a company you’ll most likely have to print your bookmarks there. Otherwise, search around for the company that offers the amount you need for the best price possible. Offset printing is a quick and affordable way to obtain several copies of the same design, and the high quality cardstock used is perfect for the next step.
4. For this step, you will need a bag of lollipops and a hole punch. Use the hole punch to make two vertical holes, and slide the lollipop into them to attach. If you are extremely pressed for time and willing to spend a little extra money, talk to your printer about using a die cut so your bookmarks will come pre-punched.
5. The fifth step is for your children – on Valentine’s Day, they’ll pass out their unique candy bookmarks and spread the holiday cheer!
1. Make a card – or at least include one. The key to not overspending on gifts is to include the small touches that your loved one will appreciate. Write a note with heartfelt sentiments and couple it with your gift.
2. Put a twist on the plain old box of chocolate. Unwrap the box before you present it, and, beneath each chocolate, insert a slip of paper that says something you love about your partner (the more specific and detailed, the better.) You could also write down favorite memories or your hopes for your future together.
3. Eat in. Prepare a romantic dinner with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Don’t forget the mood music on the stereo and the fire in the fireplace.
4. Share a playlist of the songs that have been special to your courtship. Include your “song,” songs from movies you’ve seen together, and songs with lyrics that are meaningful to your relationship.
5. Cozy up by the fire and play your favorite game of cards.
6. Write 100 things you love about your partner and slip it under her dinner plate. Or write down 100 of your favorite memories that you’ve spent together so far.
7. Save some money by planning a lunch out, instead of a dinner. You’ll spend less on lunch and then you’ll have the entire day to do something together. During the meal you spend together, make a special point to listen more than you talk. Ask questions. Make your partner feel engaged and truly heard.
8. Share a favorite recreational activity together. Do you both love to hike, bike, run, walk, or Nordic ski? Plan an outing that involves your favorite (free) and shared activity.
9. Make an inexpensive photo book that documents your relationship. Online photo processing sites make it a snap to create a nicely designed book. Or you can save money by purchasing an inexpensive photo book and filling it yourself. Another idea: frame a favorite photo of the two of you together.
10. If you have a little money to spare, look for online jewelry coupons. Some of the leading online jewelers have special coupon codes for the days leading up to Valentine’s Day and many have deep discounts on “deals of the day.” You can also easily find deals on other traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, including roses and chocolates.
Combine several of the ideas above for a Valentine’s Day your partner is sure to remember for years to come.
With Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s time to come out with all the Valentines Day creative ideas as to make this day a bit more special for the one(s) we love dearly, and for ourselves ultimately. There is no teaching that prepares us for love, but luckily there are ideas.
Valentine’s Day is a day to remind ourselves of love, whether we like it or not. If we are to make the most of our living in general, there is much gain in subscribing to the view that it’s a good thing to have at least one day in a year to dedicate it to all things Love & Romance. Sure enough, many of us don’t need that day, because we show our love & appreciation on a daily basis. However, for others that fell in a routine, or shy away from love, Valentine’s Day gives a convenient platform to make things happen that would otherwise be postponed, overlooked, or forgotten.
There are some of us, who easily adhere to the notion that Valentine’s Day should be banned from the face of the Earth. As with anything worthy, this day and its concept has been commercialized and abused too, but also very accommodating and revitalizing. The point is, we better not look for what’s wrong or bad about this day, but look on the bright side and see all the benefits it brings us. It’s up to each of us individually if this day will turn out good or bad for us.
In order to make the best of it, and to make it right this time, here are some Valentines Day creative ideas to get you going. Hopefully, you will get inspired by it to create your own unique ideas on what to give and what to do on Valentine’s Day.
* I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you
* You stole my heart, but I love you anyway
* You are my rock
* Here’s my heart, opening for you, take it darling it belongs to you
* Don’t say you love me unless you really mean it, cause I might do something crazy like believe it.
* I love you as big as the sky, as tall as the mountains and as deep as the ocean.
* You are my everything
* My world is a better place because of you
* You are my truest love
* You are my dream come true
* I didn’t know love before I met you
* your faces on Adam and Eve Artwork, done by a local artist or ordered online
* license plate frame with Valentine hearts
* a nice key with a key-chain saying “The Key To My Heart”
* charm bracelet with as many charms as years you’ve been together
* online course on ‘How To Consistently Give A Full Body Orgasm’
* self- made bookmark with a personal picture and romantic quote or poem – designed in a photo editor, then printed on photo paper and cut out
* revived old T-shirt with a romantic picture or message, printed first on textile foil and then printed on the T-shirt by ironing
* a game, such as ‘Foreplay Game’
* “Will Cook For Sex” Apron
Creative Things To Do To Your Sweetheart
* breakfast in bed
* make heart-shaped bread toast for breakfast with hot chocolate dip
* make a path of rose petals or potpourri
* fill her/his bath tub with rose petals
* call your favorite radio station and dedicate a song to your love
* perform a special act – dance for him, sing and/or play under her balcony, recite your poem or Shakespeare’s love sonnet
* organize a romantic treasure hunt
* write a romantic, passionate, handwritten, heartfelt love letter
* steam up the bathroom and write a message such as “Pete Loves Kathy” on the mirror for your partner to read when she/he uses the bathroom.
* wear ‘I love [her/his name]’ T-shirt all day long
Creative Things To Do Together
* re-enact your first date
* spend the night in a fancy hotel
* ice skating
* spend the day at a theme park or zoo
* rent a chauffeured limousine and drive to a scenic spot for a picnic
* play a game – Take a deck of 52 cards. Assign each card a thing to do. For example, Aces get a kiss, etc. Shuffle the deck and spread the cards out. You and your honey take turns drawing cards. Whatever card says to do, you must do. Be creative with your ideas and have fun!
* a bubble bath for two
* read ‘Kamasutra’ together
* make a photo album of your favorite memories together
* take silly photos of each other
* carve a heart with your names into a tree or bank
* kiss in new, special ways – kiss like you never kissed before
* don’t forget to make love, of course, with extra passion and imagination
When picking out a present or things to do on the day, keep in mind that most women love with their ears, and most men love with their eyes. Also, remind yourselves what you mean to each other and what love is all about. Love means having to align yourself with another person. In order to strike gold in love department, we must know that love is helping someone to grow. Use this Valentine’s Day to declare your undying love, and you will surely be rewarded for it, one way or another. Hopefully these Valentines Day creative ideas will bring more love to you.
Written by Natalija Domin, a member of multimedia artists team ‘Talidari’ with over 20 years of personal experience with arts, wellness and love. For much greater selection of Valentines Day creative ideas – homemade, unique, and traditional – visit http://www.talidari.net/valentines-day-creative-ideas.html. Once there, you will also get the gifts, such as e-book with 101 romantic ideas, top-production videos, artsy pictures, romantic poems, and much more.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, a day that each year puts fear into the hearts of men. Every year, you promise yourself that next year; you are going to do something different. If you still do not have any creative ideas for a special surprise, do not panic. Here are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas (many inexpensive) that are sure to please your love on that special day.
This one will require handwritten notes to your Valentine. Phrases like “I love you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “You mean more to me than anything” are good as well as sayings that have special meaning only to the two of you. You can write short memories of fun things you did together, a memorable vacation or a special moment you shared, like the birth of a child. Once you get the notes written, cut them into small sections. Make sure each note is small enough to be folded and placed in a balloon. You can purchase a small helium tank and balloons at most party stores. Take a balloon, insert a note into it, and then blow it up. When your Valentine comes home, have her pop each balloon to read your message of love.
Recreate Your First Date
Unless it was just a total disaster, your first date probably holds a lot of sentimental value for both you and your loved one. What better Valentine’s Day surprise could there be than to recreate the first date, a time when you first fell in love? Go to the same restaurant, rent the first movie you watched together, take her dancing to the same bar – whatever you did on that first date, make it happen again. Even if it was a disaster, you can recreate it, making it better the second time.
This one will require more money and a little preparation, but is sure to be great fun for both of you. Plan a secret weekend vacation. If you have kids, arrange for babysitters without letting your love know about it. Book the airline tickets, make the hotel reservations and when Friday rolls around, surprise her by having her bags packed, ready to go. Las Vegas is a great getaway destination. You can even renew your vows in a fun setting, like wedding chapel that has an Elvis impersonator do the ceremony. If you cannot afford a big trip, book a weekend at a bed and breakfast within driving distance. A getaway involving just the two of you will be fun no matter where you go.
Here is an inexpensive way to show her that you remember those special love songs. Make a compact disc of songs that have special memories for you and your Valentine. You can do this on your computer using iTunes or Windows Media Player. If you do not have the songs on a compact disc already, you can even download them from places like Amazon, Buy.com or iTunes for less than a dollar each. Each time she hears this CD, she will think of you!
Romance Scavenger Hunt
Buy small presents like a bag of candy kisses, a bottle of her favorite perfume or a single rose. Then create a few presents of your own such as a handwritten poem, a compact disc of special songs, or a handmade Valentine’s Day card. Write clues that will be attached to each present, telling her where the next present can be found. Make the last present something that will last a while like a picnic dinner, a bottle of champagne hidden close to the fireplace or lingerie in the bedroom.
If you both love chocolate, this can be a very fun and sexy idea. Make a batch of chocolate pudding and feed it to each other sitting by the fireplace. You may want to place a blanket or something on the floor in case it turns into a playful food fight. To spice it up, remove one article of clothing each time you feed your loved one and ask her to do the same. This can even lead to a romantic shower for two, so have candles ready in the bathroom.
As you can see from these ideas, Valentine’s Day does not need to be anything extravagant. It just takes a little effort and creativity on your part and you can turn this Valentine’s Day into one that your special someone will remember forever!
Valentine’s Day is one occasion when it is all too easy to go completely overboard in an effort to woo your sweetheart. Cleverly cashing in on all that frenzy, restaurants offer overpriced lunches and dinners, while the prices of flowers skyrocket. All in all, a stressful affair, and none too easy on the wallet!
But, there’s a way of getting around it. Here is a list of what not to on Valentine’s Day along with what you should do!
1. Valentine Flowers
Don’t buy that super expensive bouquet of long-stemmed roses. If there is one flower that suddenly costs a fortune on Valentine’s Day it has to be the red rose. Even if it cost you a week’s earnings, roses will ultimately wilt just like any other flower.
Since practically the whole world is exchanging red roses — and paying through the nose for the same — you have resolutely decided to be different. If Valentine’s Day falls during Spring where you are, when Nature is in full bloom, then why not make her a pretty bunch of wild flowers. They are colourful, attractive and refreshingly different. Or, get her a lovely potted evergreen plant — symbolising your undying devotion to her.
A store-bought card may be extravagantly worded but it is also expensive, not to mention impersonal. Well, the words are written by someone else while you just add your name underneath. Is it time to look for a more personal (and cheaper) alternative?
Create your own Valentine’s Day card instead. Make her a gigantic one, cover it with love notes and photographs of the two of you. Feel like a child on a school project as you use crayons, glitters, gold or silver ink — juts let the creativity flow. You will be surprised at much you enjoy yourself too!
Give eating out a miss this Valentine’s Day. Everyone does it and you want to be different, right? In addition, the din and the overpriced menu just might take the romance right out of the quiet and intimate dinner that you had fondly planned at that fancy restaurant.
Plan a romantic ‘night in’ instead — right in your home. Don the chef’s apron and cook a special meal for her. Lay the table with some sparkling silverware and lit candles. Sprinkle the tablecloth with rose petals (you can be smart and buy the roses a couple of days in advance and store them in ice cold water) and have soft music playing in the background. Even if it is a simple fare, the fact that you took the trouble to present it so aesthetically will be enormously appreciated.
Tempting as it is to book her (or both of you in a spa), you will also end up paying a hefty price for all that impersonal massaging and pampering. Even as you are inhaling the fragrance of those aromatic candles, your mind is ticking away, wondering how big a dent it is going to make in your overstretched budget.
Bring the entire spa experience home! Stock up on some classy spa toiletries, draw the curtains and set the mood with scented candles and diffusers. Have the appropriate soothing music playing in the background. Take turns in giving each other a long and relaxing massage with aromatic oils. Run a bath and take naughty soak together!
5.Extravagant Valentine’s gifts
Don’t make the mistake of splurging on overly extravagant gifts, particularly if your budget is a tight one. A gift that cost a fortune does not necessarily translate into the ideal one.
Do get a little something romantic for her. A recently conducted survey threw up surprising facts. Of the nearly 200 respondents (men and women) who participated in the online survey, a whopping 58 percent of the women preferred romance over expensive gifts as a birthday present. For the average woman, a romantic weekend getaway with her man meant much more than a high-priced bauble.
Most men have a harrowing time cracking the mystery of romance. Just what is this elusive thing that women are so hung up on?! Tip: It isn’t something that you buy at the local greetings card store or at the florist.
A great romance always has an element of surprise in it — good ones, mind you. Like leaving a love note on her pillow — no occasion at all, but just because you wanted to. Or slipping a sweet and naughty note inside her bag as she leaves for work. Or, surprising her with dinner cooked by you when she crawls home from work after fighting that crazy traffic. Small things that tell her you were thinking about her.
Hot, passion is fine but romantic gestures make a woman feel that she is much more than just a desirable body. So, this Valentine’s Day do something different. Avoid going with the herd and sweep her off her feet with your romantic moves!
Daya is an experienced writer and journalist. She has spent much time researching Saint Valentine’s Day. Her articles are published mainly at http://www.4-valentines-gifts.co.uk/. She works in the UK gift retailing industry currently, writing for a major UK online retailer of gifts for women. Daya suggests her employer’s range — at http://www.pressies4princesses.co.uk/gifts-valentines-1.shtml — to men hunting for ‘different’ Valentine’s Day gifts for their girfriend, wife or secret love this year.