Category Archives: Gifts

Valentine’s Day: 50 Things I Love About You

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If you need a Valentine’s Day gift on a budget, try to keep it sweet and simple!

This “50 Things I Love About You” box is easy and thoughtful for any gift occasion. I made this one for my boyfriend this Valentine’s Day to also honor our one-year anniversary.

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Pick up a plain wooden box at Michael’s, paint it with some regular craft paint (I used a metallic red), and decorate it with stickers and other embellishments. I used a painted “love” wood piece for the top and stickers for the inside of the box. I didn’t want to go too overboard with glitter for my boyfriend, but there are so many things you can do with a box and some fun embellishments.

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Write or type out 50 or so things you love about your significant other. Add in some silly ones. Keep it sweet, fun and personal. I used things like “I love…the way you sneeze in twos” and “I love…that you forget the difference between tights and leggings” and “I love…the weird things you say in your sleep.”

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IMG_3394If you typed them out like I did, print them out with spaces in between. Use a paper cutter to cut them into separate strips. Because my box was fairly deep, I wanted the papers to fill it rather than just sit there. I wrapped each piece around a pencil to give it a little curl and placed them all inside the box, giving it a more full and bouncy appearance.

Bonus: make a card to go with it! I cut out a simple, classic heart shape out of red paper, using the top of heart as the fold. Using rub-on stickers, I spelled out “…guess what?” on the front and “I love you” on the inside because that’s our little inside joke. Sometimes short and sweet is all you need.

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Lucky for me, my boyfriend appreciates cute, corny gifts as much as I do, and I loved it making it! It’s nice to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you (not just on Valentine’s Day!)

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Personalize Dollar Store Plates

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This is one project that everyone on Pinterest is obsessed with, and I was curious if it really worked as well as everyone says. Well, it does, and it’s one of the cheapest projects out there.When you’re in need of a cheap, easy, thoughtful gift, look no further than your local bargain store. Using only a marker, you can personalize ceramic dishware in just a few quick steps.

At the 99¢ Only Store or Dollar Tree, you can find ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs for literally only a dollar. This amazed me. I never wanted to leave. When choosing a dish, it is better to pick a white or light-colored one so that your design will show up better. However, I am really interested in trying a metallic Sharpie on a dark-colored dish to see how it turns out. The only other item you’ll need is a Sharpie, which you can purchase just about anywhere.

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Set your oven to 350 degrees. Using your sharpie, draw whatever you want on your dish or cup. This part took me a while. I had no idea what to do, so I wrote “hello” in a few different languages.

Don’t stress out if you mess up because some water and a sponge should wash away your mistakes. Make sure to scrub your errors right away because they will be much easier to erase if you act quickly. The longer you wait, the harder you will have to scrub.

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Once the oven is heated, bake the ceramic dishware for 30 minutes, and let it cool completely. Your design should be set and ready to use. Although the design is permanent, it will probably not last in the dishwasher, so be sure to hand wash it. This part could be kind of hit or miss, so use caution the first time you wash it.

Personalized dishware are perfect for gifts and special occasions, and no one ever has to know how easy it was to make. This is my future backup plan for Christmas gifts. It’d be perfect for a plate of cookies.