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Homemade Romantic Gift Ideas

December 1, 2008
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Homemade romantic gift ideas are a great way to show your partner that you care about them. We’re always looking for creative romantic gifts to give – and when you make them yourself they always seem so much more personal and meaningful! They’re also great if you’re on a budget – you can often make these gifts for under $10 or using items you may already have around the house!

You don’t need to be artistically inclined or crafty either – with homemade romantic gifts, it’s always the thought that counts! No need to buy expensive electronic gadgets or a prada handbag to give someone a gift they will remember forever!

Here are a few homemade gift ideas that are romantic to get you started:

Love Jar: This creative romantic gift is made by taking a small jar with lid and filling it up with anything that is meaningful to you and your partner. You could type up memories, love quotes, reasons you love them, etc. etc. and cut out the strips for them to pull out and read. You could also fill it up with small little trinkets that have meaning or even small photos.

Homemade Book: Homemade books are not actually that hard to make! All you need is some heavy weight paper, such as cardstock, and binder rings. Punch holes in the paper and then attach the binder rings. It’s up to you what you put inside your book – you can write your love story (Click here for ideas for writing your love story), or fill it with poems or dedicate a page to something you love about your partner or a funny memory you have together. My favorite haiku poet has some great Christmas poems to use as inspiration. (And many others!)

Art: It’s easy to make a special piece of art for someone. All you really need is paper and a pen or pencil, though of course you could use markers, crayons, magazine cut outs, etc. etc. You can draw a special memory you have (even if it is super simple and drawn with stick figures!) or make something on your computer. Make sure you also see my article on Gift Ideas Using Picture Frames for more great ideas!

365 Days of Love: Making a personalized calendar is relatively easy to do. You can decide to make one using your printer or simply buy a cheap one at a discount store and then cover their photos with your own photos or designs. You can also make a tear away desk type of calendar by taking sheets of paper and then applying a notepad adhesive or other similar glue to the edge (See directions to use Elmer’s Glue here). Anything can go on the calendar – favorite photos, romantic quotes, special memories (like the anniversary of your first grilled cheese sandwich together for example!) or reasons you love the person.

A Rock: Okay, so a rock sounds like a pretty crappy gift, doesn’t it? But what if you pair it with a cute message like “You are my rock” or “You Rock!” or “I was missing you when I saw this rock”? You could also put a pair of socks in the box that says “You really rock my socks off!” I know, it’s cheesy…but if you’re in the right kind of relationship, it might just be a heart melter!

Love Magnets: Magnets can be a fun and whimsical gift and are really simple to make. You can either pick out little trinkets or other items that might have meaning and simply attach magnet strips to the back, or you could spring for Printable Magnetic Sheets and print anything to your hearts delight from your printer – from “magnetic poetry” to pictures and more!

Gift Baskets: Gift baskets are easy to put together and can often be done inexpensively with small items. For some creative romantic gift basket ideas, check out our post on romantic gift baskets.

The Classic Mix Tape: I love mix tapes, even if they’re not on tapes anymore. Browse through your songs and see if you could put together a mix that says exactly what you feel or songs that remind you of the other person. You can even hand decorate a used CD jewel case to give it extra personalization.

Mini Tree: Especially near the holidays, a little mini tree can make a great gift! You can decorate it with love quotes or love notes, or even attach little gifts that mean something to the both of you. Don’t celebrate Christmas? You could always get a Bonsai Tree instead with a guide on bonsai tree care. :)

Cook Something: You don’t necessarily have to bake cookies for a gift (though if they like cookies best, that will do!) Anything you make that they can eat is always a good quick gift idea for someone, especially if they’re the type that only like “useful” gifts. Jars of home made soup, popcorn, or other tasty treats work great. You could also put together in a basket everything needed for a romantic dinner (or maybe breakfast?) for two at home.

When You’re Over Kit: This won’t really apply to couples who live together, but if you still live in seperate places, a “when you’re over kit” is a nice thing to have! I made one for my husband that had the kind of coffee he liked (I never had coffee at my place!) and “manly” coffee mugs, since mine were a bit girly, and a few other things he needed/wanted but I never had around my apartment for when he came to visit!

Romance Board: A romance board is a cute romantic gift. Basically you take anything that functions as a board (cork board, dry erase board, etc. etc.) and then attach onto it anything you think your partner would like, such as pictures or cut outs or notes. The greatest thing is the board can be changed and added to over the years so it will never get old!

Coupon Books: Coupons make for great easy to make gifts that won’t cost anything besides your time! You can make your own or use your computer and printer. Your coupons can be anything from “redeem for 1 back rub” to “I’ll take out the trash for you”. Anything you know your partner will appreciate makes for a great coupon!

Decoupage: Decoupage is actually really simple to do – you take pictures/cut-outs and simply glue them to an object to cover it in a collage style manner. You can decoupage just about anything – from a chair to a lamp to a special box filled with goodies for your partner.

The possibilities are really endless with these homemade romantic gift ideas. Hopefully these ideas will help inspire you to make something special for him or her! You may also want to check out our article on 8 Fun Ideas for Coloring Pages, 100 Ways to Say I Love You, and Free Date Ideas for even more great and cheap romantic holiday gift ideas.

Have any other homemade romantic gift ideas? Have you made presents in the past or received them? Share your ideas & thoughts in the comments below.

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Chelle is a freelance writer and married to the funniest guy in the world, mom of some cute crazy kids, and write mostly from my own experiences in love and relationships.

15 Responses to Homemade Romantic Gift Ideas

  1. Kim on December 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    You should check out http://www.lifewithandy.com for one of the cutest coupon books. Hardcover and brand new. Very funny.

  2. Tim@Residential Wind Power on December 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I like the idea of the homemade book. I guess it doesn’t have to be very long; I might have trouble coming up with a novel…

    Tims last blog post..Residential Windpower: Is it Affordable?

  3. Dating Advice Guy on December 1, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    What about getting neighborhood kids to come by and sing a song. It’s not exactly homemade i suppose.

  4. Erin@Brain Training on December 2, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I love the idea of the “when you’re over” kit. Even if it’s not everything you need, it’s a nice welcoming gesture.

    Erins last blog post..A Little Mind Tweak For You

  5. Sweyn@Jazz und Reggae Musik on December 2, 2008 at 6:38 am

    HAHAHA. “I was missing you when I saw this rock”!! I laughed really hard. I know the perfect person who would cherish such a rock with a bit of humorous personality. I had always given my girlfriend some very crafty things, and I think she always liked them better than store bought gifts . . . well except for jewelry . . . but these are some really good ideas on here!

  6. Jason@Atlanta Tree Service on December 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

    The 365 days of love sounds like fun, yet challenging! How could you come up with 365 different things to say?

  7. Bill Graham@custom printed magnets on December 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I’m a fan of cooking so that is what I do most often. You can always come up with new recipes and creative ways to present your food. It is also a nice gesture since so many people just go out to restaurants now.

  8. aaron@digital TV converter on December 5, 2008 at 12:47 am

    For her last birthday, I made my wife a huge origami heart and decorated it using all of her scrapbooking supplies. She was ecstatic that I used my other side (I’m the analytical numbers type very right brained) to make her gift.

    Christmas is always tough, but I love the rock idea.

    aarons last blog post..10 Best Digital TV Converters

  9. Owen@Think Horses on December 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I combined the love jar and 365 days – I wrote 365 romantic ideas and put them in a jar and my wife picks out out every day. Always makes her smile.

  10. jim@gucci wallet on December 6, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the home made gift ideas. I am the worst at coming up with gifts, and I think this helps a lot.

  11. Jeff@ADT Home Security on December 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you very much for those cool gift ideas. It sounds fun and I might do that.

  12. Mikael on December 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    That is truly an awesome list. I know that you might claim that these ideas are fairly simple but not being that creative I still believe that it’ll require a lot of effort. Well the “rock idea” might be easy but I’m not sure my wife would like that one :)

    Mikaels last blog post..Golf Cart Windshields

  13. Gary@Promotional Products on December 10, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Thank you so much for the cool list. I might do one of those.

  14. Felix@Corporate Gifts Srednarb on December 12, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Nice ideas! I want to cook for my special someone but unluckily I can’t, I don’t know how. I might consider making an Art or the 365 calendar, it will be quite possible for me. :)

  15. HAZAEL on December 25, 2008 at 6:09 am

    This is very good.Thank you it really helps



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