Massage wax candle, gold-covered strawberries and other handmade displays of affection.
Choosing a Valentine’s gift can be fraught with peril. Giving an overwhelming token of affection is desperate and awkward. (Apparently someone buys those 200-piece heart-shaped candy boxes.) But a skimpy present is probably worse. (That “Coupon for a free hug” only works so many times.)
Because we also like to shop on Etsy, here’s a roundup of cool handmade and vintage gifts we found on the handmade marketplace. Not all of these are DIY, but they're all very memorable.
1. Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame
Need to commemorate your timeless romance with something that lasts longer than a selfie click? Reclaimed wood
shows your love will stand the test of time. It’s beautiful, sturdy and a lot more stylish than the frame you’ll pick up at the pharmacy at midnight. Designs, layouts and prices
range from $20
to $70 dollars.
2. Gold Covered Strawberries
For those who appreciate a glitzy gift there are gold-covered strawberries with a metallic sheen. Is it a bit too much? Probably, but it’s still guaranteed to get an eye-popping reaction. Plus, if anyone rolls their eyes at gold-covered strawberries
, you just laugh about it, eat the treats and forget 'em.
5. 1920s Valentine Card
Sure, it may just look like just another quaint Valentine’s card
, but when you tell the recipient that you spent $180
on it, he or she or they will either be incredibly impressed or think you’re nuts. Guaranteed to make an impression.
6. 3-D Paris Pop-up Card
For couples who are always dreaming of a romantic getaway in the city of lights, a 3-D pop-up Paris card
has plenty of charm that can serve as a decoration long after the big day. Plus, at $18
, it might seem pricey for a card, but it’s a lot cheaper than a $180 vintage card.
7. Handwriting Bracelet
If you have a special piece of writing from your significant other that you want to memorialize in gold or silver, you can do so with this handwriting bracelet
. This bracelet could also make a great mother’s day gift.
9. Massage Wax Candle
Suggesting a sensual massage with hot wax can be awkward. The Massage Wax Candle
allows you to broach the topic with the suggestion to “just use it as a candle” if the massage idea goes over with a thud.
10. Say it in Chocolate
Keeping it real: The gift choices in this article were chosen by the editorial team. The also include affiliate links.