In college you don’t have a lot of money, but I realized quickly that you don’t need a lot of money to show someone that you love them. I got a little creative in my Valentine’s gifts in the past and only had to spend a few dollars on them. Personally, I think that those handmade, heartfelt gifts are the best presents you can give anyway.
Here are a few of my gift ideas that cost near to nothing:
1. A dictionary of love: This is not for the impatient or the easily bored. For a few bucks I bought a dictionary and went page by page, highlighting and circling words that had to do with love or that just reminded me of the one I loved. It took me forever, but the end result was really, really cute. Unfortunately that relationship didn’t work out and I’m bummed that I wasted all that time on him, but I had a great time turning a dictionary into a scrapbook for him.
2. A scrapbook of old Facebook messages: I just finished this for my current boyfriend. We live in a world where our conversations are no longer face to face, but over the phone, through a text, or across the web. I decided to use this virtual aspect to my advantage and went back onto my old Facebook messages and printed out over 2 years of ‘letters’ that my boyfriend and I sent each other. I bought a little notebook and glued each message onto each page so that he has a book of our silly love letters that we wrote over the years.
3. “Love letters”: When I was away for the semester I decided to write letters to my boyfriend. After a few weeks I had a bunch to give to him, but I decided to keep them and continue writing for a little while longer until Valentine’s Day. I had over a month’s worth of letters saved so I tied them all together and gave them to him as his gift. It was fun to read them together!
4. Profess your love on Post-its: Buy a stack of Post-it notes and on each one write a thing that you love about your significant other. It takes a while and a little creativity, but it’s pretty fun coming up with 100+ reasons. I put little memories on some of the Post-its too to change it up.
Do you make your own gifts? Do you like getting homemade gifts? What do you think of my cutesy ideas?