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20 DIY Ideas For A Priceless Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day is approaching and nothing says “I love you” better than a gift made with your own hands. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a break from the usual boxed chocolates and greeting cards? Instead, get your craft on and let your creativity take flight.

In this collection, I’ve put together 20 beautiful and creative do-it-yourself crafts that will show your loved one how much you care. Here, you’ll see up-cycled jars, paper fortune cookies and other goodies to help you get to the heart of it. These DIYs aren’t that difficult but they require a bit of your time. Surprise that special person in your life with any of these lovely creations.

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Valentine Heart Jars

You can turn your old mason jars into romantic V-Day vases for flowers. Just a little bit of paint and decorating makes all the difference.

Cherry Jam Heart Pie Pops

Nothing says love like food. If you’re someone who loves to bake, why not treat your love with these mini cherry jam heart pies?

Rustic Valentine’s Love Banner

The best part about this tutorial is that you don’t need to sew. All it takes is some perserverance and glue.

Matchbox Valentine with Duct Tape

If you’re on a budget, here’s one way to get creative. Using tape you can decorate matchboxes and fill them with candy for your perfect match.

Valentine’s Day Macaron Gift Box

This is a handy tutorial for creating an awesome gift box for macarons (a delicious treat). If macarons aren’t your thing though, you can always use this gift box for something else.

Valentine’s Sewn Paper Garland

Decorations can help set the mood for an occassion. This paper heart garland is pretty easy to make and it will go with any sort of interior.

Paper Fortune Cookies

Why not take your fortune into your own hands on the 14th of February? Create some paper fortune cookies and write your own predictions for you and your loved one.

Pallet Art and Doily Mantel

For the crafty environmentalist, this pallet art tutorial can help you tell someone special how you feel about them. It also makes a great decor for your home later on too.

Yarn Wrapped bottles

These yarn bottles are suitable not just on Valentine’s Day but for weddings as well as they can lend a romantic feel to your surroundings. You can always get creative and put some paper flowers in them as a refreshing present.

Burlap Gift bags

This quick and easy craft project showcases how to create some adorable gift bags. You can fill these up with all sorts of things which makes them quite versatile.

Pom Pom Bouquet

Pom poms are not just for cheerleaders. Here, you can create an everlasting bouquet for Valentine’s Day. A lovely little alternative to live flowers.

12 Months of Date Nights Gift

If you’re part of a couple, sometimes it gets difficult trying to figure out what to do for dates. Create your own collection of pre-planned date nights and surprise your significant other.

Throw Pillow

If you can sew, this DIY project would be a piece of cake. A sweet throw pillow covered in hearts would be a great addition to when you’re watching movies together.

Love Bug Cupcakes

This is a swarm of bugs that you probably wouldn’t mind. Follow this tutorial that teaches you how to put together these sweet love bug cupcakes that makes full use of hearts.

Love Mug

A humble mug and a little creativity can say a lot about how you feel. Here, you can create your own DIY love mug which features this simple design. If you wanna take it up a notch, why not create your very own design?

"You’re The BALM"

If you’d like to include a little humor into your gift then this is a great way to do it. This adorable lip balm package combines thoughtfulness with puns.

Valentine Love book

There’s nothing quite like looking back on your memories together and seeing how far the two of you have come as a couple. Create a cool photo album featuring your love story with your own hands!

Giant paper Rose Flower

If you’re not one for a boring old bouquet of roses, take it to the next level with this DIY. This giant paper rose is a cool decoration idea and is a cute option to traditional flowers.

Floating Heart Backdrop

This Valentine’s Day hearts are everywhere, even in the air. This guide can help you create these floating hearts to help surprise your partner.

Ombre Cork Heart

Give discarded wine corks a second life with this tutorial. Put together your own heart with some corks and a little paint to bring some love into your home.





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Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day 2015: Make shopping a bit more bearable with a selection of creative gifts for that special someone—or just treat yourself

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day 2015


While merely hearing the words “Valentine’s Day” can cause reflexive groans, we happily accepted the shopping challenge the holiday provides. Below is our selection of creative items to show that special someone your heartfelt affection (or absolute……

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Is this new stylus the perfect Valentine’s gift?

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As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, we’re big fans of FiftyThree’s iPad app Paper, which helps you sketch, write and draw and generally get creative, and its associated smart stylus, Pencil.




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Here’s a free gift for you from net magazine

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The team at net magazine have a special gift for you this Christmas as our way of saying thanks for your support. Here’s Oliver Lindberg, editor of net, to explain his choice. “Enjoy issue 261, our special 20th anniversary issue featuring the top 23 JavaScript libraries every designer and developer needs to know, tutorials on how to build flexible WordPress layouts, prototype with Quartz Composer and much more!” How to redeem




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Here’s a free gift for you from 3D World magazine

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Here’s a Christmas gift from the team at 3D World. We have selected one of our favourite issues from the year for you to enjoy for FREE. Here’s Ian Dean, editor of 3D World, to explain his choice. “I have personally chosen one of my favourite issues of the year for you to enjoy on your Apple device for free. 3D World app issue 187 features the CG Awards and our picks of the best VFX, animation and tech from 2014.” How to redeem




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Merry Christmas! The NSA’s gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time’s better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency’s thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they’ve illegally spied on American citizens. Ho ho ho!

the redactions make it hard to judge how often privacy violations happenThe heavily-redacted documents were released in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act. Many of these privacy violations have been previously reported on, but these documents show new specifics. A series of annual and quarterly reports from 2001 through the second quarter of 2013 are now available for perusal, and…

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Here’s a free gift for you from Computer Arts

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As a special Christmas gift from the Computer Arts team, we have selected our best issue from the year for you to enjoy on your Apple device for FREE. Here’s Nick Carson, editor of Computer Arts, to explain his choice. “Discover the UK’s top 30 studios in CA’s inaugural UK Studio Rankings. Plus: how to deal with clients from hell! I hope you enjoy issue 233.” Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. How to redeem




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Here’s a free gift for you from ImagineFX

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It’s Christmas and as a special treat to say thanks from the team at ImagineFX, we are offering one of our favourite issues of the year (issue 113) for FREE! Here’s Claire Howlett, editor of ImagineFX, to explain her choice. “Our animation issue is a cracker! Download this free issue for unmissable advice, techniques and art inspiration from animation professionals. I hope you enjoy it!” Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. How to redeem




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15 Pocket-Sized Gift Ideas To Help Spread The Christmas Love

You probably have checked out most of the gift ideas available out there, but if you’re not into bulky gifts that could burn a hole in your pocket, then check out the pocket-sized options we have for you in this post. You’ll find cute small cameras, creative USB flash drive designs, portable battery backups, an activity tracker, a slim wallet and even a manual-powered espresso machine.

Note: Some of these items may be out of stock due to the shopping season but do check back often at the product page for replenished stock. Prices may also vary from what is depicted here because again, it’s the shopping season, synonymous with discounts!

For more gift ideas, check out our holiday shopping guide.

The Polaroid Cube. This Polaroid Cube camera is one of the smallest in the world. Despite its small size, the Cube captures 1080 HD video and high-quality pictures and you can charge it via USB. Moreover, it has a magnet which lets you mount it on any metal surface. [Get it here – $ 99.99]

Projecto. The Projecto is a small, cute projector that shows photos from your Instagram stream. Think of it as an instant photo album for your Instagram snaps. Perfect for an evening of catching up with family and friends. [Get it here – $ 34.98]

The Portable Smartphone Photo Printer. Don’t like projecting photos? Then, print out your Christmas photos on the spot. With this portable small printer you can print photos right from your smartphone. [Get it here – $ 159.95]

Cartoon Christmas Tree Shape 64 GB USB Flash Drive. Gets you in the mood, doesn’t it? [Get it here – $ 26.85]

Narrative Clip Camera. This clip camera is small and light, and absolutely comfortable to wear as an accessory. With the camera automatically taking a photo every 30 seconds, you can focus on celebrating, not shooting! [Get it here – $ 229]

Q Bracelet. This device contains a hidden charging connector for both Android and iOS devices. The company Q Designs claims that the bracelet’s internal battery will deliver a charge of up to 60% for your device. It’s available in silver, matte black and gold. [Get it here – $ 98]

Goccia: The World’s Smallest Activity Tracker. The festivities should not be a reason to stop tracking your health. Goccia is small, stylish and simple activity-tracking device which knows whether you are sleeping, walking, hiking, or doing any other activity. It weighs only 2 lbs and can last for 14 days with a 25-min charge. [Get it here – $ 105]

Minipresso. It does not matter where you’re going on your next vacation, with this portable espresso machine, you can get your daily dose of espresso whether you are on an island or out hiking. It has models that work with capsules or ground coffee. Just push to extract your coffee! [Get it here – Pre-order at $ 39]

Wrapster. Say goodbye to tangled up headphone cords with Wrapster, a cool device to tame your cables and cords. It’s a simple alternative to wireless options and bulkier cord tamers, so give it a go. [Get it here – $ 1.99]

Moto Hint. This is a sleek wireless earbud that will never let you look down on the phone for notifications. Paired with Moto X, Moto Hint can be used to deliver voice commands to your smartphone. [Get it here – $ 149.99]

Bolt. Bolt is a small portable battery backup cum wall charger that will fit in your pocket. As you charge your devices, you can also charge Bolt at the same time. It is available in three colors, dark grey, red and blue. [Get it here – $ 59.99]

Slide Wallet. This is cool, stylish and eco-friendly minimalistic wallet that is slim enough to store in your back pocket. It can hold up to 8 cards. [Get it here – $ 38]

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus. This is one for those who like to read recipes off the iPad while cooking in the kitchen. On one side is a wooden spoon for you to stir your food, on the other, a working stylus to navigate through your recipes on the iPad. [Get it here – $ 7]

Message In A Bottle 4GB USB. This cool USB flash drive is made in the form of a bottle much like those sent out into sea by castaways. Message not included. [Get it here – $ 26]

Wood Paneled Power: A Handsome Backup Battery. This beautiful wooden backup battery can be used to charge 2 mobile devices at the same time. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for a couple or for a gadget fan who has a handful of gadgets keep charged up. [Get it here – $ 60]





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20 Christmas gift ideas for graphic designers

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