Romance is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and by now most of us moms and grandmothers are winding down our Valentine crafting. Classroom and teacher gifts are done or nearly done, as are gifts for friends and families. By now many of us have had our fill of cutting out hearts and cupids and are ready to move on. But we may have neglected one of the most important people in our lives, our significant other!
Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is a female holiday. We expect our husbands and boyfriends to take the initiative and come up with fabulous Valentine gift. We expect flowers, chocolates, jewelry, dinners, etc.
I admit I love the pampering, and most of the gifts my husband has given me. Okay, the weed trimmer wasn’t a big hit, but it was certainly memorable. Over all I think he’s gotten this Valentine thing down pat, even though at times he goes overboard with humongous boxes of chocolates or a truck load of blooms.
I must confess that most years I tend to neglect doing something special for him. By the time I get around to getting him a gift it’s usually the day before Valentine’s Day and I end up buying a shirt or a bottle of cologne. Occasionally inspiration strikes and I do something special. One year I remembered early enough to reserve an ocean view table at our favorite gourmet restaurant, another year I checked us in to an oceanfront suite for the night.
This year I tried booking a table at a restaurant during the last week of January. I tried all our favorites, they were sold out unless I want to have dinner at 10 o’clock. So I searched the web for inspiration. I found many great ideas and will be incorporating a couple in my Valentine’s Day plans. I’ve decided that a moonlight picnic on the beach is just what we need. We live in Hawaii so the weather should be cooperative, if not then on to plan B, a picnic at home.
Here’s a round-up of DIY Valentine gift idea for men. Perhaps they will inspire your Valentine planning. Whatever you decide have a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day!
If you’re still feeling crafty then this cool chocolate guitar may be just what you need. Specially if your Valentine is a music and chocolate lover!
Edible Crafts online has a great tutorial to show you how you can make this guitar for your lover boy!
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Picnics are always romantic.
If the weather is bad you can still have a romantic picnic in your livingroom. Set the scene with candles and “picnic” on a blanket on your floor. Serve food you would serve if you were actually going on an outdoor picnic, but keep it simple; pasta salad, cold chicken, cheese, crusty bread, fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc. And wine, Don’t forget the wine! (sparkling cider makes a nice non-alcoholic alternative, specially if you have to drive home) Pack everything in a picnic basket if you have one.
After dinner snuggle up in your romantic bedroom.
I’d add a candle or two , a couple of wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and a small box of truffles to this design by Everyday Art. [spacer height=”-20px”]
I love this heart box by Theresa of Crafting the Web!
Fill it with his favorite treat!
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Bacon is supposed to be “manly”, treat your man to Chocolate dipped roses by Everyday Dishes![spacer height=”-20px”]
Here are more Bacon Valentines from PrettyOrganized you’ll find recipes and free printable tags on their site.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Give him a gift that lasts the whole year. This Pre-planned date night book by Thinking Closet let’s you celebrate Valentine’s Day once a month doing something you both enjoy.[spacer height=”-20px”]
This Sensual Valentine by What’s On My Porch will stimulate all his senses.
Decorate cardboard boxes and fill each one with a corresponding item. His favorite candy, a massage bug, his preferred cologne, a CD, and some sexy lingerie he’ll love seeing you in. Tailor the items to your man.[spacer height=”-20px”]