If you’re bored with the options available at your local retail store, there are plenty of other ways to tell your loved ones how you feel about them. From old-fashioned cards to greetings with a culinary flair, here are some ways to put a personal touch on the holiday.
If you want to put a classic spin on Valentine’s Day, scour secondhand stores for old-fashioned valentines people left up in their attics instead of sending. Even something from the 1980s can offer a cute retro touch, and if you’re lucky you might stumble across beautiful antiques at really cheap prices.
“One year I bought some antique valentines for like 25 cents and gave those out,” said Barbara Dowdle, an artist with Bountiful’s Lamplight Gallery. “That was fun.”
Just because you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t mean crafts are no longer an option. Several websites offer step-by-step instructions to make origami hearts, featuring designs ranging from the relatively simple to the complicated.
Or you can gather random materials found around your house and create something without an instruction guide. If your house doesn’t provide enough interesting odds-and-ends, take a trip through the local craft store for materials.
“I found a little wooden heart shape, then attached some doilies to it and gave it away as a valentine,” said Dowdle. “I thought it looked nice.”
Sew it up
If you know how to sew and have some extra scraps of fabric laying around the house, stuffed valentines can be perfect for kids or other family members.
“When my children were little I put a little bit of lace around a fabric heart, then stuffed it,” said Dowdle. “Then on Valentine’s Day morning I would hang them around the house.”
Use other mediums
The perfect valentine doesn’t have to be something the recipient can set on a shelf. Heart-shaped cookies may be the perfect valentine for someone with a sweet-tooth, or cupcakes with heart-shaped candies sprinkled on the top. If your sweetheart prefers their treats a little spicier, try their favorite hamburger open to reveal a heart drawn in ketchup.
After all, a valentine doesn’t have to be around tomorrow to show how much you care.