You were looking for love and then you found it, maybe even through online dating – and now it’s Christmas. It’s that time of the year again! The time where you face the dilemma of ‘What do you get someone who already has everything’? The answer: a DIY gift from the heart.

The key to giving an unforgettable holiday gift is to play up memories, inside jokes, and thoughtful gestures that you know mean so much to your partner.

A little creativity goes a long way…

 

1. Love Coupons

Grab some construction paper, a couple of markers, and get ready to unleash your romantic side with these Love Coupons. Think of any small gesture or act of service that would mean something special to your significant other. Then, write it down on a coupon for them to use at any time. Ideas like…

  • 20 Minute Candlelit Massage
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Date Night of Your Choice

This is one DIY gift that is guaranteed to win you some major points.

 

2. Photo-Stamped Candle Holder

Memories are a gift all on their own. For a priceless reaction, all you need to do is take that memory and create something unexpected with it. Dig up a special photo of that time when you went ice skating or the trip you took with her family and create a one-of-a-kind candle holder that is sure to impress. This romantic DIY gift looks expensive and polished, but it’s actually quite a quick and easy item to make.

3. DIY Wine Labels

Celebrate the holidays with a creative spin on a classic gift for wine lovers. Take your favorite bottle of wine (or any bottle of wine) and add a personal touch with a custom wine label.

Here is an Esty store that helps you do that for $6. They’ll create a custom wine label for you using a photo or phrase that means something special. Then all you have to do is buy a bottle of wine, press on the label and now you have a homemade gift from the heart.

4. Homemade Wine

How about an extra special bottle of wine to pair with your homemade wine labels! Make your own unique batch of wine with this Deluxe Wine Making Kit. Make some wine and bottle it up for a gift that will make your partner swoon when they see and taste the effort you put in.

5. Map Your Love

Do you two have a special place? Did you meet at a concert in Arizona? Fall in love at a vineyard in California? Perhaps, you’re in a long-distance relationship between two states? Whatever your situation, here is a quick gift that is also so romantic! Get a map of that special place and cut it out in whichever shape speaks to you. Frame it, wrap it, and now you’ve got the most thoughtful DIY gift to give.

 

6. DIY Coffee Mug

Grab any plain mug, some rubbing alcohol, and a Sharpie marker. Now, you’ve got everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, or new love interest. The most difficult part of this task? Thinking of something clever to write or creative to draw. Maybe use an inside joke or sketch their favorite cartoon character. If you’re not an artist, stick with the classic ‘initials and date inside of a heart’ method.

 

7. Personalized Picture Frame

It’s the end of another amazing year – hopefully one spent with your sweetie. Commemorate your unforgettable milestones with the most personalized gift you can give- a picture of the two of you. Once you’ve selected your photo, it’s time to choose the frame. You can’t go wrong with a vintage frame or a classic frame that will suit every style of home décor.

 

8. Silky Bath Bombs

Have a partner that loves their bath time? Pamper them with a gorgeous box of bath bombs that add a moisturizing element to sooth dry winter skin and relaxing fragrances that will eliminate holiday stress in an instant. The recipe is easy to follow and the ingredients are perfect for any one on a Christmas budget! Follow this Bath Bomb Tutorial for an easy DIY holiday gift.

 

9. DIY Scented Candles

Lighting is key for any and all romantic experiences! Set the tone with homemade scented candles made with organic beeswax and essential oils, along with some everyday ingredients. To discover the most romantic mood-setting aromas, try rose, sandalwood, or lavender. Here’s a straightforward candle making tutorial to get you started.

 

10. Couples Tree Ornament

Are you in this relationship  for the long haul? Don’t miss the chance to celebrate your first Christmas together with a Christmas ornament keepsake. All you have to do is pick a sentimental photo, slip it into your ornament and watch your partner’s heart melt when the time comes to hang it on the tree.

 

11. Homemade Dinner

A romantic dinner is a gift that any partner would love – especially, if you’re a busy couple who don’t get to spend enough alone time together. To make this dinner feel like a gift, wrap up a little note or ‘save the date’ card to announce the event. Go all out with cocktails, your sweetheart’s favorite meal, romantic ambiance – and tell them to get dressed up! Then, wine and dine them like never before!
For the holidays, you don’t need to buy your lover the world or even half of it. The most irreplaceable and unforgettable gifts are ones that speak to how special your relationship is and how strong it is becoming. All you need is your two hands, a dose of thoughtful intention, and sprinkle of creativity to create an unforgettable gift that will be cherished and adored for years to come.

Emma Walters
Emma is an arts and science student graduating this year from NYU. She loves New York City and writes about her big city single-hood experiences. “Being single in the Big Apple is more of a task than a status”, she says, “Dating sites are great for socializing, especially if you’re new in town”. Emma is a regular contributor to the Top 5 Dating blog.
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