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Valentines Bits To Buy & DIY

Evening one and all, and welcome to my bumper Valentines post! 

This first section is a bit of an alternative gift guide. There's no real structure: there's crazy stuff, cute stuff, guy stuff and girl stuff. Who says valentines gifts need to be a lovey dovey heart fest? Hopefully you'll find something a bit different to buy your beau or something to ask them to buy you! Failing that, maybe you'll have some laughs at my finds...


♥ Bookrest lamp, £37.95, ClickShop (I would love to get this for Alex!)
♥ His 'n' Hers Tongue Scrapers, £6 Urban Outfitters (EW! My friend Jen would totally dig these, though.)
♥ My Side, Your Side Pillowcases, £26.75, Not On The High Street
♥ Pick Master, £19.75, ClickShop (How cool is this?! It turns anything into a plectrum!)
♥ Pug Egg Cup, £8.50, Maiden (Just Aww.)
♥ Cat Egg Cup, £10.95, Liberty (    "      "   )
♥ Tea Infuser, £14, Urban Outfitters  
♥ Mug, £17.50, Sweet William Designs @ Not On The Hight Street
♥ Love Beanstalk Pod, £12.49, I Want One Of Those (This is insane. It's a plant which grows with a love message imprinted in the leaves! Watch the vid via the link if you want to find out more!)
♥ Gemma Correll Card, £2.50, Soma Gallery
♥ Anatomical Heart Jelly Mould, £6.99, I Want One Of Those (SO flipping cool!)
♥ Kissing Disease Plushie, £6.95, GIANTmicrobes (Who knew germs could be so cute? Loads of awesome plushies on the website, a must-see!)
♥ 7/10 Card, £2.75, Lazy Oaf
♥ Bee My Honey Balm, £4, Paperchase



I've been bookmarking various DIY projects for a while to share with you all as I think handmade Valentines gifts can be a lot more meaningful, and let's face it, cheap! 

The first one is my own project, although I haven't shown the exact design I shall be giving to Alex as I know he won't be able to go a week without stalking the blog and spoiling the surprise! 

So, I have been making magnetic bookmarks! They are a handy alternative to ordinary bookmarks as they don't fall out. You can also line it up along the side of the book so you can remember what line you were on! I got the idea from some children's bookmarks I saw in WH Smith and thought I'd give it a go...



The pretty lady graphic is from Eat Drink Chic, and is shown further down this post in its original context! I changed it a bit to make it into a foldable bookmark, and made my first ever PDF printable if you'd like to make use any of the above designs yourself. Just click here to open it, and for instructions on how to make your own Dymo label designs! 

To start out, I printed my designs on card. Mine was 240gsm, but I think thicker would be ideal! 

 

After folding the designs in half, I stuck on 2 pieces of magnetic tape on either end of the reverse of the bookmark, so they match up and close neatly. Done! (My tape cost £1.25 on eBay, but you'll want to try and request express delivery if poss!)


Here are some other amazing ideas from around the web (click the links to find the full tutorials):

Filling a pill box with little treats and love notes! Aww! Kinnnnda late for it now, but if you get your skates on, maybe your loved one can eat a few days in a row! ;) 


Eat Drink Chic created these amazing printable bits and bobs for a Valentines Couch Picnic Date! I love the little 'Admit One' tickets!


This Origami heart bookmark looks a bit fiddly but the end result is so cute!


These Coffee Cup Wrappers are from Eat Drink Chic. I don't have coffee cups (MUST get some!) so I can't really use this one but it's too adorable not to share.


They also turned the design into a little card and envelope:


Adorable printable giftwrap (the doggy one is my fave!):




This printable lunch bag is really sweet, and the design could be printed onto anything, really. A card or gift bag for example!


Find these cute ladies and loads of lovely printables here


This croc is on the above link, too! Sounds a bit fiddly for me, but looks so cool! You can put sweets in his body! 


A great roundup of retro valentines printables on Heart Handmade

I can't get over how cool this scratch card idea is! I found another technique for making scratch cards here, too. So fun! 


I think these handmade chocolate wrappers are a cute idea. Don't think my boyfriend would appreciate the girly factor, but you could do something cool with it like use a map or comic strip or Playboy depending on your beau's interests! ;) 


Yes, it's another bookmark tutorial (can you tell my boyfriend is a huge bookworm?), but this one is built in with the valentines card! Two birds, one stone.


These felt Fortune Cookies  are a super cute way to show you care! Maybe a fun alternative to valentines vouchers? (ie. 'This entitles you to 10 minutes of back-scratching, moan-free!) There is a crochet version of this on Youtube for those who can! 


And I'm spent! 

I think this is the longest I've ever spent on a post, so I hope you've found some inspiration here! Do you have any cool ideas of your own to share? Spill! 



55 comments:

  1. OMG I want everything here. Needed some help for Valentines day! I am crap at buying presents for my boyfriend poor thing! x

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  2. I always prefer funny gifts, lovely post, I am going to try the heart glitter nail varnish!

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  3. WOW that post took effort. Fab selection.

    I officially must have the 'you're just my cup of tea' mug this valentines. I've sent it to my boyf as a big gigantic hint hahaha.

    xxxx

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  4. This is one of the best blog posts EVER!!!! If I only I had that special someone to pass one of these great a many things on too, but alas no :(

    Thank you so much for sharing me dear x

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  5. This is fantastic! Especially LOVE the diy nail polish, the little hearts are so cute! ^_^ xx

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  6. nothing says I love you better than a tongue scraper haha
    nice to see some unususal/unqiue ideas for valentines day
    lovely post
    x

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  7. aw some of these are sososo cute!xx

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  8. I love this post, I didn't want it to end! xx

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  9. Possibly one of my favourite posts ever, so many good ideas! I think I'll have to steal at least one of the bookmark ideas and maybe the fortune cookies for him (back scratching is a regular battle) and the heart nail polish for me! The pug egg cup is a must purchase for my mum though!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  10. oh my! i love the cat egg cup and the DIYs are cool too :) thanks! x

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  11. amazing! Ive been thinking about making something for the man as im completely stumped at what gift to get for him. Thanks lovely! x

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  12. Just wanted to say that my mum has been on at me this week saying 'have you seen that scrimping programme with the really stunning pretty girl on who does crafty ideas' - I didn't know what she was on about and she sent me a text when it was on tonight and it's YOU! So now I have informed her about this page and you probably have a new blog follower in my mother :-)

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  13. This is the greatest post ever - time well spent!

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  14. Wow Gem, I can see the time you've put into this. It's amazing. I love some of the suggestions you have here and I am a big believer in DIY Valentine's Day too :) xx

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  15. I love the crocodile! I might have to put up with the fiddliness and just make him! x

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  16. Such a fantastic post, can't wait to try some of 'em :) xxxxxxxxxx

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  17. gah the cat egg cup is too perfect. i'm thinking of doing a cinema date affair (buying the bo a clint eastwood film he's not seen, put together some sweet treats and wrap all nicely.) justified because one of my uni projects this year includes making a poster presentation. any reason to justify spending my loan in the art store! x

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  18. I hate the commercialised Valentine's Day that shops sell, so this is right up my street! x

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  19. N'awhh I feel so lovey dovey now. Such a great post, really lovely images. I'm going to attempt the origami heart (: x

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  20. Aah this is awesome! Don't care two hoots for v day but if someone were to buy me that lamp I'd love them forever! Or the pill box sweets, I'm easily pleased..;)

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  21. Such cute stuff! I need that lamp! xx

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  22. This post is brilliant Gem. I am hoping to try least one of these out. The scratch card idea is my favourite! xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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    1. Thanks Ella :) Yes I adore that one! x

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  23. I love how much thought you put into your blog posts, they're always brilliant & so helpful Gem :)

    My fave DIY Blogger by far!

    Keep up the good work.

    xox

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, that means heaps to me!! <3

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  24. Ah! I love the DIY heart glitter polish, definitely will give that one a try! :)

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  25. I have nominated you an award over on my blog x

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  26. These are all awesome! Im planning a little DIY valentining myself, I like the concept of valentines but i also think its a little bit of a waste of cash, so i'll DIY myself for fun xx

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  27. awww gem, you've made me warm and fuzzy now.... if you ever get rid of alex, be my girlfriend plz! you seem like present finding/making queen! i ADORE the heart jelly mould, cat egg cup, the book lamp... i actually love it all. most of all your bookmarks, so cute but so practical! im definitely gonna attempt to make one for myself, i tend to use random scraps of paper like bus tickets or receipts as bookmarks. more shabby shit than shabby chic.
    xxxxxx

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    1. Haha, my boyf is on the shabby shit wagon at the moment too - currently using a H&M clothes tag! Bring on Feb 14th! ;)
      x

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  28. Absolutely LOVE this post. Everything is adorable!XO

    www.thestyletreaty.com

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  29. Nice post, getting me in the mood for luuurrrveeee, not sure of the tonuge scraper though :-S

    http://whatkimmididnext.blogspot.com/

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  30. I love your selection, so cute!
    My favourites are the Pug Egg Cup and the Gemma Correl card as I got one for my birthday and love it!

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  31. This is an amazing post! Shame my boyfriend doesn't follow your blog haha :)

    http://theredoneblog.blogspot.com/

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  32. I am absolutely blown away by this post Gem! So many amazing ideas. Thank you for it! xo

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  33. These are brilliant ideas. I'm in love with the pug mug and the coffee cup wrappers.

    http://thehumanwreckagemusic.blogspot.com/

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  34. Some really good ideas that have really got me thinking this week Gem! Love xo

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  35. I have a soft spot for anything heart printed so I love everything that's in the shops for valentines day! The fortune cookie is such a cute idea.

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  36. LOL I am absolutely smitten with the territorial pillow cases :)

    BLEURGH
    www.say-bleurgh.blogspot.com

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  37. Lovely ideas! Those fortune cookies are adorable! xx


    The Londoner

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  38. Amazing post! I want to make it all! Plus the mug and pillow cases are so cute xx

    http://soffiek.blogspot.com/

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  39. I have just bought the bean stalk with a message!! It is such a brilliant gift!!xxx

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  40. This is probably the cutest post ive ever read. You're such a little romantic! :D

    xx

    http://wearenouvellevague.blogspot.com/

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  41. I'm going to be so disappointed if my BF doesn't serve up (his turn to cook) a jelly heart for dessert tomorrow!!!

    xx

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  42. I wish I saw this earlier, everything is so perfect for what I wanted! Damn.

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  43. Thankyou so much for doing this blogpost, I finally got creative and made my boyfriend's presents a lot more personal this year which he seemed to appreciate a lot more than a DVD and some choccies!

    This is what I did:
    http://thediaryofshanfrank.blogspot.com/2012/02/love-is-in-air.html

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  44. Incredibly lovely ideas, thanks for sharing.

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  45. This post was my valentines saviour! I made the lunch bag design into a gift tag and made the scratch card too. My boyfriend loved the idea! Thank you gem xoxo

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  46. how I love your craft~ Love its cuteness and prettiness. It would be great to have romantic Valentines day messages on them. Cheers and happy Valentines day!

    Marilyn
    http://easyday.snydle.com/valentines-day-wishes-and-messages.html

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