Guys sometimes get a bad wrap for buying Valentine’s Day gifts at the last-minute, but hey, ladies are procrastinators, too. (Read: me.) If you’re scrambling for the perfect gift, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 thoughtful gifts you can make or buy just in time.
01. Whiskey Stones. Perfect for the scotch or bourbon enthusiast in your life, these rocks let him chill his drink without watering it down. Bonus points if you throw in rocks glasses or a bottle of his favorite brand.
02. “Attracted to You” Printable Card. Maybe your dude is lovably nerdy. Appeal to his punny nature with this scientific explanation for your magnetic attraction. Buy the design online, then print the template on cardstock.
03. Framed Album Covers. For the audiophile, look no further than these framed vinyl album covers. Search vintage store shelves for quirky or classic album covers, then frame in a basic black craft-store frame. Or, scan one of his favorites and print on cardstock.
04. Top Hat & Mustache Cufflinks. Does your guy love wearing vintage three piece suits? Is there a monocle on his dresser? These vintage-inspired cuff links are for him.
05. Breakfast Pizza. Okay, really, what guy wouldn’t love pizza for breakfast? Use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, then top with sauce and his favorite toppings and a sunny-side up egg. Done and done. See how Marianne makes her own.
Have a go-to last minute gift? Tell us in the comments below.
Guys, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, I’m going to celebrate Galentine’s Day by making these adorable marbled clay dishes for all of my favorite girls. I mean, just look at them:
Adorable, right? The good news: They’re easier to make than you think. With some oven-bake clay and a few rolls and twists, you’ll have a big batch in no time. Read on to see how I made these…and what to fill them with!
How to DIY These Marbled Clay Dishes
For every dude that loves design, there’s one that considers a plastic basketball hoop designer decor. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get your space into tip-top shape if you really want love to be swirling around like an air freshener. Follow these quick design tips to help make sure your date wants to seal the whole shebang with a kiss.
1. Threshold Woven Napkins. Snazz up your dinner table with some napkins that aren’t paper towels or leftovers from your last takeout order. These machine-washable numbers will up your class factor immediately.
2. Faux Fur Throw. Whether you drop this sucker over the back of your couch or put it at the end of your bed, there’s nothing that says “I’m design-savvy, now let’s snuggle” better than a fab faux fur throw.
3. Turkish Bath Towels. Yes, you can shut the door of your bathroom and hope no one goes in there, but you should probably just face the facts: someone will. To soften the blow, make sure they have some pretty towels to dry their hands.
4. Sonos Speakers. Play songs from your iTunes library, Pandora, Spotify or anywhere else you house your music. You can control it all with your iPhone or iPad, and the sound quality is ah-mazing.
5. Acrylic Frame. Sure, you could simply put a photo of you and your sweetheart in there … but you could also get creative. Write down an inside joke between the two of you, or include a picture of some place that the two of you have talked about going on vacation. Casually leave the frame out and wait for the magic to happen.
Make us proud, guys!
Still looking for that perfect gift?
People celebrate Valentine’s Day many different ways. You may be throwing a big bash, planning a romantic dinner for two or possibly even throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party. Either way, these all have one thing in common: cocktails. No matter how you feel about this holiday, we can all agree that cocktails are inevitable this Saturday. We’ve listed our favorites that work for any Valentine’s Day celebration.
Sumac Me Smile
- 2 ounces Boodles Gin
- 3/4 ounce pomegranate juice
- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce sumac syrup*
- dash grapefruit bitters
- splash of club soda
- lemon peel, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass, and add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a long lemon peel.
*To make one quart sumac syrup, bring 16 ounces water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add six tablespoons ground sumac. Steep 10 minutes. Add 16 ounces white granulated sugar, and stir until dissolved. Let steep overnight, then strain through fine mesh.
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I may be gaga over my guy but I’ll be quick to mention that I need QT with my ladies. Whether you’re single, married or otherwise taken, we can all agree that there’s nothing like a best friend or lots of best friends. So, set aside some time before February 14 to celebrate those special gals in your life who have been there through it all — break ups, make ups, moves, graduations and job promotions. Then, take a cue from our favorite TV bestie, Leslie Knope, with these Galentine’s Day party ideas and our own ways to cook up a yummy breakfast for your favorites.
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1. Sweet Talk Pens. Your BFF has a high-stress job with stacked meetings every day. These pens offer an instant ego boost, all over good vibes and a rock-star mentality. (My fave: You’re better than unicorns.)
2. “Happy Hour” Flask. Is your friend the gal who likes to be ready to mix her favorite drink at a moment’s notice? This flask is perfect for her. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a wristlet.
3. Cat Mugs. Keep one for yourself and gift the other to a friend. When side by side, they make the perfect set. (This is ideal for cat lovers, tea drinkers and coffee addicts.)
4. Floral iPhone Case. This isn’t your typical iPhone case, people. This is a gorgeous metallic cover with an arrangement of real, dried roses and daises, symbolizing innocent beauty and love. (Only your BFF would appreciate this!)
5. Best Friend Bracelet. Who didn’t have best friend jewelry? I thought so. If it wasn’t a broken heart necklace, it was handmade beaded bracelets. As adults, we can proudly showcase our friendship with these bangle bracelets. Love.
Feeling crafty? Test your DIY skills with these handmade Valentine’s Day gifts.
In case you’ve somehow missed the near-constant barrage of jewelry, chocolate and flower commercials: Valentine’s Day is this Saturday! And, if you’re like me, any excuse to indulge my sweet tooth is a good one so I say Bring. It. On.
While store-bought treats are certainly delicious, nothing shows the depth of your affection quite like homemade goodies. Unleash your inner foodie and whip up one of these five decadent delights that are sure to make this Valentine’s Day your sweetest yet:
These artful cookies look time-consuming but decorating them couldn’t be easier. Get Marianne’s easy-to-follow video tips for icing like a pro plus her cookie recipe.
Mmmmm…..chocolate! Truly, is there any flavor more craveable, more decadent? Well, not to me at least. Topped with homemade vanilla and strawberry frosting, these Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes are *almost* too pretty to eat.
If a hot-from-the-oven pie is the surest way to your sweetie’s stomach, give the crust a creative treatment with one of these 8 pro pastry ideas:
And, although, I personally can’t relate: Some folks don’t like chocolate (I know, the horror!) so this sweet-meets-tart mouthful may be just the ticket.
When whipping up homemade goodies, don’t forget your furry best friend! These crunchy biscuits topped with cream cheese frosting are sure to get tails waggin’!
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Buying the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the lady in your life comes with insurmountable pressure. You don’t want to settle for the usual flowers and chocolate (Although, I would never turn those down!), but you still want to give something from the heart. I’ve rounded up our top five creative yet practical gifts she’ll love and will be surprised to get.
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1. “I LIKE YOU.” Tote Bag. This is the perfect gift if your sweetheart is a dog lover. Bonus: She’ll always think of you anytime she carries it around.
2. Faceted Gold Terrarium. Put a little twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers with a terrarium filled with succulents that she will keep alive for much longer.
3. Cupcake Socks. Who wouldn’t love a pair of these? I may or may not have bought a pair for myself.
4. Custom Stationery. Help her keep in touch with her friends who live all over the world. Add a personal touch by customizing stationery with her name, favorite color and print.
5. Audio Earmuffs. She can plug these fuzzy headphones into her smart phone or MP3 player, so she can listen to her favorite tunes while staying warm.
What’s on your Valentine’s Day gift wish list? Tell us in the comments below.
What are you flowers saying? Last year, my sweet, unassuming boyfriend came home with a vase of wilted alstroemeria and, although I still loved them as if they had been fresh garden roses, I later gave him a short lesson on what his flowers inadvertently told me: he had procrastinated.
In the Victorian Era, flowers had secret meanings that expressed sentiments of love, lust, adoration, and even rejection. This secret language still exists today, if somewhat subconsciously. So this Valentine’s Day, don’t let your flowers send the wrong message! Learn the past and present meanings of 8 of today’s most popular flowers below.
Behind the Bouquet
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I had to spotlight one of my favorite celebrity couples of the moment — model Chrissy Teigen and singer-songwriter John Legend. They’re so adorably cute and in love that it’s disgusting. (I LOVE THEM.)
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend being cute, as usual.
In case you missed it, the February cover story for Architectural Digest is a swoon-worthy tour through Chrissy and John’s beautifully renovated New York City home. Every room features strong vintage elements (those dark leather armchairs!), eye-catching artwork and natural textures and colors that balance each other as you move from room to room. Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design combined sophisticated jewel tones with mixed metallics for a contemporary yet classic look that completely seals the deal.
Check out the full tour (and steal their look!) over at ArchitecturalDigest.com.
As a writer, I’m pretty partial to letters, but it seems like you readers may be, too. Since my post about paper mache and cardboard letters got a good response (I see you pinning away!), I thought I’d dig up some ideas around wooden letters that may be up your alley as well. Take a look at these easy wooden letter crafts and get inspired to start spelling.
Design: Susie Fougerousse
WOODEN LETTERS –> PERSONALIZED WALL ART
Use wooden chipboard letters to personalize a kids’ bedroom, like designer Susie Fougerousse did here. This is especially handy for making kids feel like they have their own space in a bedroom shared with siblings.
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There are always a few holidays that get discarded around my house when it comes to decorations. It’s not that I don’t adore the firework magic of the Fourth of July or the festive hearts around Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know how to decorate for Groundhogs Day if I had the time and energy. Some years I feel like the one holiday that doesn’t get enough appreciation is St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory toast and a green shirt seem to be the limit to our festivities in years past. But not this year! Nope, this year I am going to celebrate with a little St. Paddy’s Day dinner with my husband and toddler (so it’s going to be a real party up in here). To make the evening really fun, I wanted to create special place setting tags for my lucky guys and I am going to teach you how to make some of your own, too.
BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?
Photo: Jeff Romaniuk
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:
I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.
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Yes, today is Valentine’s Day and all of us here at HGTV.com love love, but we also love a good read and a glass of wine! (Or is that just me?)
In addition to V-Day, February 14th is also Library Lovers’ Day. The holiday is more broadly recognized in Australia, but I’m pushing for a celebration here in the States, too. So whether you’ve got a big date tonight or you’re planning a night in, take a moment to fall in love with these beautiful home libraries from some of our favorite HGTV shows.
Bright book room from HGTV’s Home by Novogratz
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Hey, guys. I’ve been busy with Dream Home (today is your last chance to enter!), but I couldn’t resist the chance to restart my Tuesday Huesday series with a Valentine-inspired color palette. You see, my very first Tuesday Huesday post was inspired by the holiday of love, too! (Catch up on all the past posts here.)
So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a sweet color palette for you all. I kind of fell for these adorable, printable doughnut boxes over on Sugar and Charm, and that made me think, “What would that look like in room form?” Well, this:
Turquoise-y blue and soft pink often create a vintage vibe that I’m very fond of, but I love how the color combo gets a modern spin in Jutta Rikola’s kitchen featured on Design Sponge. And the adorable raincloud motif would be a fun update for the coming spring, too.
What’s your take on this color palette? And, what combos do you think I should feature in the future? Ready…go!
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Top off the evening with this fruity concoction from mixologist John deBary of New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell).
1 1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean
1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 cup organic raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass.
You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Wedding designer Michelle Edgemont shares easy instructions on how to make heart-shaped string art to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day — or any day!
We randomly picked one person from the comments, and Lauren B. is the winner of an electric fireplace from Electric Fireplaces Direct. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
You’ve made your valentines and decorated your cookies, but now that the big day is almost upon us, maybe you’re looking for one more way to make your Valentine’s Day the best yet. Why not put a little heartfelt effort into the most important meal of the day? In today’s HGTV Crafternoon I’ll show you how to put a little extra love into three easy family breakfasts. Click to see what’s cooking:
My daughter Lulu was partial to the heart-shaped pancakes with bacon “arrows”, my husband Chris scarfed down the egg in a heart-shaped hole, and my favorite was the heart-shaped mini breakfast pizza with an egg cracked right on top. Yum! Do you make any special meals for Valentine’s Day? Dish in the comments below.
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the summer in a gorgeous Lake Tahoe retreat? Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2014 Sweepstakes, and it could happen!
This mountain-style getaway is up for grabs along with a 2015 GMC Yukon Denali AND $250,000 in cash, but you’ll have to take a break from planning your perfect Valentine’s Day dinner and enter before 5pm/4c February 14th. Boost your odds by entering twice each day online — once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com — and you could be enjoying the fresh mountain air in no time.
See inside the Lake Tahoe Retreat
I wouldn’t really call myself a nerd, but I have spent many a Friday night with my nose in a book and I may or may not have dressed up as a Hogwarts student for the Harry Potter midnight movie premieres… But who hasn’t done that, right? So whether you’re an old-school Trekkie or a new Big Bang Theory fan, you’re sure to love these free Valentine’s Day printables that are simply “adorkable!”
Star Wars and Star Trek Printables From The Dating Divas
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On Friday, I wrote a cocktail post called “Love Stinks, So Let’s Drink.” While at least once every few weeks I do believe that quite passionately, Valentine’s Day is so much fun to celebrate. Pink, red, hearts, Cupid, chocolate … choc-o-late — love is truly in the air right now, along with my appetite. Whether you’re a V-Day cynic or counting down the days until February 14th, we have all the crafts, recipes and design ideas you need to get ready for the sexiest holiday of the year.
Craft up something special for your sweetheart or yourself. Let’s be honest, this pillow would look fab on your sofa. Try out this easy project or one of the other 20+ ideas we have.
EASY, HANDMADE VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS >>
We’ve all been there: that awkward moment when you like/love someone but you don’t know how to tell them. The. Worst. That’s what handmade cards are for, and card-making parties filled with friends to talk you through it.
10 HANDMADE VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS >>
Going back and forth on the perfect gift? Homemade treats are always the answer. You can’t go wrong. Try one of these delectable and from-scratch recipes.
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