Loving those around us has to be one of life’s greatest joys. It is also great to feel loved :) I’m a true believer in the philosophy that love is an action word. It is not enough to tell a person we love them, but we must show them as well. So whether it is our significant other, our sweetheart, our children, siblings, friends, or the lady down the street, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show those we care about we love them. Here are six great ideas you can throw together to let others know you are thinking of them.
I actually got this darling mug at Goodwill for .99 cents. What a deal! I also saw some great white mugs with red and pink hearts on them at the Dollar Tree. Fill one with your favorite Valentine’s candy and voila, you have a darling and delicious gift. I am going to wrap this up and ship it off to my college girl. I think this would also be great for a neighbor or friend.
This is obviously for your sweetheart. I actually bought these cinnamon lips at WinCo and they are literally the best cinnamon bit of goodness I have ever tasted.
What speaks love quite like a flashlight? Haha, I actually love flashlights, so I was being serious :) The darling red one was purchased at the Dollar Tree. For you ladies out there that really want to blow your honey away, you might want the Redline flashlight complete with a full metal casing, three bulb intensities, strobe, and S.O.S. signal, purchased at my local ACE Hardware store.
Really, a jar of hearts could be given to anyone. What you love about that person can be written on some of the hearts. On Mother’s Day last year, my sweet daughter Rachel gave me a quart jar packed with positive sayings and love notes. I love it and treasure it. She told me that if I were ever feeling down, I should just open the jar and read some of her notes for a quick pick-me-up. What a fun activity this would be to do with your children for their parent or another important person in their life. This is the gift that keeps on giving!
I was inspired by all the bridges in Europe with “love locks” placed on railings. The tradition is that the sweethearts put their initials or names on the lock, lock it onto the bridge and then throw away the key into the river, symbolizing a commitment that they will love each other forever, “locked in love.” What a romantic gesture, so use your creativity to find a perfect spot nearby for you and your love’s own lock.
Click on the photo above and then right click on that photo to save or print to make your own copy of the tags used in the gift ideas above.
I love this pillow! My very talented and thoughtful niece, Sheila, made this for her grandmother using a picture of Sheila’s father (as a child) with his parents (grandma & grandpa). What a great way to use vintage photos. The appliqued “love” sewn on the pillow is the perfect finishing touch. Sometime in March I will do a tutorial on how to make this. Thank you, Sheila, this is brilliant!
Mother Teresa, as I have said before, is one of my heroes. I think she is right: we start with love at home and then work out. The beautiful thing about love is the more you love, the more capacity you have to love. The first quote on this post was told to me by my dear friend, Linda, who has become like family. Once in a while someone comes along and our life is never the same, and it all starts with love.