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Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:33:00 AM in Gift Ideas
Tags: love,  anniversary,  wedding,  valentine s day,  gift ideas

Gift Ideas for the One You Love

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it!  If you are starting to think about a gift for that special someone, I have put together some ideas below with the hope that it will help get you thinking and save you some time from searching all over the web yourself!  Most of these ideas would work for an anniversary or wedding as well.

I am sharing some cute do-it-yourself gifts that I've come across--you can click on the link provided to find the tutorial.  They range from being simple and sweet to being a bit more involved.  I have also searched the web for some different options if you're more of a shopper.  In particular, I had a lot of luck at two sites I just discovered:  Boldloft and Layla Grayce.  I also pointed you to Geezees Custom Canvas Art where I had a canvas made last year for our master bedroom.  I love it so much!!!  You can have absolutely anything you can imagine made--a perfect anniversary or wedding gift, too!  (Receive a 10% discount there through 2/27/13 for all my readers!  See below for the code.)

I hope these ideas are helpful to you!  Enjoy some time with the one you love on Valentine's Day or any day, my friends!  :) 

Wedding Paper Divas Save the Date Card Sale


Tea Bag Valentines: "You are hot." View the tutorial and get the free printable below:

Via - tatertotsandjello.com

Heart-Shaped Soap View the tutorial below:

Via - www.marthastewart.com

52 Reasons I Love You View the tutorial below:

Via - www.papervinenz.com

Valentine's Day Love Album View the tutorial below:

Via - www.thetwineryblog.com

Make Your Own Heart Embedded Candle View the tutorial below:

Via - www.candletech.com

Mini Book of Love Poems View the tutorial below:

Via - www.thriftyfun.com

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I found so many cute things at a site I just discovered called Boldloft.  The first four items in this list are from there--I had to restrain myself from pasting in their entire site!!  

All My Love for You Pillowcase (many designs available)

Via - boldloft.com

Say I Love You Drinking Glasses (many designs available)

Via - boldloft.com

Catch My Heart Coffee Mugs many designs available

Via - boldloft.com

You're Irresistible Couples T-Shirts (many designs available) These shirts are hilarious! A fun gift for a couple getting married, too!

Via - boldloft.com

"Honey Pot" "You're Intoxicating" Key-Shaped Bottle Opener Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons (All sold separately)

Via - www.vivaterra.com

The Gift of Nothing I gave my husband this book on our 10th anniversary with a note inside describing how as long as I had him, I didn't need anything else... it's a sweet, simple book with a cute message. We keep it in our bathroom. :) This would be a fun gift for Valentine's Day, your anniversary, or anytime you want to tell the special someone in your life that you love them.

Via - www.barnesandnoble.com

Minted Wedding Stationery

Wall Art

There were so many amazing pieces for your walls at Layla Grayce, another site I just discovered.  I only shared three options below, but there were so many to choose from!  Rustic artwork like this is right up my alley!!  (I am seriously obsessed with that website now!  Baby gifts, bedding, clothing, accessories for the home, even furniture!  They have everything you can imagine, and it's all really high-quality, beautiful stuff!  How have I never heard of Layla Grayce before?!  Have you?!)  

(other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

(other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

(other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

I had a canvas done by Stephanie Morris at Geezees Custom Canvas Art last year.  We had been looking for something special to hang over our bed in the master bedroom, and when I stumbled upon her website, I knew I'd found just the right thing!  Ours is similar to the first one shown:  it's filled with dates, places, names, phrases, etc. that are meaningful to us.  The colors were chosen by me to match our room; I could honestly cry every time I look at it!!  Our entire life is summed up on that canvas!  (Sorry I am not sharing a picture of it--some things you just want to keep private for yourself.)  :)

I am going to have another one made using a picture of our four girls along with a poem I found about sisters.  If you can dream it, Stephanie can make it for you!  She has also been gracious enough to extend a 10% discount to all my readers if you use the code GEEZEES10 between now and 2/27/13.  Thank you, Stephanie!!

I chose four examples to give you some ideas down below (so hard to decide which ones to share in this post!) but just know that you can do anything you can imagine!

Custom Word Art Canvas You choose the size, colors, font, text, etc. Anything you can imagine! We have one similar to this over our bed, and I could cry every time I see it!! Use Code GEEZEES10 for 10% off thru 2/27/13.

Via - geezees.com

Map Art Customized with Names and Places I love this idea! You could highlight the place you met or where you got married. Whatever is meaningful to you. Use Code GEEZEES10 for 10% off thru 2/27/13.

Via - geezees.com

Heart Shaped Custom Canvas Any shape, any text. You choose! Use Code GEEZEES10 for 10% off thru 2/27/13.

Side-by-Side Custom Canvases You could even make these "His & Hers". You choose colors, font, text, size, etc. Love this idea! Use Code GEEZEES10 for 10% off thru 2/27/13.

Via - geezees.com

Boy Meets Girl  You're Irresistible Couple Gifts


(other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

(other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

You are My Sunshine

Via - www.vivaterra.com


14 Karat White Gold Open Heart Pendant A simple pendant that you can add to any length chain. This closely resembles the much more expensive Elsa Peretti line at Tiffany & Co.

Via - www.theblackbow.com

Silver Stackable Band Set So many stackable bands to choose from at this site... different colors & metals; some with hearts, flowers, etc.

Via - www.theblackbow.com

Ed Hardy Love Kills Slowly Dog Tag Necklace

Via - www.theblackbow.com

Men's Ed Hardy Warrior Love Kills Watch

Via - www.theblackbow.com

Personalized Paperweight (other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

Personalized iPhone Case (other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

Rosanna Ikat Red & Grey Handbag (other designs available)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

Little Giraffe Velvet Deluxe Satin Reversible Kimono Well, shut the front door!! Little Giraffe makes robes for ADULTS?! People, have you ever felt one of their items?! Oh my gosh, complete luxury. Our girls have received their blankets as baby gifts, and one daughter has a robe. These are amazing! The site had various colors, but I am showing you the pink since it's Valentine's Day soon. :)

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket Pure luxury!

Via - www.laylagrayce.com

I hope you've had some luck here, or I've somehow gotten your creative juices flowing! I have a feeling the love in your life will appreciate any gift, big or small--but the best gift of all is certainly YOU, I'm sure!  (That's what I tell my husband all the time anyhow... ha!)

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Until next time,



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