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So. It's the weekend before Valentine's Day and you still haven't gotten a gift for that special someone like you've been meaning to, eh? Luckily, I have put together a list of three super easy DIY gifts that will not only make awesome presents, but not look like you threw them together last minute. And the great news is that each of these gifts can be easily tailored to fit whomever you are gifting them to, be it a boyfriend, parent, or a friend.
The first gift we have is diy bubble bath. Now, there are plenty of great from-scratch recipes out there. I honestly was too lazy to do that. The easiest thing to do is to buy a body wash that you like (pay attention to the color and scent) and add castile soap to it. I use Dr Bronner's. The ratio I used was about 2:1 body wash to soap. I also added in a bit of warm water. Mix it all together and then funnel it into a jar. I used this cute jar and painted the lid with pink glitter. This is the perfect gift for a gal pal or sister.
Rubik's Cube Photo Set
This one is super cute for someone who might be a bit nerdy. It's also really simple. All you need is a rubik's cube, six photos of you and the recipient (or if you don't have six together you can be like me and just do one of your face), and some mod podge or Elmer's glue. Make sure the photos are square (Instagram photos work well for this) and cut each one into nine smaller squares. Then glue the photos into place on each side of the cube. This gift is versatile as it is both sentimental and can be used for entertainment purposes!
Boyfriend in a Box
I call this last one Boyfriend in a Box, but obviously you can call it whatever you desire. The concept of this one is just fitting small, random gifts that remind you of a person into a box for them. It's sort of like a care package. I just used a box I got from Influenster (if you want to see what I've gotten, you can check out my personal Instagram where I will be posting about the products) and filled it with tissue paper and confetti strips. In it I placed some fun socks, lotion, a Rubik's Cube with photos of us, pens, an Amazon gift card, and Reese's Cups (his favorites) with a few De La Rosa Mazapan (my favorites). I'm also including a little love letter. There really is no "theme" to this box, it's just little things that made me think of him.
However, if you're having trouble coming up with gifts, here are some themes you can use to help yourself:
I hope you found this list of last minute Valentine's gifts helpful and I hope you give some of them a try! Good luck out there!
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You've got Valentine's Day covered, right? Flowers, chocolates...but wait! You suddenly find out that your Valentine doesn't like chocolate! What? You begin to wonder if they are even human! But, alas, it is true, there are people out there who do not like, are allergic to, or do not eat chocolate for one reason or another. (I am still questioning their humanity.) This tragedy is what leads us to this week's Friday Fave question: "What is your favorite non-chocolate candy?". You may think that you are going to be reading about the usual Skittles and Starburst. No, we are much deeper than that. You are going to want to try our choices!
When I posed this question this week, Alicia said that she thought she would come up with some Valentines to go with each choice! She is so creative! So, today we are offering 5 free printable Valentines to go with these 5 candy choices. Now you will be all set! If you really want to be an amazing Valentine, You could make a poster that has all of the Valentines with all of the candy selections! Your Valentine will be so impressed!
I must confess that Red Hots didn't come up as anyone's actual favorite candy this week, but we loved Alicia's idea for the Valentine so much that we had to include it. I am sure that there are people out there who love them. I know that when my oldest son was in Brazil he asked me to send him some. These seem very reasonably priced and have very good reviews. Click the buttons on the end of this post to get your free printable Valentines!
Lindsey had a difficult time choosing a non-chocolate candy because she doesn't really enjoy candy unless it is dark chocolate, given her healthy habits. She finally settled on Cinnamon Candied Almonds because she loves nuts!
Have you tried these? I don't usually love nuts, but when I first tried these, (at Costco) I was hooked! Here is the cute Valentine to go with them.
Alicia's favorite is well known to all of us. Even when she was teaching school, her students knew which candy she loved and when she had to move away to California, one of her students brought her a big bag of Gummy Bears! That link is to a big bag of Haribo Gummys. For a cute gift, here is an adorable bear shaped container filled with Gummy Bears. Alicia says that her favorite brand is Black Forest, so you can decide which kind you like.
Oh! I almost forgot! She really likes Sour Gummies! So now you can see why she created this Valentine to go with them.
Madalynn's pick may be a little less known to you. She chose Peanut Butter Marzipan Style Candy by de la Rosa. Lindsey describes this as a peanut butter cup without the chocolate. It is actually much dryer than that. But, if a sweet peanut butter taste is what you love, these are for you!
I saved myself for last this time because my choice is the best of all, Ha Ha! Like Lindsey, choosing a non-chocolate candy seemed daunting. After all, my favorite candy in the entire world is See's Candy. But, then I realized that See's does have a non-chocolate candy that I really love! They are called Scotch Kisses! They are a soft marshmallow covered in delicious caramel! I usually get myself one whenever I pick up any See's Candy. I mean, look at these things (click on these pictures to get a closer look!):
When Alicia was trying to decide what to say on the Valentine for these little gems, I told her to hurry up or I wouldn't be able to restrain myself from eating them all before I took pictures with the Valentine. That is how she came up with "I saved my last kiss for you Valentine!". Out of context, it may sound a bit morbid, so you could say , "my best Kiss", but my husband knows me and See's candy.
Now, all you have to do is click on the button below and download your Valentine Printables and the non-chocolate eater problem is solved! Shopping links are reposted as well for your convenience! Be sure to let us know what your favorite non-chocolate candy is! Do you like any of these?
Friday Faves #5 and these Valentines first appeared here, on 3 Winks Design.
Welcome to Edition 3 of Five Friday Faves!
Today's question? What is your favorite love song?
Here is one of my favorite love stories. One year, after Valentine's Day was over, I had fallen in love with a certain song. We hadn't done anything special for Valentine's Day that year, when you have lots of kids, sometimes those days go by unnoticed or with just a little kiss and I love you and that is about all you have time for. But, the song I had fallen in love with was Clint Black's "Something that We Do". I am usually a rock 'n roll girl, but there are some country songs that really speak to me, and this was one of them. I couldn't get enough of it. The message was so perfect for my Hallmark movie heart. I mean those lyrics set to that beautiful music is timeless. "I remember well the day we wed, I see that picture in my head. I still believe those words we said, Forever will ring true." "Love isn't someplace that we fall, it's something that we do."
Well, a couple of days after the holiday, my husband was late getting home and I was beginning to wonder what had happened to him. When he walked in the door, he had gifts for me, chocolate and that Clint Black CD! It was the sweetest, most unexpected thing! I still love that song and I cherish that memory. That gift told me that he was thinking about me even when we were apart. He did something to show me and it fit the message of the song.
This weeks guest choice has Fave #2 and she is my other DIL, Korina! Since her choice is also a country pick, I thought she should be next on the list. Korina has a beautiful singing voice and I have heard her sing a lot of love songs. But, when I asked for her favorite, she went right to Garth Brooks! You have got to admit, he has a beautiful voice for a love song. Korina's favorite is "To Make You Feel My Love". I had to laugh because this song is written by Bob Dylan, who is one of my least favorite singers, although he has written some really good lyrics. "There's nothing that I wouldn't do, go to the ends of the earth for you, make you happy, make your dreams come true, to make you feel my........ love"
Fave #3 this week comes from Madalynn. We totally switch gears when it comes to genre. Her pick comes from the Disney Movie "Tangled". I have to admit that it is one of my faves, too. Mandy Moore does a beautiful job singing, "At Last I See the Light".
"And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you."
That song reminds you of those feelings of first falling in love!
Fave #4 is Alicia's choice, and it goes to show that certain singers and certain songs are timeless! Alicia chose an Elvis song! "Can't Help Falling In Love" is certainly a song that would make your Valentine swoon if you sang it, played it or danced to it this Valentine's Day. "Take my hand, Take my whole life, too. For I can't help falling in love with you." Yup, we raised her right, you have just got to love Elvis and his dreamy voice.
I saved Lindsey for last because she just got married this past year and her love story is fresh and new. She waited a long time for her Mr. Right (or PH as she calls him) and her song pick is perfect for her story. She chose another Oldie but goodie. Nat King Cole's "When I Fall in Love". She had this song sung at her wedding, beautifully done by my SIL Adrian. (My children and their spouses are all very talented!) She and Austin danced their first dance to it. It was beautiful! "When I give my heart, it will be completely, or I'll never give my heart." Those words describe Lindsey's feelings perfectly.
Those are our Friday Faves for this week! Add a little romance to your life with music! How do you like our picks and what would yours be? Let us know! If you want a chance to be a guest picker on Friday Faves, let us know that as well. I am having so much fun surprising everyone with my questions. You never know what I will ask next week!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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