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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.
Today is the big day! We are publishing our Hot Cocoa Bomb Video Tutorial! It is available for your viewing pleasure right here on this site, or on Facebook or on YouTube! Take your pick and watch it over and over again if you want. (I probably will!) While the tutorial basics are the same as in our picture tutorial that you can find here, this video also introduces a new flavor of Bomb that we are sure you will all love! It is Chocolate Strawberry! At Valentine's Day, one favorite gift is chocolate dipped strawberries, so we thought, why not a Chocolate Strawberry Bomb? And look how pretty they are with the Wilton iridescent Valentines sprinkles sitting in those cute cupcake cups. I found mine at Walmart, but there are similar ones here and here. These will definitely be making an appearance on our Valentine's Day breakfast table.
Without further ado, here is the video!
The basics for creating these Strawberry Bombs are the same as you will find on this link, but here are the differences that make this flavor unique.
If you want a hard copy of the directions, You can find the printable version of our Hot Cocoa Bomb Idea Book in our Etsy shop! It contains many ideas for flavors and for decorating your Hot Cocoa Bombs.
Once again, here is a link to the Wilton Molds that we use, here and here.
For those of you who live in colder climates, Hot Cocoa Bombs are a great way to get cozy and warmed up on a cold winter's night. For those of us in Phoenix, we have to hurry and take advantage of our cooler mornings and nights for just a little bit longer and get in our Hot Cocoa Bomb fix while we can! Chocolate Strawberry, or Cherry Cordial are perfect for a cold Valentine's Day morning! After you watch the marshmallows pop up to the top of the cup, add some more, or whipped cream and sprinkles to make them extra sweetl for this sweetheart of a day!
If you are looking for recipes to make a wonderful, romantic dinner, check out Renny's Recipes! If Valentine's Day isn't your cup of tea, try these ideas from Alicia for an UnValentine's Day party or date. (Hot Cocoa Bombs will work in either situation though.) If you want to go super gourmet, try Panna, they will give you a 30 day free trial, cooking with Master Chefs!
Let us know how you liked our video and if you try making Hot Cocoa Bombs, let us know how it went! We can give you some tips to help you be successful, if you have any questions.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten 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. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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