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Get creative with these Valentine's Day gift ideas

By McKoye Mecham
On February 7, 2012

Matty Jacobson & McKoye Mecham | Dixie Sun

Are you lost in what to make for you valentine this year? The Dixie Sun shows how to make four different valentines that can help.

Creative and thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts can be easy to create, and just as easy to give away.



Sappy love song albums, mushy chick flicks and flamboyant flowers seem to dominate the gift giving section of the day of love. If you want to participate in the Valentine festivities, but don't have a main squeeze to share it with, then there's no need to worry. There are plenty of people out there who just might like a little gift this year.


Friends, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, coworkers, the list goes on and on. There are plenty people you can share your Valentine's Day spirit with. Flowers and chocolates can be kind of pricey, so the homemade gift might be the best route to take.


Some students, such as Marci Huddleston, a senior communication major from Hurricane, said homemade valentines show more thoughtfulness on the giver's part.


"I like them because it's the sentimental thought behind it, and the thought is more important to me because it will always last," she said.


Huddleston said her favorite thoughtful homemade gift was given to her by her husband on their first Valentine's Day.


"He brought me a single red rose and then made a T-shirt that read, ‘A euphonium player loves me' because we met in band, and he played the euphonium," she said.


Hailee Yarrington, a junior dental hygiene major from Riverton, also said homemade valentines are a good way to go.


"I think it means more," she said. "It shows that you care about them more, and you're willing to spend time on them."


There are quite a few things out there you can use to make a homemade valentine. Here are a few ideas found at on how you can create some V-Day masterpieces.


One idea is to take a bottled Crush soda (preferably strawberry because it's red) and tie a homemade tag around it.


Your tag can be made out of construction paper or Valentine's-themed scrapbook paper. It's up to you what you write on the tag. One tag could read, "I have a CRUSH on you." If you're not planning on giving the soda to your crush, you could write, "The best kind of Valentine's Day crush is the kind you drink!"


Tie on a crazy straw with ribbon along with the tag to add a little personality.


If your significant other is a coffee lover, you could buy him or her a Valentine's-themed mug and either a coffee shop gift card or some coffee they can brew at home. If you want to take it a creative step further, make a tag to tie on with ribbon. On the tag you can write, "I love you a LATTE!"


There is a unique way to give your loved ones chocolate without breaking the bank. All you need is some red construction paper, three Rolo candy bars, tape and black pipe cleaners.


The goal with these products is to make three sticks of dynamite.


Cut the red construction paper to the size of the Rolo candy bars. Roll the paper around the candy and tape it together. After you repeat this step with the other two candy bars, wrap a black pipe cleaner around the three sticks. Cut off the excess pipe cleaner and stick it in the middle of the sticks to make a wick.


Your dynamite is now complete. Now you can make a heart-shaped tag and stick it in the top next to the wick. On the tag you can write, "You're the BOMB!" or "You're a BLAST!"


There are plenty of other puns that could inspire your Valentine's Day gifts. All it takes is some creativity on your part.


Do you have some good ideas for homemade valentines? Let us know! Write on our Dixie Sun Facebook wall at and share your ideas with the Dixie State student body.

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