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Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

It always happens. Valentine's Day sneaks up on you and you realize- almost too late- that you forgot to get your sweetheart, best friend, child, child's teacher, etc. a little Valentine remembrance. What to do? 


There is always the obvious!  Beautiful flowers are everywhere these days from the florist to the grocer to the gas station, but just in case you are looking for a different idea, how about one from your kitchen? 


I made these cupcakes yesterday morning to send in to my husband's office. With some sprinkles and in a shiny red cupcake cup, they were pretty and pretty good! Presented on a decorative plate, they will be much appreciated by your Valentine! 

Or fill a decorative jar with some Holiday Pretzel Snacks which I wrote about for Fourth of July and Christmas. (Find the recipe here) These all time favorites are perfect for every holiday.   This time of year they have all sorts of Valentine M&M flavors and colors. Check out these Cherry M&Ms I found at Target!  They are my new favorite flavor! 


I forgot to take a picture of my Holiday Pretzel snacks this time, but I did take a photo of a Valentine Candy Jar that I personalized as a birthday gift. I found the jar in the "Dollar Bin" at Target for $3.00(?). If you don't have time to make treats, fill the jar with their favorite store bought candies or snacks! Get some stickers or use your Cricut to personalize to make it more special. 


Of course, you can always craft something glittery! I found this wooden "XO" sign and knew that it just needed some glitter. 


Since it is so cold outside, I decided to try out a new method of "glittering" that does not requires aerosol adhesive or sealant like my earlier projects.


I put a coat of paint on the sign first.  After the paint dried I brushed on a thin layer of Modge Podge with a sponge brush and then immediately liberally sprinkled on the glitter.  I waited about a half hour and then applied another thin coat of Modge Podge over the glitter.  I probably should have waited a little longer for the glitter to adhere, but I was a little impatient! I think it turned out fine.  



This process seems to work as well as the aerosol adhesive and sealant (although I guess only time will tell), but it is certainly a much more slow process.  I'm not sure how it will work on glass either.  It is nice not to have to be outside in February to get projects done!

Don't forget your four legged friends this Valentine's Day!  I will be baking up a batch of these dog treats in heart shapes this weekend!  (You can find the recipe here.)



I hope these ideas have maybe inspired your last minute gift giving! Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia

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