Valentine's Day isn't just for the hopeless romantics. The start of the new year is always a busy, stressful time, and this February holiday is the perfect opportunity to pause and devote an afternoon, evening, or entire weekend, to catching up with the other loved ones in your life —your friends, family, or co-workers.
Below we've created a list of fun, simple, and thoughtful DIY Valentine's Day gifts you can surprise them with. After all, everyone appreciates a handmade gift. Better yet, you can make them together! There are even a few things on this list that you can make and keep for yourself (I'm mostly talking about the no-bake Oreo Cheesecake Strawberries). Don't worry, most of these require little effort!
#1. Make an irrestible batch of Oreo Cheesecake Strawberries!
What You’ll Need:
– 1 lb. strawberries
– 1 package of Oreo cookies
– 2 packages of 8 oz. soft cream cheese
– ½ cup powdered sugar
– ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
– mini Oreos or mini graham crackers
1. Cut strawberry stems and the inside of the strawberry with a small knife so there’s space for filling.
2. Trim a bit of the bottom tip so that the strawberry can stand upright. Then place on a cookie sheet.
3. To make the Oreo cheesecake filling, crush the cookies with a food processor or do it the old-fashioned way (place in a ziplock bag and smash with rolling pin). Then mix 1 package of softened cream cheese to the crushed pieces.
4. Use a spoon to add the filling with the strawberries.
5. In a separate bowl, beat the second package of cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer until it’s nice and fluffy.
6. Pipe the cream cheese mixture into Oreo-stuffed strawberries using a pastry bag. Refrigerate until ready to serve. The original creator recommends making these treats 4-5 hours before serving as the strawberries may get soggy.
7. Before serving, garnish with cookie crumbs!
#2. Create easy Valentine's garlands that are soft to the touch.
What You’ll Need:
– Pom Poms
– Clear Contact paper
– Hole Punch
– Cereal Box/Cardboard
1. Trace medium sized hearts on a sheet of clear contact paper. This blogger used foam hearts from a local Dollar Store. If you want to save time, fold the contact paper so that you can double your production when cutting. The example shown uses 6 hearts total.
2. Using the same outline, cut out 6 hearts from an old cereal box or cardboard.
3. Adhere the non-sticky side of the Clear Contact Paper to the cardboard with glue so that you can add the Pom Poms to the sticky side. Create your own patterns!
4. Hole punch the top of each part and string them together with ribbon.
#3. Prescribe someone with a daily dose of sweet treats and messages.
The Dating Divas
#4. Treat your friends to some chocolate compliments. You may not be a chocolatier, but you can add some sweet messages to patterned paper and wrap them around some candies. Gift them individually or create a jar for someone special.
#5. Dodge those "What do you want to do?" battles by thoughtfully pre-planning dates for the next year!