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Brighten up your Valentine’s Day with these gift ideas

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Olivia Reid
A customer looks through flowers at Target. Photo by Olivia Reid / Photography Editor.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For those who might be a little late on picking up a gift for their valentine, don’t worry! Here is a gift guide for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Buying a gift can be difficult. It has to be romantic but thoughtful, and that combination can be difficult to find. A popular gift that also substitutes as a Valentine’s Day activity is a Lego Flower Bouquet. Lego has a Valentine’s Day section on their website under the Botanical Collection for anyone looking to buy one of these gorgeous arrangements. They have roses, daffodils, succulents and many more options. If it’s too late to order one online, there are Lego Store locations around the city or shoppers can go to their local Barnes & Noble or Target to pick one up. 

Who doesn’t love a stuffed animal? Jellycat has plenty of cute Valentine’s themed stuffed animals just for the occasion. They are available for purchase on their website, or they can be found at Posman Books on Newbury Street.

If your valentine loves books, annotate a book of love poetry for them. It’s thoughtful and inexpensive, with an unbeatable romantic touch. Some poetry books to get are “Love Poems” by Pablo Neruda, “If Not Winter: Fragments of Sappho” translated by Anne Carson, “Crush” by Richard Siken and “Anatomy of a Poet” by C.J. Heck.

Etsy has plenty of personalized Valentine’s Day gifts for any type of valentine. Find a custom cutting board, custom gift baskets and so much more, all on their website. 

If buying a gift isn’t someone’s style, this is the perfect occasion for something homemade. Make a collage of favorite moments together. Along with the photos, cut out romantic clippings from magazines or print out quotes from Pinterest. Acrylic paint and fun markers can go a long way in making it both pretty and personalized. 

Another sentimental item can be a photo album. Print out some photos together and write a little description on the back, for memory’s sake. Add stickers and glitter to make it the ultimate gift. 

For those gifted in writing, create a love note bouquet. Write 10-15 short but sweet love notes on small pieces of paper. Then fasten them each to a wire as a “stem.” Place them in a vase and finish with a pretty ribbon.

For those who know how to crochet, there is a world of gifts at their fingertips. Create a heart pillow or crochet a bouquet of flowers. Make matching hats and mittens or 3D hearts and fill them with little messages. 

Another option is making food, whether it be dessert or a three-course meal for your valentine. Here’s a recipe for Valentine’s Day truffles:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Add strawberries to a blender and blend until smooth. Then strain and pour the juice into a pan with the powdered sugar on medium heat for 20 minutes. 
  2. Reduce to low heat. Then, add heavy cream and mix.
  3. Pour the mixture and place in the fridge until firm, about three hours. 
  4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler until smooth.
  5. Scoop a teaspoon size of the strawberry mixture and dip into the melted chocolate. Place on a sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once all the mixture is gone, put it into the fridge for 15 minutes to harden. 

 

Whatever gift you decide for your valentine, spend the most on quality time together and making your love last.

About the Contributors
Rena Weafer, Arts Editor
Olivia Reid, Photo Editor