by Jennifer Vander Klipp

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you want to do something that’s more meaningful than commercial. Last year, I came up with this gift for my husband, but you could modify it to work for anybody special in your life.


I used a fun font on my computer to create a list of fun (and cheap!) things to do on dates. Make sure you put enough space between lines so you’ll be able to cut them out. I then printed these out on red, white, pink, and patterned scrapbook paper and cut them into strips.

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I put the strips in a mason jar. I cut up some of the paper scraps into confetti and put that in the bottom of the jar. And I decorated the jar with scraps I had in my scrapbook bag, plus I made a “Great Date Ideas” label to glue to the front.

You could fill this with coupons for your kids or write things you admire and/or are thankful for about someone. There are a lot of possibilities.

Finally, I made a card, again from things in my scrapbook bag.

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It’s a great way to use up those things you bought but have never used. You can also use leftover art and school supplies or find them on sale or with weekly coupons available at craft stores. Yes, it takes more time than buying a present, but it is loaded with meaning because it came from your heart, something everyone appreciates.