Listen, we have absolutely nothing bad to say about chocolate. Especially chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But sometimes the same old routine of a red box and assorted chocolate gets boring, not only for us, but for our gift recipients as well. So this year, as part of our New Year’s making resolutions, we want to give out some simple, pretty, and totally DIY-able presents to the ones we love. From jewelry to accessories and yes, even a bit of chocolate, here are some of our favorite DIY valentines.


1. Clay Bead Statement Necklace: You’ve been besties since the ‘90s, so why not give her a nostalgia-inducing piece of statement jewelry? Laugh and reminisce over summer camp with this Sculpey bead necklace. (via Brit + Co)


2. Watercolor Throw Pillows: This gift is perfect for that one friend who is always hosting parties and/or rearranging her bedroom. These customizable pillows are sure to be her favorite new statement piece. (via Brit + Co)


3. No-Bake Chocolate Bourbon Balls: You didn’t really expect us to stay away from chocolate, did you? These little mouthfuls are too good to pass up. (via Brit + Co)


4. DIY XO Mug: Do you know what would go perfectly with those bourbon truffles? Some spiked hot cocoa served up in this lovely mug. (via The Proper Pinwheel)


5. DIY Infinity Wire Necklace: This project couldn’t be simpler. Make a big batch of these in a snap, then hand ’em out to your entire group of friends. (via Studs and Pearls)


6. Lovely Catchall: Everyone needs a pretty tray to catch all their miscellaneous accessories. All you need for this DIY is a Sharpie and some creativity. (via Believe and Inspire)


7. Pop-Up Photo Box: This sweet keepsake will be right at home in a shared space you and your honey find special. Open it up to reflect on all your lovely times together. (via Brit + Co)


8. Felt Mug Coozie: Craft this cute felt cozy to keep your loved ones’ drinks warm and toasty. Hot cocoa optional. (via Believe Inspire)


9. Geometric Patterned Trays: These babies can be used as a catchall or hung on walls for some unique art that doubles as storage. (via Brit + Co)


10. Heartbeat Necklace: Got someone who sets your heart aflutter? Show them just how much with this funky heartbeat necklace. (via Instructables)


11. DIY Sugar Lip Scrub: It’s our go-to winter beauty accessory for a reason. Chapped lips, be gone! (via Brit + Co)


12. Leather Conversation Hearts: Leave the candy heart boxes to the little ones. These DIY key chains are just as cute and much more functional. (via Polkadot Chair)


13. Heart Wire Ring: Need to whip up a pretty gift at the last minute? We’ve got you covered. (via Brit + Co)


14. Valentine’s Countdown Calendar: Just can’t wait for the day of love? This pretty calendar will keep track of the countdown, with a little surprise for your loved one on each day! (via Brit + Co)


15. Woven Heart Pouch: This soft leather pouch isn’t the same as actually giving your heart to someone, but it’s a pretty good start. (via The House That Lars Built)


16. 3D-Printed Roses: Last year we delivered 3D-printed roses to loves across the city. What do we have in store for this year? (via Brit + Co)


17. Heart Socks: Have your loved ones get cozy and cuddly with these socks. Apart, they may not look like much, but together, they’re as cute as can be. (via Clones ‘n’ Clowns)


18. Matchbox Valentine: These little beauties are a perfect Galentine’s gift for your ladies. Pack ’em with candy, painted bobby pins, or whatever li’l thing you think they’ll love. (via Brit + Co)


19. Painted Hearts Ceramic Cup: Give this to your most unorganized friend in the hopes that she’ll use it to manage some clutter. Worst case, she’ll have an extra cup to drink from before needing to do dishes. And doesn’t everyone want that? (via Inside My Hideaway)


20. Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates: You’ve never seen a box of chocolates quite like this. Conversation heart bark and sprinkles are much more unique than the drugstore stuff. (via Brit + Co)


21. Floral Friendship Bracelet: Your friends will always be your valentine through thick and thin. So show them your love with these friendship bracelets packed full of fresh flowers. (via Oh Joy)


22. Sculpey Jewelry Dish: With all those lovely rings and bracelets you’ve handed out, you might as well give your friends a cute dish to hold everything. May we suggest this fun DIY? (via Brit + Co)


23. Paper Heart Earrings: A simple little way to say “I love you,” these pretty DIY earrings can easily be adapted into stars, circles, or other cool geometric shapes. (via Spark and Chemistry)


24. Bud Valentine: Who needs an entire bouquet? One pink bud in a brightly colored vase would certainly make our hearts go aflutter. (via Brit + Co)


25. DIY Heart Cutting Board: This board will be great for preparing Valentine’s Day dinner, or used as a charming cheese and fruit plate to set the mood. (via Hello Natural)


26. Hand-Lettered Valentines: Put your calligraphy skills to the test with these gorgeous hand-lettered cards that will earn their place on the mantel. (via Brit + Co)


27. Heart-Covered Flats: Not gonna lie, we might just have to keep this gift for ourselves. If we start handing out pairs, soon enough everyone will want some. (via Adventures in Fashion)


28. Stamped Air Clay Desk Accessories: Be on your loved one’s mind all day with these pretty-in-pink desk accessories. A cute carved message will let them know just how much you *heart* them. (via Brit + Co)

29. Chocolate Ring Pops: They’re bold, colorful, easy to make, and delicious. Warning: Everyone who gets one will immediately be asking for seconds. (via Brit + Co)

30. Conversation Heart Rings: Unlike the real things, you won’t be tempted to eat these, and they’ll go perfectly with all your pastel knits. (via Studio DIY)

31. Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets: Nothing says #squadgoals like personalized gift caddies for all of your besties. Fill each one with their favorite goodies and treats for some eternally grateful friends. (via Sarah Hearts)

32. Conversation Heart Piñata Care Packages: Maybe someone in your life needs a little pick-me-up ahead of the 14th, and if they do, a piñata packed with love is how you cheer them up. (via Brit + Co)

33. Stitched Felt Love Pennants: You’ve always wondered what to do with the felt you see in the craft store, and now you know! Make pennants to cheer on the home team AKA love. (via Paper and Pin)

34. The Ultimate Valentine: Even if you don’t have a friend who would go b-a-n-a-n-a-s for a giant decoupage card like this, you should totally make one for yourself. (via The Glitter in My Tea)

35. Painted Mini Canvases: Sometimes a heartfelt gift is as simple as sweet nothings painted on a mini canvas. Pick wacky colors or go with the classics — just have fun with it! (via PMQ for Two)

36. Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs: It’s easier than you think to make your own beautifully scented bath bombs. You can infuse them with all kinds of goodness to help spread the love this February. (via Camille Styles)

37. Scrabble Love Coasters: A little effort goes a long way when you’re using stain and pre-cut wood slices. Make an entire set to spell out their name — or maybe even a marriage proposal. (via Blue i Style)

38. Conversation Heart Sweater: There isn’t usually much clothing in stores for this occasion, but you can make your own. You’ll be getting orders from friends who want one too! (via Studio DIY)

39. Embroidered Library Card Valentines: Instead of the tired old store-bought card, get creative and make something that they’ll want to keep around for a while. (via The House That Lars Built)

40. XO Glittery Wine Stoppers: Single on V-day? You and your girls know what’s up. Time to bust out the rosé and raise a glass to each other. The gift will come in handy later when the night is over. (via We’re Going to Make It)

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(Additional reporting by Ariel Garneau)