Once you’ve found the perfect gift, Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily a slam dunk — especially if you’re presenting that lovely scarf in a department store bag. On the other hand, if you’re worried those hard-to-get concert tickets may not make his heart leap at first sight on their own, some creative gift wrapping can make all the difference.
Cute … and a bit Corny
Corny in a good way, of course … These ideas are also quick and in most cases, don’t cost a cent. It’s all about wordplay. Wrap truffles in a map with a tag that says “you mean the world to me.” Tie a key to a ribbon and tell them they have the “key to your heart.” Add a button if your amour’s as cute as one. Glue a queen of hearts to the box for the queen of your heart (or a king for your king). If you’re really corny (like us) tape a googly eye on top for a playful “eye love you.” You get it. If they have the same silly sense of humor, so will they.
More Than Words
All you need is a printer and you can proclaim your love with gift wrap you designed yourself. Fill pages with classic love sonnets, a poem you wrote, the word “love” in seven languages, sweet nothings, pet names (cuddle bug, honey … ) or simply “I love you” over and over again in a font with romantic flourish. If your crush likes to play games — word games — make word search paper with an online puzzle-making tool. Crafty Steals has a great step by step.
From the Hearts
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a gift decked with hearts. Use contrasting shades of paper and cut hearts out of the top sheet. Or use glitter paper — or even photos — beneath plain brown paper. Even simpler, carve a heart out of a pencil eraser, dip in ink and stamp hearts on colored tissue paper. The House That Lars Built’s blog has instructions for both. Minieco’s blog puts a digital chic spin on heart patterns with their printables.
Reinvent the Rose
Instead of a bow, crown your gift with an artful rose. Recycle newspaper, poems, sheet music or love sonnets for a vintage vibe. Go more mod with colored copy paper. We love The Elli Blog’s free templates. Add a dose of old-fashioned elegance with Creations by Kara’s super-simple rolled paper rose.
A Sentimental Journey
Take them down memory lane with a surprise wrapped in the sheet music for your song (if you don’t have a song now’s your chance to call it). You could also cover it in love notes you kept or a photo booth reel where you mugged like goofy teens in love. Save ticket stubs from movies, bands or plays you enjoyed together and upcycle them into gift tags.