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Valentines

People often say it’s the thought that counts and that sentiment is never more true than on Valentine’s day. It’s the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that you have thought about your loved one in advance and planned an individual gift that you know they’ll treasure. Anyone can pick up a boring box of chocolates or a generic bunch of last-minute supermarket flowers. But a home-made gift is a unique treat that will be remembered for years to come. By eschewing commercial mass-produced items, you can celebrate the 14th of February with a present that has special meaning for just the two of you.

Heart shaped wreath covered in moss with Rose - © Friedrich Strauss/GAP Photos

Heart shaped wreath covered in moss with Rose – © Friedrich Strauss/GAP Photos

Show that love is in the air with this pretty wreath. Simply bend a coat hanger into a heart shape, attach fresh moss around it with wire and add a sprig of red roses.

White Hyacinths in heart shaped tray - © Matteo Carassale/GAP Photos

White Hyacinths in heart shaped tray – © Matteo Carassale/GAP Photos

Upcycle an old heart-shaped chocolate box by painting it bright red. Then you can fill it with fragrant hyacinths for a stylish display that lasts for weeks.

Heart shape of cress growing in pot with compost - © Victoria Firmston/GAP Photos

Heart shape of cress growing in pot with compost – © Victoria Firmston/GAP Photos

If your partner prefers edibles to flowers then consider cress. Fill a pot with compost and water it, then sprinkle seeds in a heart shape. They’ll germinate in a few days.

Valentine's wreath made from pink and red roses with ivy - © Juliette Wade/GAP Photos

Valentine’s wreath made from pink and red roses with ivy – © Juliette Wade/GAP Photos

Make an impact with a dramatic Valentine’s wreath combining bold red roses, tiny pale pink rose buds and shiny ivy leaves. A well-placed ribbon completes the look.

Heart of seeds on a brown envelope tied to spout of a galvanised watering can - © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Heart of seeds on a brown envelope tied to spout of a galvanised watering can – © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Practical gifts can be pretty too. Here a galvanised watering can has been personalised with a brown envelope to which seeds have been glued in a heart shape.