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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.