Guest Author - Debbie Striker
In our high-tech world, nothing says Love like a creative Valentine gift. Personalize the special day with some thoughtful and custom gifts.
Don’t just settle for a couple of Mylar balloons grabbed from your local store, take a little time and create memorable balloons. Use a heart shaped paper punch or two to cut out several sizes and colors of hearts. Slide the paper hearts into the opening of the balloons and then blow them up. You could dangle the balloons over your dinner table, doorway or couch and have your beloved pop them to shower your both in confetti.
For about the cost of a few of those Mylars' you can purchase paper puches that will last much longer:EK Success Paper Punch Large, Scalloped Heart
Paper Shapers Medium Punch - Double Heart
Rows of Ribbon
Not very handy with wrapping paper? Try selecting several colors and widths of ribbons and wrapping them around your gift. Curling ribbon gives an especially nice look to the finished gift. Your special item will be displayed nestled in a colorful array of ribbons and your recipient will have the extra challenge of untying all that ribbon.
Unique flower bouquet
Roses are extremely expensive for valentines day and they wilt quickly. Creating a bouquet of flowers that can be kept forever is more economical and sure to be more appreciated. Flowers can be made out of paper or fabric and you can personalize them even further by writing a special message on the petals.
What could make breakfast in bed even more special? Create custom shaped pancakes! It’s super easy and just takes a little bit of practice to get really good at making all kinds of shapes. You start by mixing your pancake batter as usual and heat up your pan or griddle. Depending on how detailed you’d like you pancakes to bed, you can use a large spoon to pour your batter or a teaspoon for more precise lines. Start simple: Try a smiley face. Place dots of batter on the pan for the eyes and nose and then spread a thin line to make the smile. Let the individual pieces cook for a moment or two and then use a large measuring cup to pour batter over all of the pieces to form the outer circle. The batter that was placed on the pan first will be darker and will stand out. You can make hearts, stars, sunshine’s, letters or anything else your creative mind dreams up.