Instead of buying pre-boxed Valentine’s, try doing this sweet activity with your kiddos. Download your FREE Dog & Cat Valentine’s Bag Toppers
Love day is almost here! If you’re looking to make treats for your kids or to take to their classroom, there is need to buy pre-boxed valentine’s. Personally, I love using things that no one else has. That’s why I made these cute dog & cat Valentine’s bag toppers.
Did I mention, I’m giving them to you for FREE? Everybody else will have pink and red heart themed stuff, but if you’re looking for something that stands out, I’d love for you to try these. Don’t forget to include your little one. Your littles will love filling up the bags.
I’ve made the toppers to fit a 6.5″ wide sandwich bags. I have found these work the best with bag toppers. But don’t worry – you don’t need to fill them up. It’s fine to leave plenty of space in the bag
With all the candy floating around, you can always fill them with non-sweet items. Personally, I love filling these treat bags up with Scooby Doo Graham Cracker bones. I mean, look how stinking cute they are! For the cat one, I love using Goldfish. And what kid doesn’t like goldfish. It contains the 3 major food groups of kids: neon colors, animal shapes and crunchiness!
It can be daunting to find a present for the guy who has everything. Here are 20 Valentine’s Day gifts for him as well as other tips to help find that perfect gift.
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Valentine’s Day is fun, isn’t it? I used to not really care about Valentine’s Day when I was single, but these days with two kids, it’s something I really look forward to because we actually get a date night! The thing I dislike, is trying to find a gifts for my husband. It’s not that he is picky, it’s just that he doesn’t have a lot wants. I figure many women are in the same boat! So I’m compiling 20 Valentine’s Day gifts for him based on price range.
Most men are hard to buy for, I think. They always say they dont want anything, making gift-giving even harder. Some of these gifts, I have personally bought. Hence, why I’m recommending them. Amazon is a great source for gifts especially if you have Amazon Prime.
Types of Gifts
My husband is a huge sports fan, specifically a fan of his alma mater, Ohio State. (Somewhere there is a Wolverine crying) Sadly, it’s everybody’s go-to gift for him. He never says anything, but his lackluster expression every birthday and Christmas says everything when he opens another Ohio State T-shirt or pullover. Additionally, it isn’t his only interest and it shows me how little family and friends pay attention to his hobbies.
Consider maybe gifting something different from what they are used to. Maybe encourage their curiosity in something that is of small interest.
Something They Need
When considering a gift, think about what they need. Is there something they use, they don’t like buying for themselves? For example, my husband loves Under Amour socks, but hates clothes shopping. Maybe there is something they want – a splurge or guilty pleasure (pay attention when you go shopping). If they like something while you are milling around in the store, make note of it for the next holiday.
In addition, consider getting something that is just goofy and fun. I love doing that for Valentine’s Day. I often save big expensive gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Valentine’s Day is the only time you can get away with something silly as a gift.
For example, Etsy has great, unique, custom gifts for such thing. For instance, my husband loves Ron Swanson from the t.v. show Parks and Recreation. So, I got a funny “Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness” poster to hang in his office.
Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to give something sentimental. For example, Artsy Voiceprint captures the sound wave of your voice on wood. It even has a special QR code you can scan and listen to!
A few years ago, I made a Love Book. These are so cute. You choose the title and cover. Second, you make the cartoon characters look like you. Then you choose all the pages and personalize them to tell your unique love story!
Something Old But Different
Lastly, consider a new take on an old interest. For example, my hubby is interested in woodworking. But instead of getting him another tool, I went on eBay and found vintage woodworking magazines from the 1950’s.
If you haven’t checked out Man Crates, you don’t know what you’re missing. They have a whole new take on the average gift basket. I mean, a salami bouquet? What man wouldn’t want that? They have a hot sauce sampler that looks like dynamite! The best part is that many of the man crates come in an actual wooden crate he’ll have to pry open! If they’re out of your budget you can always do what I did one year. I bought some old ammo cans on eBay and filled them up with man goodies!
Gifts Around $15
These are small gifts. Think of them as stocking stuffers or “just a thought.” Maybe a new charger to replace the frayed one or perhaps a micro screwdriver set (those darn toys always seem to need them). Lastly, maybe consider a new cookbook, like one for grilling.
Gifts Under $25
These gifts are still inexpensive, but more than just a thought. My favorite options are some team-themed glasses (Go Bucks!), portable Bluetooth speakers, etc. Additionally, if your hubby is a reader, good books fall under this price range. Also, there are all kinds of grilling accessories (salt blocks, baskets, etc) that make great gifts too.
Gifts Under $50
The $50 range is really when options start to open up. There are several man crates around this price range. Does your husband love camping? Maybe a cast iron smoker box or cast iron dutch oven for the campfire. Additionally, you could consider a portable grill for tailgating.
Gifts Under $100
In this price range, think big ticket items. Tools, high-tech gadgets, tents. I actually got my husband a meat smoker for around $100 on sale.
I hope I’ve made Valentine’s Day gift-giving a little easier and that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your honey. Make it special!
Turn up the heat at home with the super sexy, romantic Valentine’s Day Playlist.
I love Valentine’s Day. First, I’m Catholic and it’s the feast day of St. Valentine, a 3rd century saint. If you’re unfamiliar with Catholic beliefs, a feast day is a day in the liturgical calendar when Catholics venerate (honor and remember) a saint. St. Valentine was an early Italian Christian whose devotion and love for Christ led to his martyrdom. Although little of his life is reliably known, he has long been associated with love and devotion.
Secondly, I love Valentine’s because even though it has become another commercial holiday, it does remind me how blessed I am to have a loving spouse. In a busy world, it’s easy to take for granted our loved ones. But on February 14, I’m compelled to honor my husband and others whom I love.
That being said, any mama out there knows it’s so hard to have a date night with little ones. So my husband and I try to make home as romantic as possible. Therefore, we often have at-home date nights once the kids are in bed. So today I’m sharing a playlist to kindle some magic between you and your significant other!
Where to Listen
There are so many options these days to listen to curated playlists. Spotify, Pandora, and Apple iTunes. Frankly, I love Apple iTunes! Create as many playlists as you want, download as many songs as you want and you can have a family plan to share with your spouse and kids.
So I will tell you, this romantic Valentine’s Day playlist is kinda old school! But hey, some of the best songs were done years ago. But don’t worry, I’ve thrown plenty of modern stuff in there too!