How to Make Inexpensive & Thoughtful Romantic Gifts

by Bronwyn Timmons

For any gift-giving occasion, a hand-made gift conveys a more personal and sentimental tone than a purchased gift. Hand-made gifts are truly one-of-a-kind, and can help the giver express his feelings for the recipient. For romantic gift-giving occasions, such as anniversaries and Valentine's Day, there are two inexpensive and thoughtful gifts you can easily make at home for your significant other.

Items you will need

  • Unfinished wood photo frame
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Photo
  • Printed scrapbook paper
  • Three-dimensional embellishments
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Plastic CD case
  • Blank CD

Romantic Photo Frame

Paint the entire front surface of an unfinished wood photo frame with acrylic craft paint. Allow the paint to dry, then flip the frame over and paint the back.

Decorate the frame with romantic themed three-dimensional embellishments, such as paper roses, wooden hearts and colored craft gems. You may choose to decorate the entire frame, the corners, or just one side of the frame depending on personal preference.

Place your favorite photo of you and your loved one inside of the frame.

Write a personal message to your loved one on the back of the frame with a permanent marker. You might include a romantic quote, a favorite memory, a poem or an explanation of why you chose the photograph you placed inside of the frame.

Romantic Mix CD

Burn a compilation of love songs onto a blank CD. Choose songs that you and your significant other love or songs that remind you of of him.

Cut two pieces of romantic themed printed scrapbook paper that are equal in size to the front of the plastic CD case.

Write down all of the tracks you have included on the CD, along with the name of the performer, on one of the pieces of printed scrapbook paper. Open the CD case and remove the plastic backing. Place the labeled scrapbook paper face down against the plastic and securely replace the backing.

Decorate the other piece of printed scrapbook paper using thin three-dimensional embellishments such as stickers or ribbon. Slide the scrapbook paper into the front of the plastic case to create a CD cover.

Label the CD using a permanent marker and include a simple personal message to your loved one. Place the CD inside of the case before giving it to your significant other.

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