Posts Tagged ‘valentine’s day’

When we think of Valentine’s Day gifts, we always think of: boxes of chocolate, flowers, stuffed animals, and maybe a nice dinner out. These are the standard gift, wouldn’t you agree? Once in a while, someone will really go the extra mile and purchase their valentine a fine gem (these are the kind of valentines that you want to keep around!). Fact is, Valentine’s Day gifts have been become extremely generic and lackluster.

So why not shake it up? Bring fun and creativity back to Valentine’s Day gifts! The following are a few ideas I had for memorable gifts:

Dance Lessons: perhaps salsa or tango?

A scrapbook, capturing the images of your wonderful relationship.

Tickets to a musical concert, speaker, or special production.

A road trip in which you travel around your area for the day, exploring various stores and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

However, I took the crafty approach and decided to make my valentine a picture that they could have forever. The basic idea is something that you could recreate from any graphic image you find online. For mine, I found the image of a pair of lips (puckered up of course!), blew it up on the page (without distorting it), and set it to fifty percent opacity. That way, when I went to go write on the image later, you could see the text clearly. I printed the image on quality card stock (thicker paper) and stenciled out what I wanted to say in pencil. That way, if I made a mistake, I could still alter it! I chose to write “love” in three different languages: English, German, and French. For your picture, you could use other languages, you could write “I love you”, or you can use a memorable quote. I chose to glitter “love” in my picture because I wanted that to the prominent feature of the picture, while the other two were written in red ink. Putting the finished product in a silver frame, kept it modern and timeless. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your lover with a unique, creative, and memorable gift!

How about you make your own Valentine’s Day card?

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Love is in the Air

Posted: February 13, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Homemade Valentine cards are just the right touch to let your significant other know you care

Inadvertently, year after year, we find ourselves scouring through the card racks at Hallmark searching for the “perfect” Valentine’s Day card. While these cliché cards are cute and suiting for the situation, what happened to making your own?

What many fail to realize is that making your own card is actually cheaper and shows the other person that you really thought about them. In the time that it would take you to scour the card rack at Hallmark, you could have made your own!

Here’s how I made mine:

Sparkle Kiss: Who doesn’t want to receive a kiss on Valentine’s Day? I found the image of kiss marks online, copied them to a text document (you could also use Photoshop) and scattered them on the page. Print it out, glitter as many of the lips as you like, although just one set makes it really “pop.” I chose to write “kisses” along the edge of the smaller card and added “pucker up” and “xoxo” to the larger card.

(Time to complete: 10 minutes)

Hearts galore: Keeping the Valentine’s Day color palette in mind, I utilized white, red, and pink construction paper to make these cards. The hearts were simply constructed by folding a small piece of scrap paper in half and cutting a half-a-heart shape out. Open it up and you have a perfectly symmetrical heart! When you have cut out enough hearts, arrange them any way you like on your card and feel free to glitter one for a little extra pizzaz!

(Time to complete: 5 minutes)

The creativity doesn’t have to stop there! You could make a card and draw a bouquet of flowers on it or make a card with a photo of you and your lover on the front. Anyway you create it, no matter how much time or effort you put in to it, the other person will most definitely be impressed by your efforts and thoughtfulness! Remember, the more effort you put in, the sweeter the reward for you will be!

Wanna spice up your last minute v-day gift?

FYI, the scroll ball is supposed to look like a clitoris and there is a button in the middle. Pretty happy I didn’t get this for Valentine’s Day.

[via Gizmodo]

~Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

Taylor Swift, I don’t even know where to start. I used to love you. Yes, shamefully I was just as obsessed with T. Swift like every other teenage girl. The problem is, that I grew up and Swift has remained the same. While I can still jam out to “Teardrops On My Guitar,” I’m tired of her same old routine.

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Oh Josh Ritter, I'll be your Northern Lights

This week’s edition of Music Monday is featuring a tribute to Valentine’s Day, but we’re bringing you two playlists. We can either be the assholes that hate Valentine’s Day or the saps that love it, so here’s both because there is no winning either way. Even if we ignore it, we still look like dicks. So fuck you Valentine’s Day for putting us in this awful position (but don’t leave us because for this one day only, we’ll love you). So here’s part one: “Love Songs that Don’t Make Us Want to Vomit.”

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"Real Girls"...Krystie and Molly getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day in February of 1996.

"Real Girls"...Krystie and Molly getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day in February of 1996.

I have officially decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day, after much thought and analysis, but I’m doing it up a little differently this year.

You can still celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way—honor the love you share with your favorite family member or an old friend. It’s not a requirement that you be in a serious relationship or even in love to take part in this historically sexist holiday.

Instead of writing someone a mushy love note and buying a super cheesy box of chocolates, I want to take some time to write a different kind of love letter—a note to my best friend, Molly. I want to encourage people not to give in to the sucky, Valentine’s Day clichés decided by Hallmark, Hershey’s, and 1800flowers.com–find your own way of embracing love. Here’s mine:

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So once again, I will be valentine-less this February the 14th. But hey, why not go out and see this romantic comedy with the girls? And then if one of them is attached, tell her to go screw herself. And then possibly her boyfriend.


I have never seen so many big names in one production–can we say, all-star cast? We’ve got Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, and Queen Latifah, to name a few. Oh, and don’t forget Taylor Swift and her ever-dreamy boyfriend Taylor Lautner (Yes, New Moon surely has turned me to Team Jacob). (more…)