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Homemade and heartfelt Valentine's Day gifts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Are you stuck on what to get someone for Valentine's Day? Instead of just buying that card and candy from the store, try something new this year.

Everyone loves gifts from the heart, and such gifts show you put work and thought into them, not just a few dollars. Here are some easy-to-make ideas to help you out.

First is a fast, simple card. Start with some plain or colored cardstock or construction paper, fold it in half and then glue one of these choices to the front: a pair of puzzle pieces (with the message "We just fit"), a king or queen of hearts playing card ("King/Queen of my heart"), red candles decorated with hearts for the flames ("You light up my life") or a matchbook with two matches inside ("We're a perfect match"). Inside, write a special, heartfelt message.

Want to tell someone how much they mean to you? Why not tell them 52 times?

Buy an inexpensive pack of playing cards, and make "52 Reasons Why I Love You." Come up with 52 things -- one for each card -- you love about the person, and write them down.

 You can take some colored paper and type or write the reasons on it and then cut and paste onto the cards, or simply write on the cards with black permanent marker. Then, punch a hole or two (one at the top and/or bottom left) in the cards, and secure them with binder rings or ribbon. It's a cute and fresh way to tell someone you love them! 

If someone you love is stressed and you want to show them some appreciation this holiday, a cute and classy present is the "Spa in a Jar." All you need are some travel-size beauty goodies (which you can find at the store for a few bucks) like soap, lotion, nail files, nail clippers, a face mask, lip balm and body scrub.

Place everything in a small or medium-sized jar like a mason jar or something similar. Then, tie it with a bow and string or paste the label "Spa in a Jar" on it, and you're done.

If you want more ideas, you can always search Pinterest. It has plenty of ideas for you to "ooh" and "ahh" over.

Remember, Valentine's Day isn't all about how much you spend; it's about how much effort you put into it. Don't buy a $400 necklace when a homemade card, dinner and present is worth so much more.


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