The 15 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts & DIY Recipes

By Ann Fulton

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Valentines Day Recipes

A little ingenuity is all that’s needed to make Valentine’s Day feel extra special. From homemade body scrub and lip balm to decadent chocolate desserts, this holiday collection offers something for everyone!  


Valentine’s Day is all about showing love to the special people in our lives. In its simplest form, food is one of the many ways we show that love all year round.

To cover all the bases, this collection adds a few useful homemade gifts to the holiday-themed food recommendations. We hope you enjoy and that it provides the inspiration needed to put your own special touch on the day!


    Easy Hand & Body Sugar Scrub

    This customizable, boutique-worthy scrub is effective, economical, and smells good enough to eat. It also makes a thoughtful gift that can be prepared in minutes.

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    Crunchy Top Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

    A delicious breakfast certainly says I love you. Don’t have fresh strawberries? Frozen berries work just as well in this satisfying breakfast, which offers make-ahead convenience and countless ways to customize.

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    (Slow Cooker) Chocolate Peanut Clusters with Sea Salt

    A big batch of these sweet treats is easy to make in your slow cooker. The portion-controlled bites are hard to resist…and perfect for sharing.

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    Pan-Seared Heart Chicken

    A few simple cuts of the knife transform a boneless, skinless chicken breast into a festive meal. Fun for Valentine’s Day…or any time! ❤️

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    Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Homemade vanilla extract requires just two ingredients — vanilla beans and alcohol — and offers a fabulous gift. Good extract takes baked goods to another level and the sweet aroma is hard to resist!

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    Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

    This hands-off recipe yields a decadent result, and Mason jar packaging makes for a sweet gift. Just add a bow. Great for drizzling on ice cream, dipping apple slices, or spreading on toast.

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    Cannellini Tomato Soup… with Grilled Cheese Croutons or Dippers

    A heart-shaped cookie cutter upgrades a simple grilled cheese to a special meal. Serve with a cup of tomato soup, which gets a protein boost from creamy cannellini beans.

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    Hershey’s Cocoa Cake

    Light, moist, and perfect for any celebration, this classic chocolate cake mixes up quickly in a single bowl with ingredients you likely have on hand. (The recipe works beautifully with a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour.)

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    Homemade Lip Balm (Happy Chappy)

    For its creamy texture and ability to effectively coat chapped lips, this homemade balm has long been my favorite chapstick. It makes a fun project and a great gift, too.

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    Homemade Hot Honey

    Hot honey is the buzz-worthy condiment that adds spicy-sweet appeal to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes. It’s easy to make at home—and cheaper than store-bought—and makes a great gift!

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    Homemade Limoncello

    Bring the Amalfi Coast to you with this easy-to-make Italian liqueur. The lightly sweet, lemony flavor is delightful as a mixer or after-dinner drink any time of year.

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    Salted Hot Fudge Sauce

    This tried-and-true chocolate sauce is thick, velvety, and strikes the right salty-sweet balance. It’s quick and easy to prepare and makes a lovely gift! (Small and big batch recipe cards included.)

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    Homemade Play Dough

    Homemade Play Dough is a snap with these simple instructions. As an added bonus, the texture is much smoother than store-bought play dough and there’s less crumby mess. Hours of fun are waiting to be had!

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    M&M Pretzel Bark

    Sometimes you want a little salty with your sweet, and Valentine-colored M&Ms make this easy treat especially festive. With just three simple ingredients, this bark is a breeze to make.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

    A popular hostess and holiday gift and a great project for kids to make for friends, Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun to bake, give, and eat. Printable labels are included!

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