Flowers and chocolates: the quintessential romantic gifts, but it’s sometimes good to break the mould and go for something a little quirkier. Homemade presents are the perfect way to keep your gift-giving fresh and exciting: they show that a lot of care and effort went into the gift, making them even more wonderful to receive than a more traditional present.
Baking is a fun way to spend an afternoon, and it’s made even better when you wind up with a delicious treat to gift your partner at the end of it. Is your wife a big cheesecake fan? Does your husband always order second servings of chocolate fudge cake? Hunt out some delicious replicas of their favourite desserts online and whip up your own version in the kitchen.
If you’re not sure what your partner would like best, you can’t go wrong with the classics: warm, freshly-baked cookies, or cutely-decorated cupcakes.
Make a 21st century mix-tape
A romantic mix-tape was every 70s’ teenagers favourite way to demonstrate their affections to their high school crush. Compiling a romantic mix of your partners favourite songs, of songs that hold romantic meaning for you both, or of songs with lyrics that remind you of them, is a lovely (and inexpensive way) to show them some appreciation. You can easily make a playlist using Spotify, or audio downloads.
Cook a romantic meal
Cooking a special meal with some wonderful ingredients can be a lovely way to treat your partner. Explore cookbooks and online blogs, and find something totally unique that you’ve never made before. Experiment with intriguing, exciting ingredients that can liven up a duller dish.
As well as investing in rich, exciting ingredients, you can set the tone and arrange a romantic ambience for your home cooked meal; setting the table with candles, cute table-linen, and flowers, will go a long way in making the evening feel romantic and special.
Make a homemade gift basket
Homemade gift baskets are a sweet way to show your affection, Out of Stress demonstrates how you can put one together:
“Homemade gift baskets are fun to put together and can include anything that will fit into the container you have chosen.. This can be a basket, box, tin, pail or any other receptacle. Any of the ideas for homemade gifts previously listed can be put into the basket along with such things as favorite chocolates or candy, theater tickets, love letters, love poems (your own or copied), week-end break reservation paperwork and home baked cookies cut into hearts or decorated to say I love you”.
Homemade gifts can be a great way to shake up your gift-giving, allowing you to gift presents that are original, unique, and tailored to your partner.