Surprise Your Valentine with a Smile Jar this Valentine’s Day!

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If you are looking for a sentimental gift for Valentine’s Day, check out our Smile Jar. This is a great gift for kids, teens, your sweetheart and more! We’ve just taken a small jar and filled it with notes that begin with “you make me smile…” Use some decorative scrapbook paper and/or a paper die cutter to make your own notes or purchase pre-printed notes if you are short on time.

This is a great way to show your recipient how much you care about them and all the little things you love about them. Your recipient will appreciate the sentiments when they are having a bad day or just need a pick-me-up!

This is also a fun family activity to do at dinnertime. Leave some blank notes and pens on the dinner table and add smile thoughts to the jar during your dinner conversation.

If you try this project, give us a shout out by tagging @giftingexperts with the #smile!

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Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day with Confetti Heart Cookies…

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If you need a quick gift for neighbors, teachers, etc., this is the project for you. We’ve made it super simple using pre-made cookie dough. This project takes under an hour and makes for a pretty presentation.

You’ll need:
Pre-made Sugar Cookie Dough (or make your own if preferred)
Red Food Coloring
Heart Cookie Cutters
Wilton Micro Heart Sprinkles

Divide Cookie Dough in half. If using the pre-portioned cookies (like below), divide the tray in half (12 and 12). Use red food coloring to color half of the cookie dough. Mix the natural dough and the red dough together to create a pink tie-dye effect. (If you would rather have natural cookies, skip the food coloring. If you want vibrant red cookies, color all of the dough with red food coloring to your desired shade.)

Roll out the cookie dough and flour as needed. Sprinkle the entire top of the dough liberally with the Wilton Micro Heart Sprinkles (Walmart or Amazon). Take your rolling pin and roll over the sprinkles so they sink into the dough a little bit. Then use heart cutters to cut out various sizes of hearts. Tip: If you have trouble keeping your hearts in their heart shape, roll out dough on a piece of parchment or baking mat directly on your cookie sheet. Simply remove dough around each heart so you won’t have to transfer the hearts themselves. It will keep your hearts in perfect shape and evenly spaced.

Bake your cookies according to package/baking instructions. Once cooled add cookies to a clear cellophane bag. Optional: add an outer clear bag and fill bottom with the micro heart sprinkles. This adds a pretty element to the bottom of the bag without the sprinkles getting all over the cookies. Tie bag with decorative ribbon and gift!

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Treat Your Kids to a Family Movie Night This Valentine’s Day!

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Spending Valentine’s Day with your kids this year? Make Valentine’s Day fun by having a family movie night! After you’ve rented some movies, try your hand at our DIY that is sure to be a hit!

You’ll need the following supplies:
Plastic Heart Cups
Krazy Straws
Glitter Heart Picks
Painted Wood Die Cuts (Michaels)
Popcorn
Chalkboard Labels
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Heart Ribbon
Silver Sharpee or Chalkboard Marker

Pop some popcorn and divide into 4 cups (1 standard bag filled our 4 cups). Take your painted wood die cut (there are several designs available for under $1.00 at Michaels) and scotch tape the top of a krazy straw to the back of your selected die cut. Place the krazy straw/die cut into the popcorn filled cup. Then place a couple of glitter heart picks into the popcorn. Write a message on a chalkboard label using a silver sharpee or chalkboard marker and place around straw or pick. Optional: add some heart ribbon to the cup for extra decoration.

This is a great gift that can be personalized to each child. Also great if you are the one babysitting on Valentine’s Day! The cups, straws and die cuts can all be reused as well. Don’t have popcorn? Fill the cups with animal crackers, M&M’s or goldfish crackers.

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DIY Valentine Gift: You Are the Sugar To My Tea… FREE PRINTABLE!

pink_sugar_hearts_DIY_ValentineThis is a great gift for all of the tea lovers on your Valentine’s Day list. The project is simple to make, requires very little ingredients and is a gift your recipient will use on their daily tea break!

You will need:
Wilton Candy Heart Mold (Michaels / $1.99)
1/2 cup of sugar (makes 18-20 hearts)
1/2 Blood Orange (for pink coloring)
Canvas Heart Favor Bags (Michaels / 4 for $3.00)
Clear Cellophane or Ziploc Sandwich Bag
Our Free Printable “You Are the Sugar to My Tea”
optional…
Individual Tea Bags
Red Hots or Sprinkles

Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with juice from 1/2 of a blood orange. Blood oranges have a sweet taste and will create a pink stain to your sugar. (Tip: Blood oranges also stain anything in their path, be careful not to stain clothing, counter tops, etc.) Once sugar is completely pink, and the consistency is similar to wet sand, place the mixture in each heart mold. Optional: Place red hots or sprinkles in the bottom of the heart mold to add more design and flavor to the sugar hearts. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to pack sugar so the mold is completely full without air bubbles.

Place heart mold into the freezer for a couple of hours for the hearts to become solid and easily pop out of mold. For best results allow the hearts to dry in room temperature for 24 hours after removing from the freezer. This will help prevent hearts from breaking and crumbling.

After hearts are solid, insert them into a clear cellophane bag and then into the heart canvas bag. Attach our free printable tag to the drawstring and gift to your favorite tea lover!

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Perfect Valentine Gift for Teachers, Friends, Daughters and Nieces for under $5.00!

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diy_valentine_owl_gift_under_5We are excited to bring you a whole series of Valentine’s Day card and gift ideas. Our first gift idea is under $5.00 and all of the products can be found in the same section at Joann Fabrics. They have a great stationery, planner, accessory line by Studio 112 with tons of coordinating accessories that is sure to be one of your go to gifts.

The line is well designed and each package of goodies only costs $1.00! We chose the owl/fox pillow boxes. pink/white baker’s twine, pink chipboard tags, great idea adhesive notes and flag adhesive notes. There are tons of options (see pic below) in great color schemes.

This project is so easy, if you can shop, you can put it together! Simply fill your pillow box with adhesive notes (tip: you may have to remove the top adhesive note and stick it to the back since the pad of notes is sticky on the back, this will keep your adhesive notes from sticking together). Fold in the flaps of the pillow box, we love the little feet on the bottom! Then, simply wrap the twine around the pillow box a few times and feed the ends of the twine through one of the chipboard tags. Tie a knot and clip the ends.

You can easily add in a few pieces of candy, stickers or small trinket. (tip: use the pillow box as a guide to know what will fit and what won’t!) The line also includes coordinating letter stickers if you want to personalize the gift to your recipient’s name. You could also include a fun color gel pen in your recipient’s favorite color through the twine on the back.

Are you going to try this project? Please tag us @giftingexperts or #giftingexperts so we can share with our followers via our social media! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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Organize Positive Thoughts with the Passion Planner

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Daily planners are all the rage from DIY to over the top expensive kits that come with a menagerie of washi tape, personalized covers and color coated pens. We recently ran across the Passion Planner and love the inspiration behind it!

The Passion Planner has a different focus than traditional planners…

  1. Define your ideal life and get there: Define your ideal life AND then create your own a step by step map to get you there with the Passion Planning Process
  2. Balance: Space for both personal and work projects and tasks
  3. Prioritize: Prompts you to pick one thing every day, week and month to focus on
  4. Focus on the positive: Every week there is a section dedicated just to write down “Good things that happened”

It has a beautiful faux leather cover, 2 size options and only $25+ for 190 motivational pages! Visit PassionPlanner.com to get yours…

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