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Valentine’s and Anti-Valentine’s Day Gifts

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lafayette chapter.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, sappy and heartfelt gifts are the new wave. Although the traditional chocolates and flowers are always appreciated, surprising your loved one with an unexpected, sentimental gift will help express how much you care. 


For the World Traveller: Handmade Snow Globe

These handcrafted snow globes are just as fun to make as they are to shake, and the added sentimental value enhances this crafty gift. Begin with a mason jar and fill the snow globe with the desired laminated photo or figurine. If you do not have a mason jar, a glass container of any kind will do the trick. For a smaller snow globe, baby food containers provide the perfect shape. Adhere the picture with hot glue to ensure the photo or figurine remains in an upright position. Add in confetti, fake snow or glitter to spice up the globe!


For the Sentimental Type: Many of us lead busy lives, making it difficult to spend as much time with our loved ones as we would like. To remind our significant other or loved one that we care, create popsicle sticks with personalized “for when” messages. This can remind them of the fond memories you share when you aren’t physically close enough to tell them. For these messages, you can use popsicle sticks, index cards or even a card stack. On one side of either the card or popsicle stick, write “for when” and then the desired mood. For example, “for when you are sad.” Then the other side should include a personalized message to raise the spirits of your loved one or make them smile. The popsicle sticks can also be used for cute date ideas or restaurants when you can’t decide where to go or what to do! You can store the sticks in a decorated mason jar with photos, doodles, and stickers.            

Instead of going out and purchasing a card, create a card with cutouts of letters from your loved one’s favorite magazine.                                                                                                   


For the One Who Can’t Relax: Spa Kit and Personalized Playlist

Valentine’s Day should be a day of relaxation, and you don’t have to go to the spa to get the whole experience. Instead create a more private bonding experience by gifting a personalized spa kit, filled with essential oils, candles, face masks, facial and body scrubs, fuzzy socks, and lotions to bring the spa to your house. Pair this kit with a playlist capturing their favorite tunes, with songs like “Love Songs” by Kaash Paige, “Missing You Crazy” by Russ, “Bones” by Galantis and  “Joy” by Bastille.


For You and Your Single Best Friend: Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. You can share it with close friends and family, too. For those who just got out of a serious relationship and have some anger to release, you can purchase an Anti-Valentine’s Day pinata or even a pinata with a photo of something that reminded you of that past relationship (faces of ex-lovers is an acceptable choice!!) and engage in a night of fun and freedom. 

Cookies are also an essential part of Anti-Valentine’s Day. To align with the rest of the night’s festivities and mood, they can include cute words and messages describing the group’s feelings on the day. 

Everyone loves coffee, tea or hot chocolate, so mugs are an ideal gift for any friend or family member. For those who don’t love Valentine’s Day, mugs with quirky words of wisdom are a win. Start their mornings off with these poetic words of insight. 


Valentine’s Day can be a day of celebration for people in all types of relationships, including those who are single. Life’s too short not to commemorate every holiday and make memories with the people you care about, even if you aren’t in a romantic relationship.

Lindsey Kupcho

Lafayette '23

lover of animals, travel and food
Huge bagels and Soundcloud enthusiast.