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5 DIY / Low-Cost Valentine’s Gifts for Millennials



With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, this is probably a good time to start thinking about what you’re going to get your significant other. If you’re looking for gifts that won’t break the bank, maybe you’ll have some luck here.

Full disclosure; these are not the most romantic gifts. I’m not a very romantic person, but you will be able to tweak most of these to make them more suited for Valentine’s.

Also note; this post may contain affiliate links. It in no way changes my opinion of the item.

Cornhole Set


This is the perfect gift if your special someone likes the outdoors and camping. If you like to have BBQ’s in the summertime, you’ll be glad you got this for your partner.

This is actually what I did for my boyfriend’s birthday and he loved it! I purchased a regulation set of unfinished Cornhole boards ($89), and we spent the hottest weekend of the year finishing them outside. There’s even a stencil of our dog on them!

You can make them more romantic, obviously, than putting your dog or cat on them. Perhaps a stencil of your wedding date? The possibilities are endless.

Unfinished – still fun to play like this!

The whole thing took maybe about 16 hours over the course of a weekend. It probably would have been quicker if we had done it on days when it wasn’t 110 degrees outside. But at least I lost a good three pounds.

I finished them with leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint and standard polyurethane.

Finished product! This beats any store-bought gift.

Sure, this is definitely not the cheapest thing on the list, but this is a gift that my boyfriend cherishes. We spent hours and hours for the rest of the summer playing this game, and it helped bring us closer together.

Art or Photo Print


Are you artistic? Is your partner artistic? Do you have great photography skills? I have a few options for you here.

If you (or your hubby) like to draw, paint, etc. – you can easily have your artwork made into a high-quality print.  You could have your partner’s work made into a gorgeous print!

I made this pen and ink into an art print from IPrintFromHome and I couldn’t be more impressed.

For a time I made art prints using IPrintFromHome of my own art. They aren’t the cheapest, but the quality is amazing. You send them your artwork/photography through an app that you download onto a desktop. From there you choose the size and type of print you would like. It’s so easy and user-friendly, I highly recommend them. They are also extremely quick to ship!

This print is huge and it came from CanvasDiscount for only $30!

I also recommend for custom canvases. I was able to get two 36×48 canvases of my iPhone photos for $30 each on Black Friday! That’s incredible! See below:

Beer Bottle Drinking Glass


If your significant other loves beer, this is a great and very cheap DIY project you can do while they run out to the store. I found a nice tutorial here. I personally haven’t made these because we have enough drinking glasses.

Even if you have enough drinking glasses, you can easily find countless DIY gifts on the web related to drinking. You can spoil the lush in your life with any of these; from homemade wine racks to extravagant decanters.

Finish Furniture from the Thrift Store


Look at this gorgeous table I finished:

I painted this gorgeous piece with Annie Sloan’s “Aubusson Blue” paint and actually sold it, but it would have been a great gift to my boyfriend who needed a new side table at the time.

Think about whether your significant other needs any bit of furniture. Do they need some storage for their books or figurines? Do they need a new desk? Would your partner appreciate a little whiskey bar?

Shop around at your local thrift stores and flea markets. You can turn a piece into a piece of art with just some paint and wax like I did.

DIY Beard Oil


This seems to be the new trend! Everywhere you look there are beard oils for men! You can buy them for anywhere between $10-$100.

You could also make it yourself for that extra little touch, and there are a lot of recipes across the internet.  Here’s a recipe for beard oil that I found.

If you don’t have the oils, you can buy them at the links below. This will not be cheaper than buying the beard oil pre-made, but it will add that little bit of love from you.

Jojoba oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Cedarwood Oil
Sandalwood Oil

What do you think of these ideas? Have you made your own beard oil? What other DIY gifts have you made in the past?  Let me know in the comments below!




  1. Suzanne

    Awe these are all such great ideas for affordable gift giving on Valentine’s Day!


    02 . Feb . 2017
  2. Lynnette

    I really like the cornhole idea!

    02 . Feb . 2017
  3. Stephanie

    These are great ideas!!

    02 . Feb . 2017
  4. Stephanie

    Great ideas for those on a budget!

    02 . Feb . 2017
  5. Kwan Hopkins

    I already make my hubby a diy coconut oil mixture for his face and head. (He’s bald!) But he loves beer so that glass idea would be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    03 . Feb . 2017
    • Sparkly

      What a great idea, I’m going to have to look up more recipes! Thank you for your thoughts!

      04 . Feb . 2017

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