With the kind of year we’ve had, finding ways to include that personal touch has become all the more important. Whether you plan to drop off sweets on doorsteps or even host a socially-distanced Valentine’s exchange, these heartfelt gifts deliver.
It doesn’t hurt that they’re inexpensive and super-simple to make.
Treat your sweetie: 11 edible & easy Valentine’s gift ideas
Forget the store-bought candy this year and send a DIY goodie instead:
1. Brownies in a jar.
Take your favorite brownie recipe, layer it up all nice in a Mason jar, and add a cute tag with instructions and a personalized message. You can also use this fudge-brownie-mix-in-a-jar recipe as a helpful guideline.
2. Chocolate-covered Oreos.
An easy but a goodie: Dip any kind of Oreo in melted white or milk chocolate, drizzle, decorate, and display in a box or bag. To make Oreo pops, just insert popsicle sticks before dipping.
3. Cupcake bouquet.
Purchase or make your preferred type of cupcakes and leave them unfrosted. Then use this clever tutorial to affix the cupcakes to a Styrofoam ball and decorate them like a beautiful bunch of roses.
4. Cupid Crunch.
Be warned: This is a highly addicting (and highly affordable) everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of Valentine’s recipe. Divvy it up in some treat bags from the dollar store and send them to school with your kiddos.
5. Decked-out donuts.
Buy a dozen glazed donuts and then go crazy: Dress them up with more frosting (preferably, pink), festive sprinkles, candy hearts, or even an Oreo.
6. Heart-shaped cookies.
Do it the easy way with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and premade cookie dough. Or, use this surprisingly simple 20-minute sugar cookie and icing recipe.
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7. No-bake strawberry fudge.
Amazingly, this strawberry fudge requires only two ingredients. And you don’t even have to go near an oven. Strawberry frosting + white melting chocolate = Yes, please.
8. Red velvet hot cocoa mix.
Take inspo from the brownie in the jar and layer up this decadent red velvet hot chocolate recipe. You could also gift the dry mix in a red paper sack with instructions or leave the prepared hot drink on the porch of a special someone.
9. Strawberry brownie kabobs.
Consider this one a stroke of genius: It’s simple and delicious and hardly looks like a last-minute Valentine’s treat. Just stack strawberries, marshmallows, brownie bites, and any other sweets on a skewer and drizzle with chocolate.
10. Valentine’s popcorn.
It’s so much easier than it looks. (Don’t you love when that happens?) Make a big batch with popcorn, marshmallows, Valentine’s M&Ms, and melted white chocolate to portion out for friends.
11. XO Rice Krispies treats.
A sweet twist on an old favorite: Make Rice Krispies treats, but instead of pouring them into a pan to cool, shape them into Xs, Os, and whatever else your heart desires. Up the ante with red food coloring.
Roses are red, violets are blue.
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