This is for those of you out there who are still scratching your head about what to give your Valentine, and for those of you who may not have a lot in the budget for frivolous gifts this year. Take heart, and remember, the best ways to say “I love you” don’t come from the candy-laden aisles at Wal-mart, but from the heart. And letting someone know that you took the time & effort to be creative just for them can mean more than you could imagine. And it’s totally ok to get your ideas from someone else. I do it all the time. Here are a few last minute ideas that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I’m putting them out here in case you need to borrow them.Heart-shaped PB&J’s

Don’t forget your cookie cutters aren’t just for cookies. Use them to cut some hearts out of bread for sandwiches for your sweethearts. Cut a smaller heart on the top piece to let the strawberry jelly show through. My kids LOVE it when I make their sandwiches like this. Works great for toast, too!

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallow Hearts

I honestly can’t remember where I first saw this idea. Maybe it was Martha, maybe it was a magazine, but either way, it’s easy & fun & your Valentine will love it. Create these little hearts by starting with a jumbo marshmallow. Use some clean scissors to cut it in half to give you 2 discs.

Next, cut the bottom of the disc into a “V” shape as pictured:

And lastly, cut a small “V” at the top to finish it off.

Add these to your favorite hot chocolate & you’re sure to get a smile. Click here to get a recipe for a yummy homemade version of a hot cocoa you’ll love.

Your Undivided Attention

This may be the single greatest gift you can give to your Valentine, no matter who they are. We have arrived at a point in time where there are more things than ever that compete for our attention. TV, video games, internet, and phones are just a few of them. It’s quite possible that the most romantic thing you could say to your Valentine is “My phone is off for you.” You could spend $15 & buy this service-blocking hanky from Uncommon Goods to wrap your phone in during a romantic Valentine’s dinner…

Or, you could simply turn off your electronic addictions & give someone your undivided attention this Valentine’s Day. They’ll love you for it.

I hope these ideas help you out. I’ll be sharing them with a few of these sites.

Happy Valentine’s Day!