8 Twists on Traditional Valentine's Day Gifts

Put a fresh spin on the typical flowers and chocolate with these ideas.
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Traditional Valentine's Day gifts tend to get a bum rap for being cheesy and impersonal. When you really think about it, most of these gifts aren't bad — I mean, who doesn't like chocolate or flowers? — but they do feel overdone. This year, take those traditional ideas to the next level with a personalized touch. Here are eight new takes on the usual Valentine's Day gifts to try for your sweetie.

Instead of a Box of Chocolates...



...Try Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes. Sure, the typical box of chocolates is tasty, but it can also be used to make something even tastier. Whip up a batch of these Neapolitan cupcakes, and top them with your Valentine's favorite bonbons. 

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Chocolate Brownie Pudding

Pink Champagne Truffles

Cupid's Arrow Hot Chocolate

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie Truffles

Conversation Heart Cookies

Heritage Red Velvet Cake

Pie Crust Designs

Photo By: White Loft Studio

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

White-Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies

Chocolate Chai Cups

Neapolitan Cupcakes With Bonbon Toppings

Fluffy Waffles

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

Raspberry Muffins

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Coffee Shortbread

Chocolate Mint Dessert Smoothie

Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts

Cupid's Crispie Treats

Red Wine Lollipops

Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ganache-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rose Swirl Vanilla Bean Cookies

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies

Better Than Heaven Cakelette

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Heart Mints

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Tiffany-Blue Macarons

Pink Raspberry Macarons

Fondant Glitter Hearts

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Chocolate Soup

Triple Chocolate Brownies

M&M Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Petite Apple Pie

Chocolate Truffles

Creme Brulee

Photo By: Branislav Senic

Chocolate Mousse Crepes

Salted Caramel Bars

Orange and Cranberry Bread Pudding

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S'mores for Two

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Instead of a Bouquet of Flowers...

...Try a Succulent Garden. It's low maintenance and will last way longer than cut flowers. You can even get them in a heart-shaped pot for a romantic touch.

Instead of Conversation Hearts...



...Try Conversation Heart Cookies. Skip the chalky, store-bought candies and customize your own conversation heart cookies. Use a stamp-setting kit and food-safe decorating pen to create personalized messages on top of vanilla sandwich cookies.

Instead of a Stuffed Animal...

Handmade Heart Pillow

Handmade Heart Pillow

...Try a Personalized Heart-Shaped Pillow. Stuffed animals are cute, but most of us will likely just stash them away in a closet post Valentine's Day. Get the same snuggly appeal with a colorful, custom pillow that can be showcased all year round.

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Candy Necklace Valentines

Easy Hand-Knit Kids' Scarf

Heart-Shaped Phrase Pillow

String Art Heart

Paper Heart Garland/Chandelier

Glitter Champagne Flutes

Photo By: Jeff Romaniuk

DIY Takeout Treat Box

Sequin-Covered Cupid's Arrow Wreath

Photo By: Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Love Letters

Etched Wineglasses

Upcycled Heart T-Shirt Dress

Love Bugs

Heart-Shaped Wreath

Photo By: J. Muckle

Countdown Paper Chain

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

Play Dough Valentines

Pretty Paper Flowers

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His + Her Throw Pillows

Doily Treat Cup for Kids

Hand-Dyed Bouquet

Neon-Dipped Flowerpot

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel

Doily Dream Catcher

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Playful Cupcake Toppers

Instead of Heart-Shaped Jewelry...



Try Heart-Shaped String Art. For the Valentine who already has plenty of bling, try adding some sparkle to her home with this easy DIY string art. Metallic thread against a bright pink backdrop makes a major statement.

Instead of a Store-Bought Card...



...Try a Handmade Card. Get crafty and decorate cardstock with Scrabble tiles, Bingo boards, glitter and more. If it doesn't turn out perfect, that just adds to the charm. Browse the gallery below to find more DIY card ideas.

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Sweet Turtle Shell

Candy Necklaces

Cupid's Arrow

Photo By: Kori Clark

Made From Scratch

Covered in Glitter

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Get Creative

Biggest Fan

Play Dough Hearts

Be Mine

Photo By: Kori Clark

Bejeweled Hearts

Love Birds

Instead of Store-Bought Valentines...



...Try Homemade Play Dough Valentines. The kids will love helping you make these fun Valentines that are sure to impress their friends and classmates.

Instead of a Spa Gift Card...



Photo by: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Kimberly Finkel Davis

...Try a Romantic At-Home Spa Day. Everyone loves a day at the spa, but for something a bit more personal, try setting up a romantic spa date at home. Pull out all the stops with candles, essential oils, cucumber water and light snacks.

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Setting the Mood

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Roses Aren't Always Red

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Rose Water

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Stay-Home Essentials

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Tension Tamer

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Happy and Hydrated

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Fresh and Clean

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Veggie Rejuvenation

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Nature's Antioxidant

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Sit Back & Relax

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