A romantic gift for a guy can be hard to find, especially if he’s not really into all the soppy heart stuff. But if you want to smuggle that heart touch of romance into a really practical gift that he’ll appreciate (if he’s a woodworking type), this set of chisels from Stanley might be just the job.
It’s a good quality version of a classic design, (the Sweetheart series, see the subtle romantic allusion!) with hornbeam wood handles and high carbon chromium steel. And for the romantic in you there is a heart shaped logo on the handle!
Stanley 16-791 Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisel 4 Piece Setis a set of four chisels that currently costs $97.94, down from $158.60 at Amazon. A bargain for the quality!
Just looking at this pretty assortment of heart shaped buttons is enough to inspire a whole host of craft ideas, especially with spring in the air and Easter approaching.
Give them to the kids to make cards with, sew them onto your Easter bonnets, decorate clothes or make them into necklaces.
The buttons are made of wood, painted with a variety of patterns and measure about 2 cm / 0.8 inches across.
At $7.52 for a pack of 100 buttons they are inexpensive, cheerful and fun to use. YARUIE 2 Holes Assorted Pattern Heart Wood Sewing Buttons Scrapbooking Burlywood (Pack of 100) available from Amazon.
A heart hole punch – essential romantic tool or waste of office space? I’m not sure whether I would buy this just for Valentine’s Day, unless I had a whole class full of small kids to entertain, but it could be fun to have around to liven up office life, or even just for the heart shape confetti it produces as cut out leftovers.
On second thoughts it could be just the thing for a wedding to punch holes for ribbon threading in menus or programmes and I’m sure there are many other creative uses we could come up with. What do you think would be a good use for it?
Suck UK Heart Hole Punch (SK HEARTPUNCH1)available from Amazon.com costs $15
These wooden heart buttons are so pretty that I’d be tempted not to use them for sewing at all, but to frame them exactly as they are.
Or use them as decorations rather than buttons or part of an embroidery project. Let them start off a creative impulse of a flowery variety. Off course they would also look great as part of a sewing project.
There are 20 buttons in the set, in a random mix of colourful flower designs each measuring about 17mm or 2/3 inch across.
They are for sale on Etsy by Rainbow Lollies for $5.50 the set.
On an impulse I searched for heart fabrics today and turned up an inspiring selection of very different patterns, all at Hawthorne Threads. There’s something for everyone.
A very sweet and delicate heart design called Sweet Hearts in Bloom designed by Michael Miller.
The warm and bright Hearts in Chocolate from Robert Kaufman.
Elegant and curvy Scroll hearts in Turquoise designed by Sarah Watts
Or the completely offbeat and funky Lonely Hearts Ads from Timeless Treasures. What would you make with this?
They all retail at between $8.95 and $9.95 per yard and there are a whole lot more patterns besides, almost too much to choose from.
Such a simple thing yet it can be so hard to find nice ones – these red heart paper doilies would be great for presenting all sorts of treats, for kids’ parties or for romantic occasions.
They are well made and don’t leak color. Each pack contains 24 doilies and they measure 6 inches across.
Fox Run 6-Inch Red Heart Paper Doilies, 24 Per Pack cost $4.20 from Amazon.
Cute heart shape, groovy colors, these hand-made ceramic buttons are irresistible. Don’t think of them just in terms of sewing and knitting. There’s so much more you can do with buttons this pretty!
How about stringing a few of them into a necklace?
Or sewing one into the center of textured hand-made paper for an individual Valentine’s Day card?
Giving them to the kids for Valentine’s Day crafts, or using them to make an unusual tie for a special package?
There are many more colors and designs to choose from and you can even commission your own bespoke buttons if you don’t find exactly what you want. They are hand made in the UK, shipped worldwide.
These heart buttons pictured cost GBP 1.20 each from The Queen of Buttons.
Pretty, hand-made, affordable and individual, these blown glass beads are full of possibilities: as little Valentine’s gifts for kids, craft materials to make your own heart jewelry, Valentine’s party favors , the list is as long as your imagination!
The heart beads measure 16mm or 2/3 inch across and come in packs of 5. With the feel of Venetian glass their rich swirls of colour and gold are perfect for making inexpensive gifts that don’t look cheap!
If you are giving them to your kids to give out at school, just make sure that their friends know they are glass beads not candy! Perhaps it would be a good idea to string each one onto red ribbon or gold thread to make little pendants and avoid confusion!
16mm Red with Gold Foil Small Heart Blown Glass Beadspacket of 5 beads costs $3.99 from Goody Beads through Amazon
How about these cute heart paperclips for a fun idea. Adding a touch of kitsch whimsy to wedding invitations, or kids birthday party invites, or to take to school on Valentine’s day and share with all your friends, there are endless ways to use them.
Maybe you could even clip them together for a heart necklace! They come in a box of 50 mixed pink and red and are about 1” long.
Tip: Add them into a larger order on Amazon so you get free delivery or the shipping will make them less than affordable.
Kikkerland Heart Paper Clips, Box of 50, Pink/Red (PC14) costs $5.99 from Amazon
This pillow is enough to grab anyone’s attention, with its gorgeous orange cotton cover setting off the exquisite heart embroidery.
The embroidery is created with an old Russian technique called punchneedle or thread painting. It has a delightful effect adding intensity of the colorful design. Perfect to add a splash of color to any interior.
Costs $30 from indulgentcreations at Etsy.