Glass Heart Bottle For Creative Favors

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glass heart jarThis cute little heart-shaped glass bottle could be used for so many things. Fill it with jelly beans for kids’ Valentine’s Day favors; glass beads and jewellery thread for a fun birthday gift; or use it to hold flowers at every place at a wedding reception. It’s only small, measuring 3.25 inches, so the cuteness factor probably outweighs the usefulness, but cute generally wins out for wedding and party favors anyway.

At only $2.25 each the heart glass bottles are very affordable and a great boost to creative ideas for all sorts of gifts. I’m thinking of using them for little Christmas jars of preserves, lemon curd or marmalade, once I’ve worked out a way of sealing them properly.

Heart Shaped Glass Jar Favor Bottle with Cork 3.25″, 1-pack is available from Amazon. Delivery costs more than the bottle itself, so it makes sense to order a whole bunch, or make it part of another order.

Pretty Wood Heart Buttons

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wood heart buttonsJust 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.

Heart Patterned Rubber Duck

rubber duck with heartsFrom the sublime to the ridiculous, but if you want a cute and funny love gift for Easter, why not?!

Rubber ducks always appeal to the child in us, as do little red hearts, so this is bound to be a winner, especially if you package it up with some good quality chocolate eggs, or any good chocolate for that matter.

This Bath Duck – Love Duck White is a steal at $3.99 from Underground Kulture via Amazon.

Heart Chalkboard Stickers

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chalkboard-heart-stickersIf you’re putting together a last minute Valentine’s Day event for kids or adults, these chalkboard stickers in a heart shape would be a fun way of adding a crafty touch of romance.

Use them for labeling glasses, place names or goody bags and write whatever suits the occasion. They wipe clean and can be used again and again. Perhaps they could be the basis of a party game.

Each sticker measures 3″x2.5″ and there are 12 in the set.

Heart Chalk Labels – 12 Chalkboard Labels Hearts – Chalkboard Stickers for Organizing, Weddings and Morecost $10.95 from The Vinyl Wall via Amazon and can be delivered next day, so there’s still time!

A Heart Box of KitKats

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Valentines heart box of KitKatsI have a nostalgic fondness for KitKats and have always loved the bold red packaging. This heart box of miniature KitKats would make a fun Valentine’s gift for a teenager or an older child, or to take to school and share out in the classroom on Valentine’s Day.

The heart box could also be a romantic gift for grown girls who love the retro look and of course love KitKats! It’s a sturdy box with a generous filling of miniature KitKat bars.

And it’s an affordable Valentine’s gift at $5.24 from Amazon. Kit Kat Valentine’s Miniatures, 8 Ounce Heart Box

Crystal Hearts – Gifts With Wonderful Energy

crystal heartsCrystal hearts have such a wonderful energy that they make great gifts for all sorts of occasions. Children love them – so think of them as stocking fillers, unusual party gifts or collectibles. Adults enjoy them too, so smooth and tactile and pretty to look at, so they would make unusual wedding favours and loving tokens of affection.

Crystal Age offers heart shapes in all sorts of different crystals, from rose quartz (pictured), to red jasper, orange carnelian, onyx, sodalite and many more. Each crystal has different energetic properties, so if you are interested in that aspect rather than just prettiness, read up on their qualities before making your selection.

These crystal hearts are available from Crystal Age, based in the UK and there is worldwide shipping available. Rose quartz hearts cost from £1.99 to £59.99 depending on size.

Heart Cookie Cutters for Valentine’s Day Treats

heart-cookie-cuttersIf you’re racking your brains to come up with fun Valentine’s gifts for your kids to take to school, there’s an easy and fun solution. Bake your own!

The kids will have fun baking them, even more decorating them and their friends will enjoy eating them too. Plenty of mess but no waste!

These cookie cutters are a great investment as you can use them for all sorts of baking all year round: for birthday parties and anniversaries too.

Here’s a cookie recipe to go with the cookie cutters that is easy and delicious, plain enough to smother with frosting but tasty enough to eat plain for adults with a less than sweet tooth.

Ateco Graduated Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 6 currently cost $10.26 from Amazon.

A Heart Shaped Hole Punch

heart-hole-punchA 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

Eco-Friendly PInk Heart Musical Jewelry Box

Recycled fiber heart musical jewelry boxWhat do you give a pink princess for her birthday if you are yourself a green goddess?

Most of the pink paraphernalia on sale these days is not very eco-friendly: pink plastic, sparkly plastic, all non-bio-degradable and destined for the landfill. But if her heart yearns for a musical jewelry box, pink of course, here is a reasonably eco-friendly solution.

This gloriously tacky heart-shaped musical box is made from recycled fibers and features the Eco Snoopers – cartoon characters that I haven’t yet come across, but who apparently go on environmentally friendly adventures. Now there’s a good message for the kindergarten gang to engage with.

So it’s pink, it’s kitsch, but it’s a heart, it plays music and she’s bound to love it!

Eco Snoopers / Heart-shaped Musical Jewelry Box, Pink costs $14.99 from PECO on Amazon.

Sugar Heart Cake and Cookie Decorations

Sugar Heart Cake DecorationsFor some reason these rainbow sugar hearts appeal to the child in me. My kids adore decorating home-baked cakes with all sorts of frosting and sprinkles and I’m sure they’d go for these in a big way. I’d love to decorate birthday cakes, cupcakes and cookies with these myself – the colors are so pretty.

It’s hard to tell how big they are from the picture, but I would hope that they are a fair amount bigger than your average sprinkles, as they are not cheap at $18 for 144 shapes. These are the type of decoration to arrange carefully, one per cookie or cupcake. Or use a circle of them for a spring themed cake at Easter.

Rainbow Hearts Sugar Shapes – 144 Shapescost $18 from Crispie Sweets via Amazon.

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