Creative Ways to Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show love toward the people who make a difference in your life. Or, opt for a nontraditional holiday by sharing your heart with your local community. Check out three ways to share the love this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show love toward the people who make a difference in your life or with your local community. Check out three ways to share the love this Valentine’s Day.

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Create a memory jar for your significant other.        

Enjoy making a unique gift for your valentine that will take them on a journey through your favorite memories together. Below are directions for a memory jar, our favorite easy-to-make gift.

What you’ll need

  • 4×4″ square printed photos of you and your valentine
  • Acid-free photo marker (our favorite is a Slick Writer marker)
  • Large clear mason jar with lid
  • Thin red-and-white striped cotton string
  • White elastic craft string, red cardstock, scissors and hole punch
  • Thick burlap ribbon, red acrylic paint pen, newspaper and super glue

How to make it

  1. Flip each photo over and write a related memory on the back of each. Allow the ink time to dry.
  2. Place all your photos in the mason jar.
  3. Tie the red-and-white striped cotton string around the top of the jar, creating a large bow.
  4. Cut out a heart shape from the cardstock and punch a hole in the top center area. Run elastic craft string through the hole; tie string around the top of the jar.
  5. Place thick burlap ribbon on several sheets of newspaper. Paint a heart shape onto ribbon using a red acrylic paint pen. Allow the paint time to dry. To decrease drying time, use a small fan. Once dry, wrap ribbon around the center of jar and use a small amount of super glue to bind the ends of the ribbon.

Bake sweet treats for your friends and family.

valentinesrecipeBake some sweet treats for your loved ones to let them know you appreciate them. Wrap each dessert in cellophane, add a stylish fabric bow and your gifts will be ready to be enjoyed. Below is our favorite easy-to-make, delicious Valentine’s Day treat.

XOXO Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated chocolate chunk & chip cookies
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons valentine nonpareils for decoration

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Break apart 1 package of chocolate chunk & chip cookies. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.
  3. Place the cookies in the oven and bake 9 to 11 minutes or until done. Remove from cookie sheet and set on a wire rack or plate to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Microwave the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are melted and can be stirred easily.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate onto the cookies. Immediately sprinkle with valentine nonpareils.

Image and recipe from pillsbury.com

Give back to your community.

Share the love by going out into your community and volunteering. It’s a great way to make a positive difference while supporting a cause that you’re passionate about. You can give back at your local food bank, animal shelter, youth center or homeless shelter. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make others feel special.

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Find a cause that you love here.

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