Valentine’s Gift Idea: 214 Things I Love About You!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend planned. Before I dive into today’s post, I want to bother you one last time and say that today is the last day that you can vote for your favorite blogs on the Apartment Therapy Homies. If you like what you read, we would SO SO SO appreciate it if you took 10 seconds to vote for Our Cozy Cubbyhole so we can attract some new readers. Thank you SO much for your support!!

Valentine’s Day is officially less than a week away and I have talked to a lot of people that are still trying to decide on a cute little gift for their significant others. Well you are in luck because I have an idea that will work for a boy or  girl, is very inexpensive, and is oh-so-thoughtful! Although this was originally a gift that I made for Walker for our anniversary this year, the gift can absolutely work for V Day.

I strated off by carrying around a little piece of paper for several days, constantly jotting down little things I love about my man. Some were sentimental and mushy, some were funny and light-hearted, some were not family-friendly, and others fell somewhere in between. I decided to compile a list of 200 things since it was our two year anniversary but you could do 214 things in honor of 2/14! Once the list was all set, I bought a really beautiful Moleskine pocket sketchbook from Barnes & Noble that had really nice sturdy pages and a classy look.


I originally planned on decorating the outside but then I realized that this was a gift for a dude and he wouldn’t necessarily care about (or care for) an overly-decorated book. So I decided to keep it plain on the outside so it could be stored anywhere without attracting too much attention. After all, this is kind of a private thing and Walker is a private guy.  In fact, I had to promise I wouldn’t post too many examples of the stuff I wrote in his book on this blog post! ;)

Anyway, once I decided that the front would remain undecorated, I used the inside of the front cover to introduce the concept: Two Years and Two Hundred Things I Love About You. Like I mentioned before, 214 may be a better number to use for Valentine’s Day (and you could do something fun to mimic the slash between the 2 and the 1 like the date! Get creative!).

Since I promised Walker I wouldn’t post too mant examples, I limited it to two pictures. But you get the idea of how I decorated each page. Again, I kept it simple and not to girly/decorative because it was more Walker’s style this way (but feel free to go nuts with yours!). I used a bunch of stamps (including the cork heart stamp I made for last V Day), some silly drawings, and some awesome SMASH tape that had phrases like “Love it!” and “Like this a lot!”ThingsILoveAboutYou3 ThingsILoveAboutYou4 ThingsILoveAboutYou5

This entire project cost me less than $16 ($14 for the sketchbook and a couple bucks for the tape) but packs a huge punch of LOVE! ;)

Cheap, super thoughtful, and very personal… you can’t find a better combination than that for a Valentine’s Day gift! So get to it… happy crafting!

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10 Responses to "Valentine’s Gift Idea: 214 Things I Love About You!"

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  1. Melanie

    February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    That is absolutely adorable! & I voted for you on Monday :)

    • Erika

      February 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much Mel! You are the sweetest thing in the whole wide world! xoxo

      Have a great weekend! :)

  2. Courtney

    February 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    aw you’re adorable!! such a cute little gift idea!

    xo, Courtney

    • Erika

      February 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Courtney! He ended up loving the book so I was happy! :)

  3. Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This is such a great idea, Erika! Thanks so much for sharing this — I am definitely going to do this for my husband for Valentine’s Day! :-) xxoo

    • Erika

      February 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks so much Maria! I am so happy you are going to make one, too! I’m telling you, your hubs will LOVE it! :)


  4. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    February 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    This is just too cute! I love how thoughtful and adorable it is. You are such a sweetheart!! :)

    • Erika

      February 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Thank you so much Gabbi! You’re making me blush! ;)

  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    February 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    This is such an adorable idea! I absolutely love it!

    • Erika

      February 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much Ashley! :)


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