It is about this time of year when we start getting annoyed at the cheesy takes on love presented in the candy aisle of our local grocery store. Although Valentine’s Day has been overtaken by the industry as a day to cheese out on love, there is still something sweet and special about stepping back and remembering the people in our lives who love us always. I find making a gift with my hands expresses that sentiment the best, thankfully the Internet agrees! Here are 25 handmade Valentine ideas to share your feelings – minus the cheese:

1. jar of cookies – you are my fave | 2. candy heart necklace – crafty chicks | 3. photo caption cards – delia creates | 4. cereal valentines – lily jane | 5. valentine boxes – inchmark | 6. heart cookie sandwiches – bhg | 7. “light of my life” – design*sponge | 8. heart cupcakes – martha stewart | 9. rose barrettes – purl bee | 10. stuck on you – julep | 11. treat boxes – funkytime | 12. candy bark – making home base  | 13. “stamped with love” packets – clever charlotte | 14. “naturally sweet” stickers – twig&thistle | 15. printable cards – sweet muffin suite  | 16. heart pins – purl bee | 17. photo bookmark – urban comfort | 18. love lollies – teri’s place | 19. origami hearts – michael’s  | 20. heart handwarmers – alpha mom | 21. fabric envelopes – craft-o-maniac | 22. red velvet macarons – delectable deliciousness | 23. pencil arrows – sweet muffin suite  | 24. printable postcards – funkytime | 25. (with title) rose cupcakes – baker’s royale

Graphic created by Alli of Hooray, for A Subtle Revelry.