The loop of fabric on the back of a necktie is just the spot for a secret message he can keep close to his heart. 

two neckties in orange boxes with love embroidered on them
LENNART WEIBULL

If you can use a needle and thread, you can embroider a handmade gift he'll treasure for years to come. A stitched "love" note is especially perfect for Valentine's Day: The result is permanent, intimate, and almost unheard of these days: a whispered declaration when everybody else is broadcasting their feelings on social media. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of embroidery projects and handmade gifts for him.

(Also pictured: Studio Carta Italia tight-weave cotton ribbon, 1⁄4", $10 for 5 yd., shopangelaliguori.com.)

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Write something romantic on a linen or cotton tie with a disappearing-ink fabric marker.

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Step 2

Separate two or three strands from a piece of embroidery floss, thread them through a needle, and go over the letters in small stitches. (Tip: Chain or stem stitches work well.)

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