For Valentine's Day, Martha is putting a fun spin on the classic gift. To follow her sweet recipe, start with the chicest of handmade boxes (behold that beautiful paper bow!), fill each one with personalized presents you know the recipient will adore, and send the love.
portrait of Martha Stewart with Valentine's Day diy gifts
Credit: Noe Dewitt

So many poems, plays, and songs have been written about Valentine's Day. Geoffrey Chaucer connected the day to the mating of birds in early spring. Shakespeare referenced it in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. And in the 18th century, the nursery rhyme "The Valentine" was first published in Gammer Gurton's Garland, inspiring endless variations on its opening lines: "The rose is red, the violet's blue, the honey's sweet, and so are you." For me, the day has always been an opportunity to express love and close friendship. I craft homemade presents for those dearest to me, and send cards to friends and relatives—and even a few flirtatious ones for a little fun.

This year, I gave something extra-special to my grandson, Truman; my granddaughter, Jude; my daughter, Alexis; and my dear friend Kevin Sharkey: heart-shaped boxes filled with gifts and treats picked just for them. Living style editor-at-large Naomi deMañana helped craft them, painting the cardboard heart boxes and embellishing them with contrasting colored paper. Then we topped them with graphic paper bows. (You can cut them out by hand with a template, but if you have a Cricut machine, that works well, too.) Painted dividers make their contents look especially neat and organized.

Whatever you choose to put inside—cookies, candies, costume jewelry, or fly-fishing lures for the angler in your life—remember to make it personal, and put your heart into it.

A Few of Their Favorite Things

Liverpool FC personalized heart box
Credit: Trevor Tondro

For Truman, a Liverpool F.C. fan, Martha gathered wristbands, pencils, and other items featuring the soccer team's logo.

hair accessory personalized heart box
Credit: Trevor Tondro

Jude will find hair ribbons, barrettes, and scrunchies in colors she loves; the barrettes are clipped onto two halves of a paper heart.

dried snacks personalized heart box
Credit: Trevor Tondro

Alexis loves all kinds of fruits, so Martha packed an assortment, including dried persimmons, mango, figs, and apricots.

candy assortment personalized heart box
Credit: Trevor Tondro

The ultimate candy fix for Kevin: an eye-popping sampler of chewy and salty licorice.

Comments (2)

Martha Stewart Member
February 11, 2020
Can you give me the link to the pink sweater Martha is wearing in the picture, please? Thanks
Martha Stewart Member
January 14, 2020
Yes I'm dying to make some. I am handicapped and have problems with my hands I'm just wondering what is the best way or quickest and easiest way that you could recommend to make those heart-shaped boxes I love the ideas and I would love to make two of them for my grandchildren who are 2 years old a girl and a boy can you please help me out with this and let me know how I can do this I know it won't look as good as yours cuz yours are just perfect but please give me ideas and help me out sending you lots of hugs and kisses on this day. I am so fascinated by this idea it's something I would like to get as well LOL