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« on: February 04, 2008 12:21:42 PM »

Basically, I don't believe in V-day.
[Not trying to ruin the holiday for the rest o' you folk, I'm not one of those people who goes around openly protesting and such. I'd just prefer flowers on some arbitrary day, or chocolates when I'm sad or something instead of Feb. 14th.]
My boyfriend, however, does.
And he's a little girl about it, too, which I do understand -- all his friends are getting stuff and he feels left out if he doesn't too, I guess.
He's busy this weekend, but he'll be here next weekend, and I do love him to bits and such so I'm going to give him a "February 15th Gift" instead of a V-day one.
The cool thing is he won't be here 'til the 15th, which means discounted candy!
[I'm a very broke college kid, and he understands that.]
But I don't want to buy a Valentine's heart candy box and just give that to him, it defeats the whole purpose.
This is where I need your help, my craftanistas:

If I buy some V-day chocolates [the specific kind can vary depending on the ideas we come up with], what do you think would be a cool, non-Valentine's-Day way to repackage them?

A bit about the boy:
+Loves the color BLUE [which is very un-Valentinesy, score one for me!]
+Likes dark and milk chocolate
+And minty things [especially those..peppermint patty..things..which aren't Valentines Day chocolate, and therefore, won't be on sale Sad]
-Not a fan of white chocolate
+Is a pilot/gee-taw masterrr [in case you wanted a theme for packaging, I don't want to hinder creativity!]

[And remember, I'm poor, as in, almost unable to pay my cell phone bill through the end of the semester poor]

Plus, whatever the chocolates get put in will have a little tag on it or something artfully explaining that it is NOT a Valentine's Day gift, but a February 15th gift because I love him.  In nicer words than that.  And by nicer, I mean more, because they won't necessarily be nice.  Well, the "I love you" part will be.


Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008 12:48:15 PM »

You could make him (what I'm making) a candy bouquet like this http://pattiewack.com/candygram_bouquet.html but just not make it so Valentinesey. Also, they do have the York pepermint patties in WalMart on the Valentines candy isle. I don't know whats different about them though. Maybe they are heart shaped or something. Hope this helps.

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 02:35:58 PM »

You could fill a chinese take out box with his favorite goodies. or fill a glass frm the dollar store with some...take a trip to the dollar store. I got 3 presents for xmas for about $10 mainly from there...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008 09:42:23 AM »

Maybe a box that you decoupage either with pics of the two of oyu , or his fa bands, or airplane stuff etc.

then add a few felt fortune cookies. Do ten cookes on the fortue write a diff reasion you love him, love abt him.
ittle packages of the candy you choose.
and some paper airplanes?

  decorate some yourself & leave some blank?


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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008 02:39:16 PM »

Hahaha all very awesome suggestions, thanks guys <3

[While the Chinese take-out box thing would be cool full of fortune cookies, he's Japanese..and that's mildly insensitive >< But I still reallyreallyreally like that idea! And would use it for other people for sure, and all three of you have, combined, come up with really good ideas for me! Thanks so much!]
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008 10:18:47 PM »

Instead of just a "one time package" you could make him a candy jar  and put the candy inside, and when it runs out, he can use it again and again to refill with peppermint patties! its the gift that keeps on giving!

OHOHOH! Maaaaybe, you could paint some kind of "LOVE-O-METER" on the jar and fill it with candy... but I dont know where you could go with that because of course he will eat the candy and it wont always be full of "love". IDK, random idea.

Maybe you could buy a big glass mason jar or something else decorative (cheap at the flea market, garage sales, walmart, or thrift/antique stores), and if youre like me, youve already got them laying around. Perhaps decorate with something blue and pilot-themed?

Also: I am a fellow mint-lover, and if you cant get the york peppermint things cheap enough, there are always andes chocolates, dinner mints, milky way mints (or was it three musketeers?) or those little pastel colored things that are basically peppermint patties in a gumball shape (cant remember what theyre called!).
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2008 06:03:04 AM »

Like Katiekaboom said, they so have the peppermint patties in the valentine's aisle. I think the only difference is they are wrapped in metallic pink wrapper rather than the plain silver! You could buy a bag of those, and maybe somehow rewrap them with a more personal, less valentines day foil wrapper.

Maybe decopage a box with pictures of the 2 of you, and places you've been, things you like...and put the candy in there along with a note. You could also do this with a jar or something rather than a box.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2008 07:42:55 AM »

Hahaha thanks you guys for all the fantastical ideas, I'm going container-shopping this weekend, and I'll buy the discounted chocolate a few hours before he gets here..I might go in the way of a collage. He loves my collages.
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2008 02:00:32 PM »

to the whole fortune cookie thing- you could drizzle them with chocolate or sprinkles. =]
Fortune cookies are actually Japanese anyway- not chinese...

I am making my bf a heart shaped pillow and giving him some cute stuff like that.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2008 10:06:52 PM »

Mai boi is sort of a little girl about it, and totally claims that he is a manly man and not into V-Day as it is silly and girlish and a manufactured holiday, etc.
Last year I got him a shojo series of manga he secretly wanted and flowers in a florence flask (labratory glassware thing). It's not my sort of holiday, but it made him feel all fuzzywuzzy<3<3, so I would totally do it again.

So, hmm.

If you could make sort of a guitar shaped box, you could paint it black with skulls on and have it be a total metal looking guitar box, which is pretty not Valentine's Day. It might make you feel better. I think maybe you want to avoid the stereotypical TRAPPINGS of v-day--all the cheesy pink and red teddy bears and crap? In which case, that's easy. Package stuff in Halloween style packaging, for an easy fix. Some places still have halloween merch in neglected clearance bins. [i picked up some bat and jack o lantern stuff at linen 'n things last week.]

MINTY THINGS, though, you say?
By chance do you mean THIS minty thing:


I love minty things and dark chocolate and this used to be my favorite things ever. Plus, it's commonly sold, so it might be what you mean.

the rest of this post is based on the assumption that these are what you mean.

fact 1) they DO sell cheap mini-size bulk packages of these, usually in walgreens or wal mart or something.
fact 2) i did a quick google product search, and came up with these links, mostly not minis:
assortment mini bag: http://asugarfreecandystore.com/hersheys-mix-n-match.html
3) here's the search:
some are fun size, some are sugar free, some aren't. the sugar free are probably gross. O_O
4) google also turned up
BROWNIES made with chopped up pepermint patties:
peppermint pattie "freeze"
and my favorite looking out of the bunch, cookies:
5) there used to be a valentine's day one, and there might still be somewhere:

If you're kinda broke, the recipes (which don't seem to need too much candy) might be a good bet. Still, though, you could order a bulk bag for cheap on line, or hunt around for the mini bag.

As for packaging--a nice blue box, or...do you have any glass jars? You could decoup something manly/not v-day onto the jar, or use the frosted glass tute on craftster to make some etched glass with his name or something, or a plane, or a guitar.

I would probably sew a macabre stuffed animal with a removable head and stuff the candy in empty body. Make sure there's some fake blood around the neck so he attempts to remove the head.

Um, well, that might not work so well for you. Nevermind. Go with the glass jar thing.

I don't think there's a point in emphasizing how much you don't like Valentine's, though, unless he's REALLY bad at picking up your moods. I mean, you're doing it for him, to make him happy, right? And i mean, it sucks when someone does  you a favor but complains about it bitterly. A simple, "hey babe, this isn't really my thing, but <3 you 'cause you ARE my kind thing," will probably suffice.  I personally hated it when an ex pulled a "meh meh I don't believe in celebrating birthdays like that" and bitched the ENTIRE time he did me the "favor" of taking me on a birthday "date." No sense in half measures. Smiley Don't do something if you resent doing it--he'll know and you'll know and no one will feel better for it. Or don't be bound by the holiday, one way or the other--to devote a message on the present to your dislike of valentine's day is to harp on the holiday way more than you would just by giving him a present that is merely intended to make him happy. Just don't sweat it--just because you love someone doesn't mean you've become a part of the manufacture machine or anything.

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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2008 02:04:40 PM »

 Today I decided that I am buying the boy some of these to add to his presents...only because I LOVE them soooo much.  Grin


They are pretty inexpensive and absolutely yummy.
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2008 07:28:34 PM »

The title of this topic makes me laugh. It reminds me of this stupid thing i saw in Cosmo that said to tell your significant other, "I want you to know that even though we arn't being intimate tonight, I still love you." on night you don't have sex. (something like that anyway)  Cheesy Roll Eyes

I think you should make a card that says just that, "I don't believe in Valentine's Day, but I still love you."  or like, "Valentine's Day totally sucks, but you don't"  sort of a humorous loving antiv-day  Tongue

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