DIY :: Valentine’s Day Gift

My husband and I are, without a doubt, the worst at keeping surprises from one another. What do I mean? Well, for our first Christmas, every time he’d go out and buy me something (as a Christmas present) he would give it to me that night. I remember telling him to stop it because there would be nothing left to open on Christmas morning. His reasoning was that he just knew I would love the present and couldn’t wait to watch my expression. Sweet reasoning yet something we are still very much working on.

Well this past weekend it was my turn to give him an early Valentine’s Day present. However, my reasoning was that the baby might be here on the actual V-Day so it only made sense (in my mind) that we celebrated early. So this is what I made for him…

“Home is wherever I’m with you” is a lyric from the song, Home, by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. That line, at least for us, is so fitting. Sometimes I feel like we’re gypsies going from state to state (thank you grad school & jobs) but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Growing up, my family moved around due to my father’s job and so, for me, it’s a way of life. It’s another opportunity to see a new part of the country and meet new people. Now don’t get me wrong, I long for the day when we are settled and can establish a home base but as I tell my husband, it doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we’ve got each other, then that’s all that matters.

If you want to make something similar I’ve included the directions. Seriously, this took me (aside from trying to choose a frame) about 10 minutes. So have fun! And Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift 

Materials Needed

  • Frame
  • Cardstock (8 ½ x 11)
  • Red pen


  • Search Google images for a map of the USA, once you find the one you like, save it as an image
  • Open image in Word (what I used) or Power Point. Size map for whatever frame you’ve purchased (I made mine a 5 x 7)
  • Insert text box on top of image of map
  • Print on cardstock then use red pen to put hearts in all the cities that you’ve lived in together

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