Romantic DIY presents to gift your partner this Valentine’s Day

Create meaningful and romantic DIY presents for your partner this Valentine’s Day with these DIY ideas. Better still, you can get all the tools you need right here at Smiths Hire!

Valentine’s Day is a time to express your love and appreciation for your partner. Why not make it extra special by gifting them a handmade present? Woodworking projects provide an excellent way to showcase your creativity and craftsmanship while creating something that is both unique and personal. Not only that, but DIY is a great way to tailor-make the perfect gift and earn some extra brownie points! So, with that in mind, at Smiths Hire, we’re laying out our favourite DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas that you only need a handful of equipment for and that your loved one will cherish for years to come. And if you need any help with equipment to make your present idea a reality, that’s where our tool hire services can come in handy!

Handmade wooden jewellery/keepsake box

We’re starting strong and sentimental with our first project: a handmade jewellery box. It’s both a practical storage solution for your partner’s precious items, and also a beautiful piece of art that you can completely customise to their tastes – so they can cherish it for years to come. So, before getting started, you’ll need to pick out some high-quality wood, like walnut or cherry, from which you’ll fashion the box. The box can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be – remember, it’s the thought that counts, after all!

Consider adding personalised touches to the outside with intricate carvings, wood-burning designs, or even paint and staining, making each piece truly unique. Line the interior with soft velvet or suede fabric to protect delicate pieces and add a touch of luxury to the box!

At Smiths Hire, we’ve got everything you need to bring this project to life! So, let’s take a look at the list:

  • First pick a table saw or a circular saw to make your initial cuts to the wood.
  • You’ll also need either a mitre saw or hand saw for precision cuts and a router with various bits for creating edge profiles and joinery. 
  • Next, you’ll need a drill and drill bits to make holes, wood chisels for fine detailing, wood glue for assembly, clamps to secure pieces together, and sandpaper or a palm sander to smooth the surface. 
  • To finish the jewellery box, pick whatever means you’d like! Whether that’s a wood stain or a protective finish.
  • To finish the jewellery box, you can pick whatever means you’d like! For example, you might want to go for a wood stain or a protective finish, or even just simple paint. If you’d like, of course, you can pick something else entirely. Feel free to get creative – it’s all up to you!
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Wooden wine rack

If you want to surprise your partner with a thoughtful and practical gift, why not design a custom-built wine rack? If your partner enjoys hosting their family and friends, it’s a great way to elevate their wine collection and add a touch of style to your home décor! To create a sleek and modern look, go for horizontal slots that securely hold each bottle while allowing easy access and visibility of labels. You could even add additional features, such as built-in slots for wine glasses or a small drawer for corkscrews and accessories.

Choosing a durable and visually appealing wood species like oak or maple can enhance the piece’s natural beauty, and finishing it with a protective sealant will ensure it lasts for years to come. But you could just as easily build it out of cheaper alternatives like pine or plywood and simply stain it for the same effect!

To create a wooden wine rack, you’ll need many of the same tools used for the jewellery box project, including:

240V Palm Sander

A handmade bookshelf

If your partner loves reading, there’s no better gift than a handmade bookshelf! It’s the perfect place for your partner to store their favourite books while also adding a unique touch to your home décor. One thing to remember is that while bookshelves are relatively simple to conduct, it’s essential to design a sturdy bookshelf with clean lines that can support the weight of books and other decorative items.

You’ll need to have a think about the different sizes and heights of the books and trinkets your partner owns and adjust the space you’d need accordingly. Why not also add built-in lighting to highlight favourite books or decorative accents, creating a cosy reading nook ambience that your partner will love?

To build a wooden bookshelf, you’ll need a similar set of tools to those used for the other projects, including:

Outdoor planter boxes

Create your partner their very own DIY planter boxes using long-lasting treated wood and bring a touch of gardening joy to their outdoor space. You can customise the boxes in different sizes and shapes to fit your space perfectly, whether you have a whole garden, a patio, a balcony, or even just a windowsill!

Include features like drainage holes and removable liners to ensure proper drainage and prevent water-logging, which will keep your partner’s plants healthy and thriving. You can also consider adding trellises or lattice panels that can support climbing plants like tomatoes or flowering vines, adding vertical interest to your garden design!

You can personally tailor the planter boxes to specific plants with engraved nameplates or painted designs and fill them up with a variety of colourful flowers, herbs, or vegetables.

Tools and materials needed:


These DIY projects offer a fun and rewarding way to show your partner how much you care this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker or just starting, these projects are perfect for bringing a smile to your loved one’s face and create lasting memories together! So roll up your sleeves and head to our website and get everything you need to get the job done!

At Smiths Hire, we have been providing top-quality equipment and tool hire to our customers across the country for over 50 years! With 16 conveniently located depots in the North West and Yorkshire, including major cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds, we are always within reach. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call at 0333 323 2100. Our experts will be more than happy to advise you.