Last year we ran with this idea to hand out for Valentine's day and it was a HUGE hit! Not sure it will ever be topped!
BUT I did come up with a non-sweet and functional gift as an alternative this year. Maybe it will "warm your heart" enough to give it try. I think it's a great alternative for friends, neighbors, teachers, etc.
Warm My Heart
(It's basically THESE but smaller and heart shaped)
Rice (not instant)
Type up Poem or create your own!
Step 1: Create a paper template if desired. I cut out a heart that was 4 1/2" high and 5" across at it's widest. Fold the fabric, place your pattern on, pin and cut out 2 at a time using pinking shears (1st photo). OR place the pattern over the fold, pin and cut (2nd photo). Cut 1 heart for the back and 1 for the front.
Place the heart's with right sides facing out (wrong sides together). Cut a 1" piece of ribbon, fold in half and slip between the 2 layers. Pin.
Sew around the edges leaving a 2-4" opening along 1 of the straight sides.
Fill with rice about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way full. (see 2nd photo)
Sew the opening closed. Attach the poem by threading it through the ribbon loop and gift to someone you love!