Boyfriend in a Box – for Valentine’s Day

Did you ever get missed on
Valentines Day?

I certainly did.   Valentines Day celebrations can make you feel left out of a very exclusive club.  Sure its a hallmark holiday,  I know it doesn’t really mean that much. But once upon a time it hurt to hear the women at work talking about this gift or that one and there is a certain power behind flower deliveries to work. I very much felt like the bottom of the pecking order on some Valentines days.

A few years ago my best friend and I shared our sadness about Valentines day.  She told me Valentines day was the worst day of the year for her.  Most of the year she enjoyed being single, but Valentines day really bothered her.  It made her feel unloved and excluded.  The next Valentines day I gave her A Boyfriend in a Box.

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I took a box and filled it with all sorts of little inexpensive things the perfect boyfriend would do for Valentines Day.  She laughed when she received it, I certainly surprised her.  She told me that it was one of the best Valentine days she ever had.

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Love Notes

Create some personal love messages, the cheesier the better.    One for the desk, one for the purse. One for beside the phone.  She can place them where ever she wants, they will feel like a girl hug.

Valentines, Gift Box, For her, DIY, BoyfriendinaboxHere is a printable for you.  You can print it or use it as a guide to write one of your own.


A Hunky Photo

The things we won’t do for our friends.  I found this particular handsome man with the saxophone on Pixabay.  Go ahead and do some of your own research,  do a search for handsome men with coffee or rugged handsome men, or men in suits.  Whatever your girlfriend will find appealing.

Print it out and put it in a dollar store frame.

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A Romance Book

Who says you can’t find a perfect man.  There are literally shelves and shelves full of them. Give your girlfriend a romantic novel.  I have included this little fun book cover for you here. It prints out on letter size paper and I was able to cover an average size romance novel with it.

Valentines Gifts

Finally fill in your Boyfriend in a Box with some little gifts for your friend. She can choose to say where she got them from.  I always felt girl presents are every bit as important, its just feels good to be included.  Here are some suggestions:

Valentine’s purchased or handmade. (Some are available for those who join the Faerie Insiders)


A Bottle of wine, or mug with cocoa

Chocolates, or heart shaped sugar cookies, or both

A teddy bear

Pretty decorated cupcakes

Valentine nick nacks from the dollar store

Perfume, bath products

Nail care products

Gift cards

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The Boyfriend in a Box can be funny, romantic, cheesy, expensive, or inexpensive. I am sure the thought and effort will make a girlfriend happy any way you choose to put it together.  Let me know if your going to make one and if so what kind of reactions it receives.

Happy Valentines Day



46 thoughts on “Boyfriend in a Box – for Valentine’s Day

    1. Hi Katrin: The basket is fun to put together because you know its going to be appreciated. I have had my valentines feeling validated by some of the other comments on here. They all said this would make Valentines better. So worth the time.

      Thanks for commenting talented lady. Leanna

  1. I LOVE this idea, Leanna! I can think of a few girlfriends that it would be fun to surprise with this idea <3.

    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!

    ~ Megin of VMG206

    1. Oh Meghan that is just wonderful!!! A feature is like a big pink butterfly sticker for a job well done. So excited to be featured at the BMG Brag About it Link Party.

      I marked in my calendar for Monday. Leanna.

  2. What an incredible idea this is! I’m sure your friend must have treasured it and no doubt you had fun putting this together for her. It really is fabulous! Pinning to share!

    1. Hi Laurie: Thanks for the thumbs up. The basket is really fun to put together. It took me some time to come up with the book cover idea. For the rest of the stuff I just thought of things that would have made me happy. I appreciate the pin. It would be really awesome if some women received a basket because of seeing the pin.

      Happy Valentines Leanna

    1. Hi LC. I know Valentine’s can really make you feel excluded. Thank you for validating the feelings I had about it. I always felt that a thoughtful gift from a good girlfriend meant every bit as much as one from tall dark and maybe not so handsome lol.

    1. Hi Cathy: Thank you for the positive input. I am really hoping a few women get a boyfriend box.

      Have a great week. Leanna

  3. I absolutely love this idea! So many people feel lonely on Valentine’s day because of the marketing hype around it. This is such a thoughtful idea and a great way to make someone feel special!! Perfect! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

    1. Hi Helen: I know its a Hallmark holiday, but its always nice to be remembered. It doesn’t have to be elaborate just thoughtful.

      Thank you for commenting I will see you next week at the link up. Leanna

  4. You are an amazing friend! So thoughtful and talented. I love this idea. I’m married, but I would still love a boyfriend in a box. 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

    1. Hi Nicole: Thank you. I hope your husband knows how to make Valentines wonderful for you. I am glad you like the idea.

      Have a great week. Leanna

    1. Hi Mary: My friend who received the first one of these commented that she still had her “boyfriend”. She has loved him for 18 years. How wonderful is that.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. Hi Michelle. I am glad you love this idea. Valentine’s can be very lonely for some women. I am really hopeful a few ladies will get a surprise because of this idea. The thought makes me happy.

      You have a great week. Leanna

  5. Love this so much! And I consider Valentine’s Day a Day of Peace and Love for all. I guess I have morphed it into something that means goodness and peace for the world, which is so needed. This is a wonderful example!

    Peace and popcorn,

    1. Hi Pam: I am right there with you. I don’t think Valentines has to be about diamonds from a guy. It can be about kindness and friendship. Love is valuable in all forms.

      Thank you for commenting, its one of those valuable kind thoughts too. Leanna

    1. Hi Madison: Thank you. The boyfriend can as elaborate or as simple as the circumstances, please let me know if you give a boyfriend box away.

      Thank you for commenting.

    1. I hope you do Susanne. Brightening Valentines day for a woman is the whole reason behind the box. Sorry to hear your daughter is hurting, splitting up is painful.

    1. Hi Sherry: Thank you. I originally started this years ago after a heartfelt conversation with my best friend.

      For my first Valentine’s season as a blogger I chose to focus on valentines thoughts for friends so this fit right in.

    1. Hi Morgan: Thank you. I have always felt that the gift from a girlfriend is ever bit as valuable. It may not be “romantic” but it is loving. I appreciate your feedback. Leanna

    1. Hi Michelle: I am glad to hear you say that. As a single Mom I would often do a family type of celebration but I did feel left out at the office.

      I am so proud to be invited to join as a co-host and I am learning lots. Hugs and have a good week. Leanna

    1. Hi Julie: I feel that women find Valentine’s day much important then the men do. My girlfriend told me she has kept her Boyfriend in a Box card for 18 years. I don’t see a man treasuring a Valentine that way.

      Thank you for commenting.

    1. Hi Debra: Yes it certainly can be, like I said you can feel left out of a very exclusive club. Everyone wants to feel noticed and I know a kind gesture from a girlfriend makes a huge difference on Valentines day.

      Happy New Year! Leanna

    1. Hi Marci: Thank you for stopping by. It makes me really happy inside to think that a few women will get a boyfriend in a box because of this post. Thank you very much for commenting. Leanna

  6. Being the recipient of your first Boyfriend in a Box over 18 years ago, I’m so proud of you for sharing your amazing ideas! There is so much pressure to get that perfect gift, or have your spouse spoil you more than the next person. This even works for friends that have less than attentive spouses. The best part is that it outlasts most relationships! I still have mine! Luv you!

    1. Hey Bon Bon: xo You made me watery eyed when I heard you kept your boyfriend. We certainly did have some fun with that little basket. The next time I make it to Vancouver Island I would love to see. Luvs ya Lea

    1. Some of the most important and certainly the most relationships I have had is with girlfriends. The men in my life don’t care about Valentines nearly as much as the girls do. So why not brighten a friends day.

      Thanks for the feedback Amber, I am really excited about this post.

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