Celebrate Sweetest Day With These DIY Gift Ideas
Now, as we all know, every day is a good day to show appreciation for the loved ones in your life. But every now and again, having an impromptu day dedicated to letting people know how much they mean to you can be a welcome reminder! This means Sweetest Day!
This holiday is just in time for halloween and football season, so enjoy these fantastic ideas and take the opportunity to tell your sweetest friends what they mean to you! What will you give your friends and family for sweetest day?
Most residents outside of the Midwest have no idea what Sweetest Day is. Being born and raised in Wisconsin, I have always celebrated Sweetest Day. I will find any excuse to celebrate a holiday, mostly because I love giving gifts and baking sweet treats. I also love eating said treats after baking them. It’s a win/win for everyone.
So for those of you not raised in the Midwest, Sweetest Day is an American holiday observed on the third Saturday in October. Sweetest Day is similar to Valentines Day, but it is celebrated on a much lower scale. A low-key Valentine's Day if you will.
A Little History:
The holiday was not initially intended for sweethearts; instead it was created for a very different reason. In 1922, Herbert Birch Kingston, an Ohio candy employee, wanted to help those less fortunate than him. Kingston and his friends delivered boxes of candy throughout Cleveland, Ohio to anyone that was down on their luck.
The holiday gained popularity in the 1930s with the help of some celebrities. Ann Pennington and Theda Bara, movie stars at that time, distributed candy on a very large scale to people in need.
It is still fitting to give loved ones a little gift of candy on October 15th, 2016 (this year’s Sweetest Day). The good news is, you don’t have to live in the Midwest to celebrate Sweetest Day! Simply make a nice homemade card & buy your sweetest their favorite candy! That is the perfect Sweetest Day gift in my opinion.
Small gifts and cards should be given to any person you care about whose relationship matters to you. Don’t sit this holiday out! Celebrate your loved ones on October 15th and every Sweetest Day after that!
Here are 10 Gift Ideas You could make for your loved ones on Sweetest Day
Because you want your sweetums to have the sweetest day of all. Plus you'll love making these diy candy gift ideas!
1. Is your LOVE the BOMB?!
This is such a cute idea! If you have a friend that appreciates the cute and clever simplicity of gifts, then this idea is for you. This works well with candy like Rolos or Sweet Tarts or any candy that originally comes in a cylindrical container as those will look the most like dynamite! However, the sky is the limit and for this gift, you can use a variety of candy. Turn candy bars into a stick of dynamite, because your love is EXPLOSIVE!
2. Give a candy dispenser for Sweetest Day!
If you're looking to surprise a special someone for Sweetest Day, then a mini candy dispenser may be just the ticket! Again, this gift is versatile! If you are giving it to a sweetheart, then the Hershey Kisses are a great option. If you are looking to give it to a friend, the candy can be easily substituted for colorful hard candy or bright gum balls! A candy dispenser full of hugs and kisses will ensure that the sweet lasts longer than just a day.
3. Football gifts are always a good idea
Are you new to this ‘Sweetest Day'? Well what better way to merge your southern traditions with this sweet holiday by making your gift centered around football season? Does your loved one enjoy football more than life itself? Sweetest day falls into football season, so might as well celebrate both and make a football candy bouquet! This gift is sure to be a touchdown!
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4. Dip Pretzels in Your Favorite Team Colors
Brace yourselves football fans because this one is another nod towards football season. Select colored sprinkles of your sweetest friend's favorite football team (or the opposing team's colors that you root for, depending on your friendship) and enjoy giving a gift that is both festive and tasty! You can choose any team, but these green & yellow Packers colored pretzels will obviously taste the best!
5. Hook'em with worms!
Who doesn't love gummy worms? This gift comes with plenty of puns free of charge! Be sure to get colorful gummy worms to make this gift pop and craft a clever card about being ‘hooked' on their friendship! This gift is a friendly reminder that your sweetest friend will absolutely love. Put the worms in a jar and write a cute note so they look like fish bait!
6. Give them the sweetest lollipop tree ever
If you have a friend who is more on the elegant side, then this bouquet of dum dums is perfectly picturesque. Don't let the candy fool you, this gift will be a smart move in your friendship! All you need is styrofoam and dum dums for a cute tree full of sweets! Learn how to make this lollipop tree and let your friend enjoy this gift that keeps on giving!
7. Make a Cheese Platter
Ok so cheese might not be the “sweetest” thing, but you need something to counterbalance all that sweet! Pay homage to the holiday's roots, and enjoy some fancy Wisconsin cheese on your sweetest day! Learn how to make this cheese platter look absolutely scrumptious for your sweet friend. I promise they'll love it! Click here for details on this beautiful fall cheese platter.
We have a whole video series about cheese! Learn the secrets behind the perfect Cheese platters here.
8. Make your love cheese curds
Who can resist this native treat? Combine some of the tradition of sweetest day with the modern candy variety by making these delicious Wisconsin Cheese Curds! Watch this video below and learn how to make these little bites of deliciousness for your sweetest friend.
There is no time like the present to let your sweetest friend know just how much they mean to you! Sweetest Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with your loved ones. Say it with a card and some candy, or go all out with one of these awesome diy candy crafts!
What's your favorite Sweetest Day memory? Share with us in the comments!