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Valentine's gifts: Make your own

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DIY (Do-it-yourself) is the way to go for Valentine's Day gifts this year and here are some ideas to get you started. 

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Novel ways to say 'I LOVE YOU'

Sithikorn Wongwudthianun

Choosing a suitable gift for someone is hard enough at the best of times, but St Valentine's Day really takes the cake. For Feb 14, don't settle for store-bought gifts when you can give your beloved a one-of-a-kind DIY present. It'll probably make a better impression than flowers, which only last a few days.

Making the present from scratch by yourself reflects how special the receiver is to you. The time, effort, and love poured into creating the gift are as significant as the gift itself. And the bonus is that you'll never have to worry about your present being duplicated by someone else!

If you haven't had any bright ideas yet for St Valentine's Day gifts, the following suggestions may be of help. But you'd better get cracking; — you've got less than a week to go!

KNITTING THE GIFT OF LOVE

Customise dolls to look exactly like you and your love. Hair style, eyes or weight, this is truly a one of a kind gift that can't be done anywhere.

Imagine a doll that looks just like your loved one, made by a machine that does all the hard work for you, leaving you to add the finishing touches. If you're new to knitting or crocheting, several shops around town have staff to help out. Big Knit Cafe on Sukhumvit Soi 49, for instance, sells all the necessary equipment and supplies and its staffers are willing to keep training you until you're able to finish making a doll all by yourself.

Stitch and Scrump from Lilo & Stitch is an example of making non-human couple dolls or even mobile phone covers.

Dolls that resemble human beings are a favourite. To improve the romantic effect, create one yourself and convince your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner to make one, as well. Once the dolls are finished you can exchange them.

Another easy-to-make idea is a mobile-phone cover; it doesn't require that much skill to create and yet makes a very useful gift. For the design/pattern think animation; perhaps there's some cartoon related to relationships or the life of a couple that you both enjoy watching/reading and on which you could base the image.

Deciding to experiment myself, I found that it took me around four hours to knit a cover for my mobile phone. Double that if you want to make two. That's quite an investment of time, of course, but when the work's done, the result will probably look way better than any commercial version you could buy in a store. I got my idea for my phone cover from the film Lilo & Stitch (take a look at the photo).

A heart-shaped keychain is another possibility; just choose the style and colour of yarn you prefer. For more ideas, visit Big Knit Cafe. The shop is stocked with loads of books on knitting, in both English and Thai, which should provide lots of inspiration. The colourful knitted stuffed animals used to decorate the premises should provide even more food for thought. Better start working right now, though; there's less than a week to go before lovey-dovey day.

For more ideas including this instragram-based scrapbook, click here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/women/393667/novel-ways-to-say-i-love-you

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Vocabulary:

animation: a film or cartoon using a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving (an animator is someone who creates animations) - ภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้, ภาพการ์ตูนที่เคลื่อนไหวได้

base: to use an idea, a fact, a situation, etc. as the point from which something can be developed - วางรากฐาน

beloved: a person who is loved very much by somebody - ผู้เป็นที่รัก

bonus: anything pleasant that is extra and more or better than you were expecting - รางวัลพิเศษ

commercial: intended to be sold - ซึ่งมีจุดประสงค์เพื่อหวังกำไร

convince: to make somebody/yourself believe that something is true; to persuade somebody to do something - ทำให้เชื่อ, ทำให้แน่ใจ, ชักจูง

couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก

crocheting: a way of making clothes, etc. from wool or cotton using a special thick needle with a hook at the end to make a pattern of connected threads - การถักโครเชต์

customise: to make or change something to suit the needs of the owner - ทำตามความต้องการของเจ้าของหรือผู้ซื้อ

decorate: to make something look more attractive by putting nice things on it or in it - ประดับ, ตกแต่ง

double: to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many - เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า

duplicate: to make an exact copy of something - จำลอง

effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม

exactly: in every way, or in every detail - อย่างแม่นยำ, ตรง

exchange: to give one thing and get another - แลกเปลี่ยน

experiment: to try or test new ideas, methods, etc. to find out what effect they have - ทดลอง

favourite: something you like the best of all similar things - ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด

from scratch: from the beginning; without any previous preparation or knowledge -

get cracking: to hurry, to start something right away - รีบ

imagine: to form a picture of something or someone in your mind - นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน

impression: an opinion or feeling that you have about someone or something - ความรู้สึก,ความประทับใจ

improve: to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น

inspiration: someone or something that gives you new ideas or enthusiasm to do something - แรงบันดาลใจ

investment: the act of giving time or effort to a particular task in order to make it successful - การลงทุน

keychain: a small chain, often attached to a metal ring and a decoration, that you use to hold keys together - พวงกุญแจ

knit: to make clothes, etc. from wool or cotton thread using two long thin knitting needles or a machine - ถัก

loads: a large number or amount of somebody/something; plenty - เป็นอย่างมาก

novel: new - ใหม่

partner: the person that you are married to or having a relationship with - คู่สมรส, คู่สามีหรือภรรยา

prefer: to like or want more than anyone or anything else - ชอบมากกว่า

premises: the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง

present: something you give someone as a gift - ของขวัญ

reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

relationship: a sexual or romantic connection between two people - ความสัมพันธ์

resemble: to be like or look like someone or something else - มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ

scrapbook: a book with empty pages where you can stick newspaper articles, pictures, etc. which you have collected and want to keep - สมุดติดรูป,ข่าวที่ตัดมาจากหน้าหนังสือพิมพ์และอื่น ๆ

settle for: to accept someone or something that is not exactly what you wanted because you cannot have what you wanted - ยอมรับ

significant: important - สำคัญ

skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ

staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน

stock: to collect large amounts of things that may be needed - เก็บสะสมไว้ใน

stuffed: packed; very full of something - แน่น ซึ่งใส่ไว้จนเต็ม

suggestion: an idea or a plan that you mention for somebody else to think about - ข้อเสนอ, ข้อเสนอแนะ

suitable: acceptable or right for someone or something - เหมาะสม

take the cake: to be first in rank, often in a negative way; to be the most surprising, annoying, etc. thing that has happened or that somebody has done -

touch: a small detail that is added to something in order to improve it or make it complete -

version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น

yarn: thread that has been spun, used for knitting, making cloth, etc. - เส้นด้ายหนาที่ใช้สำหรับถัก

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