Valentine’s Day gifts for sons, daughters, toddlers, and older kids all look a bit different. (Oh, and uh — don’t forget to get something special for your partner). And sure, the occasion may be for lovers, but we don’t need a good excuse to pick up a few extra gifts for the kids, too. After all, we love ’em, right? There’s no reason to go overboard with gifts (of course, try telling the in-laws that), but a few fun presents to celebrate the holiday (is it a real holiday?) can’t hurt.
We have plenty of unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you to surprise your kids (and they hardly involve sugar, which inevitably leads to chocolate for breakfast on V-Day morning). Instead, opt for presents that are sentimental, cute, fun, and crafty, and the good new is, you’ll find ’em all here. In fact, there’s something for everybody, from V-Day Mad Libs, to a kissing penguin, to a pretty mug featuring nostalgic Disney characters.
By saving time picking out Valentine’s gifts for your kids early, you may even squeeze in a few minutes to do something romantic as a couple. And before you ask: Yes, at a certain age, catching up on sleep does count as romantic.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Sons
It’s a stuffed animal, it’s a hoodie, it’s what any kid ever really wants, right? Choose from one of their many cute animals or superheroes and you’re guaranteed a big, big hug of appreciation. They have adorable zip-up and pull-over styles for both boys and girls , so you can buy one for all your kiddos and niece and nephew, too.
If your kiddo already has all the LEGOs a child can handle, switch up their STEM building toy routine with the PLUS PLUS – GO! Fire Fighter Truck set. It includes 360 H-shaped pieces and wheels to keep them challenged as they assemble their vehicle, which also has moving parts. This set is ideal for children ages 7-12, and in the spirit of the holiday, might as well grab them the Hearts Mini Maker Tube — featuring 70+ pieces to create a handful of hearts — as well.
For kids who are always bouncing off the walls, this inflatable toy lets them bounce on a two-headed dragon, instead! Safer than bopping around on an exercise ball (or worse, your exercise ball), this stable, durable critter is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Daughters
Cuddly stuffed animals always make a great Valentines Day gift for kids. And you can personalize this toy, because you can write a message on the heart shaped paw. (We’d suggest writing the message after the kid does something adorable, not after the kid forgets to pick up his or her room for the sixth straight day.)
If love means Disney princesses and princes, this mug will quickly become a Valentine’s favorite. We wouldn’t necessarily fill it with coffee or a latte for the kid — not if you want them to go to sleep at any point on Valentine’s Night (wink, wink) — but it works perfectly well for some OJ or milk.
Because every kid needs colorful, scented polish, right? At least this type is kid-safe, so you don’t have to totally freak out if you see hands in mouth (and you will).
Crafty Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
This 3-pack of DIY refrigerator magnets represent another fun craft idea with a Valentine’s Day theme for slightly older kids. This set ships with four heart shaped wooden bases, and you can use the included items to decorate them. (Don’t feel bad if the kid comes up with a better looking design than you do. Creating artwork that looks good on the fridge is kind of a kid super power.)
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Ah, stickers. No kid can resist stickers. This kit has 500 Valentine’s Day themed stickers, which should keep the kid busy for hours. (Of course, you may have to spend the next 364 days peeling stickers off every random surface in your home, but as long as the kid is having fun, that’s what truly matters.)
If your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is sentimental, then this crafty Valentine’s Day gift for kids works nicely. This picture frame craft kit has a 3.25-by-2.5-inch space for a photo. Stick on the included heart shaped stickers with messages around the edges of the frame. Best of all, the heart shaped stickers taste almost as good as the chalky candy hearts with messages. (We kid, we kid. They actually taste better. Don’t try this at home.)
Whether your kiddo enjoys crafting, building, or problem-solving, Clixo magnetic sets will spark imagination and free-play. (P.S. They’re mess-free!) The Itsy Set includes 18 bendable pieces with magnetic circles that let them link together any which way, and once your child is done, they can take their inventions apart and create some more. Have a super builder on your hands? You may want to go for one of the larger Rainbow Pack, which includes 42 pieces for even more possibilities. Suitable for kids age 4 and up.
The Begin Box features CBT coaching and lessons for parents and five to seven items that your child can use to begin to name their thoughts and the feelings that follow. This will allow them to practice the thought-feeling connection. From Buddha boards to bubbles and books — a perfect gift to help your kid relax during this stressful time!
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Toddlers
Young children love books, and this board book is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for toddlers. The famous Mouse character from the Give a Mouse a Cookie book returns for a Valentine’s Day adventure. Your child may love this book so much that you’ll be reading it every night until next February 14. (Just remember every toddler’s motto: Repetition is the elixir of life.)
This gift isn’t just for your tot; it also benefits a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD). This sensory lovey is designed with tags, a plush heart, and a teether to keep Baby comforted. Even better, 10% of sales benefit the American Heart Association. In the spirit sharing the love this V-Day, you can also donate $25 to send a comforting gift set — which includes the lovey — to a child being treated for a CHD at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Does your tot love banging, strumming, and shaking everything in sight? Surprise your budding percussionist with the HABA Musical Drum Fish. Made of safe, nontoxic materials, this wooden instrument makes plenty of noise to keep Baby happy while you maintain your sanity as they have screen- and battery-free fun.
HABA’s 12-inch Nick doll will become your toddler’s new BFF! Made with a soft, huggable body and embroidered face, he is the perfect size for toting around and has beans in his bottom so he can sit on his own. (We’re especially loving the details of his outfit — checkered shirt, belt, and all.) Nick even has a whole slew of doll friends your child can collect.
It’s cute, cuddly, and gives kisses … all in all, the perfect Valentine’s day gift for your tot! Kissy the Penguin is aptly named because it brings its furry little wings to its beak and blows kisses! Press the button on one flipper for smooches, and the other starts a sing-along to Frère Jaques. It’s part of GUND’s collection of interactive animated animals, which are all adorable and very highly rated on Amazon.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Older Kids
Kids of all ages will love this decorative neon wall sign in the shape of a cupid arrow through a heart. Tweens and teens can use it as a cool piece of art or as a night light when they’re too old to admit they’re afraid of the dark. (Whatever you do, don’t say it’s a symbol of your love for the child, or you’ll receive the dreaded eye roll … and Valentines Day is no time to be exposed to that.)
If candy is more your style for Valentine’s Day, you can fill this metal bucket with wrapped treats. After all, they may be “too old” for your hugs and kisses — but not the sugary kind. You can personalize the two-line message on the side of the bucket with the child’s name. And if you have multiple kids at home, each child can have his or her own bucket, so there’s no fighting. (Okay, okay, less fighting than usual.)
Trying to get the kids to eat better snacks? Not an easy task. Holidays are especially tough when trying to eat better, as every holiday seems to center on sugary treats for kids, Valentine’s Day included. These BEAR fruit rolls are all-natural and vegan with no added sugar. They’re so tasty, you may find yourself holding a few back for your own snack time. (Hopefully you have a good hiding place from the kids; you’ll need it.)
For pre-tweens and tweens, Valentine’s Day can be an introduction to the idea of love. This book is a fun way to show how the elephant character deals with all kinds of emotions after falling in love. It’s cute and sentimental at the same time … kind of like your kid, at least once in a while.
For a Valentine’s Day gift for kids that eliminates the “mush,” this themed Mad Libs book is a great choice. Just be warned; by placing a smart ass twist on this holiday, you may be affecting the child’s view of this holiday forever. And you may be dooming his or her eventual spouse to a lifetime of gag gifts on Valentines Day. (Oh, well. You can apologize when it happens.)
If your teen always has an elastic around their wrist, consider upgrading their hair tie game. TELETIES grip hair and create less damage, won’t cut off circulation on the wrist, and look cute when worn as a bracelet or hair accessory. They’re available in large and small sizes and plenty of colors and patterns, but we’re digging this hot pink pack for V-Day.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Fur Kids
Don’t forget your fur kids! After all, they make the family complete, plus they never talk back. Since they can’t have chocolate (a definite no-no for our four-legged friends!) snag Jinx’s Valentine’s treat pack with four bags of all-natural dog treats. (P.S. Speaking from experience, my dog absolutely loves these.) These crunchy cookies are made with wholesome ingredients like peanut butter, blueberries, pumpkin, and apples, plus they’re in the shape of a heart … aww!
Without gift giving holidays, we’re not sure the economy would survive. So we’ll help you do your part with our gift giving guides for any time of the year. Heck, we may even have a guide for National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day stuffed in there somewhere. (It’s a real holiday. Look it up.)