Valentine’s Day can be for the whole family! These are a few simple Valentines gifts for kids that make the day special without breaking the bank or bringing more toys into your home.
Let’s make Valentines gifts for kids simple and special this year
Growing up, my mom loved celebrating all holidays. We didn’t ever do anything huge (except for birthdays and Christmas), but she loved having a few decorations, maybe a small gift for each of her kids, and something special to eat. I’ve loved carrying on this tradition, and today I want to share a few simple Valentines gifts for kids that you can put together this week.
I don’t feel the need to bring more stuff into my home, so this list has practical gifts, heartfelt gifts, experience gifts, and more. Not a single random toy in sight!
1. Give each of your children a new book for Valentine’s Day!
- My children love to read, so a new book for each boy is our Valentines gift to them this year. I love having a large collection of great books for my kids, so Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to add a few more to our library.
2. Make a Valentine’s Day themed snack tray!
You guys know how much I love our after school muffin tin snack trays, so take a little extra time and make it Valentine’s Day themed!
I looked on Pinterest and found lots of beautiful trays filled with cookies and gummies and chocolate, but I’d rather have our snack tray a little more balanced. THIS ONE from Freutcake blog is so cute, and has lots of options besides just candy.
3. Write a love letter to each of your children (or heart attack their bed)!
I got this idea from my sweet friend, Rachel, from 3 in 30 Podcast. Every year on Valentine’s Day, she writes a love letter to her children, detailing why she loves them and why they’re special. WHOA. Can you imagine having a whole stack of these letters from your parent when you leave for college? What an incredible gift.
Or if you’re not much of a writer, heart attack your child’s bed after they go to sleep. Cut out paper hearts and write reasons you love them on them and stick them all over their bed!
4. Put together a Valentine’s Day baking kit with new aprons
I love baking with my children. Giving them each a new apron would be a great way to encourage them to join you in the kitchen. I have a HANDMADE APRON TUTORIAL HERE, but you could also buy THIS ONE and personalize it, or there are lots of cute children aprons out there.
- Here are some things you could make together:
5. Put together a box of craft supplies!
If your child loves to craft, a box of craft supplies would a fun Valentine’s Day surprise. You could compile your own, or purchase something like THIS.
6. Give your child a journal
I love this idea, especially for older kids who need to practice reflecting and unplugging. I found THIS POST with 10 different kinds of journals that look really great for different ages and abilities. One is a mother/son journal, one is an art journal, etc.
7. Activity books make a fun hands-on gift
My kids LOVE activity books, so this will probably be my gift to them this year. Here are a few good ones:
- Paint by Sticker books – my kids love these!
- Hidden Pictures – these are a favorite at our house as well, and we love Highlights.
- Color by Number – My 4 year old is super into these.
- Diamond Painting Kits – these are super popular right now!
8. Valentine’s Day socks are a fun and inexpensive gift!
I loved fun socks when I was a kid. This would be a fun gift for boys or girls!
9. Get a pint of ice cream for every family member
This was a reader recommendation and I think it’s so fun! My kids would LOVE to have their very own carton of ice cream in their favorite flavor, and eat it all week!
10. Make them a special themed breakfast
Since Valentine’s Day is on Sunday this year, you could make a special red/pink/hearts themed breakfast! There are tons of fun ideas RIGHT HERE.
Other fun and inexpensive ideas
- Nail polish – you could do V-Day colors or not
- New water bottles for everyone
- Stuffed animal
- Play doh
- A new board or card game – our family’s favorites are right here!
- A new puzzle
- red or pink soda – my kids love any chance to drink soda
- movie night items and then watch a movie together