Valentine’s Day can be for the whole family! These are 4 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 four 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.
These are the books we chose for each of them:
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves (sequel to Peter and the Star Catchers that we read last year) for B, who is 9 years old
- Magic Tree House books 1-4 for Fos (B has read almost all of these and I’m excited to introduce them to Fos!)
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel for Sanny (a classic that we actually don’t own!)
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.
Rachel is an incredible writer, so hers are beautiful and eloquent, but even a simple letter in list format would be treasured by any child.
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:
- The world’s best sugar cookies
- Chocolate dipped OREOs
- Chocolate dipped strawberries
- Cake pops
- Chocolate dipped pretzels
- Peanut butter cookies with a peanut butter heart