15 Fun + Affordable Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Kids
Since they're probably getting cards and candy at school, why not surprise them with something special at home?
Some of my best memories of Valentine's Day as a kid have very little to do with classroom parties and candy hearts and more to do with all the sweet surprises that my dad would bring home. One year, he walked through the front door with a pink teddy bear tucked behind his back. And the year after that? He gave me a jewelry box with a ballerina inside that danced to music when I opened it.
Suffice it to say, thoughtful little gifts can go a long way to making your kid feel loved and appreciated. (Thanks for setting the standard, Dad!) If you want to start a new tradition and show your small sweetheart some extra affection this year, I suggest you keep scrolling to see my fun and affordable gift ideas.
We probably don't need to tell you that playdough is a big hit with the little ones right now. Still, this batch by Land of Dough is extra-special, as it comes packed with safe, fresh-smelling natural ingredients like wheat flour, almond nut oil and vegetable dye. (Not to mention glitter.) Let them sink their fingers in and then spend the rest of the evening rolling out cute, clay hearts together.
What do you get a pre-teen, you ask? Try this trendy heart-shaped lamp for her desk or nightstand. Bright pink bulbs will bathe her space in neon light (while still being safe and cool to the touch) and will help create a room that she can feel all warm and fuzzy about.
We can picture the note now — "My Love for You Is Out of This World!" As the weather starts to warm up, you and your kiddos can take this box of Solar System Chalk outside for a spin. The container includes nine pieces, each with multiple colors inside, so you can help them learn about cores, layers and crusts while enjoying a fun activity together.
Sometimes less is more, you know? If she's exercising her independence and using her Instax Mini to document it, just fill up her camera with a pack of this lemonade pink film. She'll appreciate the thought and get great use out of the gift.
Okay, okay how sweet is this? If your little one is always pleading with you to paint their nails, too, use this polish set to treat them to a "Mum + Me" spa day. The two-pack box comes with a long-lasting lacquer for mom and a wash-off version for your mini-me, so they can "practice" and perfect their own mani.
This Pokemon device is red and white, so that means it's pretty much the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, right? If your son is totally obsessed with the classic card game, movies or TV show, surprise him with his very own Pokeball. The game will put his trainer knowledge to the test by guessing which creature he's thinking of.
What better occasion to share your love of reading with your pint-sized sweetheart than this? Select either Alice in Wonderland, A Little Princess or The Secret Garden to add to your child's library, and then sweeten the deal by breaking out the book before bedtime.