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?

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January 16, 2020

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.

$12 at Anthropologie

Adorable, heart-print jammies are always a big hit especially with Mom and Dad. Wrap up your little lovebug in this comfy, 100-percent-cotton onesie for a sweet Valentine's Day pic that they can look back on some day.

$39.50 at Pottery Barn Kids

Give Daddy's little helper his own toolbox and watch his face light up when he realizes it's all made of chocolate. But please take note if your child has any food allergies: The pack contains pine nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and dairy.

$4.99 at Target

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.

$17.99 at Target

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.

$39 at Crate & Kids

Your kid will have only heart eyes for this blanket with a built-in cuddle buddy. The throw's made from fleece, so it's super soft to the touch, while bright pink hearts and a new unicorn pal add a magical element.

$18 at Target

We're all for a Valentine's Day gift that encourages him to spend a little more time with Mom and Dad. If your boy's beyond obsessed with dinosaurs, delight him with this matching game, which includes cards themed after the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, etc.

$10 at Anthropologie

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.

$20 at Urban Outfitters

Leave your son a love note that only he can see with this Secret Message Writing Set. He'll feel like a secret agent as he uses the UV "blacklight" cap to reveal invisible ink!

$8.50 at Pottery Barn Kids

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.

$18 at Anthropologie

Make their bath time way more fun with a set of these special Munchkin Bath Crayons. The kit comes with five vibrant colors that your sweetheart can use to doodle, draw or even practice writing their name. Best of all? They wash right off.

$4.99 at Target

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.

$29.95 at Urban Outfitters

What better message to give your girl on Valentine's Day than a reminder to just "Be You"? Place this pastel pink frame on her desk or bookshelf where she can see it and fill it with a favorite memory.

$12 at Target

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.

$9.99 at Anthropologie

If your teenage son loves a good gag gift, hit him with this AirPods case designed to look like a bottle of spicy chili sauce. Since the silicone construction is bright red, he'll never lose track of his tech again.

$18 at Urban Outfitters

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