32 Fun + Affordable Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Kids

Save the cards and candy for class, and surprise your kiddo with a little something off this list.

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January 26, 2024

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 Valentine's Day gift ideas for kids.

Wrap your sweet and snuggly infant in love with this heirloom baby blanket. The knit throw is made from 100 percent acrylic and reverses to silky-soft sherpa fabric. You can drape it over the glider, stretch it across the stroller or use it as a backdrop for their very first Valentine's Day pic.


Lean into their love of cars, trucks and other heavy machinery with this Little Blue Truck's Valentine book. The heartfelt story follows Little Blue Truck as he delivers cards to his farm animal friends and wonders if he'll receive any in return. The book is 20 pages long and will make a sweet addition to their little library.

$48 $28.8
40% Off!

Is there anything cuter than matching heart-print PJs? We don't think so! Show your affection for the whole family with a set of these unbelievably comfy checkerboard long johns. The Valentine's Day PJs are woven from organic combed cotton rib knit and include sensory-friendly scratch-free seams, so your kiddos will be extra cozy.

When in doubt, earn squeals of delight by crafting your own Valentine's Day cooties. (Or should we say "cuties"?) This DIY kit from Mondo Llama includes everything they'll need to get started, from vibrant pom poms to googly eyes and silly striped antennas. For just $5, you can make six little characters together.

$36.99 $24.99
32% Off!

Your little one might not understand the appeal of flowers, but they'll definitely appreciate this rosebud plushie. Perfect for boys and girls, the cute and collectible Valentine's Day Squishmallow is ready to receive all the hugs.

$10.40 (Pack of 10)

They color your world, and now they can color the tub! Make Valentine's Day even more fun by handing your child these special Munchkin crayons for bathtime. The box comes with five colors that your little artist can use to doodle hearts all over the tile. Best of all? The scribbles wash right off.

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a "Mommy and Me" pampering session. Treat your littlest love to sparkly nails and raspberry-scented lips using this Nailmatic Nail Polish + Lip Gloss Duo Set. The beauty products are easily removed with soap and warm water, so your child can play and wash the makeup away.

$6.99 (Pack of 3)

We can picture the love note now: "I get a kick out of you, Valentine!" Or maybe "You've stolen my heart!" Send your sweetheart off to school with these playful, yet practical Ooly ninja erasers. Each set comes with three stealthy figures that will slip right into their backpack.


It's true; crocodiles need kisses too! Celebrate Valentine's Day and show your toddler that every creature is deserving of love with this whimsical picture book. Each page features luscious imagery and fun rhyming text to keep you and your little one engaged.

Make their Valentine's Day a little more magical by setting up a rainbow unicorn tea party. This colorful, confetti-decorated case opens to reveal one kettle, four mugs and two canisters fit for pretend play. They'll have so much fun connecting with you after daycare or school.


Challenge your kiddo to a few rounds of Xs and Os (or hugs and kisses!) with this wooden Tic-Tac-Toe board game. They'll get a kick out of moving the blocks and bonding with their favorite parent or guardian. The game is so beautiful, you won't mind displaying it on your coffee table, either.


Spread the love and laughs by gifting your cutie a copy of Laugh-Out-Loud Valentine's Day Jokes for Kids. Inside the paperback book, they'll find hundreds of puns, zingers and one-liners themed after the holiday. But fair warning: They'll definitely want to share them with the whole family!

Nothing says, "Life would be unbearable without you," like a gummy bear light. Bring a smile to their face and brighten their desk with one of these whimsical, squishy bear lights. You can choose from four different colors, activate the LED with a quick squeeze and even flip between two timer settings.

5% Off!

What do you get a pre-teen for Valentine's Day, you ask? Try these aesthetically pleasing conversation heart soaps. The set includes 18 mini pastel-colored soaps stamped with cute sayings and packaged in a clear glass container. Needless to say, they'll look so pretty on the bathroom counter.


Show your Star Wars-obsessed child that you've been paying attention, and offer them the ultimate bounty: this Grogu plushie. The fuzzy green creature is soft to the touch, and he carries a small box of chocolates for those who take care of him.

Skip the usual Valentine's Day candy and chocolates (or at least scale it back) and surprise your tween with a pack of "Macaron" Instax Mini film instead. They'll love the ombre edges and having an excuse to document their friend group.

Here's a fabulous Valentine's Day gift for your teen: a heart-shaped LED mirror for their desk or vanity. The edges light up at the press of a button and cast a gentle glow around the room. Meanwhile, a catch-all tray base down below keeps their jewelry and beauty products in arm's reach. And if you need other stylish, on-theme gift ideas? Try a scented candle, a heart-shaped pillow or a floral handbag.

Something tells us that your spunky tween or teen would proudly wear these Valentine's Day crew socks. (Because they're pawsome. Furtastic even.) The socks are crafted from polyester and spandex for a stretchy, comfy fit and feature two dapper Golden Retrievers.


If they're a bookworm or a hopeless romantic, then they definitely need to read the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman. Inside this eye-catching box set, they'll find four graphic novels detailing how a shy Charlie Spring falls hopelessly in love with rugby player Nick Nelson. You can't go wrong with "The Summer I Turned Pretty" trilogy or the complete collections by John Green or Jenna Evans Welch, either.


They might be old enough to make their own breakfast, but they'll never be too old for heart-shaped waffles. Start their Valentine's Day off on the sweetest note with this Dash Heart Mini Waffle Maker. The pint-sized unit is available in both pink and red, and it comes with a recipe guide for fresh ideas.

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