20 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 24, 2023

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.

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Wrap your sweet-and-snuggly infant in love (literally!) with this heirloom baby blanket. The blanket is made from 100 percent acrylic and reverses to a silky-soft sherpa side. Best of all? It's warm enough for snuggling or strolling around the neighborhood.

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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 nursery.

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Is there anything cuter than festive matching pajamas for the whole family? (We don't think so!) Capture your little ones' Valentine's Day with a photo in these Hearts on Hearts Matching Family Pajamas. And yep! There's even a matching outfit for the family pup.

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Craft time just got a whole lot cuter with this Valentine's Day-themed dino painting kit. The ready-to-use set includes three wooden dinosaurs, two paintbrushes and six paint pots, and you'll definitely want to display their finished creations proudly.

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Your little one might not understand the appeal of flowers just yet, but they'll love this friendly rosebud plushie. The toy stands at about 10 inches tall, with a marshmallow-soft stuffing that's ready for hugs.

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They color your world, and now they can color the tub! Make bath time way more fun with a set of these special Munchkin Bath Crayons. The box comes with five colors that your little cutie can use to doodle hearts or to practice writing their name. And best of all? The markings wash right off.

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Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a "Mommy and Me" pampering session. Treat your littlest love to fresh nails and strawberry-scented lips with this Kids' Lip Gloss + Wash-Off Polish Set. The beauty products are easily removed with soap and warm water, so they can play and wash it away.

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We can picture the note now: "I get a kick out of you, Valentine!" Send your sweetheart off to school with their very own Comic Attack Happy Pack. The stationery set includes three large erasers, 12 pencils and one multi-size pencil sharpener for success on their next (writing) mission.

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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.

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Make their Valentine's Day a little more magical, and surprise them with this sparkly "Unicorn Potions" kit. Inside, they'll find plastic vials, stickers, glitter, gemstones and more for whipping up different "enchantments." They can even finish their bottles with heart-shaped labels.

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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 ridiculously-cute, squishy bear lights. You can choose from four different colors, activate the LED with a quick squeeze and flip between two timer settings.

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Challenge your kiddos to a friendly Valentine's Day competition with this sweet-themed bean bag toss game. They'll love taking turns throwing the bags in the holes to score points. (And they'll love connecting with you after a long day at work or school.)

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Spread the love and laughs by gifting your cutie a copy of 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!

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What do you get a pre-teen, you ask? Try these adorable conversation heart soaps. The set includes 18 mini pastel heart soaps packaged in a glass container that will look adorable on their bathroom counter.

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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 sack of Yoda-shaped candy for those who take care of him.

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Now here's a Valentine's Day gift that older kids will definitely appreciate. Put a playful spin on the traditional candy and chocolates, and hand your tween a pack of "Macaron" Instax Mini film. They'll love the pastel ombre edges and having an excuse to document their friend group.

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If we had to guess, your spunky teen or tween would love these quirky llama socks. (Because they're a whole llama fun. Because they have a whole llama personality. The puns are endless.) Throw in some irresistibly fabulous heart-shaped sunglasses to complete their Valentine's Day look.

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Here's another cheeky gift just for your teen: a heart-shaped mirror for their desk or vanity. The stylish unit comes in neutral, rose and light green, and it boasts a smart-activated button and a catch-all tray base. In other words? The mirror can hold their makeup, hair clips, scrunchies and more.

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If they're a bookworm or a hopeless romantic, then they're sure to swoon over John Green: The Complete Collection Box Set. Inside, they'll find five paperback editions of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. (And they'll probably need to cry when they're done reading them.)

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They might be old enough to make their own breakfast, but they'll never be too old for heart-shaped waffles. Sweeten their morning routine with this Dash Heart Mini Waffle Maker. The small-but-mighty unit is available in both pink and red, and it even comes with a recipe guide.

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