43 Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids
Whether your child is a precious newborn or a sassy tween, Real Simple’s Valentine’s Day gift guides will eliminate the age-old question, “What can I buy them that they don’t already have?” Here you’ll find an abundance of options, from the sentimental (Why You’re So Awesome journal), to the practical (a set of five heart-shaped Conversation Heart crayons), to the soothing (soft alpaca hats and hand-crafted bunny slippers repurposed from old sweaters). Surprise your little one with kitschy items the whole family can partake in with an emoji cookie cutter (perfect for some bonding time in the kitchen) or a set of Mad Libs Valentine letters, complete with stickers and United States post office regulation paper that can actually be sent out in the mailbox. There are some cozy items, too: a pair of girls’ heart-printed pajamas and an oversized heart nightlight will keep her feeling safe and secure until sunrise. And, of course, what gift guide would be complete without some tempting edible treats? Satisfy his sweet tooth with a gourmet collection of chocolate-covered Oreos or a colorful (and delicious!) box of gluten-free Mama Bear and Baby Bear gummy candies. No matter what you choose, one thing is for sure: Your hunt for something just right ends here.
Dual Heart iPhone and Micro USB Charging Cable
If your teen or tween seems to have a lot of devices on her hands all of the sudden, this adorable charger makes for a very practical Valentine’s Day gift. The large USB plugs into a computer, compatible wall outlet, or charging block to send power to both connectors—one made for gadgets that support lightning cables (iPhones and iPads), another made for devices with micro USB ports (Kindles, GoPros, and more). On the next family road trip, she’ll be able to read her kindle and take pictures of the sights with her iPhone—without ever losing power.
To Buy: $15; kikkerland.com.
Never Not Loving You Wall Art
A graphic poster fits the bill for kids of any age: The word art will add a pop of color to your toddler’s playroom, a sweet message to your teen’s locker, or even a reminder of home to a new college undergrad. The poster, which measures 11 inches wide and 14 inches high and is printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks, comes unframed—though framing options (white, black, gold, and gallery wall clips) are also available for an additional cost. We think this particular print would look especially striking in a bold pink or yellow frame, too.
To Buy: $25; landofnod.com.
Tumbling Tower Building Blocks
A colorful game that’s easy to stow away when not in use will make parents and kids happy this February 14. Playing couldn’t be any simpler: First, create a tower with the stackable bright, colorful rectangular blocks, then roll the dice to see which color block you must remove. If a player knocks down the tower when removing a block, they lose the game. (Parents need not worry: The blocks are lightweight and won’t injure small hands when they tumble.) When solo, kids can use the blocks to create other designs and towers, too.
To Buy: $13 for 48 pieces; amazon.com.
Dress Up Cape
For the little one with a vivid imagination or a penchant for putting on plays in the basement, a gorgeous cape fit for a mini queen. The outside features ombrÃ© ruffles in pink, cream, and white, while the inside is lined with sparkly silver sequins. If she can’t get enough glitz and glam, another version with a gold sequin exterior and a white and gold polka dot lining is also available. Both capes tie at the neck with a delicate white string. We wouldn’t blame her for wanting to wear this beautiful cape everywhere she goes.
To Buy: $98; anthropologie.com.
Large Bow Headband
If she hates wearing her hair in a ponytail because hair ties pinch too much, give this sparkly accessory instead. The thin headband won’t pinch or pull, but will keep those pretty strands out of her face. Sparkly black sequins jazz up her school uniform (without breaking those dress code rules!), but also look great with her birthday party dresses. The felt-lined band won’t slip or slide, no matter how much running she does during recess. Gold, pink, and multicolored sequin versions, as well as a black and cream tweed and pink tulle alternatives are also available.
To Buy: $18; amazon.com.
When an Elephant Falls in Love
From the bestselling author of I Didn't Do My Homework Because... and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School... comes the beautifully illustrated tale of an elephant with a real crush. The sweet—and very relatable—story helps kids make sense of romantic relationships. In a silly style that’s easy to comprehend, the words on the pages remind readers of all ages that sometimes love can be confusing and hard to express, but good things come to those who are patient and kind. This sweet love story, appropriate for all ages, is sure to land a permanent spot on your family’s bookshelf.
To Buy: $15; chroniclebooks.com.
Who Will My Lover Be? Game Box
For the teen or tween who loves the game MASH (you remember it from middle school: Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House), there’s this modern version with a vintage-inspired look. This game doesn’t require any paper and pencil. Instead, simply tilt the box to move three small silver balls around the game board until each one lands on a characteristic (know it all, generous, nature lover, poet, and more). Wherever the balls land is said to describe your future relationship. The kids will play again and again—with plenty of laughs guaranteed—until they get just what they’re looking for.
To Buy: $13; chroniclebooks.com.
Sweet Tote Stencil Kit
Mom or Dad’s little helper will love having a tote of her own to help haul groceries or, if she’s lucky, a sweet little reward for her effort. A blank 100 percent cotton canvas tote comes with permanent non-toxic markers (red, blue, yellow, and black) and a transparent stencil for drawing a heart, ice cream cone, lips, circles, triangles, or even a watermelon onto the surface of the tote. To prevent any creative blocks, the kit also comes complete with instructions that feature design inspiration and tips. Once both sides of the bag are decorated, she can reuse the supplies to design other bags, T-shirts, and more.
To Buy: $25; yellowowlworkshop.com.
Farmer’s Market Fruit Basket
For the tiniest of Valentines, a set of plush velour toys in a fully lined, reusable basket. The fruit (apple, pear, orange, and banana) is easy for little hands to grip, and parents will love to repurpose the wicker and linen basket as a holder for washcloths, ointment, and other changing table necessities. Tuck one of these toys in your purse or diaper bag, one in the stroller, one in the car, and leave one at home to ensure your little one has something to play with no matter where the day takes the two of you.
To Buy: $13; burtsbeesbaby.com.
NPW Oh K! Scented Eraser
If you remember how important it seemed to have the latest and greatest school supplies, consider this cool pencil case must-have for your little Valentine. These aren’t just any old erasers—the trio, which comes packaged in mini milk cartons, is scented. Each one has a different fragrance: mango (orange), peach (pink), and lychee (yellow). The rectangular blocks are big enough to last her all year, but one thing you may want to keep in mind: She’ll get plenty of requests to share. At just $8 for three, you might consider picking up a few extras.
To Buy: $8; asos.com.
Peaceful Animal Nightlight
When the dark of the night still gives him a fright, give your Valentine something that’ll help tame his fears—and, bonus, perhaps even stop the midnight wake-up calls. This adorable nightlight, available in a variety of creatures (giraffe, elephant, and whale), plugs into any standard outlet to create a soft glow in his room, the hallway, or bathroom. An on-off switch at the base makes it easy to turn on when the sun sets and off as soon as it rises. When the light blows out, replacement bulbs can be purchased at any grocery, convenience, or home improvement store.
To Buy: $32; anthropologie.com.
Design Your Own Headphones
For the teen discovering a love for music and podcasts, a set of headphones that will truly be uniquely his. The adjustable white headphones, which feature padded ears to provide better sound and extra comfort, come with six craft markers (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and black) and two mini bottles of craft spray paint for customization. The kit also includes adhesive stickers, so he can create stencils for more precise designs. The headphones, suitable for ages eight and up, are compatible with any device that has a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. (Note: If he uses the new iPhone to play tunes, he’ll need to use the adapter that came with the phone.)
To Buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.
Electric Light Blocks
He’s built a wide array of skyscrapers, scenes, and robots using the building blocks he already owns, but this light-up version will bring a whole new dimension to playtime. These interlocking construction blocks light up when placed on the USB- or battery-powered base, so he can create structures that glow in the dark. Four modes—always on, 15-minute auto-off, flashing, and fading—only enhance his options. Best of all, the blocks are compatible with other building blocks of the same size so he can mix and match. Available in 32- or 102-piece (two bases) sets.
To Buy: From $30; uncommongoods.com.
Play time is always magical as far as she’s concerned, but this fun piece will make her make-believe kingdom feel a little more real. The soft padded unicorn horn comes in a variety of colors—from vibrant shades like bright blue, hot pink, and lime green; to metallic like gold, silver, and iridescent—so you’re sure to find one in her favorite color. Or, you could always go with the rainbow version. At just $3, the generous gifter may just feel compelled to get one as a favor for every kid at the Valentine’s Day class party.
To Buy: $3; prettyinpinksupply.etsy.com.
Emoji Hugs and Kisses Stickers
Let your little one express herself with a modern twist on a classic arts and crafts supply—emoji stickers! This Valentine-themed selection of almost 300 stickers will no doubt be enthusiastically slapped onto every imaginable surface. Notebooks, folders and binders will surely receive a handful, and—if you’re lucky—so will a kind thank-you note for you. In lieu of handing out cards at school this year, have your child cut out squares of four stickers to hand out to classmates with a little note scribbled on the back. They’ll appreciate the gesture and might even give one back as a token of their appreciation.
To Buy: $7; papersource.com.
These delightful fringed leather moccasins, which are crafted by hand, flaunt a gold heart sewn onto the toe area of each bootie. In sizes ranging from newborn to toddler, you might just want to order several pairs to ensure she doesn’t outgrow them too soon for your (or her) liking. The smaller sizes can be made with a soft sole, while a walker’s sole (two layers of durable leather) would be more appropriate for toddlers. Pro tip: When ordering, add a half-inch to your daughter’s current foot size to account for the inevitable growth spurt.
To Buy: $40; luxeandro.etsy.com.
Emoji Cookie Cutter
For the budding baker, this emoji heart cookie cutter will certainly bring a little love into your next culinary adventure. You and your child can use it together to cut this cute shape out of your favorite cookie dough recipe, pie crust, or even a freshly baked pan of brownies. Outline the face with yellow icing and fill in the heart-shaped eyes with red for an adorable afterschool treat. Alternately, you could give the item to a younger child to incorporate into their Play-Doh routine or press into clay and let dry to form a long-lasting ornament.
To Buy: $5; cookiecutz.etsy.com.
Sure, playing dolls is fun—but constructing your own dollhouse is taking it to a whole other level. This clever do-it-yourself kit comes with all of the supplies you need (and clear, step-by-step instructions) to build a paperboard dollhouse. Choose from a variety of structures, including a Victorian, a modern apartment complex, and a whimsical English cottage. Stand up paper dolls (and even pets!) are sold separately to complete the fun. They can even be deconstructed and stored flat on a shelf to ensure your child’s playroom or bedroom remains clutter-free. Designed for children ages five and up.
To Buy: $40; brika.com.
Love Pencil Set
With this colorful set of pencils, your child will be reminded of your love while scribbling in her diary, writing his latest book report, or sending an old-fashioned letter in the mail. With positive affirmations such as “Oh Happy Day” and “All You Need Is Love,” they’re bound to elicit a little smile while working through the most complicated long division problems. These pencils work on standardized tests too, thanks to a Number 2 graphite core. Six styles (and four colors) of two pencils are included per set, and each one is embossed with silver, gold, or red lettering.
To Buy: $15 for 12; earmark.etsy.com.
Heart Print Pajama Set
Give your little sleepyhead these heart-print pajamas, and she’s sure to rise and shine on the right side of the bed. The cotton blend, banded cuffs, and elasticized waistband will keep her comfortable from story time to sunrise. Add in a pack of coordinating socks to reach free shipping on Gap’s website and ensure her toes stay just as toasty. Despite being long sleeved, she can wear these the whole year through and will especially enjoy them on an unusually chilly summer night. You’ll appreciate that they’re machine washable, too.
To Buy: $45; gap.com.
Bunny Baby Slippers
Constructed of recycled and discarded wool sweaters, these delightful baby bunny slippers not only keep tiny feet warm, but also inevitably charm everyone around. Fetching details include hand-sewn faces, scalloped stitching, and, for an added surprise, carrots under the soles. These sweet slippers are also perfect for gifting at a baby shower or your first meet-and-greet with a loved one or friend’s new addition. Because each pair is handmade, each item is as unique as your little one is and may have slight variations in appearance. For a young boy, consider lion or Dalmatian booties instead.
To Buy: $32; uncommongoods.com.
Why You’re So Awesome Journal
With ego-boosting prompts (“You are awesomely talented at _____” and “You have the funniest _______”), it will be a breeze to think up more than a hundred reasons why your kid rocks. A one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift he’s sure to cherish for many years to come. For a fun twist (and a gift that keeps on giving), present this hardcover book with only one entry, and then surprise him every morning at breakfast with an additional page filled in. Also available from this witty company is a book entitled “What I Love About You, Sis,” so he can share the accolades with a sibling.
To Buy: $5; amazon.com.
Girls’ “Love You” Tights
She can dress to impress during the cold, winter months with a pair of soft cotton tights that have mini metallic gold hearts flying all over the legs. Thanks to the neutral gray color, this pair will go with just about anything in her closet.
To buy: $18.50, jcrew.com.
Charm Party Set
Treat your favorite girl to a creative twist on a childhood favorite this Valentine’s Day. The colorful Charm Party Set—a collaboration between popular charm bracelet company Charm It! and temporary tattoo maker Tattly—includes two rainbow colored chain bracelet tattoos, two heart shaped chain bracelet tattoos, and two sets of eight different charm tattoos. Printed with vegetable-based ink, each temporary tattoo is safe and non-toxic. She’ll love glancing down at her array of “chains” and “charms” (including a roller skate, piano, and gumball machine), which will last between two and four days. Included is a special sponge exclusive to Tattly, which ensures every tattoo is applied correctly.
To Buy: $15; shopspring.com.
This oversized heart nightlight—exclusive to The Land of Nod— adds a pretty pop of color during the day and makes her feel safe at bedtime. The perforated metal light can serve as a fun addition to her bookshelf or be hung on her wall using the included hardware and instructions. At nightfall, flip the switch on to illuminate a dark room. Thanks to the soft glow, it’ll be easier for her to find her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Other designs are also available for her siblings—or to create a one-of-a-kind art installation on her bedroom wall.
To Buy: $59; landofnod.com.
Heart Memory Game
Banish boredom with a game made especially for them. This customized memory game features a set of 24 cardboard tiles that come neatly packaged in a 3.5-inch square box adorned with a heart. The game can be personalized with up to 12 photos of your child and his or her favorite things (family members, pets, familiar places, and more). Creating this unique gift couldn’t be easier: Simply drag and drop a selection of photos (from your computer, Facebook, or Instagram) via the customize link, choose matte or glossy as your choice of finish, and voila! Available in either pink or blue.
To Buy: $30; pinholepress.com.
Treat your child to the fun of classic conversation hearts this February—without the unwanted sugar rush. Soy-based and hand-poured, this set of five paraffin wax crayons measures arrive ready for gifting in a cellophane bag tied with raffia or topped with a card. With an entire rainbow’s worth of colors to choose from, simply select your child’s favorites. Additionally, you can indicate any particular sayings you’d like to exclude, if any. The shop also offers custom packs (you choose the amount of crayons, colors, and sayings), perfect for your child’s classroom or birthday party.
To Buy: $4 for five; coloringsprout.etsy.com.
Superhero Lollipop Craft Kit
Donned with a cape and a mask, even an ordinary lollipop can save snack time. These clever kits contain enough materials (multicolored masks, capes, and stickers) to turn 12 suckers into superheroes, so the kids can make a few for themselves and some for their friends. A seven-ounce bag of lollipops is included, though you can get creative and adorn any similarly sized (or flavored) pops of your choosing. Hot glue is recommended for assembly, so be sure to have an adult on hand to supervise. Extra pieces will be sent, too—just in case.
To Buy: $10 per dozen; orientaltrading.com.
Monster Hands Temporary Tattoos
Turn your child’s hand into an array of bewitching (and not at all scary!) monsters with these nifty temporary tattoos. This set of eight is made from recycled paper stock and is long lasting, despite their position on such an often used location—your hand. Bring the tattoos out during their next play date for a fun surprise and be delighted by the impromptu puppet show it’s sure to elicit. These designer-made temporaries measure 3 inches in length by 2.5 inches in height, making them the perfect size for tiny hands. Each tattoo can be applied easily with water for fuss-free enjoyment.
To Buy: $9.50; amazon.com.
Mama and Baby Bear Gummies
If your Valentine has an allergy, opt for this box of gluten-free Sugarfina gummy bears. The acrylic cube contains a wide assortment of fruit flavored candies—from smaller Bing cherry “Baby Bears” to bigger Mandarin orange “Mama Bears.” Have fun picking out your favorite colors and flavors with your little ones. They’ll have fun role-playing and showcasing all the members of their family in size order, even down to their beloved teddy bear. These candies are just the right way to show your kids their mama (or papa) bear cares—hopefully, they’ll even share a few with you!
To Buy: $7.50; sugarfina.com.
Giant Cupcake Pan
Swap boxed chocolates for homemade sweets, and help the kids bake and decorate a dessert that’s big enough to feed the whole family (plus some!). This set includes two pans—one that’s shaped like the actual cupcake, and one that molds the top of the cake to look like tiered frosting. Make sure to stock up on extra sprinkles and an assortment of candies to transform this gigantic 3D cupcake into the ultimate treat. If watching their eyes widen with surprise when you approach the table sounds like more fun to you, this life-sized cupcake is sure to be a welcome surprise after dinner. With a pre-made cake mix, you can quickly assemble it while the kids are occupied with their homework.
To Buy: $24, amazon.com.
Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs
Your kids will love rewriting mushy valentines with this classic word game; in fact, the entire family can make a night out of crafting absurd love notes. The book even comes with custom stickers to seal each funny valentine, so they can be given to friends or secret admirers—or simply placed on family members’ pillows. United States post office regulation paper will ensure that these silly Valentines reach their intended destination—even if you choose to send them in the mail. Likewise, they can be a fun idea for your child at recess—no doubt their classmates will be clamoring around for their very own special note.
To Buy: $5; amazon.com.
Fuzzy Pencil Case
Send your student to school on Monday with this supremely soft pink fringe pencil case in her backpack. Make the gift even sweeter by filling the pouch with her favorite candies. This zippered pencil case can be spot cleaned with mild soap and water—an important feature when it eventually gets stained from an errant cap-less marker. The pouches are available in turquoise, citrus yellow, and bold purple as well, should you decide to order more than one for all of her special trinkets and valuables. It’s also a good opportunity to teach her about giving back—every time you buy an item from Yoobi, another item is donated to a classroom in need.
To Buy: $4; target.com.
Chocolate Covered Oreos
Why dunk an Oreo in milk when you can bathe it in chocolate? That’s the idea behind these gourmet kid-friendly Valentine’s Day treats. Each indulgent chocolate-dipped cookie is topped with can’t-resist candies—toffee, miniature peanut butter cups, coconut shaving—or nuts. Also, the package of 12 showcases an array of Belgian chocolate flavors—dark, milk, and white—to appeal to every chocolate-loving child in your family. This item cannot be gift wrapped, so be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to wrap and personalize it with your own special touches. Regular cookies don’t stand a chance!
To Buy: $30 per dozen; saksfifthavenue.com.
If baby squirms in just about anything besides a soft cotton onesie, let this clever bib serve as his go-to formal wear. It’s just fancy enough for dinner with the parents, and still keeps messes off the outfit underneath. Even better? This is one tuxedo that’s machine washable.
To buy: $23, carolynsclassics.etsy.com.
From Gymboree’s “Cozy Valentine” collection comes this cheeky pair of pint-sized sunglasses, perfect for everyone’s favorite February holiday. These heart-shaped sunglasses are available in three sizes: infant, toddler, and children ages four and up, to accommodate a wide size of faces. Even though Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter, your child’s precious peepers still need protection from dangerous UVA and UVB rays—especially when the sun peeks out after a snowstorm and reflectivity is an issue. The arms are flexible on the infant-sized glasses, so you don’t have to worry about strong little fingers tugging them on—or off.
To Buy: $9; gymboree.com.
Non-Toxic Nail Polish Set
This set of three kid-friendly nail polishes from Piggy Paint is offered in an assortment of pretty colors—including one very special purple glitter shade. Because they are non-toxic (and made in the United States), you can paint these on the smallest of fingernails and not worry about one inevitably making its way into her mouth. Each bottle contains a half-ounce of low-odor polish which dries to a durable, glossy finish—though she may want to add a top coat to ensure longevity throughout her busy week of school and activities. Use the brand’s non-acetone remover to clean off polish while soothing cuticles with aloe vera and vitamin E.
To Buy: $18; target.com.
Peter Rabbit Library Boxed Set
Introduce your child to the ageless literary world of Peter Rabbit and his group of furry (and feathered) friends with this hardcover 23-volume set. They’ll delight in Beatrix Potter’s engaging tales of adventure complete with text and illustrations alike. Peter Rabbit made his first publication debut over 110 years ago and continues to mesmerize children today. If your child is as enthralled by this library boxed set as you were as a youngster, consider surprising him or her on their next birthday or holiday with the accompanying soft plush toys and a collection of dishware sure to make mealtime extra special.
To Buy: From $22; amazon.com.
Blind Box Hand-sel Figure
These cute googly-eyed rings are sure to receive an abundance of compliments from friends and classmates this Valentine’s Day. With color selections ranging from orange to blue to yellow, be surprised with the shade they select just for you. At this price, why not order more than one for your child in each color? They slip onto little fingers (and smaller adult fingers, to boot) for a little added whimsy in their daily lives. They are made of plastic and wipe clean, should they accidentally find themselves the victims of an overeager snacker or famished kitchen helper while being worn.
To Buy: $2; shopspring.com.
Rose Bunny Hat
Crafted from 100 percent baby alpaca wool, this sweet pink bunny hat is handmade in Bolivia by a Fair Trade women’s collective for a product you can feel good about gifting. In addition to its charm, this soft knit hat is also hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. Oeuf makes a variety of other sustainably sourced and responsibly created children’s clothing and accessories in gender-neutral shades of cream, grey, animal prints and, of course, the more traditional blues and pinks. This particular bunny hat also comes in a dark gray, should you decide to select one for your favorite baby boy as well.
To Buy: $56; shopspring.com.
Heart Tote Bag
Looking for a durable, yet cute cotton canvas tote that can transport all of her goodies from school to play dates and back again? This natural-colored tote bag adorned with pink topsy-turvy electric pink hearts is sure to fit the bill. It’s handmade, machine washable (hooray!), and clocks in at a dual 14-by-14 square measurement. Shipping policies are generous, and are perfect for those last-minute ideas—each bag is ready to ship in just one to three business days. Great quality and unique design make this a gift sure to please. This Etsy shop owner is a graphic and accessory designer, so you can be sure her designs won’t be available just anywhere, either.
To Buy: $10; bodomint.etsy.com.
Lego Storage Brick
Give the favorite Lego lover in your life this cleverly-shaped storage box. It’s perfect for storing his or her essentials, such as crayons, toy trucks, figurines and, of course, Legos. Each box is even stackable, should you choose to order one or more for an even more organized playroom. The removable tops are interchangeable for fun mixing and matching. Each storage brick is a generous 9.9-inch width, 8.5-inch dimension, and a little over 7 inches in height. Made of durable polypropylene, these storage boxes can withstand being tossed around or packed into your child’s backpack for a neatly corralled set of toys on the go.
To Buy: $29; landofnod.com.
Valentine Hair Tie Set
This charming heart-patterned hair tie set is adorned with different shapes, patterns, and colors that are sure to inject a little fun into school mornings. They are handmade, elastic, and can be customized to fit any size—from toddler to fun-loving adult. All hair ties are handmade and boast heat-sealed ends to ensure a tight ponytail from first period to intramural gymnastics. She can keep one and give the remainder to her friends for a cute matching style, or store all of them in the bathroom for a different look throughout her week. You can even order up to five sets (at a discount) for the other favorite little ladies in your life.
To Buy: From $3; bloomzberry.etsy.com.