The 30 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids (That Aren’t Chocolate)
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you’re eager to shower the apple of your eye, your child, with love and affection. When it comes to showering your young valentine with gifts, though, it can be hard to come up with ideas that reflect the sentiment of the occasion without sacrificing on kid appeal...or triggering a major sugar rush. Fortunately, we put together a list of our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for kids of all ages, so you can woo your kid with something more creative than a box of chocolates.
1. Pop It Heart and Unicorn Fidget Toy Purse Set
Aside from being darn cute, this rainbow colored purse duo doubles as a fidget toy. Yep, the poppable silicone bubbles on these guys provide a sensory experience—much like bubble wrap, but less noisy—that can truly calm a restless kid. Scoop up this gift and the whole fam will be feelin’ the love.
2. “Llama Llama I Love You” by Anna Dewdney
You can’t go wrong with any of the books in the beloved Llama Llama series, but the jingly rhyming text in this sweet story is all about L-O-V-E, so it’s obviously especially appropriate for the occasion.
3. ‘I Cerealsly Love You’ Personalized Kids Cereal Bowl
Oh, the wit! But cerealsly, these fruit loop-decorated bowls have undeniable charm. They’re also generously sized—you know, so no one has to cry over spilled milk.
4. Hidepoo White Gold Plated Unicorn Initial Pendant
Your kid doesn’t need anyone to put a ring on it this Valentine’s Day (phew), but she might appreciate some bling nevertheless. Here, a white gold plated unicorn necklace with sparkly cubic zirconia and a first initial detail—a personal touch that’ll surely win the heart of any discerning tween.
5. I See Me! Outerspace Personalized Puzzle
It’s the thought that counts…but anything that keeps a kid engaged in a single activity for more than a few minutes doesn’t sound too shabby, either. Presenting the best of both worlds: A 24-piece name puzzle that will make toddlers and preschoolers feel out of this world special.
6. Tstars ‘I’m Digging Valentine’s Day’ Long Sleeve Tractor Shirt
If you’ve got a toddler or little kid who loves all things truck-related, this adorable and festive long sleeve tee is the perfect wear-it-now present.
7. CM-Kid Heart Print Fleece Outfit
Cozy and cute—this two-piece set boasts an oh-so festive heart print and is made out of a warm but breathable fleece material that’s just right for the season. In other words, this outfit is basically begging for a Valentine’s Day photo-op.
8. Kids Valentine’s Day Recycled Crayons
Any budding artist will tell you that you can never have too many crayons, and these personalized multicolor ones are far cooler than your average box of Crayolas. Plus, they won’t snap in half as soon as they’re in your tot’s tiny fist.
9. Purple Ladybug Decorate Your Own Kids Water Bottle Kit
Sadly, most cutesy Valentine’s Day merch is doomed to gather dust in some remote corner of your kid’s room. This water bottle decorating kit, on the other hand, is both a practical item and a fun activity for your child, which makes it a winning gift in our book.
10. Let’s Make Memories Personalized Hugs and Kisses Stuffed Animal Set
OK, this one does indeed fall in the aforementioned cutesy merch category. That said, this pair of super soft, hugging monkeys is more special than your standard Valentine’s Day stuffy, thanks to the personalized touch. (And come on… how cute are they?)
11. Kids Made Modern Valentine’s Day Craft Kit
Felt, sparkly paper, glitter, stickers—basically every kid-friendly craft material under the sun can be found in this kit, which also boasts a fitting holiday theme. Gift it to an arts and crafts lover and watch them swoon.
12. CreateOn LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-tiles Structures
Fans of Magna-Tiles (i.e., pretty much everyone) will be wild about this special edition Hungry Caterpillar set, which includes 16 different tiles that can be used to build one big heart. (Aw.)
13. Our Adventure Book Valentine’s Scrapbook
Here, a gorgeous scrapbook boasting a custom engraved wood cover. Fill it with family photos for your child or leave the pages blank for a gift that any teen with a creative (and sentimental) streak will appreciate.
14. Cabbages and Kings Ivory Heart Fingerless Mittens
These knit fingerless mittens are designed with a heart shaped fold over—a sweet detail that will keep your young valentine’s paws warm and cozy even on the frostiest winter days.
15. Kids Personalized Tic-Tac-Toe Set
It might not be the most complicated game, but tic-tac-toe beats Monopoly dollars to doughnuts—particularly for players with limited attention spans. So, if you’ve got a little kid under your roof, score this personalized set and family game night will surely be a success.
16. Sophia’s by Teamson Kids Warm Your Heart Hot Cocoa and Sweets Set
An ideal Valentine’s Day gift for any child who’s sweet on dolls, this charming 12-piece mini set includes sugar cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries and two mugs of hot cocoa with whipped cream to wash it all down. Yum.
17. Olli Ella Dinkum Doll
If you’re going to give your little valentine the hot cocoa and sweets set, why not throw in a new doll for good measure? The Ollie Ella Dinkum doll is plush, snuggly and downright adorable.
18. Cuddoll The Flutterers Finger Puppets
Get your jazz hands ready, friends, because babies and toddlers will be wild about these handmade finger puppets and the opportunity for interactive play they provide.
19. Little Horse Veterinarian Kit
Young animal lovers can play doctor to their heart’s content with this sweet stuffed horse and veterinarian kit. Best of all, the set includes a stethoscope so your tot can move onto healing humans if they so choose.
20. Personalized ‘My Little Love Bug’ Book
Storytime will feel extra special if you grab your love bug and snuggle up with a personalized book. This one features vintage-inspired artwork, punny text and your child’s very own name on every page.
21. Personalized Cookie Baking Book and Apron Set
Here, you and your little valentine get to be the main characters in a sweet book about baking together. Needless to say, the accompanying apron is for when the two of you act the story out in real life.
22. Brooklinen Faux Shearling Slippers
Give your older kid these faux shearling slippers for a stylish and comfy gift that will keep their tootsies warm while they’re lounging around the house (i.e., every teen’s preferred activity).
23. WATINC DIY Valentine’s Day Tree Set
This felt tree comes with 42 heart-shaped ornaments that can be stuck right on the branches in any arrangement for a fun, mess-free activity that kids can repeat again and again. Plus, the festive wall hanging is pretty sweet, too.
24. Valentine’s Day Paint Kit
Here, a craft kit that includes a whitewashed pine board canvas, self-adhesive hearts and letters, and paints so kids of (almost) all ages can create a Valentine’s Day-themed and Pinterest-worthy piece of wall decor.
25. Princess Crown Knit Ear Warmer
Make your little one feel like royalty this Valentine’s Day with a too-cute crown ear warmer, handmade with soft (and machine washable) acrylic yarn. Bonus: This number comes in a full size run from baby to adult, so you can scoop one up for everyone in your fam.
26. Strawberry Shortcake Scented Cloud Cream Slime
Fluffy, creamy and sweet smelling—this strawberry scented slime, a sensory delight for kids of all ages, comes with strawberry charms that children can mix into the slime for extra textural interest.
27. Kids Monogrammed Bath Robe
By all accounts, this super soft waffle cotton robe feels downright dreamy to wear. Needless to say, the colorful monogrammed detail is a nice personal touch that’s sure to make any kid feel extra loved on Valentine’s Day.
28. 4M Magnetic Mini Tile Art
This magnet tile decorating kit is a simple and stress-free art project that promises to spark creativity while keeping your valentine entertained for quite some time. Plus, if you swap the included paints for paint pens for colorful markers, you’ll pretty much eliminate all the post-crafting clean up, too.
29. “Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Early readers will be thoroughly engrossed by this beginner level chapter book about Nate, a young boy with a knack for detective work and dislike of all things mushy. Engaging from start to finish, this holiday-themed read will have your kid hooked on the whole series.
30. Rose Petal Heart Necklace
Tweens and teens will swoon for this elegant necklace, which boasts a pendant of dried rose petals pressed in glass and dangling from a gold-plated brass chain. File this one under ‘pure romance’.