Looking for useful Valentine’s Day gifts for kids? Here are gifts for your little love to that won’t collect dust. Including a Free Printable Valentine to make your little one feel extra special.
I’ll be honest, I love any opportunity to give a gift. It’s such a small way to make your little ones feel special.
My sweet Amelia beams with pure joy when I give her a gift and is so thankful. Day made!
But, I also live a simple life and don’t enjoy holding on to things with no purpose. Over the years and as I started Simple & Sage my goal became to only have things in our home we truly love and that are useful. I don’t traditionally find Valentine’s Day gifts for kids to be useful.
Rest assured, mama. You can make your child beam while opening a thoughtful gift without bringing unnecessary things into your home.
The History of Valentine’s Day
Anyone know? Outside of the Hallmark story, I seriously couldn’t have told you. Truth be told, the origin is murky at best. But, let’s learn a little something together.
Alas, Valentine’s Day historically is the celebration of St. Valentine. Who? I had no idea either.
St. Valentine, a Roman Catholic priest, is honoured on February 14th, the day his beheading occurred. Legend has it he performed marriages when the Emperor banned the marrying of young men who made better soldiers. It is believed that he left a farewell for the jailer’s daughter who he had become friends with signed “from your Valentine”.
But, this is all according to legend. There are in fact THREE St. Valentines so who actually knows. To add to that, it could be recognizing the pagan fertility festival Lupercalia. Then, there is the Middle Age where possibly February 14th is the beginning of bird’s mating season.
Finally, by the 18th century our declaration of love through sentimental trinkets and cards began.
Is Valentine’s Day for Kids?
The common thread that runs through that complex history lesson is that Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and friendship. So, yes!
I’ve always thought valentines from teeny children to their friends and family was so cute. There is nothing more honest than the affection of a child.
I think Valentine’s Day gifts for kids is an opportunity to make them feel special, as you feel when you’re given one. So celebrate away, mama!
What Should I Give my Kids for Valentine’s Day?
Ah, yes, the reason for this post!
I’ve got you covered! I have rounded up some really cute and useful gifts for your littlest valentines right here. Let’s get going!
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids
The simplest thing you can give that personally makes my heart melt is the handwritten valentine. Click HERE to download a free printable valentine to tell your little love 10 Things You Love about them.
Things to Wear
Clothes, pajamas, and socks are always useful when you have kids. My tip for making gifts you wear go the distance is to buy items that aren’t specifically holiday themed. In my Christmas Eve Traditions post you’ll know my love of buying matching pajamas but I buy patterns that aren’t specific to Christmas and choose gender neutral colours – but pink and unicorns is gender neutral for us.
Things They Need
Not to suck the fun out of gift giving but is there anything wrong with coupling it with the things you’ll need to buy your kids anyways? I think not! Cute water bottles and things for the bath are a win for me!
Every morning each of the kids chooses a Love Powered Co card from the Littles Deck and we read them out loud. It’s become a nice part of our morning routine to help the kids build their confidence and vocabulary about emotional wellness.
Artwork for Your Home
How special would it be to take one (of the millions) of drawing your kids make into a mug they can use everyday!
Things to Play With
We’re talking about gifts for kids so play is kind of important! I’ve made a big shift to encourage open ended play that both my kids at different ages can enjoy. Our favourite: Play Dough!!
Little Larch Play Dough is free from synthetic dyes and artificial scents. Instead it is made from veggies, minerals, and essential oils. They are also packaged in glass jars making them a better choice for the environment.
I also love Run Wild Play Kits and the kids really enjoy building their own little adventures with her homemade play dough that is scented with essential oils and accessories.
If you’re local to the Niagara Region one of my favourite small shops, The Wooden Elephant, has collaborated with a few other makers to put together the sweetest little handmade valentines for your little love. Each valentine includes:
- A Heart Wand from The Wooden Elephant
- A Heart Cookie from Two Smart Cookies
- A Watercolour Valentine Print from KK Watercolour
- A Croqueted Envelope from Lily Blossom Co
Each valentine is $35 + tax and is only available for local pick up in St. Catharines.
When you shop local and small you’re supporting local makers like Cassie. Learn more about The Wooden Elephant in our Simply Caffeinated Small Shop List.
Things to Read
Building a library for my kids has been something I love doing. I love choosing books to help them learn how to talk about their feelings and to learn about different cultures. Our favourite series is Little People, BIG Dreams.
Things to Eat
I try to keep Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids primarily useful but a little something yummy is needed too!
Yummy doesn’t need to be candy though. If your kids are small or you’re not big on sugar Love Child Organics have always been my go to.
OK, OK how could I put together a list of gifts without including the trendies thing to eat – The Hot Chocolate Bomb!
If you’re local to the Niagara Region check out @cocoa.bomb.co – the sister duo making the most spectacularly loaded hot chocolate bombs.
You’ve put a lot into making valentines for your little love, I think you need to treat yourself too. Check out @barnett.cateringco in the Niagara Region for a little liqueur filled chocolates!
If you aren’t in the Niagara Region, choosing things they can eat is an easy way to support your local businesses. Ordering dinner for yourself or for a date night? Order local!
Need more ideas? Check out my Giving Guide for Kids!
Don’t forget to download the free printable valentine HERE