Even when I was in a relationship, I was never a big fan of Valentine's Day. Why, I wondered, did we need to set aside a special day to show the people we love how much we care about them? And then I got married and started a family and I soon found myself with kids, who on Valentine's Day showered me with crookedly cut out hearts and over-pasted cards trimmed with doilies. Suddenly I felt my heart melting. Now I fully embrace the day with my little ones, filling it with sweet recipes, crafts and even a gift or two. Give these Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids to give your little one with a big hug attached!
For more gift ideas, check out our compilation of Valentine's Day Books for Kids!
This sweet huggable stuffed friend does double duty as a pet, and when the play is done, a pillow by simply folding it in half. Part of the wildly popular Pillow Pets line (compare prices), the Luv Pup is adorned with bright red fur and plenty of big hearts. Great for bedtime, naptime or even when you and your little one have a snuggle.
Melissa & Doug/PriceGrabber
Give them a gift from the heart! The Melissa & Doug Heart Wooden Chest is not only a place where kids can put all of their super special items, but they can paint it themselves, choosing their favorite colors and designs. Do-it-yourself kit includes a heart shaped wooden box that can open, glitter and craft glue, colorful gems, four pots of paint and a brush.
How can you read your little one a book when you aren't there? With the Record-A-Story Together at Heart book, featuring preschool favorite Elmo
. This unique book allows you to read the story and record your voice so your child can listen again and again. For more fun and memories, record the book with more than one person -- a favorite grandparent or aunt, or even your child herself.
is on a Friday this year, so send your little one to school or daycare with a special surprise. The Popcorn Factory Monkey Love Lunch Box is filled with sweet and savory treats -- cheese corn, a popcorn heart, conversation hearts, a red heart-shaped butter cookie and mini foil-wrapped chocolate hearts. (If you are nice, maybe they'll share!)
Giant Gummi Bears/Price Grabber
Your dentist might not be too pleased, but this is one sweet gift! The World's Largest Gummi Bear weighs four-and-a-half pounds and was created by melting 90 regular-sized gummi bears together and then placed on a stick. Bright and colorful, it's certainly a conversation piece! Available in a variety of colors and flavors.
Sweet dreams! The Gap Heart Sleep Set is a great alternative gift to the traditional Valentine's Day
candy, and she'll love it just as much. Soft and colorful, it's great to wear all February long or anytime she's feeling cuddly. 100 percent cotton.
Love Ivy/Price Grabber
can be remembered whenever your daughter puts on the sterling silver Kids Stripe Enameled Candy Heart Necklace from Love Ivy. The chain can be adjusted from 12 to 14 inches and from it hangs a small pink and red enamel heart. Pretty with a dress or "dress" up a shirt and jeans.