Trying to decide what to get your loved ones for Valentine’s Day can be a struggle. You love them, and you want to make a thoughtful gesture without breaking the bank. But where do you begin?
The key to picking out V-day gifts for kids is assessing what they actually “need”–note the quotation marks, here. Both of my boys usually size-up during the Spring, so Valentine’s Day is when I start stocking up on lighter clothing. I also like to find items that will keep my boys away from the “winter blues”. Since the cold weather keeps them inside a lot of the time, I like to have some craft items on hand to keep them entertained.
Here are some Valentine’s gift ideas that your kids will love and will keep you ahead of the curve as the warmer weather approaches…
- Bath items: My boys can’t get enough of fun bath toys. Whenever they get new ones, I take their older bath toys and move them to our “outdoor toy box” for when the weather gets warm enough for the kiddie pool. Just be sure to throw out the squirt toys that grow mold inside–it’s not worth anyone getting sick over! My little guy has the Fisher Price Little People Floaty Boat (above) and loves floating it, filling it with water, etc. We squeeze the water out of the fish and other squirt toys each time, to prevent the yuck from getting in them.
- Pajamas: Nothing gets my kids more excited than wearing their favorite characters on their pajamas. My big guy is 4.5 years old and loves Minions, so his Spring pjs are covered in them. For my little guy (age 1.5), it’ll be Mickey Mouse.
- Books: Don’t feel like you have to stick to the Valentine’s day theme; any books that interest your kids will be a nice edition to their personal library. If there are particular authors they get a kick out of, opt for those. Right now, we are loving books by Mo Willems, Leo Lionni and Sandra Boynton.
- Character socks: see #2 above–the same goes for character socks! My little guy has always rejected wearing socks, until Santa brought him a set of Mickey Mouse ones for Christmas (very similar to the Minnie ones pictured above). Now he points to his feet repeating “NeeNee”, his version of Mickey. Honestly, we get such a kick out of it, that we reach for the Mickey ones over any other pairs, just to see the look on his face when he sees them!
- Craft items: What do kids like to do when the weather is dreary? Crafts! Gifting crayons (the washable kind, of course!) or a case filled with pencils and funky erasers is an awesome way to encourage creativity. The craft kits by Alex Toys are especially awesome because they come with everything you need to complete each project, AND there are several individually wrapped projects in each kit! This would be an excellent items to take to grandma’s house for some extra-fun bonding time.
Remember, the meaning of Valentine’s Day is to spend quality time together and show your family how much you care…but it can’t hurt to get your ducks in a row for Spring-time, either!