30 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love to Cuddle, Create, Read, and Laugh

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Bethany Braun-Silva

30 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love to Cuddle, Create, Read, and Laugh

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These budget-friendly gifts show them your love.


No matter how romantic we once were, parenthood makes many of us think more about our kids on Valentine’s Day than our partners. Sure, we may want to get or give flowers, chocolates, and nice dinners out to our significant others, but let’s face it: It’s a lot more fun to come up with Valentine’s Day gifts for kids than it is for adults. And it’s definitely less tricky.


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Still, you may be stuck on ideas for your kids’ V-day gifts this year—especially if you just spent all your gift-giving creativity on the holidays. Some of us also have winter birthdays to contend with, making these early months a goldmine for the kids and a materialistic trap for their parents. But that’s no excuse to deprive them.


The truth is, you can always take the easy way out and buy heart-shaped candies for your kids. They’ll love it. But if you’re hoping to make this holiday a little more meaningful, we get that too. It’s a time to celebrate love, after all, and those little people have made your heart grow a million sizes since they came into this world. That’s why we came up with this list of Valentine’s gift ideas for kids that includes cuddly toys,  kits that inspire creativity, and presents that reflect your child’s specific interests, all to show your love in ways that make sense for your family. We also made sure none of these gifts is very expensive, because yeah, our accounts are still reeling from the holidays too.


Below, you’ll find the best Valentine’s Day gifts for kids of all ages, guaranteed to make your little sweethearts feel special. And don’t forget to get something for yourself while you’re at it!

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Carter’s Baby Valentine's Booties


Though babies have no idea what Valentine’s Day is, getting them a pair of cute V-day themed socks will put a smile on the face of anyone lucky enough to see those little feet.

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Loulou Lollipop Bubble Silicone and Wood Teether


Again, your baby won’t notice what day it is when you give this gift to them, but they’ll appreciate it nonetheless. The combination of harder wood and softer silicone lets them switch up their teething, and it also doubles as a pretty rattle.

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'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Love Magna-Tiles


This 16-tile set spells out “I Love You” and shows the ravenous Eric Carle character. Or your kid can build an entirely different creature/structure from their own imagination.

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'Nosotros Means Us: Un Cuento Bilingüe,' by Paloma Valdivia


This book has been compared to Runaway Bunny as a mother speaks to her child in Spanish and English about the strength of their love for each other. It’s touching and beautiful to look at, too.

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Demdaco Giving Bear


Not only is this the absolute softest teddy bear we’ve ever encountered, it comes with a tag that expresses so much of what we want to tell our kids: “Sometimes you can feel so small in a great big world. Sometimes you might feel like a giant who can climb a beanstalk. However you are feeling, I want you to know how important YOU are. Whenever you need a little comfort, a little safe, a little brave, just whisper in my ear and hold me tight. I’ll be here for you.”

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A+X Submarine Kids' Jigsaw Puzzle


The 45-piece puzzles from Black-owned company A+X come with a story about characters Zoey, Isabella, Isaiah, and Brandon and the magical land depicted in the picture kids put together.

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Squishmallow Strawberry-Scented Scarlet (14 inches)


If your kid is already a fan of Squishmallows, squishy plush toys that double as pillows, we don’t need to tell you that this strawberry would make an excellent Valentine’s Day addition to their collection. And if they aren’t yet into them, they’ll still love snuggling with this cutie.

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TickleMe Plant Valentine’s Day Gift Box


Growing a plant from seeds is its own reward for some, but can be a bit boring for others, which is where the concept of a TickleMe Plant comes in. Once they’ve sprouted leaves, the Mimosa Pudica plants respond to your touch by closing up, acting like something shrinking away from being tickled, so it’s like a pet-and-plant in one!

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Cubidi Original Rainbowball 3-D Puzzle


This toy offers the tactile satisfaction of a pop fidget toy with a mildly challenging color puzzle. It’s small enough to fit into any bag to entertain kids on car trips and errands.

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Plus Plus I Love You Hearts Mini Maker Tube


Open-ended Plus Plus blocks are very satisfying to put together, and they’re all the more meaningful when you can build red, pink, and white hearts with them!

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Baketivity Subscription Boxes


Why give one small gift when instead, you can give an experience—and your time—that they’ll remember forever? Baketivity boxes come with dry ingredients, recipes, lessons, and access to online baking classes. If you’re not ready for a monthly subscription, try out a one-time box like the Valentine’s Day Blondies Deluxe kit ($39.95).

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Lego 'Jurassic World' Dr. Wu's Lab: Baby Dinosaurs Breakout


Give your kids the gift of a harmless lab hatching baby Lego dinosaurs. What’s the worst that could happen?

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'Instructions for Dancing,' by Nicola Yoon


In this young adult romance novel by the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star, disillusioned romantic Evie develops the unwelcome power to see a couple’s love story from start to finish any time she witnesses them kissing. Following her as she ponders the question of whether love is ever worth it if it ends—while she also learns to ballroom dance with very cool rock musician X and tries to forgive her dad for cheating on her mother and breaking up the family—is an excellent way for any teen (or adult) to pass a Valentine’s Day.

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LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party


Your little one will be a charming hostess serving up tea and sweet treats to their special guests with this adorable tea set. This colorful collection comes with a magical teapot that lights up, plays songs, and makes fun sounds along with 10 play pieces—including a puzzle cake tray to teach your tot colors. Recommended for toddlers ages 18-36 months.

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HiUnicorn Jewelry Craft Making Kit


Looking for a charming gift to make your child feel magical on Valentine’s Day? This sweet jewelry making kit is a perfect pick! This set comes with 67 pieces for kids to use to create the charm bracelet of their dreams!

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Lego Creator 3-in-1 Sports Car Toy Building Kit


Jump in the driver’s seat and start building an amazing Lego collection with this hot new 3-in-1 Sports Car Toy Building Kit. This set features 134 pieces to create a sleek racer, cool muscle car or an old-fashioned airplane for hours of creative fun. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

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'The I Love You Book,' by Todd Parr


This sweet storybook shares all of the ways that parents adore their little one. The I Love You Book by Todd Parr is filled with colorful pictures of tiny tots getting loads of love, whether they are happy or sad or sick or in need of hugs. The best lesson of all is teaching your sweetheart that they will always be cherished.

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'The Try Not to Laugh Challenge Joke Book: Valentine's Day Edition'


“What did the painter say to her sweetheart? I love you with all of my art.” Your comical cutie will get a kick out of this joke book. This super silly book will tickle your kid’s funny bone with goofy jokes and games to play with friends and family. Recommended for little comedians ages six and up. Get ready for some serious, side-splitting fun!

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MemorySweets Chocolate Gift Box Game Controller


OK, so we know it would be sweeeetttt to get your favorite gamer a cool video game console for Valentine’s Day, but if that’s out of the budget, this MemorySweets Chocolate Gift Box Game Controller is a winner with chocolate lovers. No doubt, your sweet-toothed sweetheart will be game to enjoy this special treat!

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Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Wooden Heart Magnets Craft Kit


This Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Wooden Heart Magnets Craft Kit is a special surprise for the creative cutie you love most. This set comes with four heart-shaped wooden magnets ready for decorating with four fabulous paint colors, a paintbrush, 12 gem stickers, and glitter glue all enclosed in the kit.

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'Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!,' by Laura Numeroff


This book is the Valentine’s Day version of the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. Kids will recognize the beloved mouse and will love the V-day theme.

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Joyin 28-Pack Valentine Cards with Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Set


These adorable puzzles make great gifts for kids. Your child can even send them out to their class. The puzzles are easy for young kids to put together, and each features a sweet animal and an even sweeter saying.

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Kid Made Modern Valentine's Craft Kit


A handmade gift is always more special than a store-bought one. This craft kit contains everything kids need to make customized Valentine’s cards or artwork and makes for a great at-home activity.

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Disney Mickey Mouse Valentine's Heart Shaped Plates


Whether you’re using them for a V-day themed bash (no matter how small) or to store trinkets on your child’s dresser, these heart-shaped plates from Pottery Barn Kids make for a delicious gift.

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Expressions Girl 7-Piece Lip Gloss Set


This set includes seven shimmery lip glosses in gift-ready packaging. The glosses are also flavored to match their colors, like cherry red and lemon yellow.

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Cubcoats Uki the Unicorn Zip-Up Hoodie


Gift your kids a soft plush toy and a hoodie for Valentine’s Day this year. This two-in-one set can be turned into your child’s favorite toy or a stylish hoodie that they can wear anywhere. Choose from dozens of adorable characters.

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Baublebar x Disney Amore Earrings


These Daisy Duck and Donald Duck Disney mismatched earrings are symbolic of love. Baublebar has an entire Disney collection filled with adorable earrings and bracelets that are perfect for the Disney lover in your life.

L.O.L. Surprise! Color Your Own Water Bottle

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L.O.L. Surprise! Color Your Own Water Bottle


Kids will love decorating their own L.O.L. Surprise water bottle with glitter stickers and markers to fill in the pre-drawn characters. The water bottle can hold 13 ounces of fluid and has a handy tether for easy carrying

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Real Cooking Chocolate Pen


This chocolate pen makes it easy to decorate cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. It comes with four colors: blue, pink, brown, and white. The pen is easy to fill up and use and comes with molds for making yummy chocolate creations.

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Laevo Unicorn Slime Making Kit


Say it with slime! Kids love this gooey stuff, and this pack comes in with everything you need to make eight different types of slime. It’s a great activity to keep kids busy for hours.