18 Not-Cheesy Valentine's Gifts for Kids

Donna Freydkin
·4 min read

Fun fact: Before February 14th became intrinsically linked with an avalanche of hearts, chocolates, and roses, it was first connected to the notion of romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382, as he wrote a poem honoring King Richard II’s engagement to Anne of Bohemia. Today Valentine’s Day is, of course, synonymous with love, and while presents for adults can go heavy on the romance, the best Valentine’s Day gifts for kids are unique, cute, and fun. You don’t want anything over-the-top or cheesy, and you want to do something sweet for them without drowning them in sentiment they’re too young to understand. So make the day about celebrating love in its many forms, be it friendship, parental bonds, or the affection kids feel for a family pet. Now that’s amore.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Toddlers

Heart Block Set by Modern Blocks

These gorgeous blocks, made of untreated white birch, are not only great stacking toys but also teach babies and toddlers about color and shape recognition.

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Toddler Car by Hape

Because red is to Valentine's Day what wheels are to cars. And this wooden one teaches kids about forward motion and cause and effect.

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Stella Baby Doll by Manhattan Toy

Because love means having a best friend who's soft, cuddly, and always around when you need them.

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LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles by CreateOn

A sweet homage to a children's classic, this 16 magnetic tile set encourages toddlers to build the bug itself, or spell out a sweet sentiment.

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Blush Bunny Plush Nursery Rocker by Pottery Barn Kids

This adorable pink rocker can be used until your kid is 5, and can be personalized, to boot. The wood handles and runners make for a very smooth ride.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Preschoolers and Little Kids

Butterfly and Hearts Stamp Set by Melissa & Doug

What's more fun than stamping stuff? Stamping it with hearts and bunnies, that's what. This springtime set includes eight heart and butterfly wooden stamps.

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Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris

The best gift of all: Permission to be herself. Kamala's niece writes a powerful yet fun book about what it means to be ambitious and not apologize for it.

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I Love You Hearts Building Blocks by Plus Plus

These endlessly creative bricks connect together to make anything a kid dreams up. In this case, a Valentine's Day design, like a heart. Or a rose. The tiny interlocking parts are great for developing grip and hand-eye coordination, too.

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Valentine's Day Set by Dough Parlour

Not all play dough is created equal. This set, made from food-grade ingredients, is a sensory feast. And the kit includes a heart cutter, a teddy bear cutter, a lips cutter, a rolling pin, as well as vanilla, chocoloate, bubblegum, and strawberry dough.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

Design Your Own Valentine Kit by Kid Made Modern

Our favorite kiddie crafting brand comes through again, with the most intricate DIY Valentine's Day card set. It includes more than 250 accessories so kids can make 24 totally unique cards.

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BrickHeadz Valentine's Bear Kit by Lego

A Valentine bear? Of course, a Valentine bear. This 150-piece Lego set features a brown bear holding a large red heart, sitting on a blanket with his bee friend, a honey jar and pretty flowers.

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Playful Pattern Frame Custom Pillow by Shutterfly

Upload a photo of your child's beloved dog or cat, and you have a unique keepsake they'll treasure forever. Or at least until they rip it.

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Heart Shaped String Art Lantern by Creativity for Kids

Kids get everything they need to make their own light-up, heart-shaped lantern. It comes with crafting and glow string, glue, an inflatable heart, latex-free craft gloves, a tassel tool, twist ties, 15 LED lights, and a battery box.

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Baked by Melissa Cupcakes

Bite-sized cupcakes. Honestly, that's all you need to know. They're that good. And some of the flavors in this set of 25 include cookie dough, cookies and cream, and triple chocolate fudge.

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Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger by Marie Poulle and Jean Gregoire

Think of this as a 2021 version of the classic love note. Use the app to record a sweet message, and when the recipient gets it, the heart on the front of the box spins. And when you open it, there's a mirrored screen inside where the message is played.

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Heart-Shaped Linzer Cookie Baking Kit by Uncommon Goods

Sure, some parental supervision is required, but otherwise, this set almost bakes itself. Just add eggs and butter, and you get heart-shaped shortbread cookies, plus raspberry jam, and confectioners sugar. Everything is pre-portioned.

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Gisel Mermaid & Ombre Heart Printed Face Mask Set by OMG Accessories

Make mask-wearing less onerous and more fun with this two-mask set, decorated with hearts.

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Felted Wool Heart Tree Decor With Clips by Pottery Barn Kids

Not only is this wool tree a gorgeous centerpiece. But kids can work on their motor skills as they place Valentine's in the wire openings to display them.

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