After they’ve DIYed their valentines for the class, made their own crafts, and put together their mini mailboxes, your kids have certainly earned a little gift to call their own.
But you don’t have to default to running to the pharmacy and grabbing whatever candy they have, however chalky or waxy it may be.
These Valentine’s Day gifts for kids — some red and pink and covered in hearts, and some not — will totally make them feel the love.
Whether you’re shopping for boys or girls, toddlers or teens, these present ideas are sure to be a hit, and most are under $20 (and the ones that aren’t are meant to be family gifts, to entertain everybody during those weekends when you’re stuck indoors).
After all, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to stock up on some new books, new clothes (spring will be here before you know it), and new games to try out together — plus some treats and toys, which are always a fun distraction. Who needs cupid when you have us?
Chocolate Video Game Controller
He’ll love this chocolate controller — that is if he can actually put down the real thing long enough to enjoy it. The whole thing is about 70g (about 2.5oz) of deliciousness. Get it from Amazon.
Interactive Kissable Key Chain
Give them a kiss they can take with them! These glittery lips are cute key-chains, but if you hold one up to your cheek, it makes a kissing noise! The longer you keep it there, the longer the kiss lasts. Get it from Amazon.
Personalized Name Puzzle
Make your child feel extra special with a customized puzzle that spells out their name (up to nine characters).
Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Cube
So many Baby Shark products are swimming along now, from Baby Shark Fingerlings to the Baby Shark tablet, but if you’re looking for just-a-little-something to throw in for Valentine’s Day, there’s no beating the OG song cube. (Plus: It’s easy to hide when you get sick of hearing it.) Get it from Amazon.
Hairvibes Dolls with 15 Surprises And Mix & Match Hairpieces
These L.O.L.s come with 15 surprises, but the show-stoppers are the two mix-and-match hairstyles. Each doll comes with three wig pieces, along with four plastic hairstyles, and you might find curls, pigtails, waves, or an updo hidden within. Get it from Amazon.
What I Love About Being Your Mom Book
Add your own notes to this fill-in-the-blank book for a sweet gift that kid can look back on for years to come. This one-of-a-kind gift can only come from the person who knows your kids best — you. Get it from Amazon.
Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker
If your kid is into making DIY art projects this Valentine’s Day and you’re already cringing at the glitter, this kit is your solution. The sprinkles here stay self-contained! Get it from Amazon.
T-shirt With Heart Pocket
This sweet shirt will be perfect for her class party — and if she’s not feeling the sun-washed pink, it also comes in seven other colors.
Untamed Radioactive T-Rex
How do you know these dinos are radioactive? They have a toxic glow! They also respond to the world around them, reacting to touch, motion, and sound with either growls and roars or nuzzles and purrs (or, sometimes, radioactive gas). Get it from Amazon.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
If you give a kid a board book with his favorite mouse for Valentine’s Day, chances are, he’s going to ask for a hug. Get it from Amazon.
Ultimate DIY Slime Kit
How does one define being a Gen Z kid? SLIME! This kit has everything he needs to make more than half a dozen different types of slime, from measuring cups to six different colors of glitter. Get it from Amazon.
Love From the Crayons
All the crayon pals from The Day the Crayons Quit return to show how all the colors come together to express the many version of love. One example: “Love is yellow and orange, because love is sunny and warm.” Get it from Amazon.
You don’t have to do a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Instead, get a cupcake filled with sweets from Dylan’s Candy Bar: You can opt for gummy bears (pictured), gummy cupcake bites, sour watermelons, a chocolate bakery mix, or white chocolate-covered pretzels. Save the cupcake afterwards to store treasures in.
Play-Doh Valentine’s Day Bag
Let them sit around the table and get creative with Play-Doh in Valentine’s Day shades of red, pink, and white — and the bag comes with gift tags that stick right on top! You get 15 containers of Play-Doh in all.
Paw Patrol ‘Ready Race Rescue’ Race & Go Deluxe Pups
At some point or another, every kid’s favorite show has the characters driving race cars. Now that the pups of Adventure Bay have done it in the Ready, Race, Rescue special, you can find versions of Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, and Skye ready to take to the track. (Note: Some pups are only available as smaller, die-cast racers.) Get it from Amazon.
Love Stinks Whoopee Cushion
So, you know he is not into love or girls or mushy stuff of any kind. This whoopee cushion will earn you cool points. Maybe even a smile! Maybe. Get it from Amazon.
Learning Resources Geometric Solids
For the 8+ crowd, we love these colorful shapes from educational company Learning Resources. Kids can fill them with liquids or dry materials, experimenting with geometry, volume, and other concepts. Get it from Amazon.
Catboy With Plush Heart
All shout hooray, because in the night, you won Valentine’s Day! This plush PJ mask character comes with a heart bearing a hero’s symbol, for your little hero at home. If Catboy isn’t the fave, try Owlette (sorry, there’s no Gecko). Get it from Amazon.
Fluxx Card Game
In the middle of February, a new family card game might just be the thing to cure the winter blues. Fluxx is an exciting game, since the rules keep changing — but it’s not so complicated that kids can’t master the fun! Get it from Amazon.
You Are My Sweetheart
In this insanely adorable board book, little lovey-dovey slogans like, “You are the apple of my eye,” are paired with the cutest illustrations. Immediate smiles ensue. Get it from Amazon.
This is a surprise collectible toy, but with a twist: You add water to the top of the flower pot, and the doll “blooms” out, hair-first. Once it pops up, you can open the pot to use as a playset. Get it from Amazon.
Valentine’s Day Squishies Set
Add to her squishies collection with these love bears — you get two bears, plus a slow-rising cake that looks good enough to eat. Get it from Amazon.
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Race Car
Use the laser gun to guide this race car and it’ll follow — even if you drive it up the wall! You can really drive it on the floor, up the walls, and upside-down onto the ceiling if you so desire. Get it from Amazon.
Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies
Okay, so you didn’t DIY these heart-decorated, chocolate-covered Oreos — but we’ll never tell. Chances are, they’ll be gobbled up before anyone has a chance to ask. Get it from Amazon.
Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core Strategy Board Game
A 2019 Toy of the Year winner from the Toy Association, this strategy game starts with players choosing a different villain to play as.
Each villain has its own goals and storylines, but still interacts with the other players. Just remember that True Love’s Kiss can break any villain’s spell (and not just in the game, either). Get it from Amazon.
These Valentine’s day gifts for kids are inspired from Good House Keeping.