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The Best Valentine’s Gifts For Your Kids

By Melissa Summers

Every Mother’s Day I’d watch my mother open her cards and gifts from my siblings and me with small jolts of envy when she’d get candy. I’d ask, “When is it Kid’s Day?”
She’d reply, “Every day is Kid’s Day.” Then she’d take a big bite of chocolate. As a kid, I obviously hated that answer. Except now that I’m a mother, it’s true. Every day is Kid’s Day.
Still every once in a while my parents would get us a little trinket or small box of candy for Valentine’s Day and I loved it. It made me feel incredibly grown up and also a little special. I’ve decided although every day is Kid’s Day and Valentine’s Day is really a Greeting Card Store Holiday, to do something small each year to mark the day with my kids.

Valentine’s Day Ground Rules

No toys; my son’s birthday is a month after and Christmas is always a little extravagant for my taste despite my best intentions.
No clutter-creating plastic pieces of garbage; I just don’t have the patience for it cluttering up the house and it’s a waste of money to buy any of it (since the thrill wears out for my kids about 10 minutes after arrival).
Nothing complicated: It has to be something easy or I will never do it and I certainly won’t make a tradition out of it.
The keywords here are: small, meaningful, useful, edible and simple. They don’t have to be all those things but this way of marking Valentine’s Day with my kids has to be one of them.

Here are a few ideas I’ve come across so far.
XO cupcakes for valentines day
Cupcakes are always a fun treat and these Valentine’s Day cupcakes mark the occasion with simple x’s and o’s. I’ll be skipping the recipe, using a box and container of frosting, skipping right to the inspiring decorations.
Conversation heart small cake
Another idea is an individual cake, like this one made to look like a conversation heart. No special pan required just a sheet cake and heart shaped cookie cutter. You could of course make a delicious homemade cake with lovely frosting, but remember your audience. You could frost a tin can and my kids would eat it with joy.
heart shaped crayons
Small kids would love to get a small package with homemade heart shaped crayons inside. These are so fun to make and can be customized with shaped muffin pans for many holidays. This is so easy and a great way to use up all those broken crayons….giving you an excuse to buy a whole new box of fresh crayons. There’s nothing like that thrill for kids.

paper fortune cookies
These Fun Paper Fortune Cookies would be fun to slip into your kid’s lunchbox.  These aren’t actually cookies, but what makes them sweet are the hand written  messages you will write and place inside them.
vase filled with roses
My husband likes to buy our daughter a few small roses for Valentine’s Day. He leaves them in a little vase on her dresser before he leaves for work in the morning so she wakes up to them. It’s such a sweet tradition between the two of them it makes my heart ache just a little.

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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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My Mom would always give us little gifts on Valentines Day and it always made the day more fun. We would get jewelry or gift certificates or something small like that. She would also make a Valentine’s Day themed dinner that night with red table clothes, red paper plates and cups, and red punch. Always fun. Another holiday idea that I always like to share is one for St. Patrick’s Day. My little sisters had a visit from the leprechauns at pre-school one year. They ‘messed’ up the preschool room and left some candy. My mom used this for a… Read more »


My father always gave each of us girls a small box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. My husband and I carry on this tradition with him giving each of our girls chocolates (usually a chocolate rose) and I give a small box of chocolates to my son. It’s our way of sharing St. Valentine’s love with everyone.

pnuts mama
pnuts mama

we always do a red and white dinner (italian- easy) for each other, each year the other one takes the turn. since our daughter was born we just incorporated her into that. my husband gets her pink sweetheart roses and i love the idea of making the heart shaped crayons- awesome!
i also use boxed cupcake mix- vanilla with red food coloring (wilton gel not drops) to get a cool red with white frosting on top. thanks for the inspiration!!


OMGoodness! I love what your husband does for your daughter – we had a daughter, I would so share this with my hubby. I agree with you on the no clutter producing toys – I’ve learned the hard way to stop buying these annoying types of toys and kits. I love the mini heart cakes – I always make a large heart cake but I think I’ll try the mini ones for individuals. Every year, only on Valentine’s Day, I let the boys pick out a box of (small box) jello and they are allowed to eat it that day… Read more »