If you're one of the 53 percent of Americans who spends big bucks on someone you love for Valentine's Day, get ready to open your wallet even more. The majority of Valentine's Day dollars go toward significant others. But there's a big push to spread the love to children, parents, friends and coworkers, according to the National Retail Federation.
An estimated $30.3 billion was spent on Valentine's Day in 2019. The average person spent $221.34, and according to Finder, the cost of buying gifts for kids added up to approximately $280! Avoid busting the budget with handcrafted, meaningful Valentine's Day gifts for kids this year.
And better yet, share the fun as a family. Do something special together! Get your kids involved with creating special Valentines for their classmates and gifts for others, including you! Think of all the things you can make with construction paper.
Of course, Valentine's Day shopping includes boxes of chocolate, jewelry and roses. But there are plenty of ways to show the little ones how much you care with gifts just for them. It's all about love notes tucked into heart-shaped backpacks. Stuffed animals galore or gifting adorable headband adornments, hooded bath wraps and more. Sports paraphernalia for a little boy is perfect, too!
We've organized some atypical ideas as Valentine's Day gifts for kids this year. Everyone's so busy with work, school and other activities. Maybe the best love-infused gift for V-Day is one that is all about sharing time. That could prove more meaningful than anything else. We're starting off with stuffed animals, though, because they're simply too hard to resist.
Get ready to play Cupid! We've put together a list of seven gift ideas that you can count on to surprise the 13-and-under crowd of kiddos.
Stuffed animals still rank as a No. 1 go-to gift — for girls and boys. No gender issues here. And it's no surprise, considering the sales of plush animal toys amounted to $1.23 billion in the U.S. in 2018, reports Statista.
Today, the selection for Valentine's Day is practically endless. Look for everything from a cuddly llama rainbow alpaca to a plush stuffed love monkey dressed in pink hearts! Find your kid's favorite online or at your local big-box retailer.
What's the best gift ever for a little girl? Solo time with Daddy! After all, no matter what material gift our child thinks will make them happy, the present they really want is our presence — an attentive and emotionally generous parent.
As a sweet Valentine's gift, there's nothing like marking Valentine's Day with a daddy and daughter day trip. Take a ride together and end up wherever you like. Here are a few ideas:
When Mommy wants to have a solo day with her son to celebrate Valentine's Day, there are lots of moments to share:
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your kid(s) by cooking up something special for breakfast: heart-shaped pancakes! Serve plates of small stacks with assorted toppings like chocolate chips, strawberries and whip cream.
Your pancakes will be so on trend: Nearly 1,600 Denny's locations now serve Tres Leches buttermilk pancakes crowned with whipped cream and warm cream sauce, reports the Nation's Restaurant News.
You know it's a special day of the year when everyone has matching jammies! Find your pajamas at your retailer of choice (think Target or Walmart) and take a slew of selfies to celebrate all the love you share as a family. Take pics of just the kids and don't forget the dog (or cat), too.
Make Valentine's Day a family event with an afternoon or evening movie-thon of family favorites. Pick one or two that the kids love and watch them giggle a lot. Dig into some popcorn, serve pink lemonade and say Cupid made it. Enjoy!
This could be a gift you make with your kids for your kids! Have fun playing with it once it's all done. To create a bubble wand from a pipe cleaner and a paper straw, simply follow these instructions from the Domestic Charm blog:
Buy the bubbles at your retailer of choice, like the dollar stores or a big box store. For fun, add a drop of red or pink food coloring, tighten the lid and shake.
Make this Valentine's Day special with an outing to do something special with your daughter or son. Or give them a store-bought or handmade gift by you.
Either way, it's a holiday that everyone loves to love! Make the most of Cupid's touch by turning it into a special event with your kids every year.