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Littles on lockdown deserve something special this year for Valentine’s Day. For many kids there will be no class party or heart-adorned shoebox full of cards. We’re their only Valentines this year, parents! Let’s look past the conversation hearts and go for an upgraded token of affection.
But it doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you’ve got a jelly bean budget or funds for something more extravagant, let us guide you to some excellent options. From classics like stuffed animals and chocolate, to the latest trendy toys, the best Valentine’s Day gifts of 2021 are right here.
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1. For the one who loves animals: Calico Critters Cute Couple
Calico Critters—the adorable animal line—has a perfect pair of furry figurines for Valentine’s Day. Stella and Cinnamon rabbit are all gussied up for a date, and the set includes a romantic touch: a tiny bouquet of roses. Awwww!
2. For the one who loves candy: See’s Mini Valentine Heart
Let your kids in on the chocolate action this Valentine’s Day! See’s has a perfectly petite heart-shaped box all ready for gifting. The Mini Valentine Heart contains approximately eight pieces of delicious candy. Milk Chocolate Buttercream, Raspberry Truffle and Milk Molasses Chips are just a few of the decadent inclusions.
3. For the one who loves to talk: A retro pink phone
This fun retro phone provides hours of imagination-fueled fun. Kids insert the included coin and turn the dial to “operate” the play phone. We bet their first call will be a thank you message to YOU!
4. For the one who loves stuffed animals: Build-a-Bear online
Maybe kids can’t go into a mall to get their Build-a-Bear fix right now, but like most things during this pandemic, the popular stuffed animal purveyor has gone online. Your little one will be thrilled to create their own cuddly friend using The-Bear-Builder. Don’t forget a festive accessory. We love the red rose bouquet or the “I love you” balloon. The services uses Shipt for same-day delivery, so you can get your cuddly creation fast.
5. For the one who loves dressing festively: Pizza hearts T-shirt
We love the simple, fun design on this Cat & Jack navy tee. Heart-shaped pepperoni? Adorable. And the price is right, too.
6. For the one who is teething: A macaron teether
Gift your teething babe something to sink her teeth into. This pastel toy activity set includes a trio of jingly macarons plus a donut rattle. The macarons can be attached to a stroller for on-the-go fun.
7. For the one who is socially-conscious: Maya Angelou Barbie
February isn’t just when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s also Black History Month. Mattel has a new collectible Barbie doll for the occasion: author and educator Dr. Maya Angelou. She holds a tiny copy of her beloved book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. What a beautiful gift for the Barbie fan in your life!
8. For the one who likes a classic sweet treat: Jelly Belly Love Beans
This clear gift box includes 4 ounces of festive Jelly Belly beans: Jewel Very Cherry, Red Apple, Coconut, Cotton Candy and Cinnamon. We love that shimmering hearts adorn each piece. Jelly Belly has quite a few other Valentine’s options, too: Sour Smoochi Lips, Conversation Beans and Sparkling Cupid Corn are among our favorites.
9. For the one who likes a sweet ride: Candylab pink sedan
We love the retro styling of Candylab’s wooden toy cars and the brand’s pink Candycar sedan is a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. It’s a cool gift for any kid who loves cars.
10. For the one who loves smooches: Kissy the Penguin
Gund’s new Valentine’s Day stuffie is adorable, but this 12-inch baby penguin is also interactive. Babies and toddlers will love pressing Kissy's feet and watching her move her wings and blow kisses. Kissy also plays “Frère Jacques.”
11. For the one who prefers a heart-felt gift: Glitter heart coin purse
Glitter, tassel, smiley face…everything about this Meri Meri coin purse is delightful. And its heart shape makes it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
Get the glitter heart coin purse at Meri Meri for $16
12. For the one who loves Nerf guns: DinoSquad blaster
If your kid would prefer an action-packed gift over a sweet, sentimental one, we recommend Nerf’s new DinoSquad lineup. Push the front horn on the Tricera-blast, load up the darts and aim! Twelve foam darts are included.
13. For the one who loves Mother Earth: Love the Earth book
What better Valentine is there than Mother Earth? Help your little one show love for our planet with this kid-friendly read. It’s full of helpful information on issues like climate change, as well as quizzes, activities and more.
14. For the one who loves to rock out: A mini guitar
Loog’s quality guitars are the perfect starter instruments for kiddos, and although they’re a bigger gift, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to give one. Loog’s app and flash cards make it easy for little ones to learn to play. (If red isn’t your kid’s favorite, the guitar also comes in pink, green, yellow, white and black.)
15. For the one who loves dolls: A matching doll dress
This is a sweet Valentine’s Day gift for littles who love their baby dolls: matching pink polka dot dresses. The girl’s Darling Dots dress comes in sizes 2 to 6 and features ruffles, a bow, and mesh overlay. The doll dress—for American Girl’s 15-inch Bitty Baby—comes with a matching headband and shoes.
16. For the one who is crafty: A sticker subscription
During this pandemic, mail has become even more exciting for kids. A sticker subscription from Pipsticks provides a fun packet of stickers to open every month. Available in 3-, 6- and 12-month options, you can opt for the petite (seven sheets) or the classic (15 sheets) size.
17. For the one who loves cartoon cats: Cupid Pusheen
Beloved cartoon cat Pusheen busts out the angel wings and transforms into an adorable cupid plush perfect for gifting. A sweet smile and a smooshy heart complete the plush.
18. For the one who loves to "bake": KidKraft cake
Gift a KidKraft celebration cake and your child can celebrate Valentine’s Day again and again! The wood confection has two layers that kids can “cut” into with the included serving knife. A fun and festive addition to any play kitchen.
19. For the one who loves accessories: Pink sunnies
Give the gift of sun protection—and adorable photo ops! WeeFarers are sunglasses for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that feature durable frames, the highest sun protection rating (UV400) and an adjustable strap. And pink isn’t the only option; black, tortoise, white and blue are also available.
20. For the one who loves trendy stuff: The latest L.O.L.
The latest line from L.O.L. Surprise! includes eight different 3-inch dolls inspired by zodiac signs. Open the box and see which doll is inside! Fun little accessories are also included, but good luck keeping track of those itty bitty shoes.
21. For the one who loves story time: A Yoto Player
One thing we don’t need more of during the pandemic is screen time, which is why the Yoto Player is so appealing. This gadget is an audio speaker that kids can control using physical cards. The starter pack offerings include a podcast, audio book, music and activities. Kids pop in a card and settle in to listen, like tape players of yore! Additional cards are sold separately.
22. For the one who loves jewelry: PlusPlus jewelry kit
Why give kids jewelry when they can create their own? This kit from PlusPlus includes 400 glittery jewel and gold-colored plastic pieces, plus a base plate and guide book for 3-D jewelry creation. This is a great Valentine’s Day activity for the 5- to 12-year-old set.
23. For the one who loves to snuggle: Cuddly Care Bear
This new 14-inch plush Love-a-Lot Bear is super sweet and ready for hugs—the perfect Valentine’s Day companion. Grumpy, Funshine Bear, Share Bear and the others are also available if you want to gather the whole Care Bears squad!
24. For the one who loves to get decked out for Zoom school: A festive headband
Your kiddo can add a little pizazz to their virtual Valentine’s Day with this fancy knotted headband from Target. Velvet and faux pearls, oh my!
25. For the one who loves to hug: A weighted blanket
A hand-crocheted weighted blanket from Sheltered Co. is a pricey present, but these blankets feel like hugs, and couldn’t we all use more of those? The whole family can benefit from wrapping themselves in a weighted blanket.
26. For the one who is a budding makeup artist: Their own makeup bag
Valentine colors, hearts, and bows abound in this pretend makeup set. The 11 pieces are realistic, but don’t worry, parents, there’s no actual makeup here. It’s all kid-safe foam, rubber and plastic. But your toddler won’t mind!
27. For the one who dreams of adventure: Their own VW camper van
Playmobil's new camper van play set is bound to make Valentine’s Day fun. The red VW bus is a retro throwback that’s also on-trend; converted camping vans are big right now. The toy is equipped with a kitchen and sleeping area and comes with all the accessories needed for an epic road trip. Two figures included.
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