When our kids were little we’d celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking a cake or making cookies. They were as happy as clams. But now, they are getting older and dipping their toes into the world of grown-ups. They know mom and dad buy each other gifts to show their love for one another. So, they want to explore what that’s all about.
As a family we don’t aim to make Valentine’s Day into a major gift giving holiday. However, we’ve found that getting our kids a small gift is a good way to model love and appreciation for one another. Plus, gifts are my love language.
In our house my husband buys our daughter a stuffed animal every year. She’s ga-ga for them and this has become a tradition between the two of them. He also buys her a rose. I purchase a small gift for my son, usually candy, to show my love for him as well.
You may have a different tradition in your house or perhaps you haven’t established one yet. It’s never too late to start. Valentine’s Day is a fun way to show your love with a gift and a good way to model selfless gift giving to your kids without breaking the bank.
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If you are looking for unique Valentine gifts for tweens or teens, use this list to help you find just the right present to say I love you. I’ve compiled 25 for $25 or less.
Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
Do you have a budding artist in your house? This oven bake clay is wonderful for small projects like jewelry, desk accessories, home decor, and more. This multi-color sample pack is the perfect starter kit. Get it—–>HERE
The Big Book of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes
Who doesn’t love a good joke? This fun 3-in-1 book is perfect for tweens who love to laugh and make others chuckle as well. Available—–>HERE
Webkins Stuffed Animals
My daughter wants a pet in the worst way. Our crazy busy lifestyle doesn’t afford one right now but a Webkins is the next best thing. It really doesn’t matter what age your tween is, they always melt at the sight of a cute stuffed animal. I’m partial to this one right now but there are lots to choose from. Get it—–>Here
GameBox Bento Box
Are your kids into bento box lunches? Here’s a fun way to take lunch to school or homeschool co-op. Maybe they’ll eat more veggies if they come in a cool container. Available—–>HERE
Refillable Diary / Sketchbook
Some kids are getting to that age where they want to keep a diary. Others just love to sketch the world around them. This refillable unlined book fits the bill perfectly. It’s available in multiple colors and will delight tweens and teens of all ages. Available—–>HERE
Nerf Basketball Hoop (over the door)
When I was in high school my brother had a Nerf basketball hoop in his room. We’d do our homework late at night and then have epic shoot outs to relieve the pressure of school and midterms. Every kid needs one of these. Get it—–>HERE
DCI has adorable earbuds and these camera ones are no exception. Tweens and teens love their music so why not give them a fun listening delivery system? Even moms and dads would like these. Available—–>HERE
For the kid who likes minimalism this is just the ticket. This could be fun for the whole family actually. Find it—–>HERE
This is a great tool for kids to have. Whether you use it for tracking reading time, screen time, or something else keeping track of time in a fun way always makes it go faster. There are several options for this cube timer that turns on as soon as it’s tipped to the desired time – increments of 2, 5, 10, and more. Check the description for more details. Available—–>HERE
If you’ve got a girl who likes to craft these cute washi tape rolls will be a welcome addition to her creations. Cute, functional, and a great price. Get it——>HERE
Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit
Who wouldn’t want to shoot marshmallows with this awesome pice of medieval machinery. Get those imagination juices flowing. Perfect for indoor play. Available—–>HERE
Cow Stress Toy
Even kids get stressed out. But, you can alliviate it with this adorable cow. It’s perfect for getting that mind power working while they do homework or school. At this price you can buy one for everyone in the class. Find it—–>HERE
My son loves these magnetic stones. They work a lot like the stress cow above. He keeps them on his desk and uses them as a mind break tool while doing his schoolwork. They have a smooth texture that is relaxing to play with but they are also fun to build little structures with. Available—–>HERE
Fun Pencil Holder
Help your kid keep an organized desk with this fun pencil holder that looks like crumpled paper but is made of plastic. Several colors to choose from. Get it—–>HERE
Owl Finger Puppet
How could you not love this little mini owl? Uh, you couldn’t. It’s so cute and there are other animal options available that are just as adorable. Find it—–>HERE
Do you have a kid who loves bacon? How about these life-like bacon bandages? A fun way to heal up wouldn’t you say? Available—–>HERE
GIANT Bath Bomb
These super-size bath bombs smell good and leave skin as soft as butter. They can be cut up into multiple pieces for more use. Those who buy them rave about them. Maybe mom needs one! Check out all the flavors. Get it—–>HERE
If gifts aren’t your thing then you’ll want to order a LovePop card for your Valentine tween or teen. These cards are intricate 3D masterpieces to be appreciated for years to come. LovePop has cards for all occasions and the amazing designs will thrill even the most hard-hearted Valentine. Pick your card—–>HERE
Wooden Brain Teaser Puzzle
Here’s a fun alternative to screen time that will keep your kids occupied for at least a few minutes. (wink wink) Get this brain teaser and challenge each other to solving the puzzle. Available—–>HERE
Unicorn everything is all the rage right now. These socks are a fun way to celebrate the color and magic of the horned horse. Plus, they’re purple. Everyone loves purple. Find them—–>HERE
Dog Tape Dispenser
Who wouldn’t want to get tape from this dispenser? They also have a kitty and a chameleon that are pretty cute. If you’re gonna get a piece of tape you might as well make it fun. Available—–>HERE
Queen of Katwe
If you haven’t seen this one yet you must! This is my pick of the month (you can see all my picks by signing up for preferred access HERE). Buy or rent this movie and watch it as a family. Everyone will love the story and you’ll all be impressed by the odds the heroine overcomes to succeed. Rent or buy—–>HERE
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
If your kids have been wanting a stainless steel water bottle but you aren’t willing to give up your firstborn for it, I’ve got you covered. Swig Savvy has an amazing product line you don’t want to miss. There are all kinds of options and you can’t beat the price or the extra swag that comes with each one. Find it—–>HERE
Peak by Roland Smith
My tween son is reading this book and is thoroughly engaged. Those are the kinds of books we want for our boys right? Here’s a little info.
After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached.
Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin
This book was originally published in 1904 and the story is a classic. Any girl would love it even today. It’s been described as a little bit Huck Finn with a little bit Little Women. Filled with friends and adventures and mischief it’s fun from beginning to end. Available in paperback and for Kindle. Get it—–>HERE
Well, there you have it. 25 teen and tween Valentine gifts that are sure to please. Enjoy your day and love on each other lavishly.
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What does your family do for each other for Valentine’s Day?