20 affordable Valentine’s Day gifts for children

Decadent dinner? Check. Chocolate-covered strawberries? Done. Champagne for a romantic evening with your partner? Check. But what do you give the kids who make your heart burst with love every day?

Here are 20 budget-friendly presents that will make it a Valentine’s Day to remember for the daughters, sons, nieces, nephews and other kids in your life.


For babies and toddlers (ages 3 and younger)

Haba USA Blooming Heart Clutching Toy

$12.99 at HabaUSA.com

This heart-shaped 4-inch beechwood rattle is made in Germany and colorfully painted with a nontoxic water-based stain. The circle of hearts is strung on a sturdy cord to withstand lots of play.

Crayola Kids@Work 80-Piece Blocks in 36-inch Giant Crayon Tube by Amloid

$34.99 at Walmart

With 80 big, colorful blocks, this set will fuel their imaginations and keep them busy. When playtime is over, the blocks fit into the 3-foot high crayon tube.

Hatchimals Mystery Mini Plush Clip-On by Tastemakers

$4.99 at ToysRUs.com

Open the egg to reveal an adorable 2.5-inch mystery plush. The creature fits back into its egg, which can be clipped onto a backpack or keychain.

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Pillow Pets Smiley’s Hearts Face Stuffed Animal Plush Toy

$14.99 at Amazon

A bedtime companion, this soft chenille, heart-patterned pillow features a big smiley face with heart eyes. Lay it flat for a pillow or fold it for a fun, squishy pet to play with.

Shnooks Bubble to Best Friends Plush Toys by Zuru

$3 at Walmart

These plush toys grow eight times bigger when removed from their colorful packaging. Six different characters are available, each with accessories for styling their big head of hair.

Wild Republic Huggers Plush Slap Bracelet Stuffed Animal

$7.99 at Amazon

These 8-inch furry creatures have snap bands in their arms, so they will hug whatever you put in front of them, from an arm to a bicycle handlebar. Choose from a sloth, octopus, unicorn and more.


For little kids (ages 4 to 8)

Dachshund with Heart Plush

$16.95 at PapyrusOnline.com

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this furry brown and black Dachshund wears a heart necklace with the message “Be-Long Together.”

National Geographic Somebunny Loves Me

$16.99 at kids.nationalgeographic.com

This book is packed with pictures of cute animals and tales that teach kids about animal friendship and kindness. Kids can also watch and sing along to a music video on the National Geographic site.

Welch’s Valentine’s Day Fruit Snacks

$4.99 for 28 at Target.com

Trying to lay off the chocolate this Valentine’s Day? These heart-shaped gummies with emoji faces are a tasty substitute. Each pack has a “To/From” panel so they’re a great gift.

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Shopkins Fizz n Surprise S1

$4.97 in Walmart Stores

Drop the heart-shaped fizz bomb in water to reveal two Shopkins. The cute figures also change color when dipped in warm or cool water.

“Star Wars” Fijix Deluxe Spinner Two-Pack Darth Vader and Storm Trooper Spinning Toy by Uncle Milton

$15.98 at Amazon

Fidget-spinner fans will love adding these themed spinners to their collection. They come in four styles, including BB-8 and Darth Vader, and are designed to spin for an impressive two to four minutes.

Cheryl’s Cookies Valentine Mailbox

$34.99 at Cheryls.com

Who doesn’t love mail? This reusable Valentine’s Day-themed mailbox comes with a selection of tasty treats, including buttercream-frosted, heart-shaped cookies and foil-wrapped chocolate hearts.

Kassa Chalkboard Contact Paper

$10.95 at KassaUSA.com

This 6.5-foot by 18-inch peel-and-stick chalkboard is easy to cut to size, install and reposition on your child’s wall. It comes with an eraser cloth and five pieces of chalk.


For big kids (ages 8 and up)

Big Mouth Inc. Frosted Donut Lunch Tote

$14.99 at Amazon

Your child will be a hit in the lunchroom with this doughnut-shaped, insulated lunch tote. Spacious enough for big-kid or little-kid lunches.

The Stationery Studio Personalized Polished Heart Shaped Jewelry Box

$22.46 at TheStationeryStudio.com

A special box to hold her most precious bangles, this heart-shaped box is tarnish-free so it will always look like new. The interior is cloth lined, and the exterior can be personalized with your choice of name or initials.

Mixbook Be Mine Photo Book

$15.99 and up at Mixbook.com

This Valentine’s Day-themed photo book has 10 double-sided pages with hearts and sweet sayings throughout. Drop in favorite photos from your desktop or social media to create a book your child will cherish. Pages can be added or deleted, and formats can be adjusted to your liking.

Red Velvet NYC Valentine’s Cupcakes

$32 at RedVelvetNYC.com

This baking kit comes with everything but the eggs for special baking time with your little sweetheart. You’ll make 18 red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The kit also includes red heart-shaped candy sprinkles, red-chevron cupcake cups and six sparkly heart-toppers.

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“The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions”

$10.70 for the hardcover at Amazon

The first book in a series of four delightful mystery books for middle-grade readers features animal characters and highlights important issues such as bullying, teamwork and compassion.

Shutterfly Hand-Lettered Love Pillow

$39.99 and up at Shutterfly.com

A beautiful addition to any young person’s bedroom, this soft pillow features a photo of your choosing with the word “love” in script along the bottom. You can choose dimensions from 16-inch by 16-inch or 18-inch by 18-inch and a black or white fabric backing.

True Wireless Stereo Pets $24.99 at myaudiopet.com

These tiny, golf ball-sized Bluetooth speakers are available in the shape of a large range of animals, including pugs, owls and pigs. They pair wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled device, play music and function as speakerphones. Two or more speakers can be paired to play together.

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