It’s almost time for another holiday! I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I didn’t used to care much about the ‘little’ holidays. I used to be a ‘big three’ kind of girl – Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But now that we’re a family and have a kiddo who gets excited about literally everything, the little holidays are extra fun! We may not go all out, but it’s been fun spoiling her with sweet treats, a new outfit, or getting together with friends for a mini celebration. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m already thinking of some fun ways to spoil her, and make her day even more special.
I think I’ve finally learned that in this life, there is so much negativity out there, and there will be so many tough times, that if you don’t make the effort to create happiness and create memories on your own, it’s awfully hard to live joyfully day in and day out. Happiness is a choice, and if that means showering our kids with cheesy holiday festiveness, then albeit! Life is so busy, and we get into such a rat race with our daily routines that getting excited as a family about something as small as an offshoot holiday is so refreshing!
Valentine’s Day can be a sweet holiday, even for littles. I have fond memories of making my own shoebox valentine mailbox in school, and crafting valentines for my friends and parents. I remember getting cards and candy from my parents every year. The high school days saw treats from girlfriends and guy friends, and classroom parties with homemade cookies. In college, it turned into roses or a date night from Adam. But the one thing that’s constant in my memory, is feeling loved on Valentine’s Day. And my love language just so happens to be gifts. And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about anyways? Feeling loved? (I’ll readily admit V-day is a Hallmark holiday, but let’s not be debbie downers!) A special Valentine’s Day treat can be as simple as a card, a box of candy hearts, or a candy bar wrapped in pink tinfoil! Cheap, people! I’m talking cheap! I’m all about showing love through simple, thoughtful gifts on Valentine’s Day, and wish I could send everyone I know a special Valentine.
I’ve put together a simple list of budget friendly toddler gifts, or surprises if you will. I know not everyone likes to do little gifts for these small holidays, but if you do, this list is full of thought starters. I’m all about affordable, and I’ve actually already got most of her little basket done because I’m psycho crazy mom. (And we only have one kiddo right now, ha!) For more inspiration, here’s a look at what I did last year, as well as a previous gift guide for toddlers 12-18 months!
New coloring book or coloring supplies
- This Minnie Mouse one from Amazon also includes stickers!
New bow or socks
Monogrammed or embroidered shirt from Etsy
- I was on top of this during Adeline’s first year, but now I always run out of time. Something like this is cute though!
Target Dollar Spot goodies: stickers, crafts, magic markers, etc.
Valentine’s Day outfit: new dress for the girls or a new little shirt for the boys
Their favorite snacks wrapped up in a fun way
Special Valentine’s Day themed meal
Valentine’s Day themed book
Craft supplies to make valentines together
Family movie night kit: popcorn, heart cookies, new blanket to snuggle with
Decorate their play kitchen or play room
- How cute would it be to transform their special space into a Valentine’s Day explosion!
Daddy/daughter or Mother/son date night out
- Adeline LOVES stuffed animals, so something like this would absolutely make her day!
New plate, sippy cup, or utensils
A simple card from Mommy and/or Daddy
Hopefully that gives you some fun, easy ideas! You could do one little thing, or a handful of little things and wrap them up in a cute basket or box. They’ll love opening up their special treats! I don’t know about you, but I’m kiiiiind of excited about helping Adeline make her valentines for her class at school. They’re Frozen themed, and she’s going to LOVE them!
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