Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

Card games, puzzles, stuffies, and more for your littlest loved ones.

By Zoe Sayler

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Candylab's little pink car is even cooler than the real thing.

Roses are red, violets are blue—at some point in a child's life, this is less a sentimental poem and more a fascinating bit of news. Set their expectations high as they learn about the world, and what it looks like to be loved in it, with some sweet-as-sugar local gifts.

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Little ones can participate in the Valentine's Day tradition of gifting flowers—sans breakable vase and spillable water—thanks to this precious, smiling pot of velvety red tulips.

The warm-and-fuzzy feelings come built into this petal pink teddy bear jacket, and not just thanks to the ultrasoft fleece outer and 100-percent cotton lining. The brand's signature easy-close magnets let toddlers on the upper end of the little-kid size spectrum exercise their independence—a Valentine's Day lesson definitely worth learning.

Aesthetically pleasing baby toys aren't exclusively for parents' enjoyment—this one's soft and high-contrast in a way that plays to baby's visual strengths. But adults do win out with a sweet, hand-knit rattle that makes the whole every-room-is-a-playroom thing seem downright appealing.

Choose among Valentine-adjacent themes that run the kid-interest gamut from "boat ride" to "animal party" in this 36-piece jigsaw puzzle assortment designed for kids ages three and up.

Sassy Cassy believes imitation is the highest form of flattery: This fashionable plush cat, dressed in a fuzzy red sweater and a heart-adorned beanie, comes with a matching hat made to fit most little ones ages 1–10.

Tiny wooden hearts—each measures in at just over an inch—serve as a great add-on to any Valentine's Day gift, and invite each kid to choose their own adventure. Are they doll house decorations? Craft supplies? Just super fun to grab by the handful? That's half the fun.

The ideal Valentine's Day outfit looks just a little bit like a doily: Puff sleeves add a layer of adorable to this 100-percent cashmere sweater, currently available in baby and toddler sizes.

For kids not super enthralled with the decorative mores of the holiday—but totally enthralled with the decorative mores of Minecraft—this pattern-based puzzle offers a pleasantly pixelated and eminently display-worthy middle ground.

Making glasses out of the words "cool" and "love" (the V is shaped like a heart, ok?) makes way more sense than shoehorning two eye openings into "2023," and this pack of 24 metallic cards from Meri Meri works great for in-class gifting. 

What looks like an ordinary (if especially cute) matching game is actually a celebration of various types of love, from a bumblebee and a ladybug to a squirrel and an acorn to a tiger joyfully carrying a heart balloon (if that's not self-love, we don't know what is).

Everything about this 16-inch, not-so-little guy—from his smiling face to his festive, red-striped outfit—is made from organic cotton, earning him a spot on the shelves and in the hearts of even the tiniest valentines.

Introduce enterprising kids ages five and up to the classic game of Hearts (so apropos!), or let them imagine their own uses for illustrator Marjorie Priceman's colorful animals. 

Take your gift basket up a notch with the inclusion of red and pink playsilks. They'll transition seamlessly from decorative to magical: Kids, ever attuned to the true nature of things, use them as superhero capes, doll blankets, and more. 

Step aside, actual rubies—the gems in this red velvet, machine washable crown are fit for a king. 

We're lucky (or something) that Valentine's Day rolls around during peak precip season, and right before the sun starts occasionally showing up. Nothing feels like a better harbinger of Washington spring than sparkly pink rain boots.

An older kid with refined taste (read: they're cool with stuff that isn't neon, leopard print, or sparkly) will appreciate a pair of grown-up feeling studs they can wear forever.

Gift these big, 30-by-19.5-inch coloring posters a little early to use them as Valentine's Day decor—the pink foil and adorable, doodle-inspired illustrations look great in their own right, coloring inside the lines very much optional.

Peak romance (or at least how we imagined it as kids): Riding off into the sunset in a cool pink car. This one's especially cute as a lightly holiday-themed addition to an existing Candylab fleet, or as the start of a new one. 

A little boy goes searching for the true meaning of love, asking Mac Barnett and Carson Ellis's cutely illustrated cast of characters for their expert opinions: The actor says that love is applause. The cat says that love is the night. But our protagonist settles on something much sweeter.

It's just not Valentine's Day without an anthropomorphized heart.

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