Valentine’s Day gifts for kids don’t have to revolve solely around candy and chocolate. Instead, consider getting your little love bug an inedible present. It will last longer than the sweet stuff and won’t wreak as much havoc on the teeth. Maybe even consider giving your tyke a NJ-inspired present to show off state pride or purchase something from a state-based shop.
Here are twelve fun and creative ideas to help create a heartwarming holiday.
New Jersey State Decal
This Garden State decal will look perfect on your child’s bedroom window, laptop, phone and more. Easily apply the decal indoors or outdoors. Choose from an array of sizes (ranging from 3 to 12 inches) and colors.
Where to Buy: Etsy
Price: $4.50 & up
Hand-Knit Heart Scarf
Keep your little one warm and stylish as she’s waiting at the bus stop or playing in the snow with this beautiful, hand-knit heart scarf. It’s made of a cozy blend of fine wools and comes in light blue and red hues. Add a pop of cheerfulness to your child’s wardrobe on even the dreariest of days.
Where to Buy: Tula the Boutique
Give your resident cupcake lover a place to stash his cash. This adorable bank is a great way to teach your aspiring baker how to invest, save and spend wisely, even at an early age. Take it up a notch by personalizing it with your child’s name.
Where to Buy: HandCrafters
New Jersey Mini Pillow
Show your little one the beauty of New Jersey. This pillow celebrates the state from Cape May to Hoboken and everywhere in between. Kids can hang it from their doorknob, display it on the tree come Christmas time or use it to accent their room.
Where to Buy: Catstudio
New Jersey Homesick Candle
Does your child miss the smells of the Jersey shore? This all-natural soy wax candle will transport you back to summer, even amid the chill of February. Reminisce about last year’s fun times and anticipate a trip on the horizon once warmer weather hits.
Where to Buy: Homesick Candles
Emoji Popper Toy
Show your emotions—with a pop to boot! It’s hard not to smile when you see and play with this fun toy. It includes six unique emoji balls. Squeeze the belly and shoot the soft foam ball up to 20 feet indoors or outdoors. (As the toy contains small balls, it can be a choking hazard. Keep it away from children under three).
Where to Buy: Amazon
Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs
Let your little heartbreaker express his literary creativity. Fill in the blanks of these Mad Libs valentines, then decorate them with the 28 included stickers. They’re perfect for mailing out to family and friends or trading at school parties.
Where to Buy: Barnes and Noble
Heart Memory Game
Choose 12 of your favorite photos for a cute, customized Valentine’s Day gift. Upload the pictures to create a memory game featuring your family’s own memories. This game is perfect for keeping loved ones close to your heart.
Where to Buy: Pinhole Press
Wooden Stamp Set
Do you have a budding artist in the house? She’ll adore creating lovely designs with this butterfly and hearts stamp set. Housed in a sturdy wooden box, it includes a two-color stamp pad and eight beautifully detailed butterfly and heart stamps.
Where to Buy: Melissa & Doug
Pop Icon Night Light
This charming metal nightlight is perfect for stylishly lighting up a room. You can also hang it on a wall or display it on a dresser as a decorative accent. Its perforated metal front lets just the right amount of light through. Available in heart, cloud and star versions.
Where to Buy: Land of Nod
Neon Friendship Bracelet Kit
Kids create colorful bracelets for their friends with this fun kit. It comes with 236 feet of thread in nine colors and includes safety pins to keep bracelets in shape while your little jewelry maker is working. Kids can learn five different designs from the how-to book.
Where to Buy: Paper Source
Heart Rhinestone Snap Clip
Make her feel like the prettiest girl in the room with an elegant and dazzling accessory as a Valentine’s Day gift. This ribbon-wrapped snap clip is covered in sparkling rhinestone and comes in four colors. Choose from gold, teal, fuchsia or rose.
Where to Buy: Pumpkin & Bean