| a free download pdf of printable coupons for Valentine’s Day |
When it comes to holidays, I used to be a strict traditionalist. For example, on Mother’s Day, my Mom is the only mom in my life that gets a card. I wasn’t about to get caught up in “Hallmark Holidays” and start giving Mother’s Day cards to my friends that have children. My friends are fabulous parents and I let them know how I feel, but I’m not about to send them a card. Noooooo way.
The same was true for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is traditionally the day you give a card or gift to the person that you are romantically involved with – or hope to be. After Kerry and I had Jackson, Kerry was the only one who got a card from me on Valentine’s Day. In my book, the holiday was meant for couples in love.
My stubbornness about the over commercialization of holidays changed one fateful Valentine’s Day when Jackson was about 6 or 7 years old. He came home from school after attending his class Valentine’s Day party and we went about our normal after-school activities. He seemed a little quiet, but I chalked it up to him being tired. And then out of the blue, he burst into tears. He was crying so hard that he couldn’t tell me what was wrong. All I could do was hold him and wait for him to calm down and catch his breath.
After he stopped sobbing, he looked at me with his tear streaked face and asked me why I hadn’t given him a Valentine’s Day Card. It was one of those moments when my heart stopped and I wanted to vomit. His feelings were hurt and I felt horrible.
Someone, perhaps one of his teacher’s, had told the class about Valentine’s Day. And maybe in preparation for the party had told him that Valentine’s Day is the day you exchange cards with the people you care about. Regardless of who told him what, in his 6 year-old little mind, Valentine’s Day was the day to give and get cards from people you love (gulp).
I learned an important lesson from my son that day. Sometimes it is okay to get caught up in the commercial hype and just go with it. Especially when it comes to the sweeties in your life who make your world a brighter place. With that in mind, I’ve collected the Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids. They range from free printable coupons to superhero capes. Happy shopping!
Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids
Give to the arts and help your child unlock their inner artist. This set of magnetic cubes can be combined in countless combinations to produce 3-D artwork. I love the fact that it is small and portable. An ideal gift to keep a child entertained while a sibling is practicing sports or taking a lesson.
What could be cuter than these Super Hero costumes? Made from silky smooth satin, these are designed for comfort – because you know that they aren’t taking them off anytime soon! Comes in boys and girls Super Hero figures.
3.Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar / $6.32 via Amazon
“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes you so happy.
One of my favorite book series! This book introduces young children to Valentine’s Day.
An Amazon Best Seller! For your Fancy Nancy fan, this book is all about Valentine’s Day traditions and includes stickers. Huge.
6.Adorable Ladybug Raincoat / Sizes 3T to 6 / $39.95 via Nordstrom
Spring is around the corner which means that we can plan on rainy days. Here’s an adorable rain jacket for your love bug. P.S. They sell the cutest matching rain boots, click here.
7.Mermaid Blanket / $13.59 via Amazon
A friend gave Catherine a mermaid blanket for Christmas and she sleeps in it every night. She loves the idea of pretending that she’s a mermaid. Have you ever checked in on your kiddos at night to see that they are curled up in a ball because they have kicked their blanket off? Another reason these blankets have become best sellers are because they are long and act like sleeping bags. I love the fact that these blankets keep her warm at night because she can’t kick them off.
Boys and girls relish having a little quiet space to call their own. These teepees can find a permanent spot in your home or brought out for playtime.
When Jackson was little, we bought a train set. It was by far, his favorite toy. I can’t even guess the number of hours he played with it – every day for 2-3 years maybe? His Dad would take apart the tracks and set up a new layout every night. When Jackson came into the playroom he was always surprised with a new adventure.
Click to open a printable pdf of love-coupons
Free printable coupons! Here’s a 100% free alternative to buying a gift. Kids and your sweetheart will love these coupons that they can use to get something special they want. Some of the coupons are for adults, but there are some cute ones for kids too. Give a coupon for “A day in pajamas” or “A day at the beach.” There are some blank ones that you can use to make up your own gift that is personalized for your little sweetie.