Valentine's day gifts for children

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Gift baskets are a great way to surprise children with an assortment of Valentine's Day gifts
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Select Valentine gifts for children that reflect the message of friendship, gene

Valentine’s Day can be a very meaningful holiday for young children.  Valentine's Day isn't just about love and romance; the holiday can be a powerful reminder about the value of kindness, generosity and friendship in our lives. Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach children positive, life-long lessons about caring for others. Plan your Valentine’s Day activities with this concept in mind, and take the time to select Valentine’s Day gifts for children that will reflect the appropriate message.

Many children love to create arts and crafts projects.  Prior to Valentine’s Day, you may wish to purchase paints, construction paper, glue, glitter, stickers, stamps, and doilles as Valentine’s Day gifts for children. 

Encourage your young ones to create colorful Valentine’s Day cards.  Teach children the value of showing appreciation for others by giving hand made cards with personalized messages for their friends, classmates, teachers, babysitters and relatives. 

Remember, one of the most meaningful Valentine’s Day gifts for children is the gift of a parent or care taker’s time.  Make time in your schedule to help your child prepare for Valentine’s Day with cards, baked goods, and other hand made decorations.

One particularly fun, unusual, but simple and inexpensive Valentine’s Day card craft project is a card with a cut out aliminum foil heart.  For this project, children will need a blank construction paper card, glue, a thin paint brush, newspaper, and a piece of standard kitchen foil.  Instruct children to lay the foil shiny side down on a folded newspaper.  Using the end of a paintbrush, press firmly to draw a design in the foil.  Be careful not to press too hard or the foil may rip!  Trim around the outside of the design in the shape of a heart.  Glue the foil heart, shiny side up, to the front of a card. 

If your child is a reader, consider purchasing themed books as Valentine’s Day gifts for children.  For instance, the book The Story of Valentine’s Day written by Nancy Skarmeas and illustrated by Stacy Pickett-Venturi, teaches children the historically accurate background of Valentine's Day, starting with the kindly Saint Valentine, who cared for the children of Rome, and explains why this saint is recognized on February 14th.  Other suitable children’s books include Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, by Diane Degroat. 

On Valentine’s Day, surprise your child with a gift a basket!  When a child is in the spirit of celebrating the Valentine's holiday, there is no greater joy than watching them discover their own special Valentines. 

As you prepare a gift basket, some great suggestions for Valentine’s Day gifts for children include: stuffed animals, home made cookies, candies, personalized charm bracelets, small jewelry and trinkets, arts and crafts items, colorful school supplies such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers and notebooks, games and puzzles, word games such as mad libs, comic books, paperback books, small children's toys such as silly putty, legos, dolls, action figures, transformers, and even small high-tech gifts such as earphones, ipods, video games, flash drives, DVDs and music cds. 

Gift certificates are another great item to include in gift baskets brimming with Valentine’s Day gifts for children.  Select age appropriate gift certificates, such as, a gift certificate for their favorite pizza restaurant, ice cream shop, miniature golf course, bowling alley or movie theater, or even gift certificates for itunes or webkinz.  

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to select an extra special Valentine’s Day card for your child!   

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