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DIY Valentine’s Gift Baskets for Kids

valentines dayUpdated July 5, 2023


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I have so many sweet memories of running down the stairs to see the Valentine’s Day gift baskets that my mom would prepare for my sisters and me while growing up. I loved all the red, pink, and hearts you could find. Now it’s even more fun – I get to make Valentine’s gift baskets for my kids!

I don’t need much of an excuse to pamper my kids with fun new things, and Valentine’s gift baskets are no exception. There’s nothing like bringing a smile to their faces on this sweet holiday that reminds them just how much they are loved.

If putting together themed baskets stresses you out, don’t worry, mama! It doesn’t take much to make sweet and memorable DIY Valentine’s gift baskets that your kids will love. Read on for tips on making the perfect Valentine’s basket for kids of all ages.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets for Kids

I like to select an item or two from different categories when making Valentine’s gift baskets. This keeps the basket full of a variety of items and makes it so much fun for kids!

1. Valentine’s Basket or Container

Valentine baskets

First, you want a basket or container to hold and display all your Valentine’s goodies. Here are my pro tips for how to get the best bang for your buck:

Other Valentine’s gift basket options:

2. Valentine’s Day Pajamas

Valentines pajamas

My kids can always use a new pair of PJs. We love having special pajamas for each holiday, and Valentine’s Day is no exception!

Heart jammies like this one-piece work well for little girls. Even if you don’t want to go crazy with hearts, you can get something in solid red or pink, like this solid red PJ set I got for my son.

Other great Valentine’s pajama options:

3. Books

Valentine's Day books for kids

It’s so fun to pull out seasonal books and share them together over and over when the holiday rolls back around! My 5-year-old is a big fan of Pete the Cat, so he’s getting Valentine’s Day is Cool. I grabbed Ollie’s Valentine board book for my one-year-old. It’s such a sweet option for babies and toddlers.

Other Valentine’s picture books:

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4. Toys

Valentines toys

You’ve got to have a fun heart-shaped toy in your Valentine’s basket! These stackable hearts are a great learning toy for babies, and they even double as a teether. Older kids will like this mini heart puzzle. Or grab this set of 12 mini heart-shaped slinkies. My kids both love them!

My kids also love getting new stuffed animals and little pillows. This Peony bee Mini is so sweet and soft, and this rose flowerlette is the cutest plush toy for Valentine’s Day. And this set of heart pillows is adorable. Your kids will love them! And for your littlest Valentine, this personalized wooden heart teether is the perfect thing.

5. Special Treat

DIY Valentine's Gift Baskets for Kids

I made my kids’ treats extra special by getting personalized heart cookies! You can order them at a local bakery or make your own, as I did. It doesn’t cost much, and it’s more thoughtful than bagged candies. But if you’re short on time, we understand. These Mother’s Cookies Hugs & Kisses are a kid favorite. These Valentine-shaped pretzels are a great choice if you’re looking for something with less sugar!

6. Something Practical

Valentines collage of practical items to give as gifts

Finally, I like to have something practical in the baskets too. Think about something they need anyways, and see if you can make it work for a Valentine.

For instance, I got my son a red Disney Cars toothbrush and this black beanie. For the baby, she’s getting a heart-shaped plate and new socks. I just found these items in a Valentine color, and it’s killing two birds with one stone!

Other practical items:

How to Display Your Valentine’s Gift Baskets

DIY Valentine's Gift Baskets for Kids

Finally, you can make your Valentine’s gift basket display extra fun with simple decorations like balloons, garland, and/or a banner.

Hang a white sheet on the wall, add your decorations, and you’ve got a DIY Valentine display corner! It’s also the perfect spot to take photos of your kids with their gift baskets. Just remember to have them put on their new Valentine’s jammies first!

I hope you are inspired to make your DIY Valentine’s basket with as many or as few of these items as you would like. Knowing my children will remember these special moments as they grow up sure makes it worthwhile for me.

Enjoy loving on your little ones, and may you have an extra sweet Valentine’s Day together!

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