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DIY Valentine’s Gift Baskets for Kids

Learn how to make the perfect Valentine's Day gift baskets for kids, with ideas for what to put inside and tips for displaying your baskets.

Updated January 12, 2024
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I have so many sweet memories of running down the stairs to see the Valentine’s Day gift baskets 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 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 gives the basket some variety and makes it so much fun for kids!

1. Valentine’s Basket or Container

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:

retro jelly baskets
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heart-shaped plastic container
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pehr pompom bin
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heart shower caddy
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red woven bins
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heart storage bin
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white metal baskets
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coiled white rope basket
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2. Valentine’s Day 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 two-piece set work well for little girls. Even if you don’t want to go wild 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:

lake pajamas valentines print
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red pj's kids
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baby mori valentine pajamas
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pink heart valentine pajamas
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long johns valentine pjs
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valentine pajamas white with hearts
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3. Books

It’s so fun to pull out seasonal books and share them 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 the “Ollie’s Valentine” board book for my 1-year-old. It’s such a sweet option for babies and toddlers.

Other Valentine’s picture books:

Check out more of our favorite Valentine’s Day books for kids!

Valentine's Day is Cool
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Ollie's Valentine
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“Mirabel’s Missing Valentines” by Janet Lawler
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“Love from the Crayons” by Drew Daywalt
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“The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond
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“Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle
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“Valentine’s Day Jokes for Kids” by Chrissy Voeg
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“Love Monster and the Last Chocolate” by Rachel Bright
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“L is for Love: A Heartfelt Alphabet” by Greg Paprocki
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“Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
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4. 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. These plush sets from Slumberkins are so sweet and soft, and this Squishmallows rose is the cutest plush toy for Valentine’s Day. This set of heart pillows is also adorable. Your kids will love them! And for your littlest Valentine, this personalized silicone heart teether is the perfect thing.

stackable hearts
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heart puzzle
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heart slinkies
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slumberkins otter set
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squishmallows rose plush
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heart pillows
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heart teethers
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5. A Special Treat

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 is more thoughtful than bagged candies. But if you’re short on time, we understand! These mini chocolate chip cookies are a quick, healthier option. These Valentine-shaped pretzels are also a great choice if you’re looking for something with less sugar.

mini chocolate chip cookies
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Valentine-shaped pretzels
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6. Something Practical

Finally, I like to have something practical in the baskets. Think about something they need anyway, 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’s color, and it’s killing two birds with one stone!

Other practical items:

character toothbrushes
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beanies
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heart-shaped bowl
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heart socks
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heart bows
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bandana bibs heart pattern
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valentine sleep sacks
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beadless pacifier clip
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pink gloves
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valentine mittens
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babiators sunglasses
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valentine t-shirt boys
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valentine heart sweater set
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How To Display Your Valentine’s Gift Baskets

two children wearing valentine's pj's and holding valentine's day toys

Finally, you can make your Valentine’s gift basket display extra fun with simple decorations like balloons, garlands, 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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Hello! I'm Emily, a mother of two to a bouncing 1-year-old girl and a thoughtful 5-year-old boy who keep me on my toes! I'm a full-time working mom: a former… Read more

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