23 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20 for Kids

updated Jan 6, 2023
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Whether you spend all weekend helping your kids fill out Valentine’s Day cards for classmates, pull out the art supplies for a festive coloring moment, or you just like baking a heart-shaped cookie or two, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids is another great excuse to spread the love around. It’s also a great time to surprise your kiddo with a little special something. This year, surprise your little one with a small but meaningful gift that they’ll treasure year-round. From baby teethers to teen accessories, we’ve sifted through hundreds of special items to find 23 sweet treats they’ll love. The best part? They’re all under $20! We’ve even found some unique takes on classic roses and chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Babies and Toddlers

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This darling set of animals with a minimalist design is made from solid rubberwood. Suitable for children 18 months and up, they’ll look just as cute styled on a nursery room shelf as they will in active play on the rug.

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Sophie the Giraffe has some competition with this sweet little teething toy. Meiya the Mouse is chunky enough for those tiny hands to hold onto and she even makes a little squeak when squeezed. Not only is this toy adorable, but it's also ethically made in Sri Lanka using natural latex rubber. It is non-toxic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free. For newborns and up.

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Burt's Bees Baby

Who needs candy when you can dress your kid in pajamas like these? Bundle up your valentine in a set of organic cotton pajamas with a bold red heart print. The zip-front onesie-style pajamas range in size from preemie to 9 months. Sizes 12 months to 12 years come as top and bottom separates.

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Sort, stack, rock, and knock ‘em over, then do it all again with this set of stacking rings from Little Dutch. Made of FSC-certified wood in pastel rose shades, the pretty little stacker will challenge their hand-eye coordination and look sweet doing it. Safe for ages 12 months and up.

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A little board book that packs a lot of heart into 28 pages, this celebration of love between a child and her parents makes a perfect little Valentine’s gift. Since it was written by the late bell hooks, world-renowned poet, feminist, cultural critic, and author, the text unsurprisingly reads like a gorgeous love poem, accompanied by beautiful illustrations from Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evan.

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Tots ages 2 and up can join you while you’re prepping a delicious family dinner and get “chopping” right by your side. They can use the pretend knife to slice through the little wooden vegetables, which can be reconnected again with a velcro fastener. We love that the sustainably and responsibly sourced wooden pieces are painted in attractive, muted colors that go with any mini kitchen’s decor.

Little Kids

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Finnish Design Shop

Fans of Moomin and Moominland, Finnish author Tove Jansson’s imaginary woodland creatures and the fairytale world they dwell in, will adore this glass tumbler depicting Moomin himself diving into a pond on a warm summer’s day. Inspired by the book Moominsummer Madness, it’s the perfect way to stay hydrated, and will have us all dreaming of a summer’s day. Made by Iittala, Finland’s most renowned glass manufacturer, the cups share the same design as Iittala's Kartio tumblers.

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What’s cooler than chopsticks? Chopsticks that have a dinosaur or a shark head on them. These chopsticks feature a comfortable grip to encourage kids to learn how to hold and eat with chopsticks (and yes, they can practice with Valentine’s chocolates). The animal mouths open when the chopsticks are squeezed. They are made of food-safe plastic, come in numerous animal varieties, and are also dishwasher-safe.

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On a day that celebrates love, give your child a book that encourages kindness and compassion toward others. Written in English and Diné (Navaho), When We Are Kind allows children to explore not only how it feels when someone is kind to us, but also how it feels to pay that forward to others. Immerse your children in the Diné language at the same time. This was written by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, with beautiful illustrations by Indigenous artist Nicole Neidhardt.

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The Paper Store

Your little ones likely already have their fair share of lovies in the shape of bears and bunnies, so this snuggly little white cloud can be a unique addition to the cuddle family. Made from super-soft white plush fabric, it's only 5 inches tall meaning it can fit right in the palm of their hand.

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Have fun with the kids and learn about important people in Black history at the same time. This 44-card set is designed to play with the same rules as Go-Fish, features richly illustrated cards depicting Black heroes from history and present day, including activists, artists, sports stars, and more. From Zora Neale Hurston to Mae Jemison to Spike Lee, enjoy some family bonding time with the kids while celebrating Black history. The set comes with a booklet packed with cool info, too. Releases in early February.

Big Kids

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L.L. Bean

Keeping them warm when it’s chilly out is part of a parent’s love language, right? Cover their noggins while winter hangs around with a hat that is the right balance of cool and cute. The emerald green color is decorated with yellow stars and a star-gazing fox, taking the hat from plain to playful.

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Williams Sonoma

Do some Valentine’s Day cookie baking with your sweetie with this 100% cotton apron made just for kids. There is a lot to love about this apron: it has a Velcro closing on the neck loop, making it easy to adjust, and a nice big pocket in the front. We also love that there's a matching adult version, too! There’s enough love in this one to go around. 20” wide x 24.5” long.

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Fat Brain Toys

Get their heart rate up with a jump rope that isn’t like all the others. Not only does it light up while they jump, but the movement of jumping also helps charge the array of colorful LED lights. No batteries required, it’s kinetic energy at its best. The rope itself is a little over 8 feet in length, making this a good fit on average for kids in the 9 to 12-year range, depending on their height.

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Rose quartz is known as a universal healing stone, said to surround the holder with love and protection and invoke a feeling of compassion. What better Valentine’s Day gift is there than that? Each rose quartz heart is roughly 1 inch in size, making it perfect for a pocket, and the price means you can order a few for your crew.

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Real roses won’t last nearly as long as these ones. This 120-piece set allows you to build two roses long enough to actually place in a vase, with adjustable length stems. Each LEGO rose measures about 10 inches when complete.

Teens and Preteens

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Indulge their sweet tooth with a petite tin of chocolates in a sophisticated style from Godiva. The box has twelve different, individually wrapped chocolate truffles, so you’ll probably coax them to share at least one with you. The box includes three flavors: Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Strawberry.

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Sometimes you just need to watch a bigfoot burst out of a tree stump to be reminded of just how wacky and wonderful the world can be. Add water to the little stump container and watch as each day the sasquatch begins to swell until it reveals its soggy self to the world. Surprisingly amusing, it’s a lighthearted gift for any kid ages 5 and up, even a too-cool teen.

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Chasing Paper

We’re betting one of the things your teens love is hanging out in their rooms. These peel-and-stick (removable) wall decals can give a little originality to any wall or desk without causing paint-peeling permanent damage. You get 14 reusable stickers in one set.

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Double up on the love with this little pack of two metal chain necklaces with golden heart charms. They can be worn together for a layered look or separately. Got two sweeties to give to? Give them each one. Or let your kid share one with their bestie.

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Urban Outfitters

Show your teen some love without embarrassing them (too much) by protecting their precious eyes with these 100% UV protection, gender-neutral sunglasses in a universally flattering oval shape. They come in all brown or rose gold for every kind of vibe.

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Bespoke Post
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Let them do some nurturing of their own with this little kit, that contains everything they need to grow an aloe vera plant hydroponically from seed, including a beautiful terracotta pot. Aloe vera helps soothe scrapes and burns and is a low-maintenance plant, making it a perfect fit for a sunny windowsill in their room or the kitchen.

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Give your teenager a gift that will carry through into their adult years: the tools to gain self-love and acceptance. By using straightforward talk, author Michelle Skeen, PsyD, talks to teens about relatable topics, arranged by chapter, and offers plenty of real-life, teen-to-teen examples to help kids feel less alone. She also offers “Try This!” strategies at the end of each chapter to give teens a chance to apply tactics to situations they’ve lived.