Found: Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Gifts from Etsy
When it comes to showering our loves with well, love on Valentine’s Day nothing says I love you more than candy, chocolate, lollipops and errr…a sugar high that will leave you wondering how this holiday came to mean an endless stream of sweets that would even make Willy Wonka blush. Before you snatch up that huge box of chocolate (or wait for it to go on sale February 15 because um, we’ve never done that), we suggest making this Valentine’s Day a sweet-free affair. We’ve found some really amazing handmade gifts on Etsy that will really make your loves swoon, sans the stomach ache from too much chocolate.
Eco-Friendly Handmade Crayons
Sure, we’ve all seen the conversation candy hearts that say cute phrases like “I Love You” and “Be Mine.” Instead of the candy version, opt instead for the eco-friendly handmade crayons with those same endearing Valentine’s Day phrases. Each of the five crayons is nestled in its own wrapper and gift wrap is even included.
Cost: $8 for a set of 5
Online: IvyLaneDesigns via Etsy
This classic game goes green with this fun and durable Valentine’s Day tic-tac-toe set. Each “X” and “O” has been painted with a nontoxic, water based wash and sealed with a combination of beeswax and olive oil to keep the colors vibrant and the pieces durable. Keep them in the car so you can play on-the-go.
Online: Applenamos via Etsy
We fell in love with this endearing bunny plush and we think your kids will too. While each bunny comes with a smiling face, each are made from a hand drawn template so no two bunnies are alike. Your little ones will appreciate a huggable gift that gives all year long.
Online: The Fox in the Attic via Etsy
Stackable Wooden Hearts
Got a kiddo who loves to stack, match and build? Give him a set of four Valentine’s Day hearts, which are painted with certified non-toxic, soy-based paint. Each are sealed with a food-safe beeswax + organic jojoba oil blend that helps protect the wood, and keeps colors bright and vivid. The wooden hearts are not only cute, but will help with your kiddo’s hand/eye coordination.
Online: Enchanted Dandelions via Etsy
Rainbow Heart Memory Matching Game
Build your and your kiddo’s memory skills (admittedly, we sure could use the extra help) with this awesome rainbow heart memory matching game. Each of the 16 pieces have been drawn and wood burned by hand and painted with AP certified non-toxic watercolors. With the cotton muslin drawstring bag painted with a hedgehog, what’s not to love?
Online: Petals and Sunshine via Etsy
Love Bug Finger Puppets
Imagine your child’s fingers covered in these adorable love bug finger puppets instead of smothered in chocolate. Each finger puppet is handcut from felt and machine sewed together for a durable and lasting finish. An added bonus is the original rhyme that’s laminated for your kiddo to enjoy.
Online: Handful of Puppets via Etsy
Love Bug Wooden Cars
Ah, a VW inspired wooden car. A seller after our own heart. Each wooden love bug is made with solid wood and painted with non-toxic paint and materials. We love the Valentine’s Day themed colors and the heart shaped in the middle.
Online: Darlingling via Etsy
For the babies in your life, give them a Valentine’s Day rattlesnake rattle. Each rattle is handmade so you’ll know yours is truly unique. The eyes are hand embroidered and the tail features the rattle.
Online: Amos the Famous via Etsy
Splurge: Card Table Custom Play House
We’ve got one word for you: awesome. This play house is custom built so it will fit your card table at home. What makes this awesome play house extra cool are the pickable flowers affixed to the exterior of the play house and the mailbox where your little one can slide his mail into his own fort. With this Valentine’s Day play house, your kiddo will never look at his couch cushion play space the same way again.
Online: Miss Pretty Pretty via Etsy
Will you be choosing to celebrate Valentine’s Day sans sweets this year? What will you be gifting to your loved ones?
– Erin Lem