Valentine’s Day is often synonymous with flowers and candy, but there are only so many sweets a parent can handle. If you want to share the love with the kiddos this holiday without all the sugar, you’ll want to keep scrolling. From sweet books to festive bow ties for boys, we’ve rounded up plenty of sugar-free Valentine’s Day gifts for kids.
LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles Structures Set by Eric Carle
Eric Carle's treasured story is brought to life in this limited-edition Magna-Tile set. Containing nine three-inch square tiles, four quarter-round tiles, two right triangle tiles and one six-inch square tile, each piece features SuperColor® technology on both sides. When put together, one side has a 3D Very Hungry Caterpillar and the other side has the words, “I love you." The set is also compatible with all Magna-Tiles® Structures and original Magna-Tiles® sets.
Available only until Mar. 1 at createon.com, $44.99
Little Sleepies Mommy & Me PJ's
Settle in for a snuggle fest with Little Sleepies adorable new Valentine's Day prints that come in sizes from baby through adult. The adorable floral and kisses prints come in several shades and even offer accessories like headbands and swaddle blankets.
Available at littlesleepies.com, $32+
Rowan Jewelry Subscription
Little fashionistas will love Rowan's earring subscription box. Every month, kids will get a pair of nickel-free, hypoallergenic earrings designed in Brooklyn, NY with your choice of Gold Vermeil or Sterling Silver!
Available at heyrowan.com, starting at $21/mo
Clear Pink Heart Ball Pit
Dive into fun with this sweet ball pit that means playtime comes all year. It inflates and deflates in under two minutes and can fit multiple kiddos. Balls are sold separately.
Available at Funboy, $99
Yogibo Bean Bag
Bean bags have never gone out of style and Yogibo is the leader in comfy seating. Each style has zero pressure points for ultimat relaxation and the cover is removable, washable, interchangeable. You can shop tons of styles and sizes, starting at $139.
Available at yogibo.com, $199
Super Smalls Valentine's Day Bundle
Let your littles get jazzed up with this fab bundle that includes a Red Carpet Mega Set, Heart to Heart Set, Everyday Polish Nail Art Sticker Book, gift wrap and note.
Available at supersmalls.com, $80
Kaleidoscope Play Camera
Timeless toymaker kiko & gg have the market cornered with gorgeous wooden toys. We love this play camera that comes in two color choices, and packs a sweet kaleidoscope, too!
Available at kikoandgg.com, $29.99
VTech Sparklings Paige The Tiger
New to 2021, Paige the Tiger is here to play! She has more than 100 fun, magical responses and kids can interact with her to explore lucky colors and hear about feelings and moods.
Available at Target, $14.99
Scarlet Hedgehog Mini Set
Share the love and kind words this Valentine's Day with Slumberkins limited edition Hedgehog Mini Set. Each one comes with 12 cards so kiddos can send messages of love to their friends and family.
Available at slumberkins.com, $24
Care Bears: Love-A-Lot Bear
This special Valentine's Day Care Bear is all about sharing the love. The classic 14-inch plush is huggable beyond belief and comes with twin hearts on its belly.
Available at Walmart, $12.88
Littles will love a learning lovey from Baby Jack & Co., the only sensory tag blanket with sewn shut ribbon tags for added safety! Each one is made with durable, micro-polyester fabric, paired with a minky plush fleece textured backing so that kids can reduce their anxiety and fall asleep peacefully.
Available on amazon.com, $24.95
Glitzy Bingsu Lavender Slime
Much to a parent's dismay, slime is still alive and well in the kids' realm. This fresh take on the ooey-gooey toy is lavender scented and comes with a satisfying crunch that's great for sensory play!
Available at wecooltoys.com, $12.99
Loulou Lollipop Bubble Silicone And Wood Teether
Made from beech wood conditioned with organic olive oil and beeswax, your teething tot will love to give this teether a chew. There's an additional ring of silicone beads that offer a softer experience. Plus, it doubles as a rattle!
Available at crateandbarrel.com, $25.
Funko Snapsies Mix and Match Surprise
Hello Snapsies! Funko Pop's newest collectible is packed with adorable animals like unicorns and llamas, and each with its own personality. Collect them all!
Available at target.com, $9.99
Baketivity Baking Kit
Baketivity boxes are sure to put a smile on your little baker's face! Each themed box comes with pre-measured ingredients, kid-friendly instructions, colorful lessons and games to play while your treats bake, and a shopping list if you need to add anything extra. You can buy a one-time kit or subscribe to receive one on a monthly basis, and each month is different.
Available at baketivity.com, yearly: $25.95 per month, six months: $29.17 per month, 3 months: $30.95, monthly: $32.95 or one-time kits
Squeakee had a big holiday season and is back in a tiny size for Valentine's Day. The new interactive mini balloon pets will talk back to you but in silly helium voices. Kids can collect all three of Squeakee the Balloon Dog’s new little friends.
Available on amazon.com, $9.99
My 7th Heaven Chocolate Mask
Yes, it's candy but no, you don't eat it! This sweet mask is made of blended creamed Cocoa Butter, crushed Cocoa Beans and Shea Butter for a soft, silky feel that's perfect for your tween.
Available at KMart and Claire's.
Los Angeles-based company Chance is all about updating the sporting goods industry through bold and vibrant products. Their colorful products focus on spreading positivity in sports and bringing communities together; one will make the perfect Valentine's gift for your little sweeties.
Available at target.com, $29
I Love You So... Personalized Storybook
Littles will definitely feel the love when they get their very own book with their name in it! This sweet story comes in a hardcover and is personalized with your child's name and a special dedication message. Just be sure to plan ahead to allow for production time.
Get it personalizationmall.com, $34.99
Creatto Bundle: Sparkle Unicorn & Friends and Magical Moose & Forest Friends
This simple and versatile building system has two primary components kids can use to make countless 3D creations. Creatto is made from flexible plastic tiles that interlock quickly and need no additional materials or hardware. Each kit includes assembly instructions for four different configurations and can be light with LED lights.
Available at thamesandkosmos.com, $9.95+
TENZI, PAIRZI & SLAPZI
These games are a fun option for Valentine's Day gifts for the older kids as they are fast-paced, easy to learn and fun for parents too.
SLAPZI: Be the first to match the right picture card to the right clue card to win the round. Get yours here, $19.95.
PAIRZI: Be the first to find matching pairs of Critter Cards to win! Here’s the twist, before you can look for Critter Cards you must roll a pair with your dice, two 3’s for example. Roll a pair, find a pair, repeat. Get yours here, $19.95.
TENZI: To play TENZI you must roll your 10 dice as fast as you can which makes the game instantly competitive and fun for the whole family. Get yours here, $14.95.
PLUS PLUS Mini Maker Tube I Love You Hearts
This STEM toy lets kids make 3D designs with perfectly Valentine's Day colored interlocking pieces. The tube includes 70+ pieces as well as instructions to build a heart, spinning top or robot.
Available on amazon.com, $7.99
Tea x OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Set
This adorable set of three hand sanitizers, each one has up to 300 mists and the non-toxic formula kills 99.9% of germs. We also love the graphics on each one: tiger, butterfly and bird.
Available at teacollection.com, $15.
LEGO Valentine's Day Dinner
This sweet romantic brick set is perfect for the big day. The 114-piece comes with two minifigs, a dinner scene and plenty of little details. What better way to say I love you than with LEGO?
Get it amazon.com, $32.44
"The Sky Cracked Open" by Lauren Molasky
This collection of whimsical poems and drawings by a mother and CF warrior reminds us of the legendary Shel Silverstein. The sometimes silly but always thoughtful prose is a great intro to poetry and a great non-candy gift for kids!
Available at theskycrackecopen.com, $24.95.
Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!
Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will love the newest board book of the series, Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! Brand new in board book format, the story follows Mouse as he creates valentine's for his buddies, sharing what he loves about each of them.
Available at amazon.com, $5
Conversation Hearts for Boys
Bypass the lovely-dovey sentiments this Valentine's Day with a cute set of Conversations Hearts for Boys! The anything but girly messages includes things like "Pew Pew," "Rawr" and "Poop," because––boys. The 1" phrases come in a variety of phrases on silver, lime green and blue, with special colors available upon request.
Available at madeintehaleh.com, $14 for five push pins
Piggy Polish Set
Dress up your little's piggies this year with a fun Piggy Paint Nail Polish set! The non-toxic, water-based formula is free from chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates and glides on easily. Grab a cute Valentine's set, like Kisses & Wishes or All the Heart Eyes.
Available at piggypaint.com, $14.99
Love Stinks Whoopie Cushion
Jokesters will love to get their hands on this Valentine's Day-themed trick. The Love Stinks whoopie cushion is enough to make any singleton or funny kiddo giggle.
Available at amazon.com, $7.12
It's So Me! DIY Scrunchie Maker
Your VSCO girl will love making her own scrunchies! This kit includes 15 pre-cut pieces of fabric to fashion your own hair ties, each with fun sparkles and embellishments.
Available at target.com, $14
Bows & Bow Ties
Dress up the littles with these sweet bows that can be made into hair bows or bow ties. Handmade with move by a mom of four, they make celebrating the day of love a little more special.
Happy Valentine's Day Monster Truck Shirt
Does your little boy love trucks? This sweet Monster Truck-themed t-shirt is the perfect gift! Choose from four different colors, and let your little guy rev his love tank!
Available at walmart.com, $22.99.
––Karly Wood with Gabby Cullen