Want to skip the barrage of chocolate this Valentine’s Day? Give one of these heartfelt gifts instead.

Conversation Hearts Mini Soaps
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When Valentine’s Day rolls around, and the influx of candy hearts and chocolates feels like the second coming of Halloween, you might prefer to slow the roll of sweets into your home and opt for an alternative token of affection for your kids. From easy DIYs to affordable craft kits to heartfelt accessories, kids will swoon over these fun gifts–and of course the immense love they feel from you. 

Be Mine

This isn’t a candy jar, but rather a container full of 15 conversation heart mini soaps that will remind your little ones of your love every time they wash their hands (bonus points for getting them to love this hygiene routine!).

Candy Heart Soaps, $11.99 from Etsy

Love Grows Here

Remember chia pets? This kit gives that concept a Valentine’s Day spin with a miniature heart-shaped indoor garden. It sprouts in just a few days and comes with decorative accents so your little gardener can add some personal flair.

Grow a Little Love Kit, $5 from Amazon

A Piece of Your Heart

Parents who are constantly collecting broken bits of crayons from the floor, we feel you. That’s why we created this fun and easy DIY to up-cycle those odds and ends and transform them into new crayons. These heart-shaped crayons work great as gifts for your own kiddos, or if you have a lot of material to work with, as Valentine’s Day gifts for the whole class.

Puppy Love

This adorable set is great for LEGO-loving kids ages 7 and above.

Bricks & More Valentines Cupid Dog, $39.95 from LEGO

You’re a Gem

This elegant yet adorable bunny-shaped box is the perfect place for your tween to store all of her treasures.

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Critter Jewelry Box, $16.99 from Pottery Barn Kids

I Love You to Infinity

A modern classic tale that epitomizes parental love? That sounds like the perfect gift for both you and your little one.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney , $12 from Amazon

Love Notes

Do you have a budding writer or artist on your hands? Make him or her this easy DIY journal using card stock, shaving cream, and food coloring. In fact, the project is so simple, your kiddo can get in on the fun.

Straight from the Heart

A delicate heart-shaped necklace engraved with your child’s initial is a memento she’ll treasure forever.

Heart Necklace, $10.50 from Etsy

Like a Warm Hug

These slippers are the coziest (and cutest) way to keep your tot’s feet toasty warm while winter endures. Choose from panda, polar bear, bunny, or unicorn styles.

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Critter Faux Fur Slippers, $39.50 from Pottery Barn Kids