When it comes to Valentine's Day, the sentiment is definitely the most important thing. And while thoughtful DIY cards are so meaningful and chocolate hearts and candy are always appreciated, sometimes, it's fun to surprise kids with a great Valentine's Day gift. They don't have to be big, expensive purchases. In fact, cheap Valentine's Day gifts are usually more fun, and you can often get these presents at the last minute, too. So whether you're shopping for Valentine's Day gifts for toddlers, gifts for teens or anything in between, and no matter if you're shopping for gifts for boys, gifts for girls or anyone other child on your list, these are the best Valentine's Day gifts for kids.
Some of them are Good Housekeeping Institute Toy Award or Kids' Book Award winners, meaning they've gone through a rigorous testing process — first vetted by experts, then by kids to assess the fun factor. Others are heart-festooned items that will look great in a family photo or at a class party. And others are bestsellers, editor's picks and trendy toys that kids are clamoring for. Pick up one for any kid on your list, and they're sure to feel the love.
For toys, the Good Housekeeping Institute does year-long toy testing to evaluate for safety, durability, and ease of use, then hands the toys over to real kids to make sure they have the all-important fun factor. While some of these toys and non-toy gifts are not evaluated in the Lab, editors still look for gifts put out by trusted brands, gifts with great reviews from purchasers, best-sellers and editors' favorites. The list is then vetted by Good Housekeeping editors, who, after years of curating gift guides and keeping track of trends, tries to match the items with what is popular now and what Good Housekeeping readers and families have loved in the past.
For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys, board games and outdoor toys. While not all of the selects on this list have been specifically vetted by our experts, Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's senior parenting and relationships editor, has vetted these picks. Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.