They are all easy projects you can complete in an afternoon or less, but guaranteed to be a favorite in your child's heart. These are all crafts you can make yourself, so they're economical while being much more personal than ready made gifts from a store.
Of course, you can always add a few store bought items if you'd like, but these Valentine's gifts for kids are truly unique and can be customized to suit your little sweetie's favorite colors and styles.
1.A hand decorated T-shirt becomes a work of art in your child's estimation. No one else will be wearing this one of a kind creation. Start by drawing your design with crayons or colored pencils on a sheet of paper which will fit on the front of the shirt. Work out your colors until you're happy with the design. This will determine the color of purchased T-shirt best suited to show off your design.
Think about extras, such as beads, glitter, lace or buttons which you might want to add. For example, if your design is of a cute little bear, holding a bouquet of heart-shaped balloons, you might use a glue gun to attach a lace trim around the edges of each balloon and use glitter and glue to write an 'I love you' message spread out on that bear's tummy.
2.This Valentine's gift for kids idea works equally well for both boys and girls. Purchase a baseball cap or straw hat in your choice of color. Then go to it with a glue gun and beads, buttons, fabric hearts, silk flowers, ribbon or whatever your little Valentine will enjoy. Easy, quick, creative and a guaranteed hit.
3.Girls and boys both enjoy this Valentine's gift – a hand-painted 'treasure box'. Crafts stores have plain unfinished balsa wood boxes in a variety of shapes, including heart, round, oval and rectangular shapes.
Rectangular boxes are a good choice for boys as these seem more manly. Besides, they store things like baseball cards and pencils in their treasure boxes, while girls put jewelry and such in theirs. Pick up an inexpensive set of acrylic paints and paint away. Keep your glue gun handy to attach any trimmings you might like to make the box more festive.
4.Sneakers, rain boots and slippers can be hand decorated in a similar manner to the items described above. Kids absolutely love things they can wear and show off to all the other kids. Especially when you made it just for them.
5.Kids love puzzles and these make great Valentine's gifts for kids (of all ages). While you can purchase Valentine puzzles, these are easy enough to make if your kids are young and enjoy working simple puzzles.
Garden catalogs provide great pictures of flowers which can be cut out in simple geometric shapes that include some of the picture's background. Place a large red foil heart in the center and cut the surrounding shapes to fit around the heart. Glue each piece to a lightweight cardboard background and cut them out. Use a heavier cardboard as the backing, paint it and then trace the shape of each piece on the backing as clues to placement.
Each of these Valentine's gifts for kids has been Mom and kid tested. Your kids will hang on to these forever.