Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it features one of my favorite colors, pink! + the crafting inspiration is endless. I cannot wait to see what greatness Logan and I put together to decorate our house with this year.
Outside of decorating, I always put together a cute little basket filled with goodies celebrating the holiday. Honestly, gifting is my love language so any excuse to GIFT, I will take it!
I try and keep this “basket” small because his birthday and Christmas just came and went and Easter is on the horizon. So for holidays such as these I rely HEAVILY on the Target Dollar Spot. As always to reduce waste, I make sure that we only purchase with intent and instead of buying filler I use shredded mail. The shredded mail has saved me so much money and probably saved some trees in the process! I highly encourage you to up-cycle as much as possible when it comes to things such as that. Especially since it just ends up in the trash!
So here we go! Toddler Valentine’s Day basket inspiration with links to all my favorites. I will also include things I didn’t get but wish I had and things we’ve gotten that we LOVE!
I love these because they are sustainably made. I love any kind of toy that Logan can toss, throw and beat up on and they still maintain a “new” appearance. “ONCE Kids has developed natural heirloom quality toys that are safe for the environment and non-toxic for kids.”
2. Our FAVE, CandyLab Cars
I will buy CandyLab toy cars until the day Logan grows out of them. The quality is *chefs kiss* if you will. + again, sustainably made! Their mission was to create a children’s car toy that was also environmentally friendly and they nailed it. Pictured above is the SWAT van. They have tons of other designs that I will share & link below! (I will only share designs that are under $20 for the sake of Valentine’s Day budget).
3. Spritz Paintable Ceramic Hearts
These I can’t link because they aren’t available online but they are $5 in store at Target in the “gifting” section near the crafts. When I saw them I could not help myself but buy them. My favorite past time is ColorMeMine as a kid and my parents still have all my pricey ceramics from those days. So while I don’t have a kiln and won’t be fire glazing these bad boys, I still am excited to incorporate it into our seasonal decor as a memory.
Since I don’t have the link to these specific ceramic hearts, here are some Valentine’s Day craft kits that you can do with your kiddos!
4. Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar
This is another random item from the Target Dollar Spot but I love that you get to count down each day until V-Day with a cute little something! When I went to Target the other day, mine had TONS of them left so I highly recommend stopping in & snagging one. It’s got a little tchotchke item that they can have fun with but honestly Logan lives for a tchotchke.
This was something that Logan picked up off the shelf and I didn’t really look at it until we got home LOL. It kept him happy in the store and he wore his mask so I was not going to take it away but the kid has GOOD TASTE. This is going to be so fun to use during our craft time. It will also allow him to create his own “road” on paper. I got this again, in the Target Dollar Spot (I swear I am just going to pack my shit and live there). Here are some stamps that your little will LOVE. Click here to get some MUCH needed paper to go with them though.
6. Wooden Kitchen Accessories
TDS find. Will go great with Logan’s Hearth & Hand Magnolia Kitchen he got for his birthday! I love a good wooden item over plastic any day of the week because the durability and aesthetics. I really wish I could justify the price tag of Milton & Goose but with the way my kid beats up on things, just can’t. Here are some cute wooden kitchen finds that you can throw in your kids basket.
7. Magnetic Letters
These were a deal steal find. I have the felt ones from the previous season and am not a super fan of them because they can be hard to get off the surface they are clinging to. Not ideal. These ones are made of a cardboard like material but are decorated with the theme of the letter (ie: W – Watermelon). I will say this, I have ordered a few different variations of magnetic letters over the last year and a half and I haven’t found ones that I love for longevity. They seem to just get scuffed, roughed and start looking junky after a while. If you know of a company that sells bamboo letters or something a little more durable PLEASE SEND IT MY WAY!!
Simple but necessary. Literally our dog Milo EATS CRAYONS!! If I accidentally leave 1 out on the counter it will be gone in the morning. I am thinking of calling My Strange Addiction for my dog. So I have to buy a new pack of crayons every few months not only from use. I would like to say that I can go generic on crayons but I would be lying. Nothing is as smooth and savory as a Crayola. Periodt.
9. Puzzles! – I will always buy Logan a puzzle when I see it because the kid can put them together like nothing else! He really likes to challenge himself and his fine motors can use them placement of the pieces.
10. Valentine’s Day Books –
There is nothing I love more than cuddling down with Logan and reading him a good book. His first Valentine’s Day I bought him Snuggle Puppy by our favorite Author Sandra Boynton. It is still my favorite book to read to Logan, not just because he gets to hear my beautiful singing voice but because it is adorable. I buy Logan a new Sandra Boynton book for every single holiday. Why? Because they are his favorite and they are simple. Simple in a way that they teach, that he can understand but also have great story lines. While the book pictures above isn’t a Sandra Boynton (its from the TDS), I still am going to share my faves in hopes they become yours too (+ we collect BabyLit books so I had to include one of those).
11. Watercolor Paint
I got this little one because it was $1 in the TDS and you can’t ever have TOO MUCH PAINT! I mean honestly. But I really am hard pressed to find a paint that I like more than Crayola. I know I said it before and I will say it again, sometimes generic just doesn’t hold a candle to the OG.
Is it even V-Day if there isn’t candy involved? Logan isn’t a chocolate person, kinda like me (unless its a Reeses then all bets are off). & he lives for a Sour Patch Kid or a Twizzler (he really is my child). I got this little box from the Dollar Tree. I usually give him half a handful every couple of days if we are super active outside because I don’t need him jumping off the walls INSIDE the house.
I hope this blog post helped you find some inspiration as to what to get your littles for Valentine’s Day. I know it is such a small holiday but it has BIG LOVE in it. If you’re like me and your love language is gifting, then this is the ideal holiday guide for you to get inspired. I know that I am a boy mama so it is really hard for me to balance girl ideas, so I hope some of these resonated partially with you.
Need a recipe for Valentine’s Day? Check my blog post from Jenny J. Fitness on how to make Paleo Meat Loaf.
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