Category: Valentine’s Day

The Valentine’s gift for the baby who stole your heart

It’s coming up on Valentine’s Day, which means it’s the time we start looking for cute Valentine’s gifts for babies that don’t make our teeth hurt from the sweetness. One of my favorite fallback recommendations is the personalized heart tattoo onesie, and this one from Psychobaby is just perfect. Instead of arguing whether it should say mom or dad, it’s personalized with your own child’s name–or nickname. I think it would be pretty cool if his name was Bruiser or something. The shop also features blankets, hats and bibs with the same design in red or pink. All complete with the...

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The Valentines gift for the romantic with a naughty streak

A little secret about me: I am a serious romantic. I’d always rather get a heartfelt card for Valentine’s Day–or any day, really–than even a box of fancy chocolates or some sexy lingerie. But if you’re looking for a cool Valentine’s gift for a special lady that offers two out of three, you’ll find it with the clever, brand new, Hidden Love Letter Panties from lingerie company Naja. You specify some sweet (or racy) words of love, and provided your special message is 35 characters or less, they’ll print the note on the inside of a pair of navy or red-hot red panties. And...

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Super cool last minute Valentine’s gift ideas you can still get delivered in time. Because IOUs aren’t sexy.

Let’s not call us procrastinators. Let’s just say…we’re busy. Because we are. So we get it.  if you’re still looking for a last  minute Valentine’s Day gift for a special someone, here are a few ideas that go a little further than a hastily scribbled, wrinkled card that was the second to last one left on the shelf. Candygram from Sugarfina I am in love with this Beverly Hills confectionary which isn’t as big on the fancy gourmet truffles as they are on kitchy, playful ways of repackaging childhood favorites as in a Sweetheart Bento Box, a Pucker Up...

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17 wonderful last-minute Valentine gifts and crafts to make with the kids.

While a full school week left until Valentine’s Day may not feel “last minute,”  those of us with kids who are busy with after-school activities and homework need to get our crafty selves in gear stat. And these last-minute Valentine gifts to make with the kids should help. Last year we featured 17 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to make and now we have 17 all new favorites that are all easy enough for kids to do themselves, or with some help from you (which they’ll love anyway). Whether you need to decorate the front door, fun up a Valentine’s Day...

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14 of the best printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom

Save yourself the last-minute crunch for classroom Valentine’s Day cards by printing the cutest, most stylish Valentines now, right from the comforts of home. We just featured all sorts of DIY Valentine’s classroom cards including printables made for handing out treats, but we couldn’t resist offering up more than a dozen more. Best of all? If your child comes home from school on the 13th with three more kids’ names (and a teacher and an assistant teacher and a gymnastics coach) that he forgot, you can just print the extra cards and have them ready before he heads off to...

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Valentine gifts for babies: 10 ideas for our littlest loves.

Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone.   1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...

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Custom map artwork makes our heart thump for Valentine’s Day

Whether your heart is in San Francisco, Madrid, or some little town on the outskirts of Quebec, a piece of custom map artwork for your beloved would make a most heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day. Created by Bombus — that neat London-based company whose wooden storybook letters we recently discovered — their bespoke framed artwork is sentimental without being sappy. Plus, how cool would it be to show the kids that Mommy and Daddy met right there?   Globetrotters who can’t settle on any one spot should check out their trio of hearts, shown above, or the round-the-world 16 hearts (though...

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Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for people who don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously

As much as I love funny Christmas cards and sarcastic Mother’s Day cards, I have to admit I have a thing for beautiful, artful Valentine’s Day cards — although yeah, I like funny Valentine’s Day cards too. So much to my delight, I found an artist on Etsy who delivers on both fronts. Look at this beautiful Valentine’s Day card from Emily McDowell Draws on Etsy. Then look closer…and suddenly I love it even more. That’s kind of the spirit of the whole shop — beautiful, feminine design with a whole lot of edge. The same goes for the...

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This past Valentine’s Day, love was spread!

We had the best time this week in New York, spreading a little love at our Valentine-making party in collaboration with our partner the U.S. Postal Service. In keeping with the theme, turns out either sleet nor snow nor Snowpocalypse Nemo could keep all these intrepid families from coming out on a wintry Saturday, eating some treats, getting creative with glitter glue and sparkles, and addressing all their gorgeous creations so we could send them out to their loved ones with the Sealed with Love stamp. Don’t miss a great giveaway for 5 readers below! Enjoy some of our...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Embroidered heart handmade card

Last up in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series, here’s an embroidered heart handmade card that your kids can easily sew and send, created by Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. If you’re like us and get a little nervous when you see the word “sew,” you won’t believe how easy this card is to make and how truly wonderful it looks. You’ll just need a few craft supplies plus the free, printable heart card or XOXO card. For more Valentine’s Day...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Secret code Braille handmade card

We love Valentine’s Day cards you can make yourself, and up next in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series that’s brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp, here’s a DIY secret code braille card that your kids will love making and sending to their friends and family created by the amazing Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. All you’ll need is a few simple supplies that you’ve probably got in your craft drawer, plus this free, printable Braille alphabet download. For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas you can make yourself, check out our...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Keepsake handmade handprint card

When it comes to Valentine’s Day cards, we think the best ones are those handmade by our kids. So how exciting that we teamed up with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte (love her!) in a DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. Sweet! Up first, here’s a DIY keepsake handmade handprint Valentine’s Day card you can make in just a couple of minutes with your little one. And even better, we bet you’ve got everything you need right in your arts and crafts cabinet at...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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Hunger Games Valentines: May the odds be ever in our favor

If you like your Valentine cards less frilly pink and more, uh, dark, then would you perhaps consider these Hunger Games Valentines? French graphic designer Yenniper has created these Hunger Games Valentines as free printables, which means even District 12 could afford them. I’d say the Effie Trinket card is my favorite, though several of them are quite clever. Even if the President Snow card gives me the creeps: Will you accept this rose? Still, there are so many more to be done! How about for the next round: Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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8 Valentine’s cards for boys (and girls!) that aren’t too sickly sweet

For those boys–and girls–who prefer bugs and dinosaurs to pink doily hearts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their classrooms. After all, I tell my kids that love comes in all forms; why should their Valentine’s cards be only sweetness and light and pastel? –Christina Tossing a bug into their classmate’s Valentine’s box is totally okay if it’s on Dandee Designs’ Love Bug Valentine card. Grab the free template and print on brown kraft paper or regular white cardstock and then affix a plastic bug inside the jar. A...

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Her/ Gifts for Him

Second in our series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas: ideas for gifts for him or for her. Whether it’s for your sweetheart, your fiance, your longtime spouse, an awesome niece, or even just a special friend who needs a little love. This gift series is brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one with a stamp that’s worthy of the love with which it was sent. We’re excited to make so many gift recommendations for so many women and men in every...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Cute gifts for cute kids

We’re excited to present our first gift guide series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas, with lots of goodies for all the loves of your life, starting with gift ideas for kids. It’s brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one sealed with a beautiful stamp that makes it a treat before you even open it.  (Seriously, we’re in love with this stamp!) Whether for your own kiddo, grandchild, a favorite niece, nephew or godchild, here are more than two dozen ideas for children...

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Death Star for Cutie: A very Star Wars Valentine card

When you combine gorgeous letterpress with Star Wars and Deathcab for Cutie, you get a lovely Valentine’s Day card for your favorite chic geek. This Darth Vader Letterpress Valentine Card from Dingbat Press on Etsy combines three of our favorite things: Star Wars, good music, and beautiful design. The paper is delicious, the letterpress printing offers two beautiful colors, and the sentiment on the outside is the sweetest–the words are from one of Deathcab’s most poignant songs (okay, I get choked up just thinking about it). I recommend writing “I have PLANS to rule the universe by your side,”...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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Dinosaur Valentine’s gifts that kids will rawr for.

I’m always on the lookout for cute Valentine’s Day gifts for kids that aren’t of the sugar-packed variety. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little candy, but I know they’re already getting plenty of it from friends. And uh, Daddy. I think this awesome print fits the bill perfectly. I know my kids would love designer Jessica Sutton’s adorable I love you dinosaur prints any time of year, but especially in February. It comes in three colors with three different dinosaur silhouettes – ask your kids. They’ll know which ones are which. It’s on sale right now at...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas. As in, super last minute.

Don’t panic, mamas, if you realize you’ve forgotten cards for the sitter, or the teachers or uh…your actual Valentine. We’ve got you covered with some last minute crafts, recipes and more that you can have done before the kids get home from school. And well, if all else fails, there’s always chocolate. – Send a little love from your iPhone with the Treemail app, which lets you carve a sweet message into a tree, virtually, of course. – Hit Paperless Post for Valentine’s ecards that look way prettier than a plain email. – Pack the kids special Valentine’s Day...

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Turn around! It’s a total ellipse of the heart.

Once upon a time there was bare space on the wall Now I’m really digging this art. Let’s go hang it up, this Total ellipse of the heart! Math geeks and fans of Bonnie Tyler will dig this Total Ellipse of the Heart print by Michael Paukner from the Design Milk Dairy collection on Society 6. It’s available in four different sizes, all printed on archival-quality 100% cotton rag with advanced digital dry ink. That means it has a much longer shelf-life than Bonnie’s feathered hairstyle.   For extra points, combine it with one of our favorite mathematical gift picks...

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Why French paper dolls are superior for Valentine’s Day

I adore paper dolls, probably because I used to hand-draw them for hours as a child, but have to admit that the lovely vintage style paper dolls from French-website and CMP favorite TinyUs is way better than anything I drew. Especially when they can turn your very own child into a doll. Rather than charging you, say, $10 for the chance to turn your sweetheart into a paper doll, TinyUs just asks you to make a donation, in any amount, to Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. I felt like I was giving...

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Sweet, but not-sugary, Valentines gifts for under $20

When it comes to giving Valentines gifts, I’ll refrain from saying that my kids are “sweet enough already.” But, let’s face it: they’ll be bombarded with candy hearts, lollipops and other sweets on the 14th. My plan is to find some non-sweet treats they’ll love for a lot longer than that pink lollipop. Here are some of my favorite choices for kids of all ages. –Christina The Woodland Love wooden blocks from Tiny Giraffe Shop come packaged in a little drawstring bag ready to give to your Valentine. The illustrations are so sweet, they’d be perfect on top of...

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Valentine’s Day cards for kids: 8 of our very favorites when you don’t have time to make them

As much as I love incredibly crafty Valentine’s cards for kids, I know my limits in time and ability, especially when I need about twenty cards for each of three kids. And yet, I can’t quite bring myself to snag those boxes prepackaged licensed-character cards that feel so sponsored. Fortunately, somewhere in between those convenient drugstore cards and the ten-step DIY cards, there are loads of great indie Valentine’s card options for the classroom. I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of them right here. –Christina So happy to see Minted’s unique designs, luxurious paper stock and gorgeous printing translated...

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Rubber stamp out boring Valentine’s cards

My four year-old can spend an entire afternoon playing with rubber stamps. And I must admit, I never thought of using them much myself until watching her and seeing some of the results. (She’s good!) So when I came across Mollie Flatley’s Etsy shop packed with the lovely handmade rubber stamps, I was lured right in. I especially love this triple rose rubber stamp from Norajane, which would be a perfect way to decorate Valentine’s cards in a few weeks, but would still be great for weddings, birthday cards, and anniversaries all year round. There’s a heart doily stamp...

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Bah lovebug.

Let’s face it, at some point in time, everybody ends up staring at the last flower petal, thinking, He loves me not? FINE. I’ve been there. In fact, I spent an entire Valentine’s Day in college wearing all black as my anti-Valentine statement after a harsh break-up. And then I went home and ate a half gallon of cheap ice cream and cried until there was mascara in my bra. If you’re looking for an even sweeter gift to send straight to the door of someone who needs an anti-Valentine’s Day pick-me-up, look no further. The Anti-Valentine Ice Cream...

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Sweet Valentines for the classroom that even a dentist will love

My kids are no strangers to candy, though I have to admit that the amount of sweet stuff they collect at Valentine’s Day is over the top.  I may not be able to stem the tide of lollies, pixie stix and chocolate hearts that come their way, but I’ve found a seriously cute way to hand out something a little less artificial: Valentine’s messages that go right onto a piece of 100% naturally sweet fruit. How great is this? So simple and yet so smart, Twig & Thistles little Valentine’s Fruit Stickers turn an ordinary apple or pear into...

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