Chocolatiers and florists would have us believe Valentine’s Day is all about romance, but we know the truth. It’s all about cutting out 8 zillion classroom valentines. (Ha.)

The truth is, when you become a parents, any excuse to shower our kids with a little extra love is a good one, but there’s no reason to blow our whole budget on Valentine’s gifts for the kids. We’ve found some fun, affordable Valentine’s gifts for kids, toddlers to teens — that are all under $15.

Put the savings toward that extra-large box of gourmet chocolate for yourself.

I mean, uh, your partner. Obviously.

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Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Conversation Heart socks

The fun sock trend isn’t going away this year, and these Conversation Heart socks are a cool but affordable Valentine’s gift fo kids that that your teen (or tween with big feet) will love. ($4 at Target)

Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Harry Potter pencils at Life is Rosier

I wasn’t sure I could love anything more than Doby loves socks, but these Harry Potter engraved pencils from Etsy shop Life is Rosier are pretty close. These will be going in my own HP-obsessed tween’s Valentine’s Day gift bag this year. And be sure to browse through the shop for lots of fun options. ($12 at Life is Rosier on Etsy)

Affordable Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: I Heart You tattoos by Tattly

Our kids are always excited to get cool tattoos from Tattly for any occasion, and these simple I (Heart) You tattoos will be on their skin before they’re out the door for school this Valentine’s Day. ($5 at Tattly)

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Kawaii narwhal heart notebook: Affordable Valentine's gifts for kids under $15

Not every Valentine’s Day gift for kids has to be pink or red. This blue kawaii narwhal notebook would thrill so many of the narwhal-obsessed little loves in our lives.  ($13.70 by Sugarhai on Zazzle)

Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Godiva Chocolates

With all of the times I’ve told my kids “no” when we pass the Godiva store at the mall, this classic heart-shaped box of Godiva chocolates would feel like a totally splurgy Valentine’s gift for kids — even though it totally isn’t. ($7 at Godiva)


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Affordable Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Love Is by Diane Adams and Claire Keane

In the book Love Is by Diane Adams, a little girl and a baby duck form a special bond as they grow and care for each other, but they learn that sometimes love means letting go. Oof, this one is a tear-jerker for those of us parents with kids getting older before we’re ready for it. Which is all of us, right? ($11 at Amazon)


Affordable Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Mouse plush by JellyCat

I love getting my kids a Jellycat plush for Valentine’s Day each year, because OMG they are soooo soft. This big-eared Jellycat Mouse plush is calling my name this year. In fact, add it to our list of 10 of the cutest first Valentine’s Day gifts for babies because it totally is. ($15 on Amazon)


The XO LP all hearts coloring book for kids: Cool, affordable Valentine's gifts for kids under $15

I love the simple, creative coloring books by XO-LP, and her Valentine’s All Hearts coloring book is a sweet, affordable Valentine’s gift on its own or as part of a little goodie bag. ($6 at XO-LP)


Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Crazy Thing tee

Can you even look at this Crazy Little Thing Called Love tee by Junk Food without singing along? I can’t. Adorable and affordable gift  for kids 2-5T. ($10 at Target)

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Valentine's gifts for kids under $15: A wobbly pink and red stacking toy

This wobbly wooden stacking tower for toddlers are in the perfect Valentine’s gift-ready colors. It’s not only beautiful, it’s wildly affordable on sale right now. ($12.97 on sale from Land of Nod)


Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Chocolate-covered Oreos at Dylan's Candy Bar

You can never go wrong with sugar, and for a Valentine’s Day gift for kids, they’d tell you that layering sugar-upon-sugar is even better. That’s why I have my eye on these chocolate-and-sprinkles covered Valentine’s Day Oreos. Yum. ($9 at Dylan’s Candy Bar)

Pixel heart earrings: Cool, affordable Valentine's gifts for kids

The geeky pixel heart stud earrings spotted on Etsy are so awesome for your little gamer, whether they’re an Undertale fan or not. ($7.99 on sale at Straight Up Geek)


Fun, affordable Valentine's Day gifts for kids all under $15: LOVE by Newbery-winning author Matt De La Pena

Love, the new book from Newbery-award winning author Matt de la Peña (with illustrations by Loren Long), is joyful and beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. It covers the childhood experiences of love and loss, and the way back to love again, all described with poetic beauty. ($12 at Amazon)

Valentine's Day gifts for kids under $15: Pucker Up nail polish by Ella + Mila

This non-toxic pink “Pucker Up” nail polish by Ella + Mila is the perfect shade for any tween or teen who wanting to feel extra fancy on Valentine’s day. ($10.50 at Ulta)

Edgy candy heart enamel pins: Funny Valentine's gift for a cynical teen

If you’ve got a cynical teen to shop for, and you’re willing to get a little edgy, we’re laughing so hard at this set of candy heart enamel pins on Etsy featuring…less conventional conversation heart messages. Frankly, we might keep them all for ourselves. ($8 from Mouthn Trousers)