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10 great Valentine's Day gifts for kids—no sugar added

Show your love without a sugar crash.

Valentine's gifts for kids, including a puzzle and plush desserts Credit: Plus Plus / Dabble & Dollop

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This Valentine’s Day why not shower your kids with fun toys instead of sugary treats? Luckily, there are lots of toy alternatives that last longer than chocolate or candy hearts—and that are just plain fun.

Check out our festive list of toys, crafts, and games for your pint-sized love, and gift a token of your affection that provides plenty of play. From an adorable puzzle to trendy tech, to a custom candy lab, we’ve found an assortment of items that’ll make their heart flutter.

1. A personalized puzzle

Valentine puzzle
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A personalized llama puzzle makes and adorable Valentine's Day gift.

If your little one loves puzzles, this personalized puzzle makes a precious Valentine’s Day gift and a great family activity. Llamas are still trendy, and we love that this one is adorable—and topped off with glitter. The personalized llama Valentine's Day puzzle is best for kids ages 6 and up.

Get a personalized Lllama Valentine's Day puzzle on Etsy for $15

2. Hands-on hearts

PLUS PLUS Hearts
Credit: PLUS PLUS

Build these valentines again and again.

Kids can have fun constructing their own Valentine’s Day hearts with this kit from PLUS PLUS. The clever little bricks help encourage logic, creativity, and fine motor skills as children create festive shapes. The set includes instructions and 70-plus pieces in red, pink, and white. Best for ages 5 to 12.

Get a PLUS PLUS Mini Maker Tube in I Love You Hearts on Amazon for $7.99

3. The softest “sweets”

HABA Petit Fours
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Treats for your little one’s Valentine’s Day tea party.

These plush desserts from German toy company HABA are the perfect addition to your kiddo’s toy kitchen. The set includes nine realistic-looking plush petit fours, sweets that will last beyond Valentine’s Day. We love that the set is machine-washable. Best for ages 3 and up.

Get HABA’s soft petit fours at Target for $17.99

4. A romantic carriage ride

Playmobil City Life Wedding
Credit: Playmobil

Love is in the air with this Playmobil set.

Love is definitely the theme of this sweet Playmobil set. The City Life Wedding Carriage includes a couple and their carriage driver, plus horses and an open carriage to whisk the newlyweds off on a romantic adventure. Doves, a bouquet, a ring pillow, and rose bushes are among the detailed accessories—perfect for the romantically-inclined kiddo. Best for ages 4-9.

Get the Playmobil City Life Wedding Carriage set on Amazon for $20.95

5. A classic Valentine craft set

Valentine craft kit
Credit: Horizon Group

Pipe cleaners, gems, and pom poms make the best cards.

Remember getting out the craft supplies to make class Valentine's cards? Gift your artistically-inclined kids that classic experience with this craft bundle. They’ll go to town with stickers, gems, pom poms, and pipe cleaners. Best for ages 6 and up.

Get a Valentine’s Day Craft Embellishment Bundle Amazon for $9.99

6. Tech treat

V Tech Glow Smart watch
Credit: KD Interactive

An affordable “smart watch” makes a fun gift.

The Glow smartwatch from KD Interactive (which comes in pink, naturally) provides hours of entertainment with its games and apps. A virtual dragon pet, light-up look, and color-changing mood sensor are just a few of the fun features. Kids ages 4 and up can even take selfies and apply frames and filters. Beats a box of chocolates.

Get a Kurio Watch Glow on Amazon for $25

7. A puppy to bedazzle

Shimmer Stars Plush Unicorn
Credit: KD Kids

Get festive and decorate this sparkly pink plush unicorn.

A child’s version of jewelry, your kiddo can go to town adding bling to this adorable puppy. The included wand tool holds over 200 “shimmers” that attach to the plushie’s fur (and your child’s hair, for better or worse). For ages 4 and up, the set contains a kids’ toy wand as well.

Get Shimmer Stars Bubble the Puppy at Target for $19.99

8. A sweet ride

Scooters
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The Micro Maxi Deluxe LED scooter lights up for loads of fun.

It’s a big gift, but your kid is sure to get hours and hours of fun scooting around on our favorite scooter, the Micro Maxi Deluxe. The Maxi is best for ages 5-12, while the Mini is for preschoolers. Get one in pink or red for extra Valentine’s fun—and we love the deluxe model, which features light-up wheels.

Get the Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe LED scooter on Amazon for $149.99

9. A cute surprise

Blume Baby Pop
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“Pop” babies out from under the sprouts.

If your little one loves Blume surprise dolls (the ones with hair that “grows” from flower pots), they’ll be into the new Baby Pop collectibles. Kids can “pop” three, four, or five tiny baby figurines out from under sprout tops in the latest Blume toy. Each package is a surprise, from the number of little babies to the nursery accessories (25 surprises in each set). Blume Baby Pop makes an adorable Valentine toy for your little sprout—best for kiddos ages 3 and up.

Get a Blume Baby Pop on Amazon for 14.45

10. Valentine bath fizzies

My Fizzy Valentine
Credit: Dabble & Dollop

Make bath time festive with Dabble & Dollop's Valentine bath bombs.

Give your kids the gift of a relaxing, festive bath time with a set of Dabble & Dollop's "My Fizzy Valentine" bath drops. Let your kids design the perfect bubble bath with Dabble and Dollop's mixable bath set. The cute set includes five bath bombs in strawberry and vanilla scents, for a truly delish smelling bath.

Get My Fizzy Valentine bath bombs at Dabble & Dollop for $13.99

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