I have never been a Valentine’s Day person. I think this came from years of being single and thinking Valentine’s Day was just a way for Hallmark to rub my boyfriend-less status in my face. But, I think as we have gotten older, and the world has gotten more progressive, Valentine’s Day has become more about acknowledging the people you love, as opposed to a holiday just about romance. Plus, since Mike and I are exhausted, overworked parents, a little required romance is never a bad thing.
Do you need to get your children gifts for Valentine’s Day? No. No, you do not. But, I find that the promise of a gift in the near future is a very useful parenting tool. As in, when Mazzy and Harlow ask me to buy them something reasonably priced but unnecessary, I can say, “Not now. But if you would like, I can buy it for you for Valentine’s Day.”
This means that for Valentine’s Day this year, Mazzy is getting a huge blanket hoodie sweatshirt called The Comfy. Apparently, her friends have a plan to all wear it to school on the same day. Harlow is getting a Rubik’s Cube. For no other reason except that while Mazzy and I were negotiating the Valentine’s Day purchase of The Comfy, Harlow was in the process of discovering, enjoying and then breaking a cheap miniature Rubik’s Cube that she found in a goodie bag.
“Well, then can I get a new Rubick’s Cube for Valentine’s Day???” Harlow asked, through frustration and tears. Yes, Harlow, you can.
If you want some ideas for other totally random Valentines’ Day gifts that your kids will actually appreciate, I made a guide. Everything is reasonably priced, because Valentine’s Day is really a holiday that should embody “it’s the thought that counts.” I also included a few gifts that I want, some options for Mike and a few for your single friends. They need love too!
Moon & Star Diamond Stud Earrings (these are pricey but I couldn’t resist!)
Tell me what you would like for Valentine’s Day in the comments below!