What do you do for your kids for Valentine’s Day?

My mom is the master of the cute, inexpensive Valentine's Day presents. She sent my girls fake nails and heart rings. They loved them!

My mom is the master of the cute, inexpensive Valentine's Day presents. She sent my girls fake nails and heart rings. They loved them!

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as for lovers, but I think a lot of parents celebrate it with their kids as well.

My mom is the master of cute little gifts for Valentine’s Day. She sent the girls fake nails with hearts on them from Claire’s. (There’s no glue. The nails are just a little bit sticky.) They actually don’t stay on very well but Lilina especially thinks they are fun. She’ll spend an hour sticking them on and off.

My mom also sent the girls candy heart rings. There were about 10 in the package, all different colors with the different sayings. Both girls loved those too. (She sent Walsh a $10 gift card to Target.)

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the kids. I just wanted to get them some small things they would enjoy.

I wandered around Target for a while on Sunday afternoon and ended up picking up Lilina a Barbie Mermadia, Rose a Monster High fashion drawing kit and Walsh a non-computer version of Angry Birds, in which you physically set up the pigs and knock them down with little birds. We’ll see how that goes. I also got them little heart boxes of chocolates.

I haven’t decided what I am making them special for breakfast or dinner yet. I don’t think we have time for heart pancakes in the morning, unless I make them the night before. I would love some chocolate chip muffins but I don’t really think that’s a great start to their school day — maybe if I make them with whole wheat and banana? I think I am making Michael peanut butter pie for Valentine’s Day night. It’s a recipe his mom used to make for him all the time from the Master’s Tournament cookbook.

So what are you doing for your kids? Do you like to do an experience versus a gift? Do you like to do hand-made vs. bought? How much do you like to spend on the kids for Valentine’s Day? What are you making for a special breakfast, lunch, dinner or treat?

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Lori

February 13th, 2012
8:46 am

I don’t do special breakfasts or anything like that because I just don’t have the time. We don’t really make a huge deal out of Valentine’s day at our house anyway. My son is getting a small box of his favorite candy (hershey kisses) and I bought him some slushie mugs. I had those when I was a kid and I used to love making slushies, so I thought it would be fun for him. My other son, who is still a baby is getting a big red sock monkey. I did also send my eldest son a Valentine-gram at school. His private school sells them as a fund raiser and they are just a few dollars each. It’s basically a balloon attached to a small candy item.

JATL

February 13th, 2012
8:52 am

I just get them little Valentine’s cards and a little box of candy to put by their plates in the morning. They have school parties, so I figure that’s enough! I don’t do special dinners or breakfasts or anything. Some years if we have time (and the sugar allowance), we may make a heart cake or cookies or something, but it’s not an every year deal.

JOD

February 13th, 2012
8:59 am

Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal around here. We get each other Valentines and I bought DD a small box of Disney princess candy. They have a party at school, so she’ll get all the cookies/cupcakes she can handle there. I was excited to have her sign the Valentines for her class; it was cute to watch her practice writing her name. We usually go out to lunch while she is in school if we have time. Chocolate makes me nauseous all the sudden (?!?), so I made Hubs swear no candy for me.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 13th, 2012
9:15 am

Ruroh JoD! You may have something else to tel us soon – hmm!!

Love the slushie mug idea —

I love the balloons too because they are inexpensive and they would love them!

A

February 13th, 2012
9:16 am

Just a cute card and small amount of candy. We sent in valentines for the class and teacher too and that’s it. Not a big deal around here either.

Techmom

February 13th, 2012
9:17 am

I usually pick up something for my son but nothing too – his favorite gum and candy. The last couple of years I’ve made cupcakes for him to take to school even though he’s in high school. Nothing fancy but his friends seem to like it.

Techmom

February 13th, 2012
9:18 am

It’s obviously Monday and I haven’t had enough coffee… “nothing too expensive”

Lori

February 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Did anyone else do an elaborate Valentine box for your kid’s school party? They had a competition in my son’s class. Just wondering if crazy boxes are “normal” or if he really went overboard. He made a dragon out of paper mache.

K's Mom

February 13th, 2012
9:51 am

I am using Vday as an excuse to get K a movie that I think he will like. I am cooking a big dinner for all of us Tuesday night. When my kids are older, I will do a special breakfast before school.

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
9:54 am

My husband always takes the boys to a Valentines Day brunch at some place called The Oasis. It must be some buffet cause they saty there until late at night after I have gone to bed. They deorate with a lot of glitter and perfume cause the boys smell like a perfume mall counter.

Figment

February 13th, 2012
10:15 am

I’m doing nothing different than any other day. At my son’s daycare the kids are exchanging Valentines and they are bringing fruit for a fruit salad.

Augusta

February 13th, 2012
10:21 am

I’ll make heart shaped pancakes in the morning, then it’s business as usual. Kids will go to school, hubs will go to work….I’ll work from home…..nice dinner planned, but nothing out of the ordinary. Hubby and I will celebrate on date night later this week.

Valentine’s is a Hallmark holiday, so we don’t pay much attention to it.

☺☻ Have A Smile!

February 13th, 2012
10:48 am

My husband always takes the boys to a Valentines Day brunch at some place called The Oasis. It must be some buffet cause they saty there until late at night after I have gone to bed. They deorate with a lot of glitter and perfume cause the boys smell like a perfume mall counter.

You are awesome. Makes me laugh every time! Ha ha :D

I’ve been to that “buffet” a few times myself. :P

ABC

February 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Again, TWG, can you please ban Soccer MILF?

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
11:11 am

TWG cna we please ban ABC?

justmy2cents

February 13th, 2012
11:13 am

Soccer MILF makes me laugh :o)

On topic, I don’t do anything special for Valentine’s Day. I agree with Augusta that it is a Hallmark holiday. People should be offended that it requires a month long ad campaign for their S.O’s to get them something or show you they love you!! Chocolates make you fat, cards get thrown away, flowers die, and I am not a jewelry fan, so my hubby is off the hook for “holidays” like this!

LM

February 13th, 2012
11:18 am

I am getting my husband a two hour massage. He loves to get a massage, got very used to them while he was deployed. He works hard, has a long comute and is a wonderful man. I sent my daughter a card, I have been getting things for her car, so I don’t feel I need to do her anything special.

My husband is doing something special for me. It is better than candy and flowers anyday.

Becky

February 13th, 2012
11:21 am

No special breakfast for my two..We will have a “nicer” dinner tomorrow..As for gifts. they both got a new fishing pole..They will both get a small box of candy..As for the husband, we don’t exchange gifts..:)

BlondeHoney

February 13th, 2012
11:42 am

Agree with justmytwocents, Soccer MILF makes me laugh too :)

Augusta

February 13th, 2012
11:52 am

Lay off Soccer MILF…..she’s not hurting anyone, and her posts are silly and basically hilarious.

Lori

February 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

I agree, she makes me laugh too. She’s not being mean to other posters, just putting silly stuff, so who cares!

K's mom

February 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

@Soccer MILF is a riot…keep the laughs coming!

Techmom

February 13th, 2012
12:12 pm

I think SoccerMILF is a dude but I’ll take him over some of the people who like to personally attack others.

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

I appreciate the supporters. Hopefully ABC will one day have a loving husband like mine that takes our boys and spends quality time with them. It also give me time to clean to have some “me” time that I rarely get due to my heavy schedule of tennis, brunches and augmentations.

ABC probably doesnt even play tennis.

Bambi

February 13th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hi Soccer MILF. It’s great being hot isn’t it? I think I may know your husband and boys. I work at the Oasis as a …….. uh… perfume girl. They really like what I have to sell. We sometimes go in private rooms so they can look at my “personal collection”

Augusta

February 13th, 2012
12:40 pm

@Bambi – hahahahahaha!!

Soccer MILF's Husband

February 13th, 2012
12:47 pm

It’s all about, MAKIN IT RAIN BABY!

K's mom

February 13th, 2012
1:27 pm

I will say that I agree that Vday is a Hallmark Holiday, but since my husband is fairly generous throughout the year, I do like to remember it at least with a nice meal and a small gift. I do think I would resent it if it was the only time I was ever shown any affection and I feel sorry for women with SOs who drop the ball the rest of the year and go all out on a hallmark holiday.

FCM

February 13th, 2012
3:13 pm

My children will get some kind of treat. Probably their favorite candy. They saw the bag with the spring outfits in it, so I gave them that early. I usually get them one each.

Breakfast last year was pink pancakes. This year I am thinking choclate chip muffins…maybe I will make it pink. I got heart marshmellows at Walmart, so a cup of coco at some point. I like letting them know they are important.

This year they did they something new. They got my parents to get me a small bouquet of flowers from the store. They were all set up on the table when I walked in. Usually I get a much appreciated “Love you Momma” card.

Single in my adult life means that there will be nobody else buying flowers, candy, dinner, etc. Thus the dog and I had a discussion. We hang out quite a bit, go for walks, have some good (albeit onesided) chats. Therefore, he will get a peanutbutter filled chew toy and I will get a Cookbook I have had my eye on. And I am sure we will both sit on the couch and be happy.

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
3:36 pm

Bambi….I appreciate all your time spent with my husband and boys. They are always so relaxed and refreshed from eating at The Oasis. Whether it be horse back rding at the Pink Pony or dining at the oasis. they always seem to have a good time. i just wish I could get the glitter out of the clothes. Last time they went horseback riding… my son Sylan had glitter all around his crotch from the saddle. oh well…thats my maids problem but I feel bad for her!

Whoopers among us

February 13th, 2012
3:38 pm

Let your kids learn about the endangered Whooping Cranes currently short stopped in Alabama.

http://operationmigration.org/Field_Journal.html

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
3:45 pm

@ Whoopers….I would rather learn more about a Vicatin shortage then a bird shortage. Birds poop on our tennis courts. Good riddance.

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Soccer MILF's Husband

February 13th, 2012
4:46 pm

Bambi is cute, funny, and she has change for my dollar.

Soccer MILF

February 13th, 2012
5:00 pm

I usually let my kids stay up past bedtime to play call fo duty on V Day. Bed time is normally 2AM but on V Day they can play until 4AM.

K's mom

February 13th, 2012
6:47 pm

I forgot to add this earlier. I dated a guy in college whose mom sent him a Vday care package every year. She always included two steaks, a grocery store gift card and a date night menu idea. As a very poor college student, those were some of the best steaks and potatoes I ever ate. I will do that for them when my boys go to college, even if Vday at home is a fairly boring affair!

Leigh

February 13th, 2012
8:24 pm

We don’t do a lot. I got the boys a card and a balloon. I plan on attaching the balloon to a Hershey bar.

My husband and I usually get each other something small and we will be going out to eat.

☺☻ Have A Smile!

February 14th, 2012
9:06 am

t’s all about, MAKIN IT RAIN BABY!

Hell to the yeah!

Actually I had been living in Georgia (Norcross) a relatively short time before I went to a strip club on Buford highway and made friends with a girl who was a dancer. She always told her friends/family/etc she “worked at a bar.”

She had a friend back home (South America) who was a pretty nice girl and I got to know her. If things had worked out differently, I could have married her. But that’s a story for another day.

Funny how things work out. Sad sometimes, too. :(

☺☻ Have A Smile!

February 14th, 2012
9:12 am

Also I always look forward to Valentines day; I’m a guy but enjoy the general cheerfulness of the special day/week and the nice colors, balloons, flowers, etc.

I remember in high school how everybody stared when someone got sent some flowers by there boyfriend and the other girls were slightly jealous.

Nice to see people doing something special for their significant other.

On the other hand, unfortunately I’ve seen some low-class stuff like guys buying those tacky giant cards & Chinese fake flowers from a gas station. UGGGHHH!

lisa

February 14th, 2012
9:59 am

Every Valentines since they can remember (my girls ages 11 and 15) I do a breakfast of a heart shaped item, orange juice and choclate covered strawberries with orange juice in a flute and card. When they were younger or if it fell on weekeds we did heart shaped pancakes. Today it was a heart shaped doughnuts from Dunkin Doughnuts and the rest. I also make thier sandwiches heart shaped and put a little valentines stuffed animal in there so when they open their lunch they have a surprise. I know lots of sugar for breakfast but, I think once a year is okay. Every year they come home saying they love thier surprises in their lunch. I told my husband this morning even when my 15 year old goes to college in two years I will still send her a lunch with a surprise. For hubby and I a steak and shrimp dinner tonight cooked at home with the girls! Sharing the beautiful flowers he gave me.! Can’t deal with the crowds after 16 years of marriage. Love is for everybody!!!! Our Anniversay is for ourselves.