I’ve got to admit that I’m a sucker for holidays. I love a good celebration. The cute finger foods and crafts just make me all giddy. But mostly, I love any good excuse for gift giving. Ribbons and bows and neatly packaged gifts are definitely my love language. I relish the opportunity to bless my kids with something that I know they will love!
A few years ago I started a fun tradition for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to give my kids a few special treats, but mostly I wanted them to grasp how much they were loved. I included a few verses that shared God’s love with them and I wrote them each a little letter that told them how much I loved them. I detailed all the things they did well and the things that made me such a proud mama. I put everything in a sweet little basket and watched as they enjoyed it.
I wasn’t surprised that they loved it, but I couldn’t have fathomed how much they would. In fact, last year’s letter still hangs on the wall next to their beds. I read it to the boys almost every night. Even though one of them can now read it himself, he still requests to hear it in my voice. I’ve gotta tell you, it melts this mama’s heart!
So this year as I begin preparing for the Valentine basket tradition, I thought it would be fun to make some printables to share with you!
Making your Valentine’s Basket For Kids
The sky is the limit when you are filling your basket. You can stick with just the items that I included or add more according to your kids’ interests. I try and keep it pretty simple, if I can.
I bought one of each of these things for each child:
Juice box—> Apparently the days of the short and fat juice boxes are gone. I could only find tall and skinny ones in my store. Keep that in mind when you are shopping. The one in the picture is Juicy Juice.
Band-aids—> Since different brands are different size, I went with the Band-aid brand assuming most of you could find it. Not to mention, they have the cute little characters that my kids enjoy and that’s what makes this gift super fun anyway!
Socks—> I love buying cute socks for my kids on special occasions. It’s just a frivolous thing that they rarely get otherwise. The $1 bin at Target is usually full of fun ones. On the back of the label I thought I would write something about each child that I’m really proud of since it says “You knock my socks off.” This will be in addition to my letter.
Candy bar—> This is one of those specialty Valentine’s bars that they usually sell for $1. The wrapper doesn’t quite fit around it because it’s so large. I just taped it in the back. The wrapper fits regular bars just fine though if that bothers you!
Pack of Gum—> Gum packs are interesting these days, too. I made this one to fit the rectangular packs that are most common in the checkout lines.
Starburst—> This is your standard pack of Starburst candies. The red packaging makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day!
The Letter—> I tuck away each letter in a pretty envelop and stick it in the back of the basket, so it’s not pictured above or below. Nonetheless, I didn’t want you to forget about it, so I listed it here. As I mentioned above, my kids treasure this letter every single year. It’s become one of the sweetest family traditions that we have!
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