Valentines Day Gifts for the Kids

Valentine’s Day is no longer a day just for your significant other- many people give gifts to parents, close friends, and children as well.  I know that I give gifts to my son, and I cherish the ones he gives me. (Of course, we wear our glitter-pasta necklaces with pride, don’t we?)  If you are still looking for the perfect gift for your little prince or princess, here are some ideas.

pic4If you have a game enthusiast, check out Skylander’s new limited edition Love Potion Pop Fizz.  Just in time for Valentine’s day, and nothing “mushy” or “sweet” about this fella, who throws vials of strange substances instead of shooting a cupid’s arrow. Your gamer will love this new addition to his collection.  While he will be somewhat rare, he is not yet hard to find- you can find him on Amazon, Target, Walmart, and stores like Game Stop at this time.  Prices vary, starting at about $10 and up.

If your Valentine is a little younger, Cloud b has a variety of sweet toys that they will love to snuggle up with.  A well rested sweetheart being the best kind, Cloud b helps encourage sleep with it’s line of creative nightlights and bedtime toys. One of our personal favorites is the Glow Cuddles Bear, which is not only adorable, but very soft.  It has a glowing heart light in it’s chest that is activated by a hug, which is comforting not only because of it’s soft light, but also because of it’s gentle, calming “beating” that helps lull little ones to sleep.  It has 2 sleep timer options, 10 minute timer on the sound feature, 23 minute timer on the soft glow.  Good for all ages as it has sewn-on facial features and no small parts. It requires 3 AA batteries which are included, and retails for $35.95 on http://cloudb.com.
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Edible Valentine’s Day Idea from Entenmann’s

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Looking for a fun and easy dessert for Valentine’s Day? Entenmann’s is celebrating this year with the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet. Fan of chocolate? Doughnuts? Sweets in general? Read on.

Check out the Entenmann’s Facebook Page for lots of sweet ideas.
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Hallmark Valentines Day Gifts

If you are like me, you love all things Hallmark. I have a “card addiction”, and like to send them for any and all reasons.  Real, paper cards- I know, I’m so old fashioned and super not hip, ay?  No. It’s fun to get mail that isn’t bills now and again- and they really do make you smile, don’t they?

Hallmark is a great place to shop for all occasions- Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Hallmark is all about showing you love and care, so it’s the perfect place to stop and shop for your loved ones.  No matter whether you are shopping for your wife or girlfriend, mother, grandmother, boyfriend or husband, or even the kids- Hallmark is a good starting point (and who knows, you might be able to do all your shopping in one place!)

Some of the cute new Valentine’s Day gifts they have to offer this year include

  • Hallmark Gold Crown exclusive.
  • She dances and sings:
    I like big hugs and I cannot lie
    Never let a hug pass me by
    You can give high fives or cuddles
    But please don’t lose those hugs
    So gentlemen? (Yeah?)
    Ladies? (Yeah?)
    You wanna drive this hippo crazy? (Oh yeah!)
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Have a Happy Valentines Day with Aurora

If you are looking for the perfect plush for Valentine’s Day, look no further then Aurora.  Makers of the stuffed toys you love year round, they really shine on Valentine’s Day.  There are so many options to choose from, but these are a few of our favorites.  They have plenty to choose from in the pink and white variety, but traditional brown bears and the like are also available.  Super soft and squeezable, these are perfect for the stuffed animal lover in your life.

pic6Lots of Love Elephant: Say “I love you” in a big way with Aurora’s beloved, best selling elephant complete with signature heart-print ears, available in new colors and styles for 2015.

stuffed animal Valentines daypic4My son just loves his new Pom Pom Penguin- he was not feeling well last week, and mommy gave him one of his Valentine’s Day stuffies early.  What can I say.  This penguin is larger then he seems (as you can see from the photo with my son) and so snuggly soft.  PomPom Penguin: Chilly Valentine: Available in nine styles and four sizes, Aurora’s popular Pom Pom Penguin is melting hearts with cuteness. The line expands to include precious, super-soft pink penguins and each holds a heart with a “cool” embroidered message including: “You melt my heart!” / “You give me chills!” / “You’re Cool!” / “XOXO”
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AURORA’S VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS

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Looking for something adorable to give your love this Valentine’s Day?  My son and I both adore stuffed animals, and so do many women and kids- so you know that these will be a hit for many on your list.  Try as I might, I still love a sweet stuffed animal.  I don’t get many for myself anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them or wouldn’t love one as a gift now and again  🙂

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Aurora World, Inc. (www.auroragift.com) has more than 140 products for Valentine’s Day catalog. Highlights of Aurora’s Valentine’s Day catalog include fresh characters and exciting variations of popular lines and licenses including Pink Promise Elephant, YooHoo & Friends™, Butterball Bear, Sad Sam & Honey® and a 2,400 piece, special edition Raggedy Ann® named “Sweet Dove.”

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Pink Promise: The lovable elephant is fashioned with super soft-tipped, two tone fabric and has playful heart prints in its oversized ears. Pink Promise is available in four huggable sizes (10.5”, 12”, 14”; 22”, SRP: $20, $24, $33 and $72 respectively).  My son loves his sweet pachyderm, who is super soft and snugly.  It’s uber plush fur and floppy ears are cuddly and fun to play with or take to bed at night (or pass out on the couch with while watching a movie on a snow day, LOL). Also, it can go “on parade” with the pink elephants of Dumbo, which of course did not escape my son’s mind  🙂

VALENTINES DAY TOYS

 

YooHoo & Friends™: Luvee™, an endangered chimpanzee, joins Aurora’s best selling plush line (more than 23 million sold) as a three-color assortment. Luvee hugs a slightly askew heart, each with a different message including “Love U”, “Be Mine” and “XOXO!” Each makes a “smooch” sound when squeezed (5”, SRP: $9).  They make a “kissing” sound when you hug their bellies, and have adorable expressions and large eyes.  YooHoo are a lot of fun to collect as well, and come in a wide assortment of creatures and colors.  These are great for a collector or way to start your collection, and are very affordable.  My son loves this line, and has since he was very young.
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Have a Hershey Valentines Day

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It’s Valentines Day, and you know what that means- Chocolate.  For me, that means one name- Hershey’s!  It’s my favorite, and I love the variety that it comes in.  What better gift to get a choco-holic then chocolate?  Plus it’s the perfect “add on” gift or special something.

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Their current collection includes:

Hershey’s® Kisses

Hershey’s® Giant Kiss

Twizzlers® Cherry Hearts

Reese’s® Peanut Butter Heart

Jolly Ranchers®

All these would make any sweets lovers’ holiday complete.   My husband loves the Reese peanut butter hearts.  It is epically huge, and what’s better then a giant Reese?   If you ask my son, the giant Hershey kiss is better- but not by much.  That was always my grandfather’s favorite as well, and it reminds me of him every time I see one.  It’s a great memory, he used to love those. Just be sure to save some of those “giant” candies for later, and not give yourself a cavity and a stomach ache.  Be they sugary sweet candies like Jolly Ranchers, or licorice like Twizzlers, Hershey has a candy for everyone.
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Girlfriends Valentine’s Day in NYC

As store windows quickly fill up with oversized stuffed animals and brilliant bouquets, one thing is clear: Valentine’s Day has reared its ugly head once again.

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While a holiday celebrating the joys of romantic love can be a real drag if you find yourself un-coupled, New York City has a never-ending supply of engaging activities to take your mind off finding that special someone. So whether you’re in pursuit of new love or just looking to blow off some steam, grab your girlfriends and check out these great activities:

Take a stroll around the city: You’d never believe how quiet New York gets when all of its couples are somewhere kissing over martinis, so make the most of it by checking out some of the outdoor hotspots that are usually packed to the gills with kids and joggers. If you’re uptown, a leisurely walk through Central Park can feel nearly as good as a date, if you’re happy having hot dogs for dinner. If your evening finds you downtown, take a walk along the High Line, where you’ll get beautiful views of the water, as well as some of the unique new buildings going up nearby, like 505 West 19th Street, the lobby of which is being built directly under the park.

Catch a chick flick: Valentine’s day is the romantic comedy industry’s bread and butter, so there’s no better time to indulge in some guilty pleasure movie watching than on the most romantic day of the year. Grab your girlfriends, some snacks, and head to the nearest movie theater and meet Hollywood’s latest version of Mr. Right. If your building happens to have a screening room of its own, like the state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor theater at 56 Leonard Street, you won’t even have to change out of your pajamas to see on-screen love bloom.
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Valentines Day Gifts for Your Little Ones

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Looking for a Valentines Day gift for your child? Something fun, sweet, and that they will love. Here are a few cute ideas for any age range.

The Build a Bouquet set from Green Toys is a very cute alternative to a set of blocks, and perfect for this holiday (or spring time). Your child can create flower arrangements in different shapes and patterns, or even bouquets. These brightly colored flowers are fun to play with in the winter when it’s drab outside, and kids can even make floral arrangements for their parents or grandparents and get their creative and artistic juices flowing. This is a gift you can feel good about giving, as well, as it’s made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, phthalates, PVC or external coatings. This 44 piece set includes 4 bases, 16 stem and leaf pieces, and 24 lilies, petunias, and daisy flower pieces. Recommended for Ages 2 and up and can be found in specialty toy stores or at http://www.greentoys.com for $28.

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Prefer to grow a garden? Think outside the box with Thames and Kosmos. One of my favorite educational toy companies, they have created an adorable and fun to create (while learning and spending time with mom and dad) Crystal Garden kit. These quick “growing” crystals “bloom” from the centers of the four included cardboard flower trees. Learn how crystals grow, and choose the colors of the crystals you grow in your garden. You will see your garden in full bloom in less then 24 hours- but be careful, they are quite delicate. These crystals can’t be touched or moved, and never harden.

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