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Valentine’s Day is once again close at hand.  You know this, because when you were purchasing your last minute gifts on Christmas Eve, you had to reach across display of candy hearts to hand the cashier your money.  Or perhaps it was the racks of Valentine cards you stretched across while searching for hidden clearance treasures on December 26th.

It’s clear that now’s the time to start considering how to create a great Valentine’s Day for kids.

Sure, every holiday and occasion is taken full advantage of by stores and companies.  But don’t boycott celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family because of commercialism.  See beyond that to create your own traditions with your little loved ones.

Here are some frugal ways to celebrate Valentines Day for kids.


Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day for Kids

It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago.  The kids had gone to bed, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them.  I had purchased a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.

Now I’m not the type of person who feels like every event needs to be over the top.  I find that celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family.  The more you give to kids, the less they can appreciate what they have.  It overwhelms their little systems.

So I decided that I’d give them just one more small gift.  Something I could put together at home for free.  Something that would be a small bit of “icing on the cake”.

Free Printable Coupons

I decided to put together a set of coupons for each child.  They each got to have one stay up late by yourself pass, one ice cream with Mom (or Dad) pass, and one day free from chores.

When I woke up the next morning, the kids were already holding the coupons I’d left for them.  They were so excited!  They wouldn’t stop talking about how they were going to use their coupons and which person would get to go first for each one.  They thanked me over and over again.  I don’t think they even looked at the chocolate!  To this day, the kids look forward to this little tradition more than just about anything else on Valentine’s Day.

Today I’d like to share a copy of our coupons with you!  You are free to print these for use in your own home.

Free printable Valentines Day coupons for kids

Valentine’s Day Foods

We have celebrated Valentines Day in many ways over the years.  Heart shaped foods are a favorite, and don’t take a lot of effort.

  • You can spoon pancakes into a heart shape (or just cut them with heart shaped cookie cutters after they have baked).
  • Sandwiches could also be cut with Valentine’s Day themed cookie cutters.
  • Cakes can be decorated with hearts or red and pink sprinkles.
  • For a healthier option, you can arrange fruits or veggies in fun shapes on a plate.

Play the I Love You, because… Game

One year I gave each family member a stack of post it notes and asked them to write one reason that they loved each family member on each post it.  Then we all hid our notes throughout the house for each other to find.

Seeing everyone really get into the spirit of the game was awesome!  They learned to appreciate one another.  And reading all of the notes made them feel special and loved.

Those are some of the ways I make sure my family feels loved on Valentine’s Day!  

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How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day together?