Easy Family Valentine’s Day Celebration Ideas (2024)

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When we first started homeschooling, we used holidays like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day as opportunities to teach our kids some Christian history. We talked about St. Patrick the missionary, and about how St Valentine helped young people who were poor. 

Boy with heart-shaped lollipop. Valentine's Day gifts can be simple.
The small things often bring the most joy.

As the kids have gotten older and life has gotten busier, we have a lot less emphasis on making everything a lesson. Instead, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day have become a way to break up the gray monotony of winter in the Pacific Northwest.

Valentine's Day gifts on a table with two girls opening their gifts.
Valentine’s Day gifts at the table when the kids wake up

We find that having bright decorations around in February and March helps all of us stay cheerful until the gorgeous spring flowers start to show up.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Giant Hershey's kiss for Valentine's Day.

Since Valentine’s Day is so close to Christmas, my aim is to create some fun without breaking the bank!

I often use little holidays like this to get my kids something they all need. A new shirt, some new books, pencils, school supplies, or something like that.

Red heart basket with Valentine's note and school supplies and candy.
A Valentine’s basket for one of my daughters

I have encouraged my kids to give make Valentine’s crafts for each other. Sometimes we have done a valentine exchange at our homeschool co-op too. It’s a great way to help kids think of others and learn to express kind thoughts to loved ones.

Hand drawn Valentine's Day note with a heart monster.
A handmade Valentine’s card from one of my daughters to her younger brother.

We also have several books and home decor items that come out for each holiday. The kids love having different books available at specific times of the year. Learning the calendar, and marking days and seasons are all things that the little ones need to learn anyway, so why not make it fun?

Our favorite Valentine’s Day Books

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Valentine's Day books displayed on a mantel.
Our mantel with the Valentine’s Day books. Sweet and simple.

Gifts and Foods

The local dollar store is a great place to pick up inexpensive, fun items that make the day a little bit special. I usually get some candies or chocolate, and some small party favor items for each child.

Valentine's Day basket.
A basket for my kindergartener

Mini erasers, pencils, bottles of bubble solution, sidewalk chalk are all easy ideas that give the kids something novel. 

girls blowing bubbles. Mini bubble solutions are a great easy Valentine's Day basket gift.
Bubbles are popular with all ages!

I frequently make some kind of special food, either heart-shaped, or bright red or pink. My kids love having pink milk at breakfast!

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Check out our complete list of Valentine’s breakfast ideas for kids, including recipes!

Sometimes we order the heart-shaped pepperoni pizza from Papa Murphy’s. The idea is to find some way to make the day a little bit special, without adding a lot of work for Mom.

Heart shaped macarons for Valentine's Day.
These were perfect for a simple but special treat!

What about Romance?

It’s funny to me that our society makes such a huge deal about Valentine’s Day! As though whatever we do the rest of the year doesn’t count!

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Real love shows itself day in and day out in the little gestures that communicate “I love you” to your loved ones. Valentine’s Day kind of seems like showing off if you’re not already showing love daily.

Dad and daughter hugging with Valentine's Day flowers.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

One thing my husband has started to do is to get flowers for our girls. He does that so he can give them an example of what appropriate attention from a gentleman looks like. 

Dad giving Valentine's Day flowers to daughter.
Flowers from Dad

He brings me flowers regularly. All our children see that spouses who love each other think of each other all the time.

There are many other things which we both do for each other often, as well as on Valentine’s Day. It’s not about the specific day!

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For my husband and I, we aim to celebrate our love everyday. We don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day because we try to have date nights once or twice a week, and special celebrations at other times. 

Couple in front of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon
My beloved and my best friend

We realized early on in our relationship that the actual calendar day doesn’t really matter, as long as you take the time to recognize important moments. Plus, all the restaurants and popular things to do on Valentine’s Day are nowhere near as busy any other day of the year!

Keep Valentine’s Day Simple

That’s our basic philosophy about Valentine’s Day celebrations. Our marriage hasn’t suffered from keeping it simple, and our kids can have fun with it, without feeling pressured. 

Heart baskets with gifts on table for Valentine's Day.

What does your family do for Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

© Copyright Jennifer D. Warren 2022. Updated: January 1, 2024.

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About the author

I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.


  1. The “real love shows itself day in and day out” line is pure gold! I love that and it’s soo true. You have a beautiful family. I love following your alls endeavors on Instagram ♥️ Please keep sharing!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!!

  2. We dont have any kids so valentines isn’t filled with the love of kids but as of right now we have two dogs that celebrate with the dogs. The dogs make cards dress up and have great fun!

  3. I love this! When my girls were little they loved glitter and on small holidays I would leave a small gift bag on the end of their beds for when they woke up and it would have a card and small toy or candy with glitter everywhere! Thankfully we are over glitter and now we do small things each day to show our love.

    1. Wow, you were brave to do glitter! 😂 I avoid that stuff as much as possible. Sounds like you had lots of fun.

  4. I love this! It is so great when Valentines day is celebrated on more than the 14h so you can show love to people in your life. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love it that your husband got your girls flowers, so stinking cute! It’s like you said recognizing the important small moments is what’s important.

  6. Great ideas here. My kid is still very young but I like the idea of teaching the history behind holidays.

    1. We were glad to be able to help our kids understand where Valentine’s Day originated too.

  7. The little Valentine’s gift baskets are a great idea with items from the dollar store to keep it affordable. I think you and your husband are setting a great example by carving out time for date nights, showing how to nurture a relationship!

  8. I love this! It is so great when Valentines day is celebrated on more than the 14h so you can show love to people in your life. Thanks for the inspiration!

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