Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Valentine Fun!

Valentine’s Day can be such a fun time for teens. Even for teens that do not have a special “other person”, giving gifts to a bestie or other friends can be fun! Finding the best Valentine’s gifts can be a lot of fun, and there are many great activities as well that I list at the bottom for fun!

We encourage our boys to give gifts at least to us and their grandparents, even if it is just a card. These can mean a lot, especially if they are homemade!

Showing someone that you care is a life lesson, and there is no better time than Valentine’s Day to make sure that this happens!

Encourage your teens to reach out to someone or many someones with a message of friendship and/or love.

I put together the following list of Valentine’s gifts with help from my boys and my middle school students. These vary in price from just a few dollars up to a lot -most are really inexpensive items of less than $25. Our teens need to remember that it is the thought that counts more than anything.

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Best Valentine’s Gifts!

Red or pink nail polish

Heart boxers

Heart pillow

 Giant hersheys kiss

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Pink earrings

Heart sweatshirt

Love dish

Shaving kit

Heart mug

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Heart magnets

Heart shaped sunglasses

Leather ear pod case

Pink candle


Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ―Ben Carson

  Pink or red tassel earrings

Personalized pocket knife

Heart socks


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ―Pablo Picasso

Retro Valentine t-shirts



Heart jammies

Bedshelfie

Nintendo switch

Heart shaped box – Use these to create something beautiful to then fill with some other gift for your Valentine.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” —Booker T. Washington

Photo box explosion album -My son got one of these for Christmas from his girlfriend! It is so cute! She did say that it took some time to put together.

Some fun activities for spending time together on this special day!

•Watch some movies about love! Then, make some Valentine’s popcorn and enjoy a date night!

•Make heart shaped cakes, pancakes, waffles or cookies

Here are some links to recipes.

Cupid floats,

20 Valentine cookie recipes,

14 Valentine’s dinner ideas

•Set out some simple Valentine’s Day decorations – Some links to fun decor…

Dollar Store decor for Valentine’s,

Valentine’s vignettes

•Create a Valentine tree -I think these DIY twig trees are so cute! This one is cute, too.

•Write someone love notes and/or coupons -you get to choose what to offer.

•Spend one on one time with your teens -watch movies, play games, take a walk… Here’s the link to  a post my friend wrote about creating a fun day with her teenage daughter!

•Get them their own box of candy -always a favorite!

•Hot chocolate bar with these cute supplies -Here’s a great Idea for a charcuterie board, and an easy recipe for crockpot hot chocolate.

•Decorate your teen’s door with fun Valentine’s stuff or do some homemade hearts with personal messages!

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49 Ideas for Teens at Valentine’s

49 Ideas for Teens at Valentine’s

Ideas for Teens at Valentine’s

Here is the thing about your teens. They might act all cool and aloof. But, here is the truth… They love everything you have ever done for the holidays. They love the traditions. Here are some great ideas for teens at Valentine’s.

So much in their world is stressful and difficult. They look forward to some of these things all year. If YOU are super stressed, ask them to rank their favorite things, and then ask if something can be dropped because everyone (or most everyone) put it toward the bottom of their list.

And, ASK FOR HELP! Your teen would probably rather do something for you themselves than give it up. This would be a win-win! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Ideas for Teens at Valentine's

Here are great ideas for teens at Valentine’s!

11 Advent Calendars for Valentines Day -Your Teen Will Love

They are a hit at Christmas, so why not continue the fun for this season as well?

I like to think of it as anticipation for a special event! I realized how many fun advent calendars there are available! I decided that this would be a fun post, and my boys and a couple of their girlfriends helped me to find advent calendars that teens will love.😀

 

25 Movies for Valentine’s Day: Movies About Love

Valentine’s season is here, and it’s a great time to watch some movies about love. These are not all about romantic love, but love between friends and family as well. These are great movies to use as a springboard to some conversations about realistic love.

Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Valentine’s Day can be such a fun time for teens. Even for teens that do not have a special “other person”, giving gifts to a bestie or other friends can be fun! Finding the best Valentine’s gifts can be a lot of fun, and there are many great activities as well that I list at the bottom for fun!

Best Valentines Decor For A Dorm Room: 9 Fun Ideas

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday! Here is some great Valentines decor for a dorm room. A great way to get involved at college is for your teen to participate in a decorating contest!  

A great way for your teen to create a homey spot for themself is to get into the holiday spirit, no matter the holiday! My boys never chose to do this, but I know that lots of students might choose to embrace these ideas!

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11 Advent Calendars for Valentines Day -Your Teen Will Love These!

11 Advent Calendars for Valentines Day -Your Teen Will Love These!

Advent calendars for Valentines Day are just fun!

They are a hit at Christmas, so why not continue the fun for this season as well?

I like to think of it as anticipation for a special event! I realized how many fun advent calendars there are available! I decided that this would be a fun post, and my boys and a couple of their girlfriends helped me to find advent calendars that teens will love.😀

I have gathered many of these from Etsy, but there are a few here and there from other websites. Have fun picking one out! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Advent Calendars for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Countdown Advent calendars

You Fill My Heart With Love Valentine’s Day Countdown -14 day countdown on a wooden board with 2 choices of magnetic hearts.

Gnome Countdown with wooden “candy hearts”, so cute -DIY -31 day countdown

Valentines Day Countdown and Devotional -15 day printable devotional advent for the season of love

Valentine’s Day Coffee or Hot Cocoa Gift Box Countdown Calendar -Choose your favorite, and open a box each day leading up to Valentines (15 boxes)

Advent Calendar Hearts -These are simply red paper hearts that can be connected. Made for Christmas, but would be great for a Valentine’s Day countdown (there are 25 hearts)

Valentine’s Day Bracelet Making Kit -comes with 24 cards and 24 jewelry pieces: 2 bracelets and 22 mini charm beads

Let me count the ways… -Wooden board with 14 magnet hearts

Do-it-yourself Valentines advent calendars

These can be fun when you find small gifts and write notes to the ones you love. Here are some great gifts for less than $5! And, here are more!

Set of 50 small red sachet bags -These would be perfect for creating your own advent activity for this season of love

Valentine Advent Boxes -These are printable boxes to be filled with goodies that you come up with

Countdown to Valentines Day Bags  -Set of 14 Vintage Valentine pictures on little bags to fill with items you choose on your own

Vintage Inspired Valentine Advent Calendar -These are vintage prints on the lids of 14 small metal containers which you will fill with items you choose on your own.

DIY 14 day countdown -You write the 14 things you love about your child, and then cover with scratch-off stickers (I assume they are clear underneath!). They can scratch off one each day.

Other ideas for Valentines

Send a Sugarwish! These are so fun because you can pick what you know your teen will love! Candy, cookies, popcorn, and many other options -plus you get to choose the size you send.

 

Advent calendars for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. It is a great time to show our love for others. Here are some ideas for notes for your DIY advent calendars…•Bake some heart shaped cookies

•Drink some pink hot chocolate

•Drink some pink hot tea

•Make some homemade paper Valentines for a neighbor or to take to a home for older adults

•Bake a fancy dessert

•Make a Valentine gingerbread house

•Make and decorate salt dough ornaments

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Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

All year round, we have reasons to wrap gifts. Birthdays, holidays, babies are born, weddings, showers… The list is endless. I get tired of hunting around for all of my gift wrapping supplies, so I decided to write a post detailing all the best tools for wrapping gifts, and my reasons for including them on my list. 

One more thing. Teach your kids to wrap gifts! This is a life skill. They will need to wrap gifts at some point in their lives. I taught my boys, and one year I was so glad because I got the flu and I paid one of my boys to wrap the gifts for me! So glad that he knew this skill! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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In my dream world, I would have all of these supplies gathered together and organized in one of the options below. For now, I will muddle through with scattered and random supplies that my boys are constantly hiding from me -not really, but seriously, where is my tape??

Cutting/tape for gift wrapping

Paper cutter, folder, and ribbon curler tool -This thing is nifty. My girlfriend showed me how to use it, and it’s cool. If I thought that I could keep track of it, I would order it now.

 

Best scissors for wrapping, the most comfortable grip – I do have these, and when I can find them, they do not give my wrist “cutting fatigue” – is that a thing? 

 

6 pack gift wrap tape -Always need tape!

Wrapping supplies for gifts

Jumbo roll of brown kraft paper -I love the look of gifts wrapped in brown paper. I have a friend who only wraps in this, and her packages always look amazing!

 

Personalized photo wrapping paper -I came across this in my research for this post, and seriously, this is really fun for whatever event you are wrapping for!

 

Gift bags  -Always good to have on hand. I keep and re-use these all the time.

 

Gift boxes, assorted sizes -Also, good to have on hand.

Storage for gift wrap supplies

Gift wrap storage bag -I used to have one of these until the boys used it to slide down our stairs on it (this was back in the day. It was handy, but not made to withstand the other activity. I now have too many papers to store in this anyway.

 

Gift wrap under-bed storage container (with space for ribbon and other accessories -This is pretty cool, and I don’t think they could have used it for a sled.

 

Hanging gift wrap storage -I also used to have this, but I needed more storage eventually.

 

Gift wrap cart -This is the bomb, and I want one!

Bows/Ribbon etc.

Hand bow maker -I used to use these when I worked retail. Super easy and fun to create!

 

Ribbons for wrapping -Always need on hand, I have an entire drawer of different ribbons.

 

Unique ribbons for wrapping -I thought these were fun when I came across some in my searching.

 

Twine for wrapping -Pretty for dressing up packages in a more rustic way.

Accessories for wrapping

Packing paper for wrapping fragile gifts -this one is ec0-friendly

 

Tissue paper for wrapping -I always have some of this in a drawer. It’s fun to have different colors and themes to dress up the inside of a package.

 

Gift tags -Always need tags!

 

Mini gift cards to include with gifts -These were called enclosure cards back in the day. Nice to have on hand for gift-giving.

There you go! Turn on  some Christmas music or a favorite holiday movie and get busy wrapping those gifts! Even better, invite a friend over who needs to do here wrapping, and enjoy each other’s company as you tackle this task! Just make sure you know where the tape is!😂

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27 Best Books To Read As A Young Adult For Success

27 Best Books To Read As A Young Adult For Success

Best books to read as a young adult

I am passionate about reading. Books take you places. Teach you things. Create memories. This booklist is by no means complete. However, as I thought about the best books to read as a young adult, I thought about the things I wish that I had known more about -the subjects that my husband and I tried to at least introduce to our boys.

I split the list into four categories and an additional list. This is one time that I don’t recommend for your teen to read all of them. Check out each list, read the synopsis of each, and then choose one from each. You know your teen better than anyone, so base the choice around that knowledge. These also lend themselves to being read aloud, and then have multiple conversations. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.


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Self-help books

-the use of one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others-the use of one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others

How to Win Friend and Influence People -Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living -Carnegie

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -Covey

Do Hard Things -Harris and Harris

Make Your Bed -McRaven

The Happiness Project -Rubin

Standing On My Head -Prather

Books about finances

-the management of money and includes activities such as investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, saving, and forecasting

The Millionaire Fastlane -Demarco

Total Money Makeover -Ramsey

How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World -Cousineau

Generation Earn -Palmer

The Millionaire Fastlane -Demarco

Books about mindset

-the set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself:  influences how you think, feel, and behave in any given situation

The Power of Now -Tolle

The Last Lecture -Pausch

Am I Overthinking This? -Rial

The Myths of Happiness -Lyubomirsky

A Whack on the Side of the Head -von Oech

Books about relationships

-the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other

The 5 Love Languages -Chapman

Boundaries -Cloud and Townsend

The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends -Eastham

General books about adulting

-the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks

Adulting Made Easy -Morin

Welcome to Adulting -Pokluda and McConaghy

Adulthood for Beginners -Boyle This is a more humorous approach

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps -Brown

Being an Adult: The Ultimate Guide to Moving Out, Getting a Job and Getting Your Act Together -Tobin and Poole

Launch: A Guide to Adulting -Montanez and Merck

How to Adult, A Practical Guide: Advice on Living, Loving, Working, and Spending Like a Grown-Up -Goldstein

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening -Blades

The best books to read as a young adult

This has been a fun topic to research. I hope that these books help in your parenting journey!😀 Please check out the posts below, especially the one about your teen turning 18- there are so many things to know legally.

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. Finding the best stocking stuffers for teens can be a challenge!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a printout of the safety features of a car in my stocking. I asked my parents if it was there by accident because it was a car that we didn’t have at the time. Turns out that they had gotten this car for me to take back to college.

I was sooooo excited. Mind you it was the ugliest car ever, but it was all mine, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Needless to say, that was my favorite stocking stuffer ever, especially since the key was in the toe of my stocking. (Sometime I will have to write a post on the ugly cars that my parents got for my sisters and me to drive.)

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

There are so many creative ways to give gifts in a smaller way. Our boys love to open their stockings first every Christmas morning. Santa props them up next to the fireplace since a couple of times they have pulled the hooks off of the mantle from their weight.

I have put together a gift guide for stocking stuffers for your teens. I asked my teens and their friends for these ideas, so here you go!

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Stocking stuffer ideas…

  • Sneaker balls -These are great for deodorizing stinky shoes in their gym bag or locker. My boys actually get embarrassed when their shoes stink. If your teen doesn’t notice the smell, then this is really a present for you!
  • Anker Power Core    –One of the most powerful ‘mini’ chargers on the market. It will add over one charge (6 hours talk time) to an iPhone 6, almost one charge to a Galaxy S6 or around one charge to most other phones. These are great to throw in a backpack or purse.
  • Swedish Fish    –‘Nuff said. Really any candy works!
  • Ridge wallet -These are great with the money clip, and they need a place for their licence and school ID.
  • Duct Tape   –The uses for duck tape are endless, both for crafts and fixing things. My boys have many rolls of tape, and they have used it for so many things!
  • Sun Bum Chapstick  –Always a good choice! Contains soothing cocoa butter. Gluten Free/100% Vegan. Petrochemical-free.
  • Crazy Socks   –Moisture wicking, ventilation, smell free, soft touch and durability. Perfect gifts for a stocking! Fits socks size 8-14; men shoes size 8-13 / women shoes size 7-13. 80% Cotton, 15% Nylon, 5% Spandex, soft and comfortable.
  • Fitbit Alta  –Track your activity levels, sleep patterns, and more with the black Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker in size small. This sleek band uses an array of sensors to keep track of how many steps you take, how far you walk, how many floors you climb, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active. Alta is sweat, rain, splash proof.
  • Snack subscription from Universal Yums -Food is always a good choice!
  • Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds- Look for in-ear headset built in bluetooth V4.1 technology, and microphone give a real stereo music sound and stable calling. Find some that are sweat-proof and waterproof with up to 8 hours playing time. (My son got some for his birthday and loves them for the gym!)
  • 3-in-1 charger stand– Works for iPhone, earbuds, and Iwatch all at once. Super convenient, and it really doesn’t take up much room at all!
  • A Dogs Purpose  –Everyone love a great dog movie. But, seriously, any movie is a great idea for a stocking. My boys always like a couple of movies for their stockings.
  • Do you have a teen that is a picker? Here is a great thing! It’s a Picking Stone Kit, and it’s basically a covered rock that your kid can pick on to relieve that desire instead of picking on their own skin! Plus it is supposed to sooth stress -who knew!
  • Bubble tea -have your teens gotten into this craze?
  • Starface acne patches -These are so great! The little star shapes can grip in creases, and other difficult spots. They are cruelty free, and use the ingredient Hydrocolloid, which is clinically proven to improve pimples overnight. This is the starter kit, and it has refills.
  • Noise cancelling headphonesActive Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear, enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function works well both in wire and wireless mode. 
  • Selfie Ring Light -If they are going to do selfies, they may as well be the best possible. This clips on for easy use and is rechargeable.
  • Sheet masks -My boys love these, so don’t rule the guys out on this one.

Do you have a teen that loves the show Schitt’s Creek? I wrote a post about the show with lots of gift ideas! And, don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!

A couple of great holiday party ideas for teens are in this post. One for guys and one for girls. And, here are some easy DIY ideas for holiday crafting and gifting.

Are you looking for new stockings? I have thought about ordering a new look when we downsize. For now, I will stick with what we have, but there are SO many cool looks for stockings out there!

Also, check out my other holiday posts:

49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your Teen,

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays,

11 Ways to Bond with your teen over the holiday break,

Advent Calenders for All Ages,

Gift Guide for Your Teen Girl,  and

Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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