Celebrate LOVE

I am pretty excited for Valentine’s Day… In fact I started celebrating weeks ago. I believe my excitement over this holiday of LOVE comes from many years as a single girl hating the dreaded day in my early 20s! Now with my kids and hubby I get to go crazy showing and sharing LOVE. First I started by decorating the house, then stocked up on themed colouring books and heart stickers, browsed Pinterest for some Valentine’s foodie ideas and last I did some shopping. I am not talking cheap chocolates and flowers – I found sweet treats minus the calories for my loved ones! I hope you enjoy my round-up of cute and functional Valentine’s day gifts for your kids, moms/wives/sisters/friends or even a few treats for yourself! I am purposefully sharing my fave products from $5 to $100 so there is something for everyone.

For the women in your lifeimage

I have a secret list saved on Pinterest that only my husband has access to… THE list is called “the hubby helper” it is basically things I see that I want to buy for myself but shouldn’t. When he needs gift inspiration he heads to THE list. It’s been a win-win for us 😉 You are getting a sneak peek at some things currently on my list, cute finds for moms, sisters, wives OR for yourself! #tomefromme

Love Fest Hearts Sweater (sold out) and Lover Pullover ($39.50 USD) – If you haven’t already seen the AHmazing collab between The Alison Show and & Apparel check it out here
Naughty Valentine cards – $6 Steel Petal Press on Etsy.com
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera W/Film – Pink $99 chapters.ca
Good Morning Beautiful Mug – $10 chapters.ca
OPI fifty shades collection – I love the colors but let’s be honest here I don’t want to paint them myself! Treat her to a mani/pedi complete with babysitting!
LOVE Ceramic Travel Mug – $9.95 Starbucks.ca

For the kiddos in your life
I once learned a great tip from another mama blog: something they need, something to read, something to wear and something for play. I love this rule of thumb when gift giving for my kiddos.

For babies under 1 they need lots of things so they are easy and fun to shop for! All my kids items are great for boys or girls.

Red Bumbo – $65 snugglebugz.ca
Bandana Bibs – so many colors, styles and materials to choose from at various shops on Etsy.cimageom …One day I will share my pattern so you can DIY one for every outfit 🙂
Hello Merch Onesie – variety of colors and styles $20 HelloMerch.com
Wrist Rattles by Manhattan Toys – $15 Midoco in Toronto
Oball Football in Red – $5 ToysRus.ca
Mally Mocs – Made in Canada Mocs for newborns to 3 years, amazing color choices and matching bibs and accessories also available #mallymocsrock $45 mallydesigns.ca
Life Factory Glass Bottle – grows with baby, nipples/sippy cup tops available, teething rings in fun colors – $10-$30 well.ca
Clifford’s First Valentines – $10 chapters.ca

For the older ones

One to three is a fun age where real toys start to become popular and they actually pick and choose the clothes they like. I know my bella would be happy with a colouring book from the Dollarama BUT I have some special surprises for her this Valentine’s Day. She was pretty excited when I pulled out this “hearts!!!” tee from Hello Merch this morning for her to wear at school to hand out all her Valentine’s!

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Hello Merch Tshirt – $20 hellomerch.com
Heart Stamps for your little artist – $5 (Michaels stores)
Valentines tabletop plates/cups – $15-$25 potterybarnkids.com
Mini Apron – $7 ikea.ca *I will share some fun tutorials if you want to make your own, DIY aprons dont take long at all to make yourself.
Mix n Match Set in Miss Dress Up or Robots by Petit Collage – $20 minimioche.com
Laugh and Learn “Say Please” Tea Set by Fisher Price – $20 toysrus.ca
Mini Etch-A-Sketch – $10 canadiantire.ca (I love this kind of stuff for taking to restaurants!!)

Remember celebrating LOVE is not just about the gifts (although they are super fun to give!) showing someone you love them can come from something that costs you nothing at all. A sweet handmade card, breakfast in bed, cleaning their car, love notes hidden in unexpected places or simply going on a family walk together. Thanks for visiting the blog and I would love to hear any feedback you have as I start out on this new adventure!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from #craftycelebrations

-K

Please note that all product reviews are my own opinion and I have not be paid to promote any of these products.

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2 thoughts on “Celebrate LOVE

  1. OH MY we love the same stuff for sure. Im obsessed with life factory bottles and I follow a similar gift giving rule of Christmas of something to they want, need, wear and read. And that Starbucks tumbler is only $9.95, its a must have at that price!

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  2. Kirsti,
    I love the links you’ve shared – thank you! I love celebrating various holidays as well by spoiling those around me with homemade treats. Having kids definitely adds a different dimension on HOW to celebrate. I loved baking and shopping for loved ones before my son, but I love it even more now. For his Valentine’s Day party at daycare I made a healthier version of red velvet cupcakes (using beets instead of food colouring) and made little heart fish Valentines for his teachers. Daddy is also getting a hand-made card 🙂 Pinterest is a great place to brainstorm for sure!

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