Stuff We Like: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Little Loves
Sure, we show our little ones love all year-round, but Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to gift them with a lasting reminder of our affection — which pretty much sums up like this:
And now, our top picks for gifts to hand out to your top people on February 14:
What better day than Feb. 14 for The Lovie Project to return to our area? Now in its third year, this brainstorm of Classic Kids photographers—who turn well-loved toys, from threadbare teddy bears to tattered blankets to Matchbox cars, into works of art—benefits families in need. Bring in a new lovie (think stuffed animal or fluffy blanket) to be donated, and get a free photo shoot of your child’s own beloved item. Price of photo prints varies; 10 percent of print proceeds benefit The Primo Center for Women & Children, which aims to end homelessness in America.
Participating Classic Kids Photography studios in the greater NY metro area are:
- Upper East Side (212-396-1160)
- Upper West Side (212-799-3730)
- Greenwich, CT (203-622-2358).
Lovies may also be mailed to studios.
Forget ephemeral e-mail; write a personal, heartfelt love note that has staying power—and feels uniquely special to the recipient! Type your message online then let the team at Leafcutter Designs transform your words into a miniature letter ($9.75) printed in a delicate script and enclosed in a teeny-tiny envelope complete with canceled stamp and red wax seal. Oh, did we mention you’ll need a magnifying glass (also included) to read this Valentine?
Baked with Love
This 7-piece heart set from Cake Boss ($16.99) features 1½-inch tall nylon cutters that work on cookie dough, fondant, and gum paste. After decorating some fabulous home-baked Valentine’s creations, how about using them to cut the crusts off a sandwich and put a little love in your child’s school lunch…any day?
The Writing on the Wall
Whether in a kid’s room to display precious mementos or in a dorm to remind your undergrad how much you love her, this Shellyka Designs cork board ($20) will make hearts soar. Hand-painted acrylic balloons and sustainably harvested cork will weather any number of memos and artwork. (Red-and-white polka dot frame also available; 12×16 inches)