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:

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And now, our top picks for gifts to hand out to your top people on February 14:

lovie project stuffed animalBaby’s BFF

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.



tiny love letter

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

red hearts cookie cutter set

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

i love you cork board

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)


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