Valentine’s Day can be such a fun holiday to celebrate with your kids! I haven’t really celebrated it with Lizzie and David yet, because last year they were too young to really get it. Last year, David was almost a year old and Lizzie was 2.5. Now that Lizzie is almost 4 years old, I think she can understand the meaning behind different holidays and I really want to make this one fun for her.
As I peruse the holiday aisle I am shocked (but not really) at how many red and pink “love” themed toys are for sale. If people didn’t buy them, they wouldn’t be for sale – so who is buying these things? To me, Valentine’s Day is just a fun day to express how much you love someone. So if you accomplish that by purchasing Valentine’s Day Teddy Bears for the little girl in your life, then great! There is nothing wrong with it and some girls really love getting stuffed animals.
My personal favorites are Gund – they just have so much personality! I am biased against the red and pink ones though. I prefer a cute bear that isn’t holiday themed. That’s just me. (but the one above – that is too cute for words!) HuggableTeddyBears.com has some really fun teddy bears on there and I can see why people buy them for their little girls.
But me personally? I prefer not to buy toys and gifts on any day for Lizzie and David except their birthday and Christmas. I use Valentine’s Day as a way to teach them how to show their affection in creative ways – like coloring a huge heart and adding glitter, or making special pink cookies. I also really like showing Lizzie and David that doing things for people (like picking up their toys for mommy) can really show someone you love them.
So while I don’t like to get these as gifts for Lizzie and David, I sure love to get them as gifts! I think gift giving is an expression of love, but would rather teach my children while they are young all the different ways of expressing your love that isn’t as easy as swiping a credit card.
What about you? What do you think of giving gifts to kids on Valentine’s Day?
*I was given a teddy bear from the linked to site. It’s my opinion that you should check them out.