A Family Valentine’s Day 2021: Gifts, Keepsakes, and Handmade Cardsby Elizabeth MacDonald
If you have recently added (or will be soon adding) a new Valentine to love to your family, then we congratulate you! Valentine’s Day is always a bit sweeter with a baby to snuggle. This year, Valentine’s Day is all about quality time and sending love from afar. You can spend time crafting the perfect cards to mail out, handwriting love messages and including fun pictures. You can keep the crafting going by rolling right into handmade heart keepsakes for your family. These can make precious gifts or can be kept to revisit year after year! But don’t forget to treat your little ones (and main squeeze) to something they will absolutely love, too.
Valentine’s Day 2021
Gifts, Keepsakes, and Handmade Cards
The Sweetest Gifts
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
Did you know that our Heartbeat Animals record more than a heartbeat? If you have already given birth or would like to gift the bear to someone without a heartbeat, simply record a song, a poem, a message, or a giggle for them to hear every time they give it a squeeze! These make great gifts for grandparents, those living alone, those in an assisted living facility, and family far away.
Do you really need a reason to expand your children’s library? If so, consider Valentine’s Day the answer. Pick out a book or two for each child that really pulls on their personality. Books make a great gift for adults and seniors, too.
Keepsakes Worth Keeping
Infant and toddler-sized feet make for the perfect Valentine’s heart craft. A blank canvas, stencil letters, a paint, and a paintbrush is all you need to pull this off. (Maybe a pinch of glitter if you are a risk taker and don’t mind the clean-up.)
Hands You’ll Love Holding
Again with the paint here, too. This time, you will need a different color for each family member. Start with the largest hand and press onto your canvas or cardstock. Make sure to let it completely dry before adding the next print. Go in size order until you have everyone’s hands inside of each other. Add a small heart to the final handprint and then frame it!
Decorate a mason jar and fill it with short love notes to and from everyone in the house. You can pull them out throughout the month (or year) when you want to share a little happiness.
Heartfelt Handmade Cards to Send
Keep the paint out! You’ll need an empty toilet paper roll and cardstock for this creative card. Print and cut a picture of your toddler or baby with one hand in the air; then glue it to your cardstock. Add balloon strings with a sharpie and dab your folded TP roll into your paint and onto the card to make heart balloons!
Heart Hot Air Balloon
Sending love from afar? Steal this precious card idea by creating 3-D heart air balloons that span any distance for love. Craft paper, scissors, glue, and patience will help you complete this fun project.