Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored as I was sent several complimentary items featured and all are marked as “c/o” throughout the post. All editorial and opinions are my own.
This year I decided to do an additional Valentine’s guide devoted just to children’s gifts because as our little one is growing up, the holiday is beginning to take on a new life. I’ve discovered just how fun it is to shop for darling gifts for the holiday, both for our child as well as his sweet classmates and teachers. As always, I’ve rounded up a few classically preppy picks that I know you will appreciate.
Children’s Embroidered Valentine’s Applique Shirt with Personalization (c/o) Sew Personalized by Jenn
As much as I love precious rompers and jonjons, I’m slowly starting to acknowledge that my baby is growing up and the days of bubbles and the like will soon be behind us. But that doesn’t mean my little man can’t still shine in the cutest embroidered shirts like this sweet Valentine’s piece! W is really into walking down our drive with me after school to check the mail so we felt like this shirt would be just perfect for him this year. He’s already so excited to wear it for Valentine’s Day this year. Make sure you check out the full selection of Valentine’s shirts – I especially love the designs with puppies! Very impressed with the quality of work and the turnaround time.
I quickly discovered the key to keeping my child’s toys organized was to have storage bins in every single room. We probably have around a dozen throughout the house, mostly dedicated to W’s things. My favorite thing about using storage like this is that you can be extremely picky and choose different materials, textures and patterns to perfectly compliment your home. We have a variety ranging from ginger jar planters to wicker to jute to fabric. They all aesthetically hum with our home’s decor while hiding away W’s vibrantly colored books and toys. My favorite new addition is this beautiful hamper style in a classic ivory and grey ticking fabric. I’m not sure you can tell how large it is but it measures 20″ tall with a diameter of 17″ so it can store a ton of stuff which makes clean-up much easier. Using open storage bins like these also make it easy to teach and include your child in the clean-up process. I’m very pleased with the quality and turnaround time. Merethe offers a variety of fabric patterns and styles – this Peter Rabbit bin is beyond adorable for a nursery! These bins would make an awesome Valentine’s basket for any tidy mama (filled with flowers and chocolate?)!
How precious is this little party hat? Obviously, this would be perfect for a birthday party and we’ll definitely be pulling it out when that time comes around but I also love the idea of bringing these festive hats out for other celebrations and holidays throughout the year and I think they’d be so sweet for a Valentine’s themed party. The attention to detail is pronounced and I love that you can customize the hat to perfectly coordinate any celebration you’re planning – from a bow or pom topper, a monogram or name, to fabric and embroidery color, it can be fully customized to suit your needs and preferences. Another nice touch is the shop’s Heirloom Guarantee which includes complimentary cleaning and mending of your keepsake (just drop off the item in person or pay shipping both ways).
This year, I wanted W’s valentines to feel a bit more special and personalized. As he’s getting older, I’ve noticed he’s more enthusiastic about things like this so I thought it would be fun to surprise him with stickers featuring one of his favorite things in the world – firetrucks – and I know he’ll love seeing his name on them, as well. To get him more involved, I’m going have him help me assemble the goodie bags for his classmates. We’re going to use small clear bags, fill them with candy, tie a ribbon around and put these darling stickers on the front. I think it will be a fun activity that will help him get excited to celebrate the holiday with his classmates. And these stickers couldn’t have turned out any cuter. Erin, the shop proprietress, also has matching firetruck name stickers that she included and I think they’ll be great for labeling school items. Both varieties are also available in cardstock form. Make sure to check out the Valentine’s Day section of this shop – Erin has so many cute stationery items like these darling ginger jar stickers that would be adorable for a chic mom or sweet little girl.
These darling trunks would make such a sweet inclusion in a Valentine’s basket! Our family is planning a mid-winter escape to the beach and these will be so fun to bring along. I’m incredibly pleased with the quality of the seersucker material as well as the gorgeously monogrammed sailboat – seriously, how precious! Three Maria Designs’ logo is “Clothing for the Best Dressed Child” and I’d have to agree! Check out their full selection – they have the cutest baby bubbles and shortalls/longalls.
The sweetest little sailboat you ever did see! I love the idea of including one of these as a big grand finale surprise in a Valentine’s basket – definitely a stand-out piece. While these sailboats can be darling as a freestanding piece in a nursery or child’s room, they can also be hung from the ceiling and used as a mobile as they twirl beautifully. I also love the idea of including them as decor for birthdays or any nautical-themed celebration. They are beautifully made and I expect we will keep our son’s on his dresser so we can enjoy it but also spotlight it in a few upcoming parties and celebrations.
I was taught the importance of a prompt thank you note as a child and I am hoping to instill that same principle in my son as I think it helps to grow a sense of gratitude as well as an appreciation for etiquette. I love the idea of tucking these darling train cards in a Valentine’s basket and explaining when and how to use them. Even though W can’t write a thank you just yet, he can understand the purpose and get familiar with the concept (plus he loves trains!). I love that these are an affordable option and so classically stylish for a child. Lori is always lovely to work with and I appreciate that she e-mails a preview of the personalization before printing to ensure everything is just perfect.
Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.