Making Valentine’s Day Special For Your Teens

Valentine’s Day can be an awkward day for teens. They don’t have the cute little parties they used to have when they were younger that made everyone feel special and included. They may feel left out because they don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend to exchange gifts with. Not that they need one…but, we all remember what that feels like, right? You see other kids getting flowers or candy or balloons or whatever, and you’re just sitting there feeling like a wallflower and wondering if you’ll ever actually have someone to be all sweet and sappy with on Valentine’s Day. It’s tough!

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I’ve always tried to get some little something for my kids on Valentine’s Day, but it’s gotten a little more difficult to come up with ideas as they’ve gotten older…especially for the boys. I mean, you only need so many stuffed bears holding hearts, you know? And finding the unopened heart-shaped boxes of candy in their rooms in July makes me think they’re kinda over the candy thing. So, what do you do?

I mean, you only need so many stuffed bears holding hearts, you know? And finding the unopened heart-shaped boxes of candy in their rooms in July makes me think they’re kinda over the candy thing. So, what do you do?

Well, as with most things, you turn to Amazon! And, if you’re like me, you’ve waited until the last minute, and Amazon Prime is your best friend. So, I thought I’d share some treasures I’ve found for my kids in the past to give you some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts that might help your teens remember that they’ll always be your special Valentine.

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Keep reading to the end to see some ideas for free things to do with your teens on Valentine’s Day (or any other day) to let them know how special they are to you!

For my sweet Symphony, I always want to help her feel empowered and know that I believe in her. She is very sentimental and values tradition and things that hold meaning. This Oriya Stainless Steel Inspirational Necklace was the perfect choice to give her something that she could cherish for years.

Like I said before, finding Valentine’s Day gifts for your teenage sons is a little more challenging. Isaac likes men’s jewelry that has meaning behind it. He has several rings and necklaces that have engravings or symbols that he connects with. He is really supportive of the military, as well, so I thought this CALIS Engraved Dog Tag Inspirational Necklace would go nicely with his collection. And, of course, it will help him remember that I’ll always be his biggest fan!

For Elijah, my oldest, we are in that transition into adulthood. This Engraved Leather Front Pocket Wallet said all the things that I wanted to say to him to recognize that he is a man, but he’ll always be my baby boy. Oh, how quickly they grow up!

Of course, if you’ve really waited until the last minute, and Amazon Prime can’t even rescue you, there are always Amazon Gift Cards (this may or may not be what my kids are getting this year)! I know these will never go unused at my house!

I’ve shared some gift ideas with you, but there are other ways to make Valentine’s Day special for your teens other than material gifts.

  1. Do a fancy family dinner complete with candlelight, your best dishes, and some soft music in the background.
  2. Living room dance party, anyone? I think, yes!
  3. Leave notes for your kids to find reminding them how much you love them.
  4. Give them an invitation to a date with mom or dad…and then make sure you do it!
  5. Just spend time with them doing something that they enjoy. When we make an effort to show interest in the things that interest them, they notice!

Yes, your teens might tell you how cheesy you are if you do some of these things! But, no matter how many eye rolls or groans you get, they will still appreciate your effort and file these Valentine’s Day memories away in their “cherished” file.

What are your favorite ways to make your teens feel special on Valentine’s Day?

I love to share my passion for family, faith, learning, and adventure! I am a worship pastor's wife, a homeschool mom to three teens (well, one has graduated), a former public school teacher and counselor, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology. At our church, I serve on the worship team and as the Fine Arts coordinator, helping students to discover, develop, and deploy their God-given gifts. I'm so excited for you to follow along on this joyous journey!

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  1. MaryReply

    Great post, Melissa!

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