How to Make Valentine’s Day Special for Your Teens

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Great ideas for making Valentine’s Day special for your teens. Valentine’s gifts for teens and family traditions for a sweet day of celebrating love!

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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! - Surprise someone you care about!
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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?

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Well, as with most things, you turn to Amazon or Etsy! 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 Valentine’s Day gift treasures I’ve found for my kids in the past to give you some ideas that might help your teens remember that they’ll always be your special Valentine.

Keep reading to the end to see some family tradition ideas to make Valentine’s Day special with your teens!

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Making Valentine’s Day Special for Your Teen Girls

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. The Oriya Stainless Steel Inspirational Necklace was the perfect choice to give her something that she could cherish for years.

I know your teen girl would also love these Amazon Valentine’s Day gifts!

And what girl doesn’t like something pretty with her name on it? Etsy is the place to go for personalized gifts!

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Personalized Make-up Bag and Tumbler by kathycreationsUS

Making Valentine’s Day Special for Your Teen Boys

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 the 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. The 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!

If you’re looking for something that is a little more fun or practical than sentimental, these Amazon Valentine’s Day gifts would be great for your teen boys, too!

And, of course, any gift with Baby Yoda is going to be a hit! I love this personalized mug I found on Etsy!

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Baby Yoda Best Son Mug by Printjojo

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!

Valentine’s Day Special Family Traditions

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. How about creating some sweet family traditions that your teens will always remember?

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My teenagers love to make fancy desserts and decorate the table for our family Valentine’s Day dinner!

Here are some ideas:

  • Do a fancy family dinner complete with candlelight, your best dishes, and some soft music in the background.
  • Living room dance party, anyone? I think, yes!
  • Leave notes for your kids to find reminding them how much you love them. (Chelsea over at Mama Has Her Mindful has an idea for a really sweet and meaningful way to leave notes!)
  • Give them an invitation to a date with mom or dad…and then make sure you do it!
  • Go on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt together.
  • 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 Valentine’s Day special for your teens?

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I love to share my passion for family, faith, learning, and adventure! I am a worship pastor's wife, a homeschool mom, a former public school teacher and counselor, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology. My heart is to encourage and support families who are homeschooling kids with ADHD, homeschooling high school, and raising teenagers. I'm so excited for you to follow along on this joyous journey!


  1. Carmen Reply

    Great gift ideas!

  2. Kristin Reply

    I love thinking about how to make things special for teens. It’s so much easier when they are younger when everything is new and exciting. Great ideas!

  3. Suzan Reply

    Some great suggestions!

  4. cecile Reply

    We have 4 teenage boys here and these are great ideas. I love the idea of littles notes 🙂

  5. Sandi Barrett Reply

    Lots of cute ideas here. Fun gifts to show a little love.

  6. Cindy Reply

    What great ideas! A fancy dinner and dance party seems like such a great idea.

  7. Suz | Reply

    The teenage years can be tough. In our family, we did not focus on material things, but always the feeling. Holidays are tough, because we feel as though buying things is the answer – but observing the true love between the parents is the greatest gift of love we can give our children.

    • Melissa F Reply

      I definitely agree with you on that, Suz! And we also try to focus more on giving our children memories rather than material things. I always loved the way it made me feel when my mom got me a special little something for things like Valentine’s Day, too, though, so I try to do something small for my kids as well.

  8. Barbara Reply

    Great ideas!

  9. Tiffany Reply

    Some great ideas! Teenagers are always a challenge sometimes!

  10. Keirsten Reply

    Great ideas for teens. The dinner idea sounds so fun & helps teach them responsibility and a bit of seriousness/romance. Love it <3

  11. Chelsea Reply

    I love the idea of a living room dance party! We have those a lot with our kids!

  12. lisa manderino Reply

    These are great ides! Everyone needs to feel loved!

  13. Debbie Reply

    Always loved leaving valentines treats for our kids when they were younger.

  14. Alexis Farmer Reply

    Haha I love the mom heart tattoo 😁

  15. Sabrina DeWalt Reply

    I once mailed Valentine’s Day cards to each of my boys. They loved getting them in the mail.

  16. Jill DeMasi Reply

    So many good ideas for gifts! They still enjoy those special presents even as teens!

  17. Holly Reply

    Great gift ideas!! Teens can be so difficult to buy a gift for especially at Valentine!

  18. Tiffany Reply

    I have to start thinking about Valentine’s Day!

  19. Sydney Delong-Eat Simply Sweet Reply

    Love these ideas! I would love to offer a “date night” when my kids are older

  20. Mary Reply

    Great post, Melissa!

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