Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Teens: 20 Sweet Treats Under $25 (2021)

Want to use February 14 as an excuse to give your teen a small gift or send your college student a care package? Here’s our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide with some of our favorite ideas to help you give your teen a little pick-me-up during this winter.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hot Chocolate Bombombs

Hot chocolate “bombombs” became insanely popular last fall and often difficult to find. We discovered this package of five from Thoughtfully Gifts. Just drop one in a mug, add warmed milk and watch as the yummy chocolate ball dissolve.


Minted Greeting Card Subscription

We LOVE this idea – no more trips to the store to find picked-over selections of boring or cliche cards. Join the Minted greeting card subscription service and pay as little as $3.98 for each of their gorgeous and clever cards if you buy 12+. If you have many Valentines to send, start your subscription now with an order for this special day.

Aromatherapy Shower Steamers


Your teen can turn their shower into a spa with one of these aromatherapy tablets.  Infused with essentials oils, they are available in lavender, eucalyptus, or orange mint.

shower bombs

Therapy Dough

Modeled after clay used by art therapists, this dough is infused with essential oils for stress relief. It’s fun, stress relieving and provides aromatherapy-all things our teens need.

stress reliever

Microwave Popcorn Popper

Popping popcorn in a microwave without all the gross chemicals that come in the ready-to-pop bags will make your teen so happy. They do not need oil or butter to pop the corn so the clean up is a breeze, too.

popcorn popper

You’re My Person Mug

What a nice reminder for your college student to know that they are your person, for all of time! Fill this cute mug with candy or a gift card to Starbucks for a little extra Valentine’s Day treat.

All About Mom and Me: A Journal for Mother’s and Daughters

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this adorable new book can help moms and their preteen daughters become closer by journaling together. There are lighthearted prompts and others that broach more serious topics. You can learn more about this incredibly-talented author and mom of three, Janene Dutt, at her site, I Might Be Funny.

Journaling Pens

These pens have been bestsellers on the Amazon and Grown and Flown gift lists and would be a great Valentine’s Day gift for anyone who has a bullet journal or just loves the small luxury of new supplies. Comes in a set of 18 colors.

Pens for journaling

Tiny Love Stories

From the editor of the amazingly-popular “Modern Love” stories of the New York Times, comes this new and highly-acclaimed volume of 175 stories of love, each under 100 words. These are tales with brevity and love in equal parts.

Yoga Mat

We all want to encourage our teens to develop healthy habits and working out in their dorm rooms, apartments, or at home may the safest way right now. Could they use a new yoga mat for exercising? Available in even colors, including pink!

yoga mat

TeaForte Selection

For anyone who loves teas, this gorgeous assortment of TeaForte teas would make a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift. Includes 10 fruit, herb and flower teas.

Crazy Aaron’s Liquid Glass

This reminds us of the silly putty of our childhood…. the improbable stretchy “liquid glass” will serve them well now as both a toy and stress reducer.

crazy aaron

Flashing Heart Kit

For something COMPLETELY different, your budding electrical engineer can build this blinking heart.

Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 Multi-Purpose Credit Card Size Pocket Tool

You never really know when you are going to need a tool that does absolutely everything – 18 functions, including propping up a phone, and it fits inside a wallet.
Ninja wallet

Mini Table Top Foosball

Our big kids love toys and this table-top soccer game is exactly that, a fun toy.
mini table game

Tervis Tumblers

We love Tervis Tumblers and their very extensive collegiate collection. Unbreakable and perfect for dorm room use. If your teen has a favorite college basketball team that might have a spot in March Madness, think about getting a Tervis to show support.

tervis tumbler

Bistro Mug

Some days and some Valentine’s Days are just meh.

red mug

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 535 Easy(ish Steps) Updated

“Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one” and here’s how.

Adulting book updated

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life

Written by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, this volume is filled with advice AND beautiful writing.

Cheryl Strayed book

Money in a Heart Box

College kids can always use a little extra $$$.  Think about packing a few bills into an empty candy box. Bad news, no chocolates. Good news, $$$.

heart with money

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Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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