15 Best Valentines Gifts for Teens and College Kids

If your kids are now teens and college students, you might not miss the Valentines glitter and glue cascading down to the kitchen floor, but don’t you occasionally long for a day filled with whimsy and sweet affection? Sending one of these Valentines gifts for teens is a way to show your older kids that you still love them like crazy this February 14.
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Valentines Gifts for Teens and College Kids:

1. Baked Goods If you are a baker, this is your day to shine. Your kids will forever remember all the love you poured into the brownies and cookies or cupcakes that emerge from the oven. You know your kids’ favorites, just make sure to double the batch so they can share with teammates, friends or roommates.

Fit them snugly inside one of these lovely Cookie Tins and the packing becomes part of the gift. This is a classic Valentine’s Day gift for teens, one they will never outgrow.
cookie tins

2. Hot Chocolate on a Stick  This Hot Chocolate on a Stick looks so delicious that we might order some for our kids AND some for us, too.  Swirl them into hot milk for the perfect cold-weather drink!
hot chocolate on a stick

3. Chocolate- Covered Strawberries Valentines just isn’t Valentines without chocolate and we think these Chocolate Covered Strawberries look yummy.
chocolate covered strawberries

4. Cookies By Design Cookie Bouquet
Take a look at the wide range of Valentine’s selections offered by Cookies by Design. Not only do they bake, ice, and decorate the oversized sugar cookies daily, but they also offer baskets of cookies that include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, red velvet and more. Cookies are a great gift for your student to share with roommates and hall mates.

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VAlentine's cookies

5. Alumni Association Is your college student looking ahead a few short months toward graduation? One of the longest-lasting perks of being a college graduate is becoming a member of a college or university alumni association. Spring for the first year membership and let him begin to take advantage of privileges that can include discounts and travel, career support and networking.

6. Fan Gear  March Madness begins on March 15 with Selection Sunday, so send new fan gear and Dick’s sporting goods is one of the best places to shop. Here are some great deals for dozens of college teams.

Duke hoodie

7. Notes to Self sells socks with built-in messages of encouragement. We think these socks in this pretty heart-shaped box are the perfect Valentine’s gift for teens.

Valentine's Day socks

8. Truffle Kit Do your kids love to bake? Ask them to share with you when they have finished a batch of these delicious-looking chocolate truffles.
chocolate truffles

9. Kendra Scott Bracelet  We think this love knot bracelet is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift and something your daughter will be able to wear with dressy or casual outfits.

love knot bracelet

10. Lip Balm is especially nice for teens who are in school in cold and dry climates. Jack Black is a  favorites brand that may be marketed for guys but we think the lip balms are great for everyone.

jack black

12. A New Outfit It’s so nice getting something new to wear.

striped shirt

12. Secret Message Custom Pouch Unzip this leather-alternative pouch to find a message of love printed inside. It’s just the right size for storing cosmetics, stowing in a weekend bag, or keeping your everyday tote organized—all with a personal touch.
makeup pouch

13. Crimson Heart Umbrella The perfect red, heart shaped umbrella for puddle jumping and downpour dancing.

umbrella in heart shape

14. Pink or Red Nail Polish. Essie is our go-to brand for nail polish and any of these colors would be cute for Valentine’s Day.

pink nail polish

15. Chocolates! Need we say more? These chocolates from Godiva would be a wonderful gift for your teen, college student or anyone on your list….


15 of the best valentines gift ideas for your teens and college kids. These Valentines gifts for teens and college kids will remind them how much you love and miss them. #valentinesday #valentinesgifts #giftideas #teens #collegekids

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About Grown and Flown

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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