The 2010 Valentine's Day Gift Guide


By Maria Pilar Clark

Contributor and blogger

With February already well underway, thoughts are quickly turning to romance, sweet conversation hearts, who likes who, and cutesy classroom Valentine's Day parties.

Cosmotot rounded up Cupid's finest heart-themed finds sure to make everyone on your lovey list smile.

020910_SweatersLeeDress little ones in snuggly softness with Sweaters by Lee. The New York-based founder and creative knitter, Lee Ann Flower, handmakes every sweater in her collection, and with an array of colors and styles to fit any reason or season (think snowflakes, a love letter, football, frosted cupcake, fluffy-tailed bunny and more), any fully machine washable choice is an easy add to toddler wardrobes. Perhaps more impressive is that Flower will be donating 100% of her profits to the American Red Cross from now until she retires, or as she puts it, her hands can't knit anymore. Talk about sharing the love!020910_BebeAuLait

There's nothing more beautiful to behold than the strong emotional and spiritual attachment between parent and child. Parent-run company Bebe Au Lait teamed up with Danish jewelry designer, Julie Sandlau, to create a line of understated, casual bracelets that celebrates this cherished relationship and unbreakable bond. Choose from single bracelets or a set of two, which comes with a bracelet for parent and child. Set on a band of woven Italian nylon, the centerpiece is made from solid sterling silver with one side featuring an oxidized heart (or star) and the reverse showcasing a genuine topaz stone.

Instead of weari020910_missmoptopng your heart on your sleeve this year, try wearing it in your hair. Fledgling shop, miss mop top, has just the thing with a Mighty Aphrodite hair clip. Crafted from felt, the lightly puffed heart with pink edged wings reminds everyone that love in truly in the air. I started this Etsy shop as a New Year's resolution/goal, and it brings together the best parts of my love for travel, artisan finds, art and crafting. You'll also find original note cards, ponytail holders, travel hair clip holders and cozies inspired by my own sweet mop tops: one for her love of handmade and the other for his love of geography.

2-10_MickeyMouseValentineDisney Store is celebrating the world's most iconic couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with a collection of festive "I Love Mickey" products all for under $20 in stores and online, too. Choose from a lovable, 18-inch, Valentine-themed Mickey (reds) or Minnie (pinks) plush, glittery stationery, journals and other paper goods, and lots of apparel and accessories (think red paillette Mickey Mouse tote bag and cool character tees) sure to delight kids and adults alike. Right now, you can buy one plush and get one plush free with FREEPLUSH at checkout. Automatically applied in store.

020910_tinyprintsWhether it's a hand-scribbled drawing or one-sided boxed note, little kids (and their parents) love getting Valentines. Tiny Prints offers up tons of adorable kiddie-minded cards that give little ones the chance to celebrate Valentine's Day in a fun new way. They can even be personalized, making each charming one extra special.

iParenting Media award-winner, My Pillow Pets, 020910_PillowPetsoffers up comfy pillows disguised as snuggly, plush companions that are ideal for naptime or travel. If you've seen their cute commercial on Sprout, which is how I found them in the first place, each is made from soft, high-quality chenille, is mom-designed, endlessly huggable and machine washable pal. The whole menagerie comes in more than 20 different, kid-pleasing styles (think unicorn, hippo, moose, bear, dog and more), and two different sizes. Companion products like backpacks and blankets are also available.

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