6 Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Whole Family


February 05, 2021 | Food Lion
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! What are you planning to give to your loved ones? Chocolates, flowers, greeting cards and festive plush toys are all popular gifts for this holiday. But, if you want to give your special someone and kiddos something extra thoughtful and from the heart, we have some Valentine’s Day gift ideas that may be perfect! 

From homemade treats and romantic meals to pampering gifts that help someone relax, we have six thoughtful gift ideas for the whole family - Mom, Dad and the little ones - all composed of items you can find at your local Food Lion. To get started, let’s take a look at two perfect presents for her.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

Romantic Picnic for Two

Young couple sharing a valentine's picnic in the park.

Quality time with your special someone is one of the best presents of all. And that’s what this Valentine’s Day gift idea is all about! So, grab your picnic basket or even your Food Lion reusable bag and pack it full for a romantic picnic at home. Some perfect picnic items for the season include:

  • Soup (packed in thermoses) 
  • Taste of Inspirations crackers and cheese slices
  • Fresh fruit
  • Valentine’s Day candy
  • Hot cocoa or tea (also packed in thermoses)
  • Her favorite bottle of red wine
  • A bouquet of flowers

With your picnic basket or bag packed, you’re ready for some quality one-on-one time that’ll show her how much you care. If it’s not too chilly outside, put on your winter coat and enjoy your picnic conveniently in the backyard. Or put down a blanket in the living room, light some romantic candles and keep it indoors. Either way, your loved one is sure to adore this thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift idea!

“Just For You” Beauty & Relaxation Kit

Bath bombs, pummice stone, scrub brush, loufa, bath sponge

Show your loved one how much you care by pampering her with a present that’ll help her relax and feel special. To put this gift together, you’ll need a gift bag or box, as well as red, white and/or pink tissue paper to make it look festive. Then, fill it with things like scented candles, hot tea bags, bath bombs, an exfoliating sponge and body lotion. A bottle of sparkling wine and a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates would also make fantastic additions to this gift idea. 

Then, when she’s ready to enjoy some well-deserved “me time,” put on some of her favorite music and keep the kiddos occupied with some Valentine’s Day fun. She will definitely appreciate the time to relax and will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and oh-so loved. 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

“Thinking of You” Favorite Meal Gift Basket

Young couple sharing a valentine's meal, kitchen table

With a couple of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for Mom covered, let’s move onto some inspiration for Dad, starting with a present that follows the age-old concept, “the way to his heart is through his stomach,” or in this case, with his favorite meal. But, it would be tough to wrap up a burger or pasta dish, right? Instead, put the shelf-stable ingredients in a gift bag or basket and present his gift that way. 

So, for example, if his favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs, leave the ground beef, eggs and Parmesan cheese in the refrigerator (for your meatballs). Then, fill the gift basket with a box of angel hair or spaghetti pasta, a jar of his favorite marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic and Nature’s Promise bakery bread. You might also want to include a little note card that lets your special someone know that you’ll be making his favorite meal for dinner. 

“For My Sweetheart” Chocolate Candy Collection

Candy Bar Pretzel bites in dish surrounded by cabdy hearts, doilie, wood table

Chocolate is a beloved dessert favorite for the whole family, including Dad. That makes it a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift idea, too, especially when you give him all of his favorites. So, on your next grocery shopping trip, pick up several of his most loved chocolate candies - bars, truffles, etc. -  (maybe even a few of each) and package them in a gift bag for a super sweet present he’ll love. 

And if you want to put even more of a personal touch on this gift idea, make your own Valentine’s Day treat as well, like these Candy Bar Pretzel Bites. Made with mini candy bars, waffle-cut pretzels, white chocolate and festive sprinkles, this recipe for a sweet and salty snack is simple to make and perfect for this romantic holiday. Seal in single-portion snack bags before placing them in your gift bag and you’re ready to give the man you love a present that’ll satisfy his sweet tooth and make him smile.  

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Kids

Quality Time Baking Basket

Mother and daughter decorating Valentine's cookies

Give your little one the gift of a little Valentine’s Day fun with something you can bake, decorate and eat together. Whether you choose cookies, brownies or cupcakes, here are some items you can include in your baking gift basket:

  • Cookie, cake or brownie mix 
  • Vanilla icing
  • Food coloring
  • Cookie decorating gel
  • A variety of festive sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • Cupcake liners (if baking cupcakes)

Want to make your confections look extra special? Pick up some decorating bags and tips and pipe your frosting on your treats. Try making festive flowers (like roses) and other designs for some extra fun and to really impress your family.

Sweet Valentine’s Day Snack Mix

Sweet Valentine's Day Snack mix in a bowl and on a baking sheet, loose candies, bowl of sprinkles, roses, granite counter top

Cereal, sprinkles, chocolate, pretzels and pudding are five things many kids love. Sound like your kiddos? Then, this Valentine’s Day gift idea may be the perfect thing to make for your little ones. After all, our Valentine’s Day Snack Mix is made with all of those items. It’s also quick and easy to make and something the whole family would love to munch on. 

So, whip up a batch the night before, let it cool, then split the snack mix into snack bags and place them in baskets or gift bags for your kids to find in the morning. They’ll be so excited to have a homemade treat that looks festively delicious for the holiday. 

Which of these thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas will you put together this year? No matter what you choose, your loved ones will certainly feel special and appreciate the thought that went into your sweet present. And keep in mind, your neighborhood Food Lion has everything you need for each of the ideas above at low prices you love. 

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