12 Sweet Ways to Surprise Your Teen this Valentine’s Day

Here's how to let your teen know how much they're loved

by Nancy Reynolds

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This Valentine’s Day, show your teen just how much they’re loved and adored by surprising them with one of these sweet ideas!

The best news is, showing your teen how much they mean to you doesn’t have to cost a lot – several of these heartfelt ideas won’t cost more than a few dollars! From adorable basket ideas and heart-shaped “love notes” to breakfast in bed and a special Valentine’s Day hooky day, here are 12 sweet ways to surprise your teen this Valentine’s Day!

12 Sweet Ways to Surprise Your Teen this Valentine’s Day


#1 Heartfelt DIY Valentine’s Basket

The beauty of baskets is that you can make them as simple or elaborate as you like, you don’t have to spend a lot (unless you want to) and you can completely personalize it to your teen’s likes!

If you’re looking for a few more great DIY Valentine’s Day gift basket ideas, check out this post: 22 Crazy Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Ideas













#2 Starting February 1st Put a Heart on Their Bedroom Door Each Day with a Reason Why They’re Loved

Our teens are never too old to be reminded of all the reasons they are our pride and joy! This idea is so simple and inexpensive, yet so heartfelt! Simply cut out hearts using construction paper, (or you can purchase heart-shaped Post-it notes), and write your teen little “love notes” every single day in February and put them on their bedroom door.  Guaranteed, they’ll wake up every morning with anticipation to see the new heart that was added to their door.

Image: Bair Necessity


#3 Make Them a Special Valentine’s Day Dessert

Is there a teenager out there who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Whip up a sweet treat they’ll never forget! Whether it’s heart-shaped cookies, a delectable cake, or special cupcakes like the ones shown here, a fancy dessert is a fun and inexpensive way to show your love! Visit Cooking Classy to get this Valentine’s Day Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes recipe. For MORE Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, click HERE!


#4 Plan a Special Valentine’s Day Date

Plan a special date – just you and your favorite teen(s)! Go to lunch, take them shopping, go on a hike or a fun adventure, or ask them what they’d like to do. Just spending time together is enough to fill your teen’s “love bucket” to the brim.  

Looking for ideas? Check out these posts: 101 Mother & Teen Son Bonding Ideas or Bond with Your Teen Daughter: 50 Ways to Connect



#5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Surprise your teen with a special homemade Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed! The idea shown here is SO sweet, simple and creative, or go all out with a breakfast that will wow your teen! Here are a few ideas you have to check out!

Image: Pinterest


#6 Away From Home “Open When” Valentine’s Basket

If your child is away at college, let them know just how much they’re missed and loved with this “open when” Valentine’s basket. Fill a basket, bucket or wrapped box with everything they love – Valentine’s sweets & candy, sentimental gifts, a college t-shirt, or anything red or pink and add several “open when” letters. They’ll feel your love no matter how far away they are from home!


#7 Have a Valentine’s Day Hooky Day

We all know how stressful school and life, in general, is for our teens, right!? Why not surprise them with a Valentine’s Day (mental health) hooky day? Whether you hang out at the house and eat junk food and watch Netflix all day or plan a special outing just the two of you, give them the gift of a little time off from the hectic “busy” of life. Chances are, you need the break, too!


#8 Make Their Favorite Dinner

Whether you whip up their all-time favorite dinner or you plan something special like this heart-shaped pizza, food and teenagers always go hand in hand! In fact, it’s one of the love languages of teenagers!

Visit Made It, Ate It, Loved It for this fun heart-shaped pizza recipe!


#9 Book of Redeemable “Love” Coupons (FREE Printables!)

Your teen will flip when you present them with a sweet book of redeemable “Love” coupons! Give them coupons for things you know they’ll love – a backrub, dinner of their choice, breakfast in bed, one free hooky day complete with lunch at their favorite restaurant, or anything else you can imagine. 

Get the free printables at I Heart Naptime


#10 Make a Homemade (Sappy) Valentine’s Day Card

Nothing says “I love you” more than a homemade Valentine’s Day card. Grab the glitter, construction paper, scissors, and hearts and create a homemade card your teen will cherish forever. Don’t forget to write something sappy and wonderful on the inside of the card. So often, we don’t tell our teens how we really feel.

Visit Paper and Ribbons to get the tutorial on this Cluster of Hearts Valentine’s Card. For more cute homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas, click HERE!


#11 Mason Jar of  “Love Notes”

This is a super cute Valentine’s gift to give your teen that’s easy to do, yet so heartfelt. Pick up an inexpensive mason jar (at the Dollar Store, Target or Wal-Mart) and fill it with favorite memories you’ve had together, words of love and encouragement, or silly jokes. Your teen will love getting sweet messages all month long!

Image: Craft Warehouse


#12 28 Days of “Why I Love You” Texts

Even if you think they’ll roll their eyes. Even if you think they’ll text back, “Mooommmm! What are you doing?” Do it anyway! Teenagers are notorious for acting all cool, but they secretly love (and need) our attention! Send your teen 28 full days of “I Love YOU” texts! The texts can be serious, sappy, silly, sentimental, or a combination of all! You might just be surprised how much your teen loves it! 


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Roxanne Akoyani January 18, 2023 - 9:18 pm

Love all the ideas , suggestions & personal experiences from all on this website. Very helpful

Nancy Reynolds January 19, 2023 - 7:22 am

That’s SO good to hear! I hope I continue to inspire you, friend! Nancy xo

Faith Isiderio January 14, 2024 - 9:35 am

Thank you for these ideas! 💞

Nancy Reynolds January 15, 2024 - 9:22 am

You’re SO welcome! I’m glad you found an idea or two you liked! Stay tuned… this post was so popular we’re coming up with MORE fun ideas! Will be posting soon! 🙂


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