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Valentine’s Day Gifts From a Six Year Old’s Point of View

six year old's valentine's ideasI really wasn’t going to write anything about Valentine’s Day this year. It isn’t a holiday I enjoy. People spending stupid amounts of money on overpriced items to tell someone that you love them one day a year isn’t my idea of a party. However, I know many people like Valentine’s Day or at least feel guilted by society to buy a gift for someone. I think my six year old has gotten the idea of the heavy sell*. Maybe her advice will keep you from spending too much today.

Valentine’s Day From a Six Year Old’s Perspective

For example, we were at the grocery store LAST WEEK. It was already a sea of pink and red, everything from balloons to flowers to candy. Why you’d buy Valentine’s flowers a week early is beyond me, but there they were.

My daughter: “Boy, Mommy. They sure have a lot of Valentimes  (her pronunciation) stuff here already. Why do they put this much stuff out here?” 

Me: “Well, the store wants us to see all this stuff and think we need to buy it for someone for Valentine’s Day. It’s kind of silly, isn’t it?”

Daughter: “Well, why don’t we just go get some stuff to make cupcakes?

See, kids would much rather do something with you than have all that crap that gets boring in about 5 minutes. Probably your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend would too.  We did make cupcakes, and she got to crack 4 eggs and use the mixer by herself for the first time. Guaranteed to be a longer memory than any over iced, over priced baked goods you could purchase already made.

This past Wednesday, we were on our way home when a commercial for a jewelry store came on the radio. Basically it kept telling us that “she” really needed some sort of necklace from the store in the advertisement. My daughter, who takes everything literally, actually got a little upset because the tone of the commercial was almost frantic.

Mommy, why don’t they just give that lady what she needs?

Me: “Honey, it’s just a commercial. They try to make you think you need to buy whatever they are talking about when you probably don’t really need it and it would be a silly thing to buy. “

Daughter: “Oh, like if we were out of toilet paper, we would NEED to buy some, but if we had a whole bunch and just bought some because it was colorful, that would be silly.” 

Colored Toilet Paper?

I’m not really sure where she has seen colorful toilet paper, and I’m not sure I want to know, but the point is please make wise decisions today if you are a last minute Valentine shopper. Spending money on something that is temporary takes away from the long term goal.

I’m not  saying don’t celebrate Valentine’s if you love it, but just remember that sometimes a well thought out free or inexpensive gift means a lot more than buying whatever the store stocks up front for quick purchase.

If you do find some colorful toilet paper, let me know. I’d love to see what it looks like!

What are you doing or not doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

*After writing this post, I found out my daughter had an extra dollar after the book fair at school. Instead of bringing it home she asked if they had anything for $1 and bought a stupid eraser. I guess a six year old’s frugality depends on the day!

 

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

18 comments

  1. I’m happy that my seven-year-old daughter is a frugal type too! Earlier today she gave me a really big hug and kiss me and said “I love you mom”. She gave me a valentine’s card, even if some of the words are misspelled.

  2. haha, your daughter is too cute! And now I feel the need to find some colorful toilet paper =)

  3. I think that’s awesome that she was able to come up with the TP analogy at that age! We always just have a nice Valentine’s Day dinner here at the house with Rick’s mom. I usually buy a nice card (a six or eight pack for $5, and give one to each of my kids) and some candy for the kids. Rick and I don’t exchange, as we’d rather pay off debt. Have a great day, Kim, just because it’s today. 🙂

  4. Your daughter seems to really “get it” at a young age – great sign for the future! We were going to go to this one restaurant tonight but…then we talked about it and might go a different night because it will be less busy and whatnot. Does that make us lazy? Haha so we’ll see what we end up doing tonight for Valentine’s Day, probably nothing too big.

  5. That’s awesome Kim! It reminds me of conversations we’ve had with our six year old, especially the commercial. We’re really not doing anything spectacular at all. We have someone watching the kids, but think we’re just going to do takeout and enjoy a quiet dinner at home.

  6. Really cute! A child’s perspective is so unique. I always like it when our kids make cupcakes for us. A couple of them have ended up being crunchy…eggshells.

  7. I love it! My son has taught me a lot about appreciating the little things — this year I made heart-shaped Jello jigglers for his classroom and he LOVED them! It only cost $2 in Jello and 20 minutes of time (less if I’d actually had a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but oh well).

    I am a little afraid that my husband’s going to buy something silly and frivolous today though. I’m pretty sure Valentine’s Day snuck up on him. But I told him it would be nice if he just did something thoughtful and inexpensive for me. I spoiled his gift and told him all I planned to do was make a nice dinner and one of his favorite deserts.

  8. I agree whole-heartedly that the time spent is much more important than the money spent. My fiance and I have a tradition of just eating at Chick fil a and then getting frozen yogurt. No big crowds, just a night where we can enjoy each other’s company.

    Your daughter sounds like a very wise 6 year old! It is hilarious that she made sure to spend all of her book fair money 🙂

  9. In my younger days, I was one who was guilted into buying overpriced things just because it was Valentine’s Day. I’m happy that my wife and I agree that V-Day is nothing special. Sure we will head out to dinner at our favorite spot and exchange cards, but nothing expensive or over the top. We celebrate our love all year long and don’t see the need to step it up on Feb 14th.

  10. Ha! Point well taken. We’re doing it up with fancy, naked burritos at Chipotle. In all honesty, we were doing that before realizing today is Valentine’s Day. Maybe after a while of ignoring consumerist propaganda you become desensitized to it? 😉

  11. Your daughter is adorable and already so savvy! I can only imagine what some commercials must sound like to their very literal minds. Why doesn’t she just buy that necklace if she needs it so much? 🙂 I like Valentine’s Day but agree that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to show someone you love them. And I want to see that colorful toilet paper too … I think! Happy February 14th, Kim. 🙂

  12. I used to work with this girl who before the day even came, was huffing and puffing that if her husband didn’t do something for her for v-day he would be in serious trouble. Wow, how romantic huh? Nothing says I love you like having a bitchy wife. 🙂 Every holiday just get more and more commercialized. I rented a move from redbox for tonight… but then again that’s my typical friday so…:)

  13. Your daughter is adorable! You’ll be happy to know I handmade all my Valentine’s! I sent origami hearts with little notes inside them to my family and close friends.

  14. She is so freaking cute!!

  15. That’s so cute! I hope to teach my future children these same lessons and keep them from going consumerism crazy! I wish my parents would’ve explained the want/need thing and advertising to me.

    We don’t do V-day, but we spent time together just like we do every other day 🙂

  16. Haha, two wins and a lose! That’s not bad for a six year old. I am also curious about this coloured toilet paper. I’ve only ever seen the money print stuff, camo and whichever country leader is in power.

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