Valentine’s Gifts That Aren’t Candy: Candy Free Valentines For Classroom


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It’s almost LOVE day! I loved Valentine’s Day as a kid (way more so than as an adult). It was always so exciting to make your own handmade candy free Valentine’s Day cards or gifts and stealthy deliver them to your best friend’s make-shift paper bag mail box.

These days parents and teachers are even more health conscious and many schools don’t even allow candy or chocolates to be distributed at all.

So, as a teacher, I started looking for Valentine ideas that aren’t candy that I could share in the classroom.

I’ve done my homework so you don’t have to! I’ve got the ultimate list of non candy Valentine gift ideas that are so awesome you won’t even miss the sugar.




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NON Candy Valentine Gifts For The Classroom



I thought we would break down our gift ideas into two sections. The first part are awesome Valentine’s Gifts that your kids can hand out in their class. These no candy gift ideas are perfect for school because many of them are for classroom use so they’re actually something useful. The second section, we’ll look at some sugar free Valentine gifts that parents can give their children (that aren’t junk).

Pencils, Crayons, Highlighters & Markers


Pencils, crayons or markers or gel pens would make a wonderful non candy Valentine’s Day gift to hand out in class. These are things that students use in the classroom anyway so it’s a great practical gift.

You can make them a little more fun and exciting by adding a mini Valentine’s Day word search card or a pun-ny Valentine’s card. You’re in luck because I made a few just for YOU! (It’ll be right at the bottom to download).

candy free valentine for kids- pencil

Valentine’s Themed Pencils + Eraser

This kit includes 24 super cute Valentine’s themed pencils in assorted colors and designs with a bonus eraser on top! SCORE!

Or you can go with some crayons or markers instead. You don’t have to give a child an entire pack, just take out one per kid and attach it to your card.

Crayola Crayons 24s- PACK OF 2

Crayola Markers 40 Pack

You could also opt for the mini packs of crayons. These come pre-packaged with 4 crayons per box and come as a kit of 24 boxes. Perfect for party favors too!

Crayola 4 Pack Crayons- 24 Boxes

The other thing that the kids are ALWAYS obsessed with are gel pens! When I hand out gel pens as gifts I’ve always got smiles. This is another no candy Valentine Gift you can buy in bulk and just hand out 1 per child.

Assorted Colors 60 Pack Gel Pens

Here are some great puns and sayings to use with a pencil, pen, or crayon Valentine gift:

♥ Valentine, you’re all write
♥ Valentine, we click (for lead pencils)
♥ Valentine, you are just write
♥ You’re so sharp, Valentine!
♥ You’re the write Valentine for me
♥ Valentine, you’ve got the write stuff
♥ Lookin’ Sharp, Valentine
♥ Color me happy, Valentine
♥ Valentine, you’re the highlight of my day
♥ You’re stu-pen-dous, Valentine!
♥ Valentine, we really gel!

no candy alternatives for kids classroom valentines


Erasers


Another useful and practical Valentine’s Day gift instead of candy are erasers. There’s a ton of colorful, cute Valentines themed erasers you can grab in bulk. It’s something they’ll use often and it’s inexpensive. WIN-WIN. Here’s a few cute ones! I loved those scented ones as a kid. Anybody else?!

Heart Shaped Smiley Valentine Erasers Assorted Colors

Snack Attack Scented Erasers With Case


Here’s some cute puns and Valentine’s pharses to jazz up your eraser:

♥ You can never be erased, Valentine
♥ Valentine, nobody can erase our great memories
♥ Valentine, you’re rubbing off on me
♥ Valentine, nobody can erase this friendship
♥ Make no mistake, you’re awesome Valentine
♥ You’re erase-istable!


Bookmarks

Bookmarks are another great non sugar Valentine that’s perfect for the classroom. You can easily diy them if you want a personal touch like a student’s name or you can shop some valentines themed bookmarks. Either way, kids will love this practical Valentine’s day gift.

I LOVE these Magnetic Valentine’s Day Book Marks because you’ll never lose a bookmark again. It folds in half and connects to the page. How GENIUS!


These are a bonus one that includes cards as well: Magnetic Valentines Day Bookmarks + Cards


I found one more version that doubles as a Valentine’s Bookmark and Ruler. Which one is your FAV?


Now for our pun-ny Valentine’s slogans for bookmarks:

♥ You’re #1 in my books, Valentine
♥ I’m booking you to be my Valentine
♥ I don’t have to hit the books to know you’re awesome, Valentine
♥ Valentine, I’m checking you out
♥ Valentine, lets book it outta here
♥ In my book, you’re the happy ending, Valentine


Rulers


Next on our no candy Valentine gift ideas are rulers. Rulers are another handy tool to have in a kids classroom tool belt. You may not find Valentine’s themed rulers but you can always add an appropriate Valentines pun and you’re done.

These were the closest I found to Valentine’s Color Rulers and they have cut out shapes and designs that can be traced as well.


Another cute idea I came across were slap bracelet rulers. Who doesn’t love a good 2 in 1 gift that you won’t lose. Or you could opt for the ruler/bookmark I mentioned before.

Some super cute ruler puns to finish your gift:

♥ Valentine, you RULE!
♥ Valentine, I love you this much
♥ You rule my heart, Valentine
♥ Valentine, let’s break all the rules
♥ Let’s get it straight, you’re awesome, Valentine!
♥ Nobody measures up to you, Valentine



Stickers and Tattoos


Was anybody else OBSESSED with stickers as a kid? I was that dorky kid who collected stickers and tattoos. I didn’t even use them! Just collected it. I think kids still love them and they’re fun and easy since you can make them whatever theme you want.

Is there a favorite TV show or character (BABY YODA, ANYONE?) your little one is obsessed with these days?

You could get matching cards + stickers and you’re done, or stick to Valentine’s themed stickers and make your own cards.

I thought this Food Themed Valentine’s Day Card + Tattoos were so so cute! The cards are the scratch and sniff type and smell so DELICIOUS! Plus you get adorable tattoos to add as well. This one is a win in my books.


Here’s an animal themed one with really cute designs that include stickers- Classroom Exchange Animal Print Card + Stickers


Or you can opt to just buy some valentine’s themed stickers like a roll of red hearts, foam hearts , or this assorted Valentine’s roll and add them to your own DIY pun-ny Valentines.


Now, let’s add some very pun-ny sticker jokes!

♥ Valentine, I’m stuck on you
♥ Valentine, we gotta stick together
♥ I’m sticking with you, Valentine
♥ Stick with me, Valentine
♥ You’re stuck with me, Valentine


Mini Hand Sanitizes

Cootie cleaner hand sanitizer non candy valentine for kids



Here’s another Valentine’s gift for kids that won’t give you cavities. One year, I made my own labels and glued them to mini hand sanitizer bottles and handed those out as my Valentine’s Day treat for the classroom.

Surprisingly, they were a hit! We know that germs run rampant in the classroom so I think this is an awesome treat to keep everybody happy and healthy.

I labeled them Valentine’s Cootie-Be-Gone which the kids found HILARIOUS!

These Purell mini hand sanitizers are really well priced but these one’s from Bath and Body Works are so cute! Take your pick!


If you would like to download a free Cootie Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Label Template, just click the link and I’ll walk you through how to make them.

This one was hard to think of puns for!

♥ Valentine, nobody can wash away our friendship
♥ Valentine, I’ll give you a hand any day
♥ Hands down, you’re the best Valentine
♥ I’m coming clean, you’re the best Valentine
♥ Hands down, you’re my favorite Valentine

Candy Free Valentines Gifts For Kids


Now, lets switch gears and look at some Valentine’s gifts you can give your kids that won’t rot their teeth. I’m sure they got their fill over Christmas and you aren’t looking to add more sugar for Valentine’s day.

These are some fun Valentine’s gifts that are so sweet without the sugar!

I love gifts that are fun but practical too, meaning things that will get plenty of use, so that’s what I tried to roundup.

I really dislike the wastefulness that many of these holidays bring with one time use gifts that’ll get tossed aside in a day or two. Let’s face it, that’s not great for the environment or our wallets.

Books


Books will always be a favorite gift of mine to give children. I always buy new holiday books to add to the classroom and at home. They spark the imagination and engage the mind. What’s not to love? Books are a great alternative to candy on Valentine’s Day for kids.

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s themed books, click the link to check out my full list!

LOVE From The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Love from the very hungry caterpillar book cover


I love anything by Eric Carle, especially for my younger learners (toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten). If you have a little fan of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, they’ll love this love themed version.

I‘ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi

Book cover I'll love you till the cows come home. cows on a farm


This is just the cutest book ever and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for kids. It’s sweet and funny and talks about just how much we love our kids with crazy examples like:

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.


A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger

book cover for A Crankenstein Valentine


This book was always a favorite in the classroom for the older kiddos for Valentine’s Day. They love it because it’s super funny and relatable- sometimes all the lovey dovey can be a bit much and turn you into a Crankenstein!

Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown


I LOVE Arthur books! I’ve loved them since I was a kid and now I love sharing them with my class and my toddler too. It was one of those series that really sparked my love of reading and I keep going back because they stories are simple, fun and relatable. I still find that kids love Arthur and the gang.

What I Love About You– Personalized Book

personalized book gift for Valentine's day instead of candy


This is a super cute idea! It lets you write out each special reason why you love your child. Check out the video below to see it in action!

Pajamas

You can’t go wrong with a new set of Valentine’s Day themed pajamas. They look super cute and it’s something the kids can continue to use even after Valentine’s day has come and gone. Winning! Here’s a few cute ones I came across.

Robot LOVE Machine 2 Piece Pajama Set

Boys Valentine's Day Love Machine Pajama Set


Button Down Front Pajamas 2 Piece Set

Girls Pink Valentines Day Pajamas


Journals


Another awesome no candy Valentines gift for kids is a journal or diary. A special place for them to jot down all their feelings and ideas. It makes a great keepsake to look back on as well while letting them practice their writing skills (whoops, is my teacher side showing? LOL)

This One Question a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal is a great idea and makes journaling simple with just one question a day writing prompts. Your child is essentially making their own memory time capsule

Another great idea for kids is practicing gratitude.

You’re never too young to be thankful.

This 3 Minute Gratitude Journal teaches children gratitude and mindfulness by allowing them to practice these daily.

Or you can opt for blank journals or diaries that leave all the writing to the kids. For boys, you’ll probably want this Diary of a Wimpy Kid Journal-not a diary!

Your little girl likely has super important can’t-get-out-or-It’ll-ruin-me type secrets so she’ll probably want a diary with a lock.

Make Memories With Fun Things To Do With Your Kids For Valentine’s Day


Gifts are great and everything but what the kids want most is your time. Why not opt for a simple gift like one of the one’s listed above and plan a love filled day of fun instead.

If you have a younger child (baby or toddler) you should read this post on how to celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a bunch of fun activities to do with your older child for Valentine’s Day.

♥ Bake Valentine’s Day Cookies together ( don’t forget your heart shaped cookie cutters and maybe a new apron– great gift!)

♥ Plan a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

♥ Make your own Valentine’s Day cards to hand out to family and friends

♥ Make a Valentine’s Day Craft together

♥ Make and hang Valentine’s Day decorations around the house

♥ Day of Love- everyone gets to pick something they love to do and the whole family participates in sharing the love

♥ Watch a classic Valentine’s Day movie together (like Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown)

♥ Have a Valentine’s Day tea party ( got you’re tea set?)

♥ Spread some love and perform a random act of kindness together

♥ Plant flowers (or a herb garden) together – don’t forget their gardening kit

♥ Discover your inner cupid with a day of archery tag for the whole family

No Candy Valentine’s Day With Kids


I hope you found some ideas for your non candy Valentine’s day for the classroom or for your child. There are tons of great options that are teeth friendly and kid approved! Which one was your favorite? Do you have some great non candy Valentines ideas for kids to hand out in class or at home? I would love to keep adding to the list. Leave me a comment below! If you would like to download any of the cards/images you saw above, just click the links listed below.

Looking Sharp Valentine Cards

You’re Stu-pen-dous Valentine Cards


Make No Mistake- Eraser Cards

13 comments on “Valentine’s Gifts That Aren’t Candy: Candy Free Valentines For Classroom

    Kimberlie

    • January 10, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    As a teacher who has to referee the circus that is passing out valentines, thank you. Though some candy is good, it’s great to have a variety of options, especially for students with allergies or whose family does not allow them to eat candy. I always feel awful for those students because they end of getting nothing from their classmates.

    Diana | Wandering Hoof Ranch

    • January 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Oh I love the book list! I need the love book and love you til the cows come home! My preschoolers love cows- we have 9 of our own! So it would be perfect 🙂

    Zaneta The Work At Home Mama

    • January 11, 2020 at 8:52 am

    My kids are 6 and 3 and I still don’t allow them to eat candy. They have their entire lives for that lol. So these are great Valentine’s Day alternatives for them. Thank you for sharing!!

    Star Taylor

    • January 11, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    This was a great article. I will bookmark this for when I am ready to get ideas for V-day. Star Taylor | All Modern Mommy

    Joy

    • January 13, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    You are so creative and fun! Thanks for these Valentine Day ideas. Noted! =)

    Jennifer

    • January 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    YES! I needed this. Although, I love handing out candy not every child can have some. These are great alternatives. Thank you!

    Sirena Amarikwa

    • January 13, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    What a creative list! Definitely going to do a few these with my little!

    Erin

    • January 13, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I love the hand sanitizer idea! So cute.

    Darcey

    • January 13, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    These are all great gift ideas for Valentines Day. This is my daughter’s first year of preschool. I don’t know what kind of party they are doing yet, but I’ll keep some of these ideas in mind. She has a small class, so, some of these items would be perfect. Crayons and stickers are great for the younger ones. Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah

    • January 14, 2020 at 1:55 am

    I love this so much! Thank you for including the slogans to go with it!

    ghada

    • January 14, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Really good ideas for valentine , thanks for sharing .
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    Amanda Krieger

    • January 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    These are so cute! Love the non-candy options since candy isn’t allowed in my kids’ schools!

    Mila

    • January 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Love this creative non-candy Valentine list, so many great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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