Valentine’s Day without candy!
Whether you are avoiding candy for a valentine’s treat for food allergy or other reasons there are so many ideas to choose from. Kids can enjoy making cards for their friends with a fun trinket that lasts longer than a piece of candy. There are so many non-candy Valentine ideas to choose from.
Classroom parties are often filled with unsafe food for children with dairy allergies, egg allergies, nut allergies or on other restricted diets. Ideally, goody bags, party favors, and Valentines should be fun and inclusive for everyone. Eliminating candy or chocolates can make the party fun, and safe, for everyone. Share the above image to help promote some ideas to think outside the box for Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of unique and creative ideas if you want to add a special nonfood treat to your valentines. *Post contains affiliate links
Non-Candy Valentine Ideas
- Action Figures – Army men action figures.
- Balloons – Be careful of latex allergies.
- Bookmarks – Make your own or find Valentine themed bookmarks.
- Books – Coloring or activity books. Check out some kids books with a Valentine theme.
- Bubbles – Red heart bubble tubes.
- Calculators – Simple red or pink calculators would be festive.
- Crayons – Make your own or little packs of crayons.
- Erasers – Scented cupcake erasers.
- Fans – Folding heart fans.
- Finger Puppets – Finger puppet monsters.
- Finger Lights – Red and pink finger flashlights are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
- Flower Seeds – With a little pot to plant them in.
- Flowers – real flowers or cute pretend flowers.
- Friendship Bracelets – Make your own or buy some pre-made with cute emoji faces.
- Frisbees – Mini rainbow flying discs.
- Games – Mini bowling or tic-tac-toe.
- Glasses – Glasses with nose and mustache disguise.
- Glitter Pens – Scented Smencils glitter pens.
- Glow Sticks – Heart shaped glow sticks.
- Highlighters – Pink or red highlighters would be festive.
- Homemade Crayons – Melt down old crayons into heart shapes.
- Kaleidoscopes – Retro colored kaleidoscope.
- Kazoos – Metallic colored kazoos.
- Key Chains – Mini stuffed emoji key chains.
- Magnifying Glass – A magnifying glass with a whistle stick.
- Masks – Superhero eye masks or animal masks.
- Mazes – Heart shaped mazes.
- Mini Skateboards – Mini finger skateboards.
- Noise Makers – Fringed squawker noisemakers.
- Paddleball Game – Superhero themed paddleball game.
- Parachute Toys – Ninja warrior paratrooper parachute toys.
- Pens – Retractable mini-shuttle pens or basketball hoop game pens.
- Pencils – Pink and red heart pencils.
- Pencil Toppers – Emoji eraser pencil toppers.
- Pinwheels – Brightly colored pinwheels.
- Pirate Treasure Coins – Fun treasure of pirate coins and gems.
- Pom Pom Balls – Mini Vinyl spikey pom-pom balls.
- Pop-Up Toys – Little cute monster pop-ups.
- Prisms – Mini Kaleidoscope transparent prisms.
- Punch Balloons – Assorted colored punch balloons (not good for latex allergies).
- Rubber Ducks – Sweetheart rubber duckies.
- Stenciled Rulers – Free printable for cute ruler valentine.
- Silly Putty – Classic silly putty is in festive red containers.
- Slap Bracelets – Valentine themed slap bracelets.
- Slinky – Festive heart shaped mini springs.
- Stampers – Heart shaped stampers with ink pad caps.
- Sticky Hands – Lizard-shaped sticky hands or traditional hand-shaped.
- Stress Balls – Heart shaped stress balls.
- Stuffed Animals – Tiny stuffed monsters.
- Sunglasses – LED light up heart sunglasses or Hello Kitty heart shaped glasses.
- Tops – Plastic swirl spin tops.
- Toy Cars – A cute tutorial with a free printable that little toy cars can drive on.
- Wind-Up Toys – Cute little ladybug wind-up toys or a variety of different types.
- Whistles – Keychain whistles are loud but fun.
- Whoopie Cushions – Silly mini whoopie cushions.
- Yo-Yo – Cute emoji yo-yos will be a hit with kids.
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