Valentine’s Day is such a fun and happy holiday where everyone shares how much they love one another. Kids pass out fun notes and treats to their friends, and romantic getaways and date nights happen for adults. It’s pretty much the one day each year that gushing about feelings is encouraged! For children especially, Valentine’s Day can be an overwhelming sugar rush. In an effort to support a healthier lifestyle or even to provide something just a little more unique, these non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts are a great alternative! Even adults can learn a thing or two about non-candy gifts for this celebration of love!
For children and adults alike, one great alternative to gifting candy on Valentine’s Day is a sentimental or meaningful gift. Consider giving your gift a little more thought this year, you can hand make or design your gift to be specific to the receiver’s tastes! For adults this might be a handwritten love letter or a collection of keepsakes saved up over the course of your relationship. Kids can make special notes or pictures for their loved ones; they can even make special crafts to hand out to their friends at school! The important thing to remember is that on Valentine’s Day the more thought and personal effort you can put into your gift the better! A love letter will say “I Love You” much better than a box of chocolates!
For children who need to take a Valentine to school for their classmates you might consider checking out sites like Oriental Trading. They have a plethora of small gifts that children can easily attach to their handmade or store-bought notes for their friends. Making the gifts specific to school activities can be an excellent idea as well. Pencils, markers, doodling pads, notebooks, and other school supplies can be a welcomed treat at this holiday, halfway through the school year! Another benefit to giving out small toys and school items is that when purchased in bulk they’re often less expensive than traditional candy treats for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Supplies
Fruit is an awesome treat idea that can easily be made into an adorable Valentine’s Day gift! For adults there are tons of ways to make fruit into a thoughtful and fun Valentine’s Day gift; fruit basket arrangements, chocolate covered strawberries, and decorated apple slices are just a few of the ways fruit can make an excellent non-candy Valentine’s Day gift for adults! For children, consider giving fresh fruit, raisins, or fruit puree pouches as an alternative to candy gifts for friends and classmates. If you are like me and prefer to do something cute on holidays you can find lots of free printables to make any fruit choice into a fun and festive gift or party favor. Pinterest is a great resource for these types of items and once you and your little ones settle on their favorite or desired fruit you can have them help you make them into gifts for their friends and classmates.
Beauty items can work as a great gift for both adults and children. Adults often have a favorite fragrance or makeup item that they won’t buy for themselves due to cost; Valentine’s Day can be a great time to surprise them with a little splurge on their behalf! In the case of children for classmates and friends consider gathering up items like lip balm, hand sanitizer, and nail polish! During the winter lips get chapped, everyone gets the sniffles, and who doesn’t love a sparkly nail polish every now and then?! These items are great for gifts because they are small and inexpensive and can easily be attached to traditional Valentine’s Day cards!
No matter what your reason for giving a non-candy Valentine’s Day gift with a little effort you can make just about anything into a cute and fun treat for this celebration of friendship and love! Have you given non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts in the past? What is your favorite way to celebrate on Valentine’s Day?
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