10 Easy Non-Candy Valentine Ideas for Kids

Caitlin Houston
3 min readJan 24, 2023


The tradition of handing out Valentines at school is almost every child’s favorite time of the year. My daughters have already been talking about what kind of Valentines they want to buy — and it’s not even February! Even though conversation hearts and chocolates are kid favorites for Valentine’s Day, many classrooms no longer allow candy or food items. My daughters’ schools have a strict no food policy for all class events — even Valentine’s Day! We came up with some great ideas that lots of kids will like!

Non-Candy Valentine Ideas for Kids
Non-Candy Valentine Ideas for Kids

10 fun Non-Candy Valentine Ideas for Kids

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Scratch Off Joke Cards
  3. Sticky Hands
  4. Unicorn PencilsYou’re the WRITE friend for me.
  5. Silly Drinking Straws
  6. Stress Slinky
  7. Valentine’s Ducks
  8. Mochi Squishies
  9. Play-Doh
  10. Glow-in-the-Dark Wall Stars (remember these??!)

If you choose to purchase an item in bulk (like Play-Doh) that doesn’t come with Valentine’s Cards — buy these inexpensive 1.5″ round stickers. Your child can stick it to the Valentine and sign your child’s name in marker!

More Non-Candy Valentine Ideas for Kids

I asked YOU on social media to share some of your favorite non-candy Valentines and here is what you said:

  • Chapstick/Lip Balm — You are the Balm!
  • Hair ScrunchiesLove is in the Hair
  • Festive Socks — You Knock My Socks Off
  • Food ErasersYou are the APPLE of my eye!
  • Homemade Friendship Bracelets — Class would KNOT be the same without you.
  • Bounce Balls — You make my heart bounce!
  • Glow sticks — You light up my life!

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8 Healthy Kids’ Valentines for School

If you’re child can pass out edible Valentines but you want to stay away from candy, here are 8 Healthy Kids’ Valentines:

  1. Tangerine “Cuties”
  2. Welch’s Berry Fruit Snacks — “I’m so BERRY happy we are friends”
  3. Mini Jam Jars — “You’re my JAM” — as seen here by My Fancy Lunch
  4. Mini Cereal Box — “I Cereal-sly hope you’ll be my Valentine”
  5. Goldfish — “O-fish-ally Valentine Buddies”
  6. Raisins — “There’s no raisin’ we can’t be Valentines
  7. Applesauce Pouch — “You’re my main squeeze!
  8. Any mini snack bag can be turned into a Valentine!

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Caitlin Houston

Caitlin Houston is a Mom of three and creator of Connecticut based life + style site Caitlin Houston Blog.