I love Valentine’s day. I love the pink hearts, the glitter, the cheesy sentiments, and the homemade cards from my little ones. What I don’t love about Valentine’s day is all the SUGAR that enters our home and diet. I know that its tradition to exchange valentines at school and among friends, but I wish more of those valentines were candy-free.

LAST YEAR I came up with  5 non-candy valentines that are inexpensive, fun, easy to find, and fun to make! You can learn more about them below!

THIS YEAR I’ve added to the list with many more great sugar-free valentine ideas!  These don’t have to be expensive or hard to make, most items come in packs of 12-24 already and are easy to attach to a valentine!










You can purchase these small cars at any dollar store or even in packs at a party supply store. The green car I attached came in a two-pack for $1 at Target.


This valentine is made with heart-shaped chalk I found in a 12-pack for $2.99 at Target. You could replace the chalk with a cute pencil, pen, crayon, or marker!


This valentine is my favorite one that I made, its just so cute and non-traditional. You can purchase an assorted pack of small animals (which usually includes 12-24 pieces) at any craft store. Always check the craft store app or website because most craft stores have online coupons for 40-50% off one item- bonus!


I just love these little packs of bubbles, they are adorable! I found this pack of 24 bubbles for $3 at Target. Most party supply stores also have small bubbles in bulk, they may come like this or a in a small bottle.


I made this valentine for my child’s teacher this year. I used an EOS lip balm egg, but you could use any shape of chapstick if you wanted (a tube of chapstick could be made to look like a stick of dynamite) especially if you wanted to buy a 5-pack and make these for multiple teachers. Because this valentine is a little more costly, I wouldn’t make it for a class full of 25-30 students, but this would also be a great valentine for teenagers to give to their group of friends.

Here are some other great Valentine ideas:

These items can be found in large packs (for small prices) at almost any party store, dollar spot at Target, or dollar discount store.

+”Let’s stick together, Valentine”- Stickers

+”Lookin’ sharp, Valentine!”- Pencil, Pencil Sharpener, or both!

+ “You are ‘ex-STRAW’ special”- Silly Straw

+”I think you are ‘a-DOH-able”- Play Dough

+”You light me up, Valentine!” – Glow Stick

+”You ‘da bomb, Valentine!” – Bath Bomb

+”You ‘a-MAZE’ me!” -Small Maze Game

+”You are a GEM of a friend”- Toy Ring or Geode

+”I’m a lucky duck to have a friend like you!” – Rubber Ducky

+”You quack me up, Valentine!” -Rubber Ducky

+”I think you are just WRITE”- Pencil or Pen

+”Valentine, you are super!”- Super Hero Mask

+”Orange you glad we are friends? I am!” -Small Orange

+”Your a friend I’d never LEGO of!” -Small Packet of Legos or Lego Mini Figurine

+”I’m so glad we are in the same troop!” -Army Figurine

+”I love being silly with you” -Silly String

+Slime Yours” -Small Container of Slime



I hope that this gives you some ideas and inspiration for a candy-free valentines. Have a very happy love day!

whitney olsen

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