Admittedly, those bright little conversation heart candies are definitely cute. And everyone loves to get free chocolate. But how much hardened sugar with food coloring can a kid eat? Well…even if they can eat a lot, you don’t want to contribute to the school-wide afternoon sugar crash, do you? Teachers will thank you for your creativity if you follow our tips for non-candy Valentine’s Day gift ideas your daughter can share at school.
Princess Nail Polish
Your generous and stylish daughter can present her friends with the gift of glam nails. With this Disney Princess nail polish 18-pack, everyone in your daughter’s crew can have their own color. Bonus: they’re bubble gum scented, so they make a great replacement for the candy-loving set.
Mini Art Supply Kits
Art supplies are the gift that keeps on giving. Small packs of crayons or glitter pens make for colorful and fun V-Day gifts that won’t anger the tooth fairy. You can also buy large packs of colored pencils and tie them together with red, pink, and white ribbon for a DIY option. Plus, kids can use the supplies to make those last minute “I forgot about Valentine’s Day” cards for their moms. Win-win.
Small party size tubs of Play-Doh fall under the “nurtures creativity” category of gifts that teachers and parents and students love. Help your daughter take the creativity one step further by bringing the art project into the bath! Our cool and original Play-Doh Moldable Soap comes in packs of five for easy gifting.
Cute (and Useful) Hand Sanitizers
Not only will these cute emoji hand sanitizers make a good alternative to candy conversation hearts, but they’ll also help stop the flow of those nasty February germs her school is full of. Help her classmates steer clear of both sugar and the common cold with this smart, double-duty gift.
Printable Coloring Pages
For younger kids, the free printable coloring pages you can find all over the internet make great small gifts. Print out a page of hearts and flowers, or any V-Day themed clip art, and have your daughter pass them out with cute notes. Her friends will love the activity, and you’ll love the price.
Yummy Lip Balms
Winter winds contribute to chapped lips, and the long, cold days of February contribute to the blahs. Tackle both problems by choosing My Little Pony lip balms, available in packs of eight as the perfect classroom Valentine’s Day gift.
Remember the simple, old-school toys that used to be party favors when your kids’ grandparents were little? They’re so old they’re cool again. Jacks, slide whistles, little parachute men, ball and cup games, and the like will surely stand out as V-Day gifts in 2018.
Miniature bubble juice jars (complete with plastic wand) make great non-sugary party favors. Choose pink, red, and white colors (and even the kind with heart-shaped bubble wands) to make this gift special for the holiday.