I know Valentine’s Day = sweets, however, I love to give out nonfood gifts for kids for Valentine’s Day to focus on the sentiment behind the holiday. I don’t want my kids to equate food with love.
Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I decided to buy my supplies for making gifts for my children’s classmates this week. When I checked out the Valentine’s Day items at the local dollar store, I was so frustrated to find Red Dye No. 40 in most of the candies. Not to mention, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the selection of chocolate candy either. I decided to look around for items I would feel comfortable giving or having my child receive.
My kids love fun pencils. We have Christmas, Halloween, and other fun pencils floating all over our home, plus going into school. As a mom, I knew the gift would be used and appreciated, and also consumable. There’s nothing like a cheap gift that hangs around way too long like those toys from fast food joints. My dollar store had 12 pencils for $1. For my 3rd grade son’s class of 27, I bought 3 packages.
Fun erasers are another great gift for kids. They love the shapes and colors, plus they can use them at homework time for a little extra fun. As long as the erasers are safe for little ones, i.e. too big to go in a nose or ear, moms generally like erasers. The erasers were for a $1 at my dollar store.
My last find was small decorative packages of stickers. I loved the cute designs on the boxes, plus the limited number of stickers inside. Tons of stickers coming into my home often means finding stickers stuck on dresser drawers, chairs, the floor, you name it. The stickers don’t always come off. I found a package of 24 boxes of stickers for $1 at my local dollar store.
What nonfood items do you like to receive for your kids for Valentine’s Day?
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