Top Non-Candy Ideas for Kids Valentine Exchanges

Valentine’s day can still be fun and fabulous without sugar coursing through our kid’s systems. Furthermore, as parents and teachers become more health-conscious, it’s time to step up your LOVE day game with candy-free Valentine’s gifts.

These gifts and favors are all non-candy ideas your kid will be excited to make for their Valentine’s exchanges. Therefore, we’ve picked thoughtful Store-Bought Kits to keep love in the air and we’ll also show you how to make a Glow Stick Kit and Valentine’s Card at home.

Top Non-Candy Ideas for Kids Valentine Exchanges

Store-Bought Prepackaged Valentine’s Kits with Cards and Items

Let your kids show they like hanging out with their friends and classmates by exchanging a prepackaged Valentine’s kit with a signed card. Luckily store-bought kits come printed and precut, so they are easy to assemble.

Here are a few examples of store-bought Valentine’s kits.

Cute Heart Stampers

It’s probably the easiest kit since it only has the handstamp, a printable, and tape. Some kits can have only 30 heart stamps. In contrast, others can have as many as 120 Valentine’s day supplies such as stickers, slap bracelets, ducks, wristbands, pull-back cars, glasses, coil springs, pencils, and erasers.

Cute Heart Stampers

As you can see, such a kit covers pretty much everything your child may want for their Valentine’s day exchanges.

Matchbox Cars

They may be cheap, but how great would it be to have your little child hand them to their other friends. Moreover, you can choose from classic designs with “we’re the perfect match” cards to realistic trucks with authentic deco and rolling wheels and accompanying happy Valentine’s day cards.

Matchbox Cars

Other top non-candy store-bought kits include friendship bracelets, Chapstick Valentine’s, crayons, and silly straws.

Semi-DIY Valentine’s Kit

A semi-DIY kit will give your kid a sense of achievement and help them take pride in their work. It’s also the perfect way to get your child involved in a fun Valentine’s day activity.

Semi-DIY Valentine’s Kit

There’s no denying that the neon glow of glow sticks enchants children. So, in this section, we’ll show you how to make Valentine’s day exchanges using glow sticks. You’ll be amazed at the numerous things you can make involving glow sticks.

You Will Need:

  • Glow sticks
  • Valentine’s Card Printable
  • Printer
  • Hole Puncher

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How to Make Glow Stick Valentine’s Cards at Home

How to Make Glow Stick Valentine’s Cards at Home

Step 1: Print out the Valentine images

Some of our favorites are light bulbs with a cute “you light up my life” message and cards with heart-shaped fireworks. First, cut out the shape of the bulb but leave a bit of white around the bulb or just cut out the bulb in a square piece of paper.

Step 2: Punch the Holes

Secondly, punch one hole at the top and another at the bottom of the card. Next, thread a glow stick from one hole into the other. The same applies to heart-shaped cards. Since they are square, all you need to do is punch the holes and have kids thread the glow sticks. It’s that simple.

There are all sorts of glow sticks ideas, depending on the card you choose. For example, cards with a heart and arrow allow kids to make the arrow appear real with the glow stick. Therefore, it’s all about the card you choose and the message you want to deliver.

Make Valentine’s Card to Match your Glow Stick Kit at Home

With some simple art supplies, a Valentine’s Day card to give alongside your glowsticks gift can’t be that hard to make.

Let’s make Valentine’s Day heart fingerprint tree craft in this section. It’s lovely and super easy to make.

You Will Need:

  • Two sheets of white craft paper
  • Pink and red ink pads
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Step 1: Make a Heart Stencil

The easiest way to make a heart pattern is by folding the craft paper in half and drawing a half heart adjacent to the fold. Then, cut out the heart with the paper still folded. You’ll have a nicely made heart stencil once you cut it out.

Step 2: Transfer the Heart Stencil

Secondly, place the heart outline on top of the other craft paper. If you’re making the card with a younger kid, secure the heart with tape so it doesn’t move around.

Step 3: Draw A Tree

Use the black marker to draw a tree within the heart shape.

Step 4: Get Messy

Your child will love this step since you need to dab their fingers (thumbs and fingertips) in the ink pads and stamp different shapes onto the heart shape. The shapes will look like leaves, so don’t overdo it.

Step 5: Glue It

Now, remove the tape and glue the heart to the craft paper. You’ll want to leave this part for last since you have to wait for the glue to dry completely. Also, make sure that you get kid-friendly glue.

Lastly, you can cut excess paper from the outline to make it the size of a regular card.

Step 6: Sign It

For the final touches, it’s time for your kid to sign their name and take pride in their craft.


In conclusion, with these top non-candy ideas for kids’ Valentine exchanges, you can now envision excited young girls and guys exchanging next-level gifts. It doesn’t have to be about candy and chocolate with DIY Valentine’s cards, favors, and thoughtful premade gifts.

Go on and make this year’s LOVE day memorable.

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