4 Candy-Free Valentine Treats

It seems as though Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without conversation heart candies, boxes of chocolate, and foil wrapped sweets; but seeing as we are still nibbling through the bucket of Halloween candy at our house, I thought I would explore some candy-free treat options this holiday. Good news: they’re just as festive as any sugary treat on the market! Bonus: these alternatives won’t leave out children with certain dietary restrictions or allergies.

1. Festive Pencils

…Or any other red/pink/hearts-clad trinket found in the dollar section. Attach a valentine-y pun, and you’re good to go!

2. Play-doh


A small tub of play-doh in a pretty treat baggie is great for a pre-school class. Add a heart-shaped cookie cutter for extra cute fun!


For this super thrifty option, just grab paint chips from a paint store, use a heart punch to decorate it, and tie a ribbon at the top. Simple! You can also write quotes on them such as, “You are my happily ever after,” “Mark my words, you’re a great friend,” or even, “I like big books and I cannot lie.” HA! 😉

4. Glow sticks

These glow sticks are all dressed up as Cupid’s arrows for Valetine’s Day! To make them, just glue a feather or two to one end of the stick and decorative paper (I used glitter scrapbook paper) in the shape of a triangle to the other end. Right now, Target has a pack of 15 glow stick bracelets for $1! Yes, I just gave you a great excuse to go to Target; take it and run!

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

Beth is a mommy of identical twin boys, Asher and Eli (2), and wife to her high-school sweetheart, Dan. She lives in her hometown of Zachary, a suburb north of Baton Rouge. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, and has chosen to stay home with her children, which she describes as the most challenging, important, and rewarding commitment of her life. A crafter at heart, Beth dabbles in sewing, embroidery, cake decorating, scrapbooking, event planning, home decorating, and DIY anything. In all of her creative endeavors, Beth hopes to foster a cheerful, inspired, loving, and faith-filled home for her family.



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