Non Candy Valentines with FREE Printables

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! While this holiday can feature candy, candy, candy in most cute Valentines, not all of us want to add another box of sugar to our kid’s diet. If you’re looking for some great non-candy Valentines options, then look no further!

Here are a few that might even have your kids saying, “Candy? What candy?” Haha, okay, that’ll never happen, but a girl can dream, right?!

Oh, and did I mention there’s a free printable with each link! Yay!

Why “Sweets and Chocolate” on Valentines day?

The tradition of gifting chocolates and sweets on Valentine’s Day has become customary for several reasons. These treats are synonymous with romance, symbolizing affection and sweetness.

Historically, chocolate has been linked to romance due to its alleged aphrodisiac properties and associations with luxury and indulgence. Marketing efforts by confectionery companies have also played a role in popularizing this tradition, reinforcing the connection between chocolates and Valentine’s Day.

Additionally, the universal appeal of chocolates and sweets makes them a safe and beloved choice for expressing love and appreciation on this special day.

How To avoid it? Valentines Alternatives.

If you’re looking to avoid gifting sweets on Valentine’s Day, there are numerous alternative options to consider. One possibility is to opt for a more personalized gift tailored to your partner’s interests or hobbies, such as a book by their favorite author, a piece of jewelry with sentimental value, or tickets to a concert or event they’ve been wanting to attend.

You could also consider giving experiences rather than physical items, such as planning a romantic dinner at a favorite restaurant, arranging a weekend getaway, or booking a couples’ spa day.

Another idea is to focus on gifts that promote wellness and self-care, such as a luxurious bath set, essential oils, or a subscription to a meditation app.

By choosing gifts that reflect your partner’s preferences and foster meaningful experiences or well-being, you can still convey your love and thoughtfulness on Valentine’s Day without relying on traditional sweets.

5 Ways to Make Non-Candy Valentines

1. Star Wars Glow Stick Lightsabers

It can be so hard to find a Valentine that boys would love to give (and receive!), but these Star Wars cards are perfect!

What Star Wars-loving boy – or girl! – wouldn’t love their very own glow stick lightsaber?!

2.  You’re the Highlight of My Day! 

How sweet are these?! Grab some fun-colored highlighters, download & print the free Valentine card.

Then you’re all set thanks to Jamie at C.R.A.F.T.

3. Watercolors


Speaking of a variety of colors…give the whole rainbow with this great Valentine idea! Kelly from Smart School House whipped up a super cute tag to go along with dollar store watercolors.

What a great (and inexpensive!) idea for a larger class!

4. You’re ExSTRAWordinary Valentine

Heart shaped straws are the cutest and make the most exstrawordinary gifts! 😉 Just print and attach!

It doesn’t get any easier than that and ooh so cute!

5. “You Rule” Rulers


You can never have enough rulers (am I right, crafters?!)! Isadora from Back to Organic added some vintage-inspired rulers to her “you rule” printable to make this cute and practical Valentine!

What’s the best non-candy Valentine your kid has received? Do you secretly steal their Valentine’s candy when they’re not looking?

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