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Ah, Valentine’s Day! Flowers, candy, and spaghetti dinner mean that love is in the air… well, at least for Lady and the Tramp with that Italian meal! I’ve been brainstorming a lot of classroom valentine ideas lately, and after I came up with my favorite Disney-Inspired Valentine printable and my “punny” Peeps tags, I wanted something a little stranger. Different. An unusual Valentine. I scoured Minted.com for some small cards that I could attach to funny items or silly things to make our Valentines laugh!
That’s right. Bananas. Banana for scale. I like you a bunch! I’m peeling over with banana jokes! A little fruit is good for you, so gently tie a yellow fella to this cute little valentine and you have an unusual valentine fit for a snack!
2. Glow Stars or Crayons
I can say that I’ve never gotten crayons as a Valentine gift, but it’s something I would have used a lot! If you have a class that’s too big to spring for big boxes, you can buy a large bag of Glow in the Dark Stars (bag of 150 for under $10!) and bag them in small groups. It’s a totally out-of-this-world Valentine!
3. Hot Chocolate Packet
Hot Chocolate in the winter? Yes, please. Double stick tape or staple this adorable marshmallow valentine to a packet of hot chocolate (please don’t forget the kind with the mini marshmallows like Swiss Miss!) and I’ll be first in line to receive my warm cup of love!
4. Nail Polish or Nail Stickers
I was inspired to choose this Valentine since my daughter is obsessed with nail polish. Nail stickers would be an inexpensive addition to this card. I thought it would be a fun gift for girls under 6 that are independent.
5. Paper Airplanes
The cheapest option of the unusual valentine gifts is a paper airplane! Print off easy directions right on a sheet of paper and clip them to these lightweight Valentines from Minted.com. Your kid’s classmates will have at least 30 minutes of entertainment folding, flying and laughing. Their parents will thank you for the respite.
6. Pet Rocks
It might not be the 70’s anymore, but supervise your creative bud with a few paint sharpies and a few $1 store rocks and you have pet rocks for the whole class. Which are a pretty darn cute candy-free Valentine, if you ask me? And certainly not something the other kids will be handing out! Retro rocks! (Literally!)
By and large, my favorite and our family pick. Red is a popcorn NUT, so choosing a candy-free Valentine didn’t mean we had to go food-free. A little organic microwave popcorn packet tied to these little popcorn inspired Valentines is just the ticket for us! I can’t wait to share how they turn out, so watch my social media channels for a peek!