Non-Candy Preschool Gifts For Girls and Boys for Under $20
Blog - January 23, 2017


Valentines Day is just around the corner and it’s party time again!  My kids love Valentines Day but for one reason only.  CANDY!  I’m trying to break them from the idea that Valentines Day is all about candy but that’s the message they see everywhere we go.  Unfortunately, we can’t escape it.

Whenever we go shopping we are bombarded with different types of chocolates and candy gifts and although I’m a big chocolate fan, I haven’t participated in giving Valentines Day Gifts to all my friends.  That’s for another post, another day.

“I……………………………………………WANT NON-CANDY!” 

Those of you who grew up in the 80’s will get that, he, he.

This year I want to switch it up and make non-candy Valentines Day Gifts for my son’s preschool class.   That doesn’t mean Henri won’t come home with candy, lol.  He will just have one less bag of candy and something to keep him busy rather than jacked up on sugar.

Here’s the tricky part.  How do you do this without breaking the bank?  I usually go to Family Dollar to buy Valentines Day stuff but to be honest, I shopped somewhere else this time and was able to get much more unique gifts for both girls and boys.  All under $20.  Here’s what I found at Target.


I purchased little goody pails.  They were so festive!  Plus, they can be regifted.  Regifting is good.  It works.

Then I looked for stuff for girls and boys.  But the items I purchased were used  for both girls and boys, like the notepads and some were just a matter of color.     When buying candy that doesn’t really matter to most kids.  Candy is candy.


Heart Glasses 4 Pk $1 Family Dollar
Heart Straws  4 Pk $1 Family Dollar
Heart Notepad  8 Pk $1 Family Dollar
Cupcake Gloss  4 Pk $1 Target
Bouncy Balls  4 Pk $1 Target
Heart Pencils  12 Pk $1 Target
Heart Pens 4 Pk $1 Target
4 Goody Pails $1 x 4 Target



I loved putting girly stuff in the girls gifts like the cupcake lip gloss!  So adorable.

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Boys!!!!!!!!  I LOVE  my boys.  #boymom ALL THE WAY!

Target made it so easy to shop for their gifts! Here is what I got.

Grow In Water Animals 4 Pk $1 Target
Play Doh 4 pk $1 Target
Airplane Erasers $1 Target
Pens $1 Target
Bouncy Balls $1 Target
Heart Notepad $0 Family Dollar
Goody Bag Pails X 4 $4 Target


These were so much fun to make!  A lot more than candy.  They give the kids something to do, not eat, lol.  At this age they want to express how well they know how to spell their name and their ABC’s, so why not give them tools to keep doing it…all while jacked up on other peoples candy, haha.

My favorite item in the boys pail was eraser airplane. It comes apart too.  Adorbs.

I truly had fun putting this together and I can’t wait to give it to the kids for Valentines Day!


  1. I am always looking for non candy items for my Granddaughters class for holidays and birthdays. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. These are cute for little kids. It would be nice if more parents provided less candy. Even if half brought candy and half not. They will have a party in class so food will be involved in addition to candy. But I wouldn’t buy these for school as there are more then 8 students. 22 to be exact but for my 4 kids they would love it.

  3. How cute is all of this! These can definitely be used for any occasion. I love the pails. You can get so creative with those!

  4. Boy, just when one holiday ends, another one starts! I don’t know how you guys keep up. I love the bullseye section at Target by the way.

  5. these are adorable! I could imagine kids would do comparing to others’ classmates what did they get on Valentines Day.

    kids are cool!

  6. I recently read that sugar is more addicting that cocaine. It’s crazy to me but it makes sense … it’s everywhere. I love how this is a fun alternative.

  7. I’m glad you found non-candy. My niece school doesn’t allow the kids to have an sweets and this would be the perfect substitute.

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