Just when you’ve made it through the Christmas gift-giving season, Valentine’s class gifts are right around the corner. A holiday you thought was just for romantic candlelit dinners suddenly means you’re forgoing your own dinner plans in order to glue little chocolates to paper cards. So the question is: how can you make 20 cute and clever Valentines that are also easy and low-maintenance (and still have time for your own Valentine’s Day plans)? Don’t stress. We’ve compiled a list of the best class gifts that are both easy to make and totally adorable.
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Valentine’s Day Class Gifts Inspiration!
Love Bug Fruit Cups
A healthy alternative to all the Valentine’s chocolate! The love bug fruit cup is cute and creative. All you need is some basic materials (pipe cleaner, construction paper, googly eyes) from your local craft store. You can make the love bug in any color depending on what fruit you use. But the red ladybug love bug is definitely the sweetest for Valentine’s Day!
Olaf "I've been impaled!" Valentine
What does an impaled snowman have to do with Valentine’s Day? Everything! Olaf, the hilarious sidekick from Frozen, is the ultimate symbol of friendship and affection. Impale him with anything from a lollipop to a pencil to a sugar stick. (Just be prepared for your kids to be continuously singing “Let it Go” for the next three weeks).
"You Rule" Valentine's Day Rulers
Because a punny Valentine is the best Valentine. Buy the rulers in bulk and then just tack on the note with some construction paper. Valentine’s gifts don’t get much simpler than this. Plus, the class will be able to use the rulers for the rest of the school year (total win-win)!
Butterfly Snack Bags
Turn a clothespin and a Ziplock bag into something truly magical. While the butterfly snack bag requires a bit more effort than other Valentine’s gifts, it will definitely stand out in the classroom. The best part is that you can fill the Ziplock with anything you want — m&ms, sweethearts, fruit loops, even goldfish.
Star Wars Glow Stick Valentines
If your kids love Star Wars, then these cute glow stick Valentines are the way to go. All you need to do is buy a pack of glow sticks (glow bracelets also work). The cards themselves are free to download and print out here. On the morning of Valentine’s Day, ignite the glow sticks and bring the lightsabers to life!
"You're A-MAZE-ING" Valentine's Day Mazes
A cute gift that’s also a fun activity! If you have a Cricut Explore Air 2, then you can make this in a matter of minutes with this free maze generator site. Customize the maze and decide whether you want it to be easy, intermediate or difficult. The perfect option for parents who are a bit more handy with technology than they are with scissors and glue.
Baked by Melissa's Mini Cupcakes
If you’re starved for time, Baked by Melissa’s has your back. Just pick up a 25-pack ($37) of Valentine’s-themed cupcakes and have your little one hand them out in the classroom. In case dietary requirements are an issue, Baked by Melissa’s just introduced their brand-new vegan cupcakes. This gift option is both low-maintenance and delicious!
Valentine Bling Ring
If you’re handy with the pipe cleaner, then the Valentine bling ring is a great low-cost creative gift option. All you have to do is wind the pipe cleaner around a Hershey’s chocolate kiss. The kids will love wearing the ring so much they probably won’t even end up eating the chocolate!
"You're Super" Tootsie Pops
There’s probably an infinite number of ways to cutesy-up your tootsie pops for Valentine’s Day — but this has to be our favorite. Turn your run-of-the-mill lollipops into mini superheroes. You can download the free mask/cape templates here, so the real effort is just in the cutting!
Arrow Heart Valentines
Keep it simple with these arrow heart Valentines. You can print out the free arrow template here. Then use a glue dot to attach the heart candy. Have your child sign his or her name at the bottom, and then you’re totally done. Low-maintenance but still super cute.
Dinosaur Valentine Card
If your kids are obsessed with dinosaurs, then these cards are perfect. You can download the free card template here. You probably already know where to buy the mini dinosaur toys, but, just in case, you can get a package of 72 here for just $9.98. Stick the dino on the card with a glue gun, and you’re all set!
Love Bug Oreo Cookies
Cookies that look homemade yet require absolutely no baking! Pick up frosting and sprinkles from the baking aisle or any grocery store, then have fun with your kids decorating the Oreos. And if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make the edible googly eyes, check out this recipe!
Love Emoji Oranges
All you need is a steady hand with the sharpie (and a bunch of oranges)! This is another craft your kids can help you with — especially if they’re more familiar with the latest emojis than you are. These treats are quick and easy to make, but they’re also clever and hilarious. If your kids are resisting the fruit factor, you can also check out these emoji cupcakes!
Valentine's Tic Tac Toe Snack
Make something clever and entertaining with super simple materials. Use frosting to turn your graham cracker squares into tic tac toe boards. Then throw in a few sweethearts so that the kids can play. Just make sure you take a minute to separate the sweethearts into two different colors for each game — otherwise it’ll be tic tac toe chaos!