How is it almost Valentine’s Day already?? Wasn’t it JUST Christmas? I’m pretty sure I was still singing holiday tunes yesterday and the half a foot of snow on the ground has me convinced it’s still the holidays. Who else ate their way through the holidays and then made a New Year’s resolution to workout and lose weight? I’m pretty sure I saw more resolutions for exercise on Instagram and Facebook than I did for any other goal! Meanwhile I’m over here eating a bowl of ice cream! Judge me, I dare you! 🙂
Speaking of all the sugary delicious treats from the holidays, we’re entering another candy-filed sugar rush of a holiday! Is anyone else hesitant to give your kids EVEN MORE candy and treats??
I have a great solution for you! These candy-free, fun-filled, Valentine’s gift bags… and the best part? They’re only $2 a pop! Okay… well they’re more like $2.37 each, but that’s just details and I’m a rounder!
What You Need:
I found everything at HOBBY LOBBY (aka addiction zone for home cuteness), WALMART (because it’s pretty much the only store in the small town we just moved to), and the DOLLAR TREE!
I’ll break it down for you by store. Here’s your shopping list.
- 20 pack- Treat Bags (variety of designs available)
- 20 pack- Label Tags
- 12 pack- Stamps
- 12 pack- Airplanes
- (2) 8 pack- Heart Balloons
- 12 pack Bouncy Balls
- 12 pack- Pencils
*I bought these items on sale. Hobby Lobby runs a 40% off sale on most of the holiday items leading up to each holiday so make sure you hit the store while the items are on sale*
- (3) 4 pack- Sticky Darts (these are awesome, but if you’re dividing them up like I did you’ll need plastic wrap or wax paper to cover the sticky part before putting it in the goodie bag)
- (3) 4 pack- Finger Skateboards
- (3) 4 pack- Heart Glasses
- 12 pack- Heart Bracelets
- (2) 6 pack- Heart Slinkies
***Each of these stores had TONS more fun, little nick-knacks and toys that you could include so be sure to look around and see what your kid and their peers will like***
I made these Valentine’s gift bags for my nieces and nephews and I split up who got what items based on age and personality so I actually made 17 bags for $28.50, making them actually $1.67 each… SCORE! So you can make however many you want and build them how you want, but I’ll share my process with you.
STEP ONE: I set out the bags and labeled them with sticky notes so I knew which bags were for the girls and which were for the boys.
STEP TWO: Doing one package of toys at a time I placed each of the items going in the bags on top to make sure everyone had one of everything.
STEP THREE: Filled each bag with all of the gift bags!
STEP FOUR: Tie with the tags and twine from Hobby Lobby and label or just write a generic Valentine’s message! Seriously though… how CUTE are these tags??
The best part is that the kids will LOVE all the little nick-knacks inside and probably won’t even realize they aren’t filling up on candy! Not that I’m against candy, after all, I AM a sugar-aholic! But sometimes it’s nice to break it up and do something different.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! XOXO