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10 Valentine’s Day Favors That Are Actually Useful

Skip the candy and plastic trinkets and try these handy gifts instead

Vicky McDonald
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Published on: January 25, 2022

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Valentine's Day is exciting for young kids, and they usually arrive home from school laden down with cards, candy and piles of pink plastic trinkets. Sadly, all those plastic hearts, snap bracelets and balls usually end up in the trash. Like most parents, I feel bad about all the waste so whenever I look for Valentine’s Day favors, I try to stay away from all the party-themed packs and look for cute kids’ stationery instead. Kids will be just as enamored by a rainbow pencil, a clever eraser or cool vinyl stickers. So, if you want to show a bit more love to the planet this year, consider some of these eco-friendly and useful gifts that kids will appreciate.

1. Bloomin adorable seed hearts 

Encourage a love for gardening with these eco-friendly, heart-shaped seed papers. They are made with recycled paper and dyed with vegetable-based pigments. To use them, soak the paper overnight, then tear them up and plant under a thin layer of soil. Water as needed until the seeds sprout. These sweet flowers will bring joy long after Valentine's Day is over. 

2. Rainbow pencils

Surprisingly, these pencils are not made from wood or plastic — they're crafted from tight rolls of recycled paper! Kids will love the pearl coating and gorgeous colorful shavings. Parents will love the fact that they are non-toxic and produced without chemicals.


3. Hot cocoa packs

A peppermint hot cocoa is a great way to sweeten up a cold winter's day. As Christmas is over, now is a great time to snag a deal on these delicious hot cocoa packs with candy cane spoons. 
 

4. Vinyl stickers to personalize their stuff

These gorgeous vinyl stickers are a great way for your kid to add some color to their water bottle, tablet, skateboard, backpack, etc. This pack comes with 100 cute stickers, so there’s plenty to go around for all the friends at school. These stickers may even help stop your kid from losing yet another water bottle! 

5. Awesome erasers

Young kids will get a kick out of these clever erasers that come with a mini roller to clean up all those pesky eraser rubbings. Each eraser comes with a cover featuring six adorable animal designs. We bet this is one eraser they won't want to lose. 

 

6. Special sticky notes 

You can never have too many sticky notes, especially cute ones like these. Available in multiple colors, shapes and animal themes, these notes are sure to come in handy.

7. Washi tape

Kids can use washi tape to decorate their journals, create scrapbooks, wrap gifts, hang photos and more. It’s a fun and useful piece of stationery to encourage creativity and bring some color and personality to their stuff.   

8. Multicolor pens

Black and blue pens are super boring but multicolor pens are always fun. This retractable ballpoint pen comes with six vivid colors to make homework a little more interesting.  

9. Origami fortune tellers 

Teach your kid about the art of origami and get them to work on their fine motor skills at the same time. This sweet fortune-telling set contains 48 sheets and will keep kids busy and playing together for ages. 

10. A decent pencil sharpener

These emoji sharpeners are cute and functional. Not only will they sharpen regular pencils, but they also work with larger coloring pencils. They come in an array of vibrant colors and are likely to last longer than that wonky sharpener from a party pack. 

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