What are the Different Types of Valentines?

Sherry Holetzky

February 14th is great fun for children, especially when it comes to picking out Valentines. Many teachers will allow kids to have a Valentine’s Day party and even make pretend mailboxes for exchanging Valentines at school. You might also want to pick up some extras so children can give Valentines to teachers, friends outside the classroom, and family members as well.

Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.
Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.

Have you ever seen Valentines that can be folded into origami objects? Maybe you’ve seen the ones that include games or word puzzles? Some have scrambled words or secret codes that spell out Valentine’s Day messages, giving children something fun to do.

Origami objects can be valentines.
Origami objects can be valentines.

There are so many different types of Valentines available that you should have no trouble finding a great option for anyone. You no longer have to choose from something generic like many parents did when they were young, since now nearly every trademark character imaginable is represented. Even if you do not have a favorite trademark character, there are still plenty of options.

Chocolates make an excellent Valentine's Day gift.
Chocolates make an excellent Valentine's Day gift.

There are many options to fit personal style and preference: from frilly pink lace to camouflage. You can find Valentines that fold up into their own self-enclosing envelopes and those that come complete with matching envelopes. Some Valentines are simply folded in half and then sealed with matching stickers, which are included in the package.

A handmade presence is often a great idea for a Valentine's present.
A handmade presence is often a great idea for a Valentine's present.

Other types of Valentines include those that have slots where you can add a lollipop. In some cases, the sucker is the Valentine and has a name tag attached to the stick. There are also Valentines with other types of candy included. These options are very convenient, since you don’t have to buy separate cards and treats.

You can also find individual packages of different types of candy, fruit snacks, and other kinds of snacks available with “to” and “from” printed on them that children can address and give as Valentines instead of typical cards. Tiny boxes of candy, candy hearts with messages printed on them, or chocolates shaped like hearts, lips, or X’s and O’s also make fun Valentines. Some even spell out “I Love You,” for that special Valentine.

Another fun idea is to make up treat bags instead of the usual Valentines. You can find bags printed in Valentine’s Day themes and fill them tiny toys, treats, and other surprises. Your kids will have fun passing these out and the recipients will be delighted.

Adults are much more likely to exchange red roses than paper Valentines.
Adults are much more likely to exchange red roses than paper Valentines.

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turquoise

Our family's favorite Valentines are chocolate kiss roses, valentine pencils and cups of hot chocolate. The roses are made by putting together (bottom to bottom) two chocolate kisses and wrapping it with red or pink wrap. You can use different crafts like pipe cleaner and tissue paper to make the stems and leaves. It's a great gift for classmates and teachers alike. I also like getting pencils and the kids will tie a valentine message. Another cute idea for valentine for teachers is a mug with a packet of hot chocolate inside. We also made these with paper cups for kids but they have to wait until they're home to have them.

candyquilt

My son is in the fourth grade and they had a Valentines day party at school this year as they do every year. I don't like buying store candies and sweets because they are packed with corn syrup. Instead, I made heart shaped raspberry tarts for him to take to his classmates. Making snacks and sweets as valentines gifts at home is actually really easy. You can use your cookie and brownie recipes and shape them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. The cookie cutter is great! You can also cut thick pieces of watermelon and pineapple and cut out heart shapes with it. Put a skewer through it and small pieces of orange at the end and ta da! You have an arrow going through a heart! It's really practical and healthy. For Valentines cards, I found these valentines print-outs online and printed and cut them myself. I put the tarts in candy bags and attached the printouts to the bag. It's very cost effective.

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