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12 Cute Valentine’s Day Classmate Gifts

by Rebecca Eanes

I have always loved Valentine’s Day. There are so many sweet and creative ways to show our family and friends how much we care! Of course, with Valentine’s Day also comes classroom parties, and sometimes getting those classmate gifts together can be a pretty big hassle, particularly if you’re making treats for multiple kids! So, to keep you from having to scour Pinterest for hours, I’ve done the searching for you and found 15 simple but creative ideas for classmate gifts. 


  1. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything cuter than these candy airplanes. You’ll need a roll of Smarties candy, a thin rubber band, 2 Lifesaver candies, and two stick of gum. See the instructions for how to assemble the airplane here.
  2. Wait, I just found something cuter. These lovebug fruit cups are adorable and simple to make! You’ll need fruit cups, pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, and little foam hearts. Turn the fruit cup upside down and place the foam hearts for feet. Add two pipe cleaners for antennae and glue small pom poms to the top. Add a couple of googly eyes and a tiny pom pom nose and you’re done!
  3.  If you’re looking for something really unique and creative, check out these “hogs and kisses” valentines from Food, Crafts, and Family. To make these, you need pink envelopes, boxes of Dots or other small candy boxes, googly eyes, and buttons. Follow the instructions here.
  4. For a fun “no candy” gift, just add socks! You can find cute Valentine’s Day themed socks at the Target dollar spot or your local dollar store. Click here for a “You knock my socks off” printable!
  5. There are a lot of different ways to make Valentine’s pencil gifts, but this one is super simple for busy moms. They’re also inexpensive, so you can make a lot without breaking the bank. You just need pencils, foam heart stickers, and washi tape. Head to Passion for Savings for the full tutorial. 
  6. Another cute pencil gift (because kids do go through lots of pencils!) is this adorable caterpillar pencil I found at Macaroni Kid. These may be a little more time consuming, but it would be a fun project to do with your child. They are so creative and fun!
  7. Just about everyone loves Hersey Kisses, and they’re a very popular Valentine’s Day treat. Get creative with them by making these Hersey Kisses mice from The Happier Homemaker. They’re crazy simple and sure to make all your child’s classmates say, “aww!”
  8. Here’s a creative way to give tasty gumballs! I love these “You blow up my heart” valentines made with craft foam hearts and a plastic baggie. So simple yet so unique; I think these will be a hit in any classroom. Head over to Smart Schoolhouse for the tutorial here. 
  9. My kids always love to open the fortune cookies when we eat at a Chinese restaurant. Happy Hooligans made some fantastic fortune cookie valentines that kids will go nuts over. They’re actually pretty simple to make and your child can customize the messages to his/her classmates. Find out how to make them here.
  10. I know we’re told not to play with our food, but this Tic Tac Toe valentine is made for it! Head over to Jen Woodhouse and check out this terrific idea.
  11. Bookmarks make great gifts for classmates. You can make some cheap, simple bookmarks with craft sticks and paint. What I love about these is that your child can be really creative with decorating each bookmark using erasers, stamps, pom poms, googly eyes, or even clay! Here’s a tutorial from Amy Latta Creations.
  12. I adore this homemade playdough and cookie cutter valentine from Buggy and Buddy. Head over to the site to snag the free printable along with the playdough recipe!
Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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