15 Boy-Friendly Non-Candy Valentines

15 Boy-Friendly Non-Candy Valentines | Roots & Boots

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Looking for non-candy valentines ideas?

If you shudder at the thought of all the sugar, food dyes, and sketchy ingredients looming just around the corner in the form of valentine treats, these non-candy valentines are just for you.  

15 Boy-Friendly Non-Candy Valentines | Roots & Boots
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As a real food enthusiast, I especially love the first two ideas on this list.  You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and a punny saying!  Idea #13 involves applesauce, which is fun, and idea #11 could be tweaked to real food standards or used as-is.

If you’d like to skip edible components altogether, the remaining non-candy valentine ideas involve zero food at all.  My boys enjoyed ideas #6 & #7, but I wish we could have tried all the ideas on this list!

In honor of my crew of three boys, these valentines are geared toward the guys but would work equally well for gal pals.  There are so many fun ideas here, the kids won’t even miss the candy!

15 Boy-Friendly Non-Candy Valentines 

1. You’re grape!


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2. Peel the love


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3. Everything is awesome


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4. You’re all write


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5. Pencil arrows 


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6. “Eye” love you

7. You’re out of this world!


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8. You make my heart glow


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9. Love bugs

See alternative love bug options in the comments below…


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10. Follow the trail to my heart


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11. May the force be with you


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12. You make my heart soar 


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13. You’re awesome sauce


14. Hoppy Valentines Day


15. I mustache you a question


Do your kids exchange valentines?  What other non-candy valentines ideas would you add to this list? 

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out this list of our favorite picture books for Valentine’s Day.


Avoid the candy overload with these fun DIY valentines. Especially for boys, but great for gal pals, too!
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Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>


  1. Angela on 01/21/2016 at 2:46 pm

    Love these ideas! Bless you, friend, for sharing this NOW—you’ve inspired me and I might actually get Valentines prepared ahead of time, as opposed to scrambling at the last minute. ?

    • Kathleen on 01/21/2016 at 9:41 pm

      I hear ya! Perhaps we should coordinate in order to avoid choosing the same idea… 😉

  2. Carol on 01/25/2018 at 4:08 pm

    These are awesome! I love your posts and find them super helpful!Love bugs has me locked out. LOL! I just thought you should know that they aren’t sharing their card. Blessings!

    • Kathleen on 01/26/2018 at 8:15 pm

      Oh no! They must have made changes to their website. Here are a few similar free printables:
      option 1
      option 2
      option 3 (just put a plastic bug in the bag)

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