• Peanut and tree nut free Valentine ideas

    With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I thought I might put together a list of some candy free Valentine’s Day ideas as well as a list of peanut and tree nut free Valentine’s candy.  As the mother of a peanut allergic child, I always dread this particular holiday since our school allows candy to be brought in with Valentines.  I generally try to send in a non-candy item, but I know I’m in the minority.

    This year, there are some really cute candy free Valentines ideas out there.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that are relatively simple but still unique:

    • These bubble Valentines from Simply Modern Mom are a great idea, and there is even a free printable.
    • This post from Craft-o-maniac uses sticky hands and bouncy balls.
    • For the younger set, what about handing out goldfish crackers? Tammy Mitchell designs even offers a free printable for the tag.
    • These lip whistles are adorable!  I love this idea from At Second Street, and she offers a free printable as well.
    • For the boys, this bulldozer idea is neat from 30 Handmade Days.
    • The Happy Home Fairy has a great collection of healthy Valentines that are unique.

    For other ideas, I find strolling through the Target dollar aisle and poking around the dollar store offers inspiration.  And, there is always the old standby of pencils.  The Happy Home Fairy offers a great round-up of Valentines that use pencils.

    If you still want to use candy, here is a list of peanut and nut free candy that works well for Valentines (as always, please check the labels on each product or give the company a call as manufacturing processes are subject to change):

    • Hershey’s kisses (milk chocolate)
    • Sweet Tarts candy hearts (NOT GUMMY)
    • Tootsie Rolls/Tootsie Pops
    • Ring pops by Topps
    • Dum-dum suckers
    • Life savers
    • Skittles
    • Starbursts
    • Smarties
    • Nerds
    • Laffy Taffy
    • Pez
    • Rice Krispie treats (original…don’t know about the other flavors, my kids don’t eat them)
    • Yummy Earth lollipops
    • Fruit roll ups

    Hopefully, this information was helpful and offered a little inspiration.  Please remember that you and your doctor are the best judges of what is safe for you and/or your allergic child to eat. This works for my family with a peanut allergy to consider, so please consider your own specific needs and check with your doctor about any foods or potential allergens that concern you. For additional product questions, check with the specific companies.  I will be sharing the candy free Valentines I created for my kids’ classmates soon, so stay tuned!

    Until later,

    Dana

2 Responsesso far.

  1. […] Update (2-9-13): I’ve put together more information to help those wanting to celebrate a nut free Valentine’s Day at school in this post. […]

  2. […] Pinterest and the internet for candy free Valentines ideas.  I shared a few of my favorites in this post.  For some reason, I kept coming back to mustaches (I do have boys after all), but I never found […]

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