Schools are cracking down on sugar and allergy threats, and it’s forcing some folks to get a little creative for Valentine’s Day–and that’s pretty awesome. From cars to cards, here are eight of our favorites.

Light it up.

Because everyone loves glow sticks. Everyone.

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For bottomless fun.

For a Valentine that’s a little…errr…cheeky, these whoopee cushion cards are a gas.

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For valentines they will wheelie like.

Want to get their motors running come February? Get behind the wheel of these fun valentines. Free printable here.

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Fit to be tied?

Your older kids can put their craftiness to good use by giving friendship bracelets to their classmates. This timeless art is a great use of yarn and time, and the packaging is ir-wrist-istable.

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Give a valentine that pops.

Who doesn’t like bubbles? Bonus: You can use the wedding favor bubbles for a love-ly twist, and this website offers a free printable.

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Get a little fruity.

Give a valentine AND help with snack time with this adorable orange juice treat. Make your own printable label, adhere with tape, and voila! Orange you glad you’re done?

This Valentine Measures Up

When you want to go to any length (or at least 12 inches) to show your Valentine how much you care. Practical, inexpensive, and easy to transport, these valentines rule.

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The last idea we came across was a simple one, although it will take more time. It involves sitting down with your child and writing a one-sentence card telling each person in the class why your son or daughter thinks they are special. The sweetness is in the sentiment, and the card becomes just as much for the classmates as it does for their parents. After all, Valentine’s Day is about sharing the love, and couldn’t we all use a bit more of that?

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at The Maids!

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