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Non-food gifts for Valentine’s Day…

I still have candy laying around from Halloween. Yes…I know it is January.   After Halloween then it is Thanksgiving and Little Girl comes home from school with a bag full candy treats from school.  Add to the pile.  Tack on Christmas…more sweets.  You know what is right around the corner?  Valentines Day.  You know those fun cards have some little sugar cube attached.  What’s after VDay?  Easter.  MORE CANDY!  Yahoooo!  I am not against sweets.  I really am not.  I like a good mound of chocolate or a fist full of gummies.  I am not a fan of the artificial colors or the sugar content but that is for a different type of blog post.  Little Girl gets so much from outside sources that for big holidays we tend to shy away from any type of food.  Below are some non-food suggestions to fit any budget. For more information on any item click on the picture!


This little guy is my favorite! Look at that happy face! This is a tub toy geared for kids 18 months and older. Children love to play around in the tub. Encourage that with this colorful octopus. This could also be used in a kiddy pool on the front lawn in the summer!


Low tech! Good fun. Get your child working on gross motor control without knowing! They will learn cause and effect. This bench comes with a mallet and will provide some good clean fun! This toy is good for ages 2 and up! Solid wood brought to you by the reliable Melissa and Doug company.


String a farm! Another low tech high fun toy! It is created for children ages 3-5. It comes with 12 pieces of farm to string, a wooden needle, a cotton string and a stopper. This would be a great toy to toss in a bag to take to the Dentist or Doctor while you are waiting. String and restring! Colorful pieces that let children explore fine motor skills.


If you have been tracking wtih my blog at all you know I am a camp girl. This hits close to my heart. How much fun would it be to have this and build a pillow fort or a blanket tent? Hours of fun with either of these sets…or both! Good for ages 2 and up.

Got a little helper at home? Let them help in their own way. Life skills are taught young. Boy or girl ages 36 months to 6 years would enjoy this realistic pretend play 6 pieces set from Melissa and Doug.

STEM toys are very in! These toys focus on Science, technology engineering, and Math. STEM toys allow children hands-on experience in creating and exploring. BPA free, lead-free and non-toxic pieces grow with your child. With 101 pieces this set will be able to provide loads of creative play for ages 3-6.

Word on the street…any by street I mean my co-worker this is THE best toy. It is a marble track for ages 3 and up. Design a track…take it apart and design a different one. Explore cause and effect. Use one marble or a bunch. See what transpires when tubes are shifted around. This does come with marbles which are a choking hazard.

With so many kids spending hours in front of a screen give them a gift that will allow them some creativity and just plain fun!  As with any gift please be sure to adhere to the recommended age group.

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  1. There are some great gift ideas here #pocolo@_karendenbid199@gmail is

  2. Great ideas – we tend to avoid sweets for gifts as well. They get enough from everyone else.
    #PoCoLo
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

  3. Some great gift ideas! Whenever I see toys now I want to buy them all as I’m finally going to be an auntie in March! I’ve not had an excuse to play with toys for ages but now I do. Great post 🙂

    1. beachchairtracy

      Enjoy being an Antie!!! It is your job to spoil and give gifts that make lots and lots of noise!!!

  4. Tracy, I just don’t like candy at all. I limit my sugar intake to not more than 6 teaspoons in a day, so I’m not going to waste that on candy or sodas or store-bought junk–I’m saving it for a home-baked treat. Love these gift ideas, as I have a couple of little ones in my circle.

  5. You’ve got some great gift ideas there. I agree with you on the chocolate and sweets though – it’s never ending! 😉
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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