Stray from basic boxed chocolate this Valentine’s Day, make a fun love-filled goody bag instead!

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Putting together Valentine goody bags is a great way to show appreciation for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. They’re super simple and customizable to whatever you want to do. They can also be really inexpensive if you shop right, making them perfect for college students. Here are some of our recommendations for putting together the perfect goody bag this Valentine’s Day!

Pick cute packaging

As important as the goodies you stuff inside are, the packaging makes the first real statement. Choosing a cute way to deliver your Valentine gift is a reflection of how much you care. Rather than shoving the items into a random bag or box, they will have an adorable package to keep as a reminder of your gift. You can go classic and pick some plastic candy bags, or if you want to splurge a little more, check out individual gift bags, both of which can be found at stores like Target. If you’re going to go for something more original, try mini Chinese takeout boxes, which can be found at craft stores like Michaels. Going the extra step will make your friends feel super loved this Valentine’s Day.?

Add a variety of treats?

Of course, Valentine’s Day chocolates are a staple, but there are so many other treats you can give to spice up your gifts this year! If you have the time or desire, you can even pick one of the many online recipes and make them yourself! If not, here are some other sweet goody bag stuffers you can add. Chocolate-covered strawberries are always a good option and are easy to buy in bulk! Pink and red gummies are a great way to add some other textures to your sweets — Trader Joe’s has some great options. Another soft candy you can add to the mix is mini strawberry marshmallows! You can pick these up at most grocery stores, and they make the perfect base for your goody bag. If you’re looking for some crunch, pink strawberry wafers are an excellent addition to your Valentine’s Day treats!

Write a handwritten note?

While the sweets and treats are fun to give, the best part about Valentine’s Day is spreading and celebrating love. Take the time to write something for each of your loved ones; a small note will show them how much they mean to you. You can make cards from scratch or find some at any local craft store. When writing these notes, speak from the heart. It can be an easy way to say something you love about the person. Try writing a favorite memory of yours, or even something as simple as “I love you” or “You are loved.”

Add some fun things?

Now that you have the basics, you can add some fun items that give your goody bags a unique flare. If you are more eco-conscious, a fun addition to your goody bag assortment could be Valentine’s Day-themed reusable straws. If you’re looking for something a little more silly, you can pack in some red or pink mini bubble dispensers and confetti poppers. A more beauty-focused goody bag might include a pink face mask or red nail polish. The items you place in these goody bags can tailor these unique gifts to each individual!

We hope this gives you some inspiration while putting together Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Whatever you choose to do, we at the Clog hope you have the best time celebrating and spreading the love this year!

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