Whether fundraising or not, Valentine’s Day Grams are a fun tradition at many schools. Candy grams are one of the most popular items for fundraisers at elementary schools.
Americans will purchase $345 million worth of chocolate candy this year and devour nearly 58 million pounds of the good (?) stuff!!
Below are 9 creative ways you can raise funds for your school and get kids excited about it.
Kids love candy! Who doesn’t? No celebration is complete without chocolates and candies, and it is impossible to imagine Valentine’s Day without this heavenly goodness. And when they are packaged and presented in a novel and unique way, they become even more irresistible. For example, take a look at these Chocolate Roses, by Freedom Fundraising. Chocolate molded in the shape of a beautiful rose will make anyone’s heart flutter with joy and happiness. And it becomes extra special when you get them for free!! Yes, you heard it right.
4 Cases (256 count) of Chocolate Roses, Valued at $256, Yours for FREE, Courtesy Freedom Fundraising!*
Chocolate Roses: Each rose is molded out of solid milk chocolate and is individually wrapped over a 6-inch candy stick stem. You get it for free, but you can sell them for $1 and make an easy $256. These luscious items are sure to sell fast and be the most unique and sweetest flower out there.
Generously sponsored by Freedom Fundraising
UPDATED Jan 31, 2018: The contest has now ended
After chocolates, flowers are the second most popular Valentine’s Day gift. Roses and Carnations are everyone’s favorite, but Tulips, Lilies, and Hydrangeas also work well as a Valentine gift. Package a single stem of flower or a small bouquet, and you can easily sell them for up to $5 each. Contact a local flower shop to arrange for bulk flowers in order to get a volume discount.
FOREVER GRAMS – WOODEN ROSES
Unlike fresh flowers, wooden roses last forever. Wooden roses are a classic tradition not only for Valentine’s Day but also for weddings and other important occasions. They look like real roses but last forever.
These got to be one of the simplest yet one of the most fun gifts for kids. Valentine’s Day balloons come in hundreds of different designs, shapes, and sizes – from traditional heart-shaped to XOXO to lips and even various emojis.
TOYS, STUFFED ANIMALS, AND TCHOTCHKES GRAMS
Kids love toys. Besides, unlike candy, they are sure to deliver days and months worth of fun. Cute stuffed toys, pencils, crayons, temporary tattoos, crazy straws, Smencils, shaped erasers, puzzles,…. there are endless possibilities to what you can sell in lieu of sugar-loaded candy grams. You can buy items in bulk from Dollar stores, Walmart, Oriental Trading or other discount stores. Pack them individually, add a small heart card with a funny quote and there you have it – a unique, fun Valentine’s Day gram!
Kids don’t have to wait to go to the movies to enjoy this delicious treat. Popcorn is one of America’s favorite snacking treats. Add red or pink sugar crystals to popcorn for added fun. Pack in small buckets, mason jars, or cups decorated with hearts. Jazz up the packets with a heart or ribbon. It makes for a fun, healthy and poppin’ gift.
FRUIT, APPLESAUCE, JELL-O™ CUP GRAMS
Fruit may be the last thing kids would want to buy for Valentines. But with a little twist and creativity, you can get kids begging for more. Add googly eyes, tiny pom-poms, other decorations, and there you have it – healthy Valentine’s Day treats kids can’t get enough of! More cuteness, less sugar!
SEED PACKET AND FLOWER BULB GRAMS
Seed packets and flower bulbs make a perfect gift during this time of the year. Dress up the seed packets with little stickers. For bulbs, package them in small pots with a plant label and sticker. Add a quote from our smarty-pants list below, and you are sure to sow seeds of love in anyone’s heart. They make great presents for teachers and coaches.
Having said that, who are we to say that candies are bad? They bring so much joy and happiness to our kids!
So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here we are with a very SWEET offer for your fundraiser:
Want to get your kids’ hearts and minds working together? Give them something creative, such as small wooden puzzles, activity books, and DIY craft kits. With the increasing trend in maker spaces and the push for STEM/STEAM in schools, craft kits and toys make for a super creative and relevant gift. To sweeten the deal further, Oroola, in partnership with Kids Crafts Inc.,is offering 100 free Valentine’s Day Craft Kits to 1 lucky winner. Yes, 100 Craft Kits for the future engineers and artists, absolutely free!
100 Craft Kits, Valued at $100, Yours For Free, Courtesy of Kids Crafts, Inc.*
DIY Craft Kits: All of the felt craft kits come in individual poly-bags with picture instructions and self-adhesive felt stickers. Just pass the kits out and let the children create! NO GLUE REQUIRED!
You get it for free, but you can sell it for $2 each and make a handsome profit. Goodness without the guilt!
Generously sponsored by Kids Crafts Inc.
UPDATED Jan 31, 2018: The contest has now ended
* To Enter A Chance To Win These Giveaways, You Must…
- Join our Facebook group, PTO/PTA Fundraisers, Vendors, and Resources.
- Invite as many fellow PTO/PTA volunteers (current) to the group as you can.
- Those who invite members to the group will automatically be entered into a raffle.
- Two winners will be randomly drawn from the raffle.
- First prize, 256 free Chocolate roses, by Freedom Fundraising, Second prize, 100 Craft Kits, by Kids Crafts, Inc.
- Contest ends Jan 30, 11:59 PST, prize winners will be announced on January 31, 2018.
- Prizes can be shipped anywhere in the US within the 48 contiguous states.
- Prize winners must be able to verify that they are indeed a PTO/PTA leader for the current school year – either show us their name on your school/PTO website or verify their email address that belongs to their PTO.
- Winners will be required to share their address and contact information with Oroola and/or the vendor.
- Official rules for the Valentine’s Day Grams Challenge can be found here
No matter what you choose to sell this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. We compiled a list of 99 smarty-pants quotes that go with candies, fruits, toys, art, and more. Download the blank grams, add a funny quote from the list, and you are bound to have your grams flying off the shelf/table.
Free Valentine’s Day Posters and Grams – Steal ’em, Print ’em, Share ’em!
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
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