Nonetheless, I didn't want to be that Mom who was the grinch who didn't give anything (although seriously, is anyone keeping track of that--I know I have no idea who gave what) and so I pulled out a leftover bag of lollipops from Youngest's last birthday and a few crafting supplies and got to work.
Using my hole punch I punched out a kafillion pink circles. Then I stamped "With Love" on one of them and wrote "From..." and each girl's name underneath.
I wanted the girls to participate but their abilities and interest in this project were pretty limited, so I decided to make it their job to adhere stickers to the other circle.
This led to a lot of sloppy overlapping and stickers stuck on my coffee table (despite the newspaper I put down) but it was fun, got them to participate, and they made it about 1/2 way through all the circles before they lost interest all together, so I didn't have that many left to finish.
Now I had a stamped circle and a stickered circle. I put one on each side of the lollipop, grabbed my trusty stapler, and stapled the two circles together over the candy. Here's the finished product:
Acceptably cute, sort of handmade, kids participation, and relatively quick. Favors I can live with.
What did you do for your Valentines this year?