One question I often get is how to start with cute, decorative bentos without spending a fortune! Holiday bentos are probably the easiest ones to create on a low budget, the dollar stores often have plenty of options available. This year, we found a 5 pack of heart/Valentine cookie cutters for $1 and a package of 18 plastic cupcake picks and 18 paper muffin cups for $1 at the Dollar Tree, along with tubs of Valentine sprinkles for $1 at the Dollar Spot at Target. Last year, the Dollar Tree also had muffin papers with wood & paper picks. I saved some of those for this year too.
Since it is Valentine week and I could go with hearts for him, Ben has 4 mini ham and cheese heart sandwiches on honey wheat bread, topped with heart picks. He has a Cutie orange sitting in a Valentine cupcake paper, along with some vanilla yogurt with heart sprinkles. It's packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).
To help, I did take a picture of our dollar store finds for this lunch. I debated making it a full dollar store lunch, but I really didn't need to buy more containers just to make it! So I went with our tried & true Easy Lunchboxes instead.