Candy-Free Valentine's Gifts for the Kids

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When it comes to Valentine's Day, candy seems like the go-to gift for adults and kids alike. From a box of chocolates to conversation hearts to jelly beans, there's no shortage of sugar. Lots of parents don't exactly love the idea of loading their kids up with candy, especially when Halloween and Christmas aren't even a distant memory. So what's a mom to do when it comes to gift-giving on Valentine's Day? There are plenty of ways to show your love without breaking the bank this Valentine's Day. Bypass the candy and opt for some non-food related gifts. Those cute and cuddly stuffed animals available at the local Hallmark store are always a hit among the younger generation. And a Valentine-themed children's book is nothing to scoff at. Hit the local Borders or Barnes & Noble for a good read. More than likely, your local bookstore will have a section devoted specifically to celebrating February 14.