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Creative, Non-Chocolate Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

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There are certain holidays -- such as Valentine's Day, Halloween and Easter -- that working mothers dread for one reason: they all involve gifts of candy from parents, grandparents and even strangers. However, there's no rule that says gifts for these occasions, especially Valentine's Day, have to be chocolate or even edible. In fact, there are many creative Valentine's Day gifts for kids to mark this special holiday that's all about love.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Girls:

Red Gifts Many little girls love the color red, so mark this red-themed holiday by giving your daughter, niece or special little girl "everything red" as Valentine's Day gifts. Suggestion: get a plain red gift bag, and fill it (depending on the girl's age) with red lip gloss, nail polish, hair clips, t-shirt, doll clothes, pajamas, etc.

Heart Gifts Instead of that typical heart-shaped box of chocolate, go to a craft store and buy your daughter a heart-shaped cardboard or wooden box. Also purchase heart-shaped stickers, markers or crayons and maybe some red glitter glue. (This depends on your tolerance for glitter in the house.) After giving it to her, enjoy decorating the heart box together. It will make a special and unique jewelry box.

Floral Gifts All women love flowers, and so do many young girls. Many parents overlook this gift for their daughter on Valentine's Day. Be sure to specify the age of your daughter when ordering flowers, and perhaps the florist will make the arrangement age appropriate by adding balloons, stickers or something sparkly. Next, have the flowers delivered to your home, and when the arrangement arrives, tell your daughter they're for her. She will surely feel special!

Valentine's Day Gifts for Boys:

Red Gifts While many of the non-edible gifts for Valentine's Day appeal more to little girls than boys, you can make the holiday festive by giving your little guy some red toys he'll love. Think fire truck, soccer ball, pencils, cowboy hat, etc.

Heart Gifts When we think of Valentine's Day gifts for boys, pink and purple hearts aren't the first thing that come to mind. Nevertheless, you can express your love for your little boy with a heart-shaped gift. In fact, there are many cuddly stuffed teddy bears holding hearts in the store around Valentine's Day that make inexpensive gifts for little boys. Other small gifts are heart-shaped erasers or a pencil with hearts and the inscription "I love you."

Floral Gifts While some boys may not be excited to receive a bouquet of flowers, they will surely love balloons. Order a half dozen Valentine's Day themed balloons from a local florist and have them delivered to him, and he'll feel extra special. Florists also sell teddy bears and other Valentine's Day gifts that are perfect for your son of almost any age.

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