Non-Candy Valentine's Ideas for Kids

Treat your loved ones to a new kind of valentine this year. Here are seven sweet ways to say "I love you" that don't require a trip to the candy store — or the dentist.
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Not-So-Sweet Treats for Little Valentines

Boxes of truffles, candy hearts and more sweet-as-can-be treats aren't going anywhere, but those over-the-top gifts aren't the only ways to tell loved ones you care. Show kids some love on Valentine's Day without the sugar rush with these easy, non-candy ideas. 

Fresh Fruit

Upgrade your little valentines' lunchbox staples with punny stickers telling them how you feel, like "You are plum perfect," "I love you berry much" and "We make a great pear."

Fish Crackers

Turn these no-fail snacks into a V-day treat by bagging up a school of these cheesy fish crackers and tagging with a note. Think "You're a great catch," "You're too cool for school" or "I'm hooked on you." 

Chocolate Milk

A carton of the good stuff presented with a loopy straw and the tag "You don't suck" is guaranteed to appeal to a certain grade-school demographic. 

Snack Mix

Small bags of trail mix — spiked with fruit-flavored cereal for color — make easy DIY classroom favors when they come with notes like "Let's hit the trail together" or "You're a trailblazer."

Applesauce

Do up this go-to snack favorite with just two words. "You're awesomesauce" says it all.

Popcorn

Whether you make it yourself or leave a microwave package out for a big kid's after-school snack, popcorn served with a note — "My heart went pop when I first saw you" or "I love you, cornball" — shows you care.

And for the Adults: Cocktails

Try the same concept with grown-ups: Think "Olive you so much" on a jar of martini toppers; "You make my heart skip a beet" on a glass of cold-pressed juice.

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