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If children are the ultimate expression of love, why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to shower more gifts upon them? A box of chocolates might be fine, but if you’re looking for a standout, here are some great finds around town.

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Candy Bouquet

Candy Chef

27 West Main St. Sweet C
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 789-5678
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No ordinary candy store, the Candy Chef in Alhambra specializes in unique arrangements like candy cakes, bouquets ($24.99), and any other shape you can think of that you can make out of candy. They also stock kitschy novelties and bulk bins so you can wig out in a sugar high. The store is normally closed on Mondays but will be open on Valentine’s Day from noon to 9pm.

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Red Electra Mini Hot Rod


9110 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 483-1991
4 Locations
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Show your love with some sweet red wheels. At Incycle, every staff member is knowledgeable about bikes and can help you find the perfect size for your child. The Rancho Cucamonga location is kid-friendly and at any given time there may be kids checking out bikes and ringing bells while you shop. The Electra Mini Rod ($219.99) allows the rider to easily learn using training wheels but also to catch himself by putting his feet on the ground. Adjustable as he grows.

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Model Human Heart

CM School Supply

1025 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
Anaheim CA 92801
(714) 680-6681
Locations throughout Southern California
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Have a heart? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your budding scientist what a heart really looks like, hands-on style. Found at CM School Supply this 29-piece model ($17.99) comes apart after you build it to reveal a cross-section view of the heart with easily identifiable parts. CM School Supply is a popular resource for teachers and home-schooling parents, with friendly staff who will guide you right to the products you need.

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Doctor Kit

Wee Loft

32585-K Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 489-9202
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Help teach kids to take care of their hearts – and yours – with this cool doctor kid ($37.99) found at Wee Loft, a boutique toy store in Dana Point. The kit has the requisite stethoscope and make-believe syringe, but it also includes a blood pressure cuff. Good for getting the little ones familiar with medical tools before you visit the pediatrician, too.

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LEGO® Heart Book

LEGO® Store at Ontario Mills

1 Mills Circle
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 758-9303 ‎
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A visit to the LEGO store is a gift in itself. At the Ontario store, pick your own colors and shapes from the bulk bins, or play with bricks in the interactive play area called “The Living Room” that’s right in the center of the store. The Heart Book ($4.99) is a kit that makes a hinged book with a heart on the “cover” and doubles as a wallet-sized picture frame.

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Sweethearts Babylegs

The Red Sail

301 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-9300
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They’re tights…they’re leg warmers…they’re for babies! A cross between tights and leg warmers, Babylegs eliminate the hassle of taking off tights to change a diaper, so you can outfit le bebe girl in those adorable dresses and still keep her legs warm. The Sweethearts (pink with darker pink hearts) style is sure to make your little Valentine into a confectionary delight. Styles for boys are available, too. Shopping at the Red Sail on Balboa Island might overload your cute sensors, so beware.

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Pink Passion Pajamas

Bedhead Pajamas

8336 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90048
(323) 653-8336
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For the tween girl and/or Glee fan in your life, the new Bedhead flagship store on 3rd Street in the hip shopping blocks east of the Beverly Center in Los Angeles carries the pajamas Rachel wore in a recent episode (squee!). The Pink Passion Stretch Pajamas ($136.00) also come in little girls’ sizes. The flagship store boasts a groovy design, with art displayed in the window (right now it’s mannequins), a patio, and styles that can’t be found anywhere else.

Kim Tracy Prince is a mother of two little boys and the managing contributor of CBS Local Los Angeles Best of Family page. See more of her work at House of Prince.