Something different for Valentine#039;s Day

by Beacon Staff • February 8, 2006

Remember Valentine's Day when you were a kid? All it took to make your friends feel loved and appreciated was a Conversation Heart that read "BE MINE." These days, making your special someone feel all-that-special takes a lot more than some NECCO Wafer that says "TXT ME."

According to the National Retail Federation, a trade association that researches industry trends, consumers will spend more than $13 billion to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. You could spend your share on the same old flowers and Hallmark cards, or you could go for something unique.

According to their Web site, NECCO will print custom messages on their Sweethearts "if you're willing to buy a full production run, approximately 3,500 pounds." Here are a few more practical ideas for a LOVEly Valentine's Day.

It doesn't matter how old you are, chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. The Chocolate Bar at Caf