By definition, a Valentine gift is for a special person and should in itself be unique, fun, unexpected – with thought involved. It isn’t about money, and it doesn’t need to smell like a rose! Make your gift buying even more special by keeping it local! In our Historic Dundalk Town Center, visit Laurie’s Candles and Crafts (10 N. Dundalk Ave., 410 262-9214),  Little Crystal Bijoux (7 Center Place, 443 470-3150), Zallies Boutique (1a Center Place, 443 865-4510) and Dude’s Snack Attack (75 Shipping Place) for great ideas you’ll be pleased to give. Dude’s winter hours are Mon. – Wed. 2 – 7 pm, Thurs. 12 – 7 pm, Fri. and Sun. 10 am – 3 pm and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm.

What’s fun about these places – the unexpected items you’ll find! For instance, at Laurie’s Candles, the piglets are adorable. At Little Crystal Bijoux, there is an assortment of body products, and the knit goods are colorful (and perfect for February). Dude’s Snack Attack has homemade lip balms and essential oils, and Zallies Boutique has clothing items for girls and their dolls!