There are billions of dollars to be made on Valentine's Day. More than 190 million cards are sent to mark the occasion, while one-third of U.S. consumers order flowers for a beloved [sources: Roach, Andrews]. According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes will be sold; the association also reports that about 8 billion candy conversation hearts are made each year -- enough to stretch from Rome, Italy, to Valentine, Ariz., and back 20 times.
We may distribute hundreds of candy hearts with cute messages every February, but there's no reason why sharing what's in our heart can't be a year-round enterprise. With just a little bit of effort, you can have a romantic night any time of the year. And if your honey is sick of chocolates, flowers and greeting cards, a little non-Valentine's Day romance may be just what your relationship needs.