Handmade gifts from the heart are more meaningful, but cutting edge gifts may be better conversation pieces.

MakerBot, the 3-D printing manufacturer, gives your Valentine the luxury of both worlds. Since January, its retail stores have hosted Make Your Own Valentine events. It's a way to teach the everyday consumer how to use a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, a device that many manufacturers, artists and architects have already discovered. Now, these MakerBot classes are schooling the everyday consumer -- and children -- on the basics of 3-D design. 

An Entrepreneur editor visits the MakerBot store in Soho, in a quest to create the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

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V-Day for Techies: 3-D Print Your Valentine's Gift
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