28 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Food Lovers
From an avid home chef to a food-obsessed friend who’s always trying the newest hot spots, you’re sure to find something to please every kind of culinary whiz in our finely curated gift guide. For the ultimate in decadence, Charbonnel et Walker’s chocolate champagne truffles—a rich, tasty delight, in and of themselves—arrive in a beautiful pastel pink box with gold lettering on top. If your Valentine prefers baking and measuring over sautéing and searing, they’ll appreciate the effort you put into designing a custom cookie cutter: You can select an image, text, or shape that is meaningful to the two of you, complete with custom embossing or raised edges. For the significant other who is slightly fanatical about that perfect cup of coffee, try a delicious twist on the hard-working classic: Merlot Coffee. Aged to perfection in oak wine barrels, they’ll have trouble deciding what time of day this brew would be most appropriate. Why not both morning and evening? And, if your chosen one is more of a tea drinker, why not surprise her with an assortment of custom made heart-shaped sugar cubes? They are so pretty she may just have trouble deciding whether to use them or display them in a candy dish.
So you think your friend is the bee’s knees? Tell him that with an oversized bottle (each one is 13.5 ounces) of honey. And, no, this isn’t just any honey—it’s a raw wildflower honey from the Hudson Valley that’s been infused with sea salt. The delicious condiment will add an irresistible sweet and salty finish to toast, cheese, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, or even a standalone scoop of peanut butter (no judgments here!). Each bottle is handmade in small batches to guarantee quality and freshness. A spicy honey, peppered with chili, is also available for those who like a little more heat.
To Buy: $14; uncommongoods.com.
CucinaPro Heart Shaped Waffle Maker
There’s something special about Saturday morning breakfast as a family. Make that time together even sweeter by adding a heart-shaped waffle maker to your roster of kitchen appliances. The standard recipe or even a chocolate chip version will do just fine on most days, but may we suggest a red velvet version for Valentine’s Day? And why stop at breakfast? Use the gadget to create savory waffles and even grilled cheese, too. Six browning settings ensure each waffle is done to perfection, just the way you like it. When not in use, the waffle maker stands upright for easy storage.
To Buy: $40; crateandbarrel.com.
Farm Fresh Apple Pie Filling
Nothing says home like the smell of apple pie. Give the college student who’s away from home for the first time a jar of apple pie filling. Each jar contains crisp apples grown and harvested in upstate New York spiced with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cane sugar, and pure vanilla extract. All he’ll need to create a piping hot, fragrant, and utterly delicious pie is the crust—and we fully support the use of the frozen supermarket variety—and maybe some ice cream. Think of it as a Valentine’s Day dessert from you to him… and all of his dormmates.
To Buy: $22; uncommongoods.com.
Valentine Belgian Milk Hot Chocolate on a Stick
On a cold winter day, there are few things more satisfying than a rich, creamy cup of cocoa. Give your Valentine an excuse to indulge in a cup with this hot chocolate on a stick. Blocks of couverture chocolate are molded onto the end of a popsicle stick, and for a seasonal spin, each is studded with a conversation heart. To make cocoa, simply swirl one into a mug of steaming milk. Each pack contains three, so she can share with a friend or two—though, of course, we wouldn’t blame her if she kept them all to herself.
To Buy: $16; domino.com.
Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Presse
You may be married to your sparkling water, but one sip of this lightly scented soda and you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long to branch out from lemon-lime. The spritzer comes in an array of flavors (raspberry and rose, elderflower, and more), but we especially love the elderflower and rose for Valentine’s Day. Freshly picked elderflower, rose petal extract, elderflower juice, lemon juice are combined with carbonated water to create a flavorful bubbly beverage you’re not likely to find in the grocery store. Drink it alone—or mix it with a spirit, like gin or vodka, for a happy hour delight.
To Buy: $10; shopterrain.com.
Chocolate Truffle Hearts
Packaged in a beautiful vintage-inspired tin that honors the iconic Parisian chocolatier, Masion Boissier, these 16 aptly shaped chocolate truffles are a certain way to her heart. The tin is pretty enough to gift without any extra paper or bows, and doubles as a vessel for sewing supplies, tiny baubles, or other candies once empty—and, trust us, these decadent chocolate bites won’t last long. Alternatively, this makes a great option for dessert if you’re hosting a Galentine’s Day party. Simply set it out with some dessert wine, and you’re sure to end your night on the sweetest note possible.
To Buy: $22; food52.com.
American Girl Valentine’s Day Apron
For the budding chef, gift this bright red and white apron to keep her clothes tidy during even the most frenzied baking sessions. Wrap and gift the present first thing in the morning, and then spend the day together making sweet treats for the whole family or even the neighbors. There’s a matching version for both adults and dolls, so all three of you (yes, even the doll!) can get in on the fun. Roomy front pockets hold tools for tiny hands, and a Velcro tab ensures a comfortable fit. Includes a heat-resistant oven mitt, but we can’t help but recommend Mom or Dad handles that part.
To Buy: $30; williams-sonoma.com.
Chocolate Makin' Kit
Rather than splurge on a fancy dinner out this Valentine’s Day, settle in for a romantic evening at home. This chocolate making kit will help ensure an interactive experience and a sweet finish—all you need to do is plan the main course. Each box comes with all of the supplies to create 60 pieces of fine chocolate: a high-quality reusable silicone mold and organic ingredients, like Peruvian cocoa butter, Dominican Republic cocoa powder, raw crushed almonds, shredded coconut, and California honey (for a hint of sweetness in each bite). The artful packaging means this present is ready for gifting—no wrapping required.
To Buy: $79; ahalife.com.
Petrified Wood Serving Board
If she loves a meat and cheese plate paired with a glass of pinot at the end of a long day, consider this gorgeous serving board this Valentine’s Day. Each distinctive piece is sliced from natural, petrified wood that’s polished to create a glossy (and food safe!) display. Because of the natural material, each piece will vary slightly in color, shape, and even pattern, so her new serving board will be just as unique as she is. When not in use, leave this particular piece out—with an array of candles or a terrarium atop it, the board looks like an intentional piece of home dÃ©cor.
To Buy: $78; shopterrain.com.
Champagne & Strawberries Macaron Box
Treat your partner, friend, or even your boss to the quintessential French sweet this Valentine’s Day. This set of 12 features two flavors: fruity strawberry shortcake and sweet Champagne. Just enough frosting is sandwiched between two flaky almond flour cookies for a snack that’s hard to resist, no matter what time of day it is. If you’re hosting a dinner, the iridescent gold finish on the Champagne flavor and soft pink hue of the strawberry make these suitable for the dessert buffet. Or, consider packing each one in a clear individual cellophane bag as party favors.
To Buy: $31.50; domino.com.
If, somehow, the sampler box at your local convenience store just doesn’t seem like enough for him this year, treat your Valentine to a supersized—and incredibly unique—chocolate sampler this February 14. This tasting set if filled with decadent, small-batch cocoa treats… and shows up right on his doorstep a few days after your order is placed. Each box includes an 80 percent dark chocolate bar, chocolate covered graham crackers, a toffee chocolate bar, chocolate peppermint cookies, a maple bacon chocolate bar, a coconut and salted caramel bar, peppermint hot fudge sauce, and a dark milk organic chocolate bar. Chocolate whiskey is also available for an additional charge.
To Buy: $83.50; mouth.com.
Sweetheart Cookie Cutter & Message Stamp Set
Does anyone really like conversation hearts? We didn’t think so. This year, trade the chalky (and dangerously hard) candies for a homemade version that’s arguably even sweeter. This kit includes a heart-shaped cookie cutter as well as 14 different word stamps to imprint your own lovable messages (there’s up to 50 possible word combinations!). Simply insert the pegs of the stamp into the cutter, press down on the dough to create the shape, and then flip over to leave an imprint. The cutter comes with a matching lid to keep the whole set contained and easy to store.
To Buy: $8, surlatable.com.
Pineapple Measuring Cups
The year’s trendiest motif has officially made it’s way into the kitchen. These pineapple measuring cups are so adorable, they’ll earn a permanent place not in the cabinet, but right on the countertop. Though the cups are made from stainless steel and brass, a copper and gold finish ensures they look great on display. The smaller sized vessels—¼ cup, ⅓ cup, and ½ cup—nestle inside a one cup bowl that’s outfitted with a lid to keep all of the pieces contained. Retro lettering lets you know which measurement you have in your hand.
To Buy: $48; anthropologie.com.
The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude by Tia Keenan
If you’ve ever put together a cheese plate, you know it’s not as easy as plopping down a few blocks of gouda, brie, or blue cheese. The best ones are artfully arranged with an assortment of surprising accompaniments—jam, charcuterie, honey, and fruit. This book will guide him in not only choosing a pleasing selection of cheese (tasting notes included!), but also in making creative condiments to go with his favorites. If nothing else, the gorgeous photography serves as delicious eye candy, and will earn this nearly 200-page hardcover book a permanent spot on his coffee table.
To Buy: $22; amazon.com.
A workspace as artfully curated as hers deserves something more aesthetically pleasing than a plastic water bottle or paper cup. The lower half of this slim hourglass-shaped glass carafe is wrapped in gorgeous metallic gold leather that not only looks good, but also helps insulate the vessel. It’ll remind her to hydrate in between emails throughout the day. At home, the 30-ounce carafe will serve the whole family during dinner. At 10 inches high, the pitcher is large enough to hold nearly five standard glasses of water, but still fits in a standard cabinet for easy storage.
To Buy: $60; anthropologie.com.
Chocolate Champagne Truffles
For a gift that’s sure to impress her, opt for this circular box of truffles from world-renowned chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker. (The famed British manufacturer has been carefully crafting every piece of chocolate by hand from traditional recipes for nearly 150 years.) These “Pink Marc de Champagne” truffles are the chocolatier’s best-selling product, and it’s easy to see why: Each confection is filled with milk chocolate, butter, and a Marc de Champagne center, then dusted with a light coating of icing sugar. The gorgeous pink ballotin with gold lettering serves as a keepsake long after the contents are finished.
To Buy: $26; surlatable.com.
Constellation Pint Glass
Looking for a unique gift for your stargazing sweetheart? This etched pint glass is sure to appeal to his practical sensibilities, while also offering him entertainment at the same time. When he’s enjoying his next microbrew, he can also contemplate the stars—specifically, the summer sky in the Northern Hemisphere. At this price, you can even gift him with a set of four (or six, or eight…) so all of his buddies can harness their astronomy knowledge during his next poker night, too. Take note: This 16-ounce glass is designed and handmade in Boston, Massachusetts and only ships within the continental United States and Hawaii.
To Buy: $16; theuncommongreen.etsy.com.
Williams Sonoma Heart and Letter Cookies
These colorful sugar cookies are offered in both heart and letter shapes, for a sweet treat that’s sure to please. Each heart is frosted in red with either a white heart-patterned swirl trim or an alternating red or white dot pattern. The letters, meanwhile, are rectangular in shape, frosted in white, and trimmed with black piping and a tiny red heart seal. These delectable cookies are made with only the finest ingredients, including wheat flour, pure butter, and whole eggs. All 12 cookies, which each measure approximately three inches wide, are packaged in a cellophane bag and tied with a bright red ribbon.
To Buy: $25; williams-sonoma.com.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Here’s a unique twist on date night that’s sure to heat things up. This clever DIY kit arrives with everything you need to create up to six bottles of fiery hot sauce. Each box comes complete with a variety of spice packs (think cayenne, ancho and curry), two vinegars (apple cider and white), as well as brown sugar for touch of sweetness. You’ll also find six glass containers, blank bottle labels (to customize to your heart’s content), as well as a funnel, sterilizing solution, and a pair of gloves. Not to worry—a list of very detailed instructions is also included should you lose your way.
To Buy: $35; uncommongoods.com.
Make a Wish Measuring Spoon Set
For the dedicated cook who regularly serves you meals made with love, these handmade measuring spoons turn standard cooking utensils into a tool for infusing food with a little something extra. This set of four—made from nickel-plated zinc—offers a clever measurement-related sentiment on each handle, including “a dash of humor,” “a pinch of kindness,” “a spoonful of fun,” and “a heap of happiness”. All standard measurements (¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, one teaspoon, and one tablespoon) are included. The spoons are held together with an aluminum ring, and are stackable (helpful for your undoubtedly overloaded kitchen tool drawer), and dishwasher safe.
To Buy: $52; uncommongoods.com.
Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes
These adorable heart-shaped sugar cubes are almost too pretty to eat! Whether you order them for her to drop into her afternoon tea or present at her next dinner party, these sugar cubes are sure to delight. Each order contains 60 petite cubes, each of which equate to one-quarter teaspoon of sugar, in appealing shades of pink (“Parisian Pink”), purple (“Bashful Violet”), and white (“Winter White”). Though they have no expiration date, they should be stored away from light and moisture in a cool, dry place. Since each cube is handmade, orders must be placed before February 5th for delivery via USPS Priority Mail by Valentine’s Day.
To Buy: $19; sugarsbysharon.etsy.com.
When you’d really rather have wine for breakfast but know you have to wait until happy hour, turn to this unique blend for your morning pick-me-up. These distinctive Arabica beans are aged in oak wine barrels to infuse them with a subtle hint of everything you’d expect from a great merlot: fresh red berry flavors with an undertone of currants and blackberries. These beans are made in the heart of Virginia wine country and, although they are caffeinated, don’t contain any alcohol. Each 12-ounce bag holds more than enough beans to impress your favorite foodie Valentine for many mornings—and evenings—to come.
To Buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
Custom Cookie Cutter
In lieu of a greeting card this year, why not offer your sentiments on a custom cookie cutter? With your choice of shape, outline, text, image, or icon, this is the perfect gift for the Valentine who literally and figuratively seems to have everything. Made from PLA, a plastic derived from items like corn, potato, and tapioca, this cutter is food-safe and compostable, too. The seller can also add custom embossing or raised edges that will leave an imprint of a certain shape or icon, if you so desire. Your customized Valentine’s gift is only limited by your imagination and will surely leave them awed at the personal effort you put into it. And for a special bonus, expect some delicious treats shortly after this cutter is presented to your recipient! A win-win all around.
To Buy: $15; cookiecutterkingdom.etsy.com.
Date Night Taster
With this expertly curated gift bag from Mouth, your varied snacking needs (Popcorn for movie night? A plate of crackers with a fig jam accompaniment to put out on the coffee table during cocktail hour?) are all taken care of. They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so you can’t go wrong with this plentiful assortment for a romantic night in the comfort of your own living room. In this gift: A tasty bottle of red made by Bebame, a fruity and nutty thin-sliced cracker assortment, olive and parmesan tapenade, fig compote, truffle mini popcorn, a bag of Oregon cranberries, and—for the piece de resistance—an sea salt and hazelnut crunch bar.
To Buy: $96; mouth.com.
Le Creuset Stoneware Heart
From premium French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset comes this individual-sized stoneware heart—perfect for whipping up a single portion of chocolate soufflÃ© or a miniature potpie. Your love will undoubtedly be impressed by the fancifully shaped treat contained within. For a Valentine’s Day surprise for the whole family, why not order a set of these to serve during your special dinner or dessert? They can even be refrigerated, should someone’s eyes be bigger than their stomach. Each eight-ounce heart measures approximately seven inches by 6.5 inches and stands at four inches tall. Hand washing is recommended.
To Buy: $25; amazon.com.
Gummy Love Tasting Box
For the fancy foodie who turns her nose up at traditional, more mainstream candies, this tasting box from Sugarfina will surely strike her fancy. This eight-piece tasting box includes a sampling of all of the confectioner’s classic, cult candies: Champagne bears, apple frogs, spiced rum and cola, royal roses, Ice cream cones, and peach bellinis from Germany, as well as sugar lips and heavenly sours sourced right here in the United States. Approximately one ounce of each candy is included in this sampler box, and wrapping is offered at checkout for immediate gifting.
To Buy: $26; sugarfina.com.
Giant Gummy Bear
Almost too cute to eat, this giant affectionate candy cub will bring smiles to kids’ faces. Weighing in at one pound, the whole family can enjoy this lovable gummy treat all week long. Bonus: This snack is gluten-free, so even those with allergies can partake in the fun of devouring it. The monstrous candy is available in a wide array of flavors, including cherry, cherry cola, cola, fruity bubblegum, grape, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, raspberry, and sour apple. A word to the wise: You may want to consider booking your two annual dental cleanings immediately.
To Buy: $30, target.com.
We’ve found just the thing for your favorite whiskey connoisseur: a 200 milliliter flask of chocolate whiskey from Brooklyn-based Kings County Distillery. This intriguing pairing involves steeping Kings County moonshine with cacao husks leftover from Mast Brothers’ chocolate making for a luxe gift he’s sure to enjoy. Fun fact: In 2010, Kings County Distillery opened its first legal whiskey distillery in New York City since Prohibition. Having moved operations to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they now have enough space to grow a small amount of grain. Mast Brothers, Brooklyn’s own bean to bar artisanal chocolate pioneers, have amassed a cult following—and major industry clout—in just a short amount of years, too.
To Buy: $28; mouth.com.