Valentines Chocolates with The Personal Touch

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A box of luscious truffles may not be the most original Valentines gift there is, but it’s one that most of us chocoholics are very happy to receive!

If you are looking to add a personal touch to a classic romantic gift, then don’t just buy those ready-made, over-priced heart-shaped boxes, which usually have disappointingly few actual chocolates in them. Instead, buy regular packets of your beloved’s favourite truffles and decorate a heart-shaped box especially for her, to be filled to the brim with chocolate heaven.

Nothing says romance and real love like a box carefully decorated with photos or mementoes of your time together, or artfully collaged with tissue paper and lace. Best of all you can fit in far more chocolates than you’ll ever find in a standard branded Valentines heart box, and when it comes to truffles more is always more!

We suggest this Paper Mache Box-Heart 12″ from Darice via Amazon.com $8

To be filled with Lindt LINDOR Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles ,9.3 Ounce$5.43

AND…

 

Lindt LINDOR Assorted Chocolate Truffles, 9.3 Ounce $5.81

 

For more than double the chocolate you’d get in a ready-packaged box and several dollars less in price.

Or go wild and get a whole box of Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles, 60 Count Box $19.99

I know that I’d go weak at the knees at the sight of so much chocolate, and even more so receiving a really thoughtful, personal gift and not something grabbed at the last minute from the store.

If you don’t have time to decorate a box, then what about a basket tied with ribbon and a hand-written label and photograph filled with chocolates? It’s the thought that counts and just a little care lavished on a special gift for a special person.

Simple Riverstone Heart from Haiti

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Riverstone heart HaitiWhen you want a meaningful memento for your loved one, sometimes that pebble picked up on the shore or a piece of sculpted driftwood means more than anything bought could do. But if you haven’t happened on anything awesome on your strolls together this gorgeously simple riverstone heart could be just the thing.

It’s hand-crafted in Haiti by artisans as part of the hand-Eye Fund, supporting artisans there since the 2010 earthquake. The heart measure just 5 cm and is the perfect smooth feel-good shape to have in your pocket or on your desk to remind you of your beloved.

The riverstone heart costs $7 directly from the Greenheart Shop (free shipping on orders over $75: $5.95 flat rate shipping on other orders)

Glass Heart Bottle For Creative Favors

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glass heart jarThis cute little heart-shaped glass bottle could be used for so many things. Fill it with jelly beans for kids’ Valentine’s Day favors; glass beads and jewellery thread for a fun birthday gift; or use it to hold flowers at every place at a wedding reception. It’s only small, measuring 3.25 inches, so the cuteness factor probably outweighs the usefulness, but cute generally wins out for wedding and party favors anyway.

At only $2.25 each the heart glass bottles are very affordable and a great boost to creative ideas for all sorts of gifts. I’m thinking of using them for little Christmas jars of preserves, lemon curd or marmalade, once I’ve worked out a way of sealing them properly.

Heart Shaped Glass Jar Favor Bottle with Cork 3.25″, 1-pack is available from Amazon. Delivery costs more than the bottle itself, so it makes sense to order a whole bunch, or make it part of another order.

Heart Art

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Heart Art Creations fishThese wonderfully quirky art pieces are hand-crafted in New York. In fact they say they are the heart of New York. Just the right size to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, they are expressions of love in all sorts of weird, wacky and romantic ways.

heart-art-handsEach heart measures about 5 inches across and are molded from wood pulp water putty and New York water, then each is decorated and transformed into an individual piece of art. There are countless designs and many more beyond those on their website, so go and have a look for yourself.

heart-art-postPrices range from $90 to $150  and hearts can be ordered directly from Heart Art Creations, highly recommended as romantic gifts for all occasions.

Stanley Sweetheart Chisels

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Stanley Sweetheart chisel setA romantic gift for a guy can be hard to find, especially if he’s not really into all the soppy heart stuff. But if you want to smuggle that heart touch of romance into a really practical gift that he’ll appreciate (if he’s a woodworking type), this set of chisels from Stanley might be just the job.

It’s a good quality version of a classic design, (the Sweetheart series, see the subtle romantic allusion!) with hornbeam wood handles and high carbon chromium steel. And for the romantic in you there is a heart shaped logo on the handle!

stanley sweetheart logoStanley 16-791 Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisel 4 Piece Setis a set of four chisels that currently costs $97.94, down from $158.60 at Amazon. A bargain for the quality!

Pretty Wood Heart Buttons

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wood heart buttonsJust looking at this pretty assortment of heart shaped buttons is enough to inspire a whole host of craft ideas, especially with spring in the air and Easter approaching.

Give them to the kids to make cards with, sew them onto your Easter bonnets, decorate clothes or make them into necklaces.

The buttons are made of wood, painted with a variety of patterns and measure about 2 cm / 0.8 inches across.

At $7.52 for a pack of 100 buttons they are inexpensive, cheerful and fun to use. YARUIE 2 Holes Assorted Pattern Heart Wood Sewing Buttons Scrapbooking Burlywood (Pack of 100) available from Amazon.

Heart Patterned Rubber Duck

rubber duck with heartsFrom the sublime to the ridiculous, but if you want a cute and funny love gift for Easter, why not?!

Rubber ducks always appeal to the child in us, as do little red hearts, so this is bound to be a winner, especially if you package it up with some good quality chocolate eggs, or any good chocolate for that matter.

This Bath Duck – Love Duck White is a steal at $3.99 from Underground Kulture via Amazon.

A Pewter Egg Charm with a Heart

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pewter-heart-keychainIf you are looking for an Easter gift that is just a little different for your beloved, why not get a pewter Easter egg, with a tiny pewter heart inside? Unusual yes, but pewter is such a good quality, enduring material and here it’s designed as a little keychain locket, so it is something that he or she can have with them every single day to remind them of you!

Emily Rosenfeld designs intricate little pewter charms and keychains that she says are made with joy. The heart is to remind you of what is precious in life. As well as the heart egg keychain there is an angel one with a feather inside to remind you of everyday miracles. The egg measures just 3/4 inch.

The Heart Egg Locket Keychain is available  from Amazon where it costs $29.99, or buy directly from Emily Rosenfeld.

Heart Chalkboard Stickers

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chalkboard-heart-stickersIf you’re putting together a last minute Valentine’s Day event for kids or adults, these chalkboard stickers in a heart shape would be a fun way of adding a crafty touch of romance.

Use them for labeling glasses, place names or goody bags and write whatever suits the occasion. They wipe clean and can be used again and again. Perhaps they could be the basis of a party game.

Each sticker measures 3″x2.5″ and there are 12 in the set.

Heart Chalk Labels – 12 Chalkboard Labels Hearts – Chalkboard Stickers for Organizing, Weddings and Morecost $10.95 from The Vinyl Wall via Amazon and can be delivered next day, so there’s still time!

Baci Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

baci-chocolatesBaci is the Italian word for kisses. These delicious Italian chocolates are like extravagant kisses of chocolate and hazelnut, and are terribly moreish. Any chocolate devotee who has ever been to Italy will have fond memories of these. Each chocolate is wrapped in foil with a little love note or quotation for that extra romantic touch.

If you’re wondering which chocolates to give on Valentine’s Day and your beloved likes Italian dark chocolate and nuts then Baci are the perfect choice.

This box of Perugina Baci Finest Italian Chocolates 14.1 oz, 28 pieces costs $17.99 from Perugina via Amazon.

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