There is something appealing about the intricate and detailed work that goes into beading. It conjures up visions of careful hand work, created with love… and that’s what you want for a special gift for your loved one – something that has love in its fabric.
This bead heart comes from Streetwires in Cape Town, South Africa, a group of artisans working with beads and wire to create everything from small bead pieces to huge works of bead art.
This bead heart doesn’t seem to be currently available from their US stockist, Global Goods Partners (though they do have some other gorgeous bead keychains, ornaments and earrings). It would be worth enquiring from them whether they can get hold of some heart keychains for you, or else place an order directly with Streetwires, though they may need you to order a certain minimum amount.
If your love loves chocolate and a bit of art deco, these fun heart truffles from Olde Naples Chocolate should be just the thing for Valentine’s Day.
Each box hold nine truffles decorated in various cool patterns. They are hand-made rich dark chocolate, the real thing, with espresso, raspberry, chocolate or orange truffle centers.
The box is red, of course, the color of passion. But these would be great at any time of the year – who says you have to wait for Valentine’s Day to give chocolate or love hearts – I want these now!
Heart Shaped Truffle Assortment – 9 chocolate truffles for Mother’s Day, Valentines Day costs $16 from Amazon
How about these cute heart paperclips for a fun idea. Adding a touch of kitsch whimsy to wedding invitations, or kids birthday party invites, or to take to school on Valentine’s day and share with all your friends, there are endless ways to use them.
Maybe you could even clip them together for a heart necklace! They come in a box of 50 mixed pink and red and are about 1” long.
Tip: Add them into a larger order on Amazon so you get free delivery or the shipping will make them less than affordable.
Kikkerland Heart Paper Clips, Box of 50, Pink/Red (PC14) costs $5.99 from Amazon
Chocolates are the quickest way to my heart – and I know I’m not the only woman who can’t resist good, dark chocolate. When it comes to artisan made chocolates and truffles I’m a pushover.
These hand-made chocolates from Heart of Chocolates, or Coeur des Chocolats, just had to be included on the site, even though only one of them (the passion fruit) is heart shaped. Each one is a work of art, so beautiful it has to taste fabulous!
Those lucky enough to live nearby in San Francisco can buy direct or in several of the retail stockists, but the chocolates can be shopped anywhere in the US. Individual chocolates can be ordered as wedding favors and they can be bought wholesale or for corporate gifts. But this box will do me fine for now, thanks!
This gift box of 24 chocolates (100g) costs $42.
This heart mobile comes from the heart of South Africa, from a company building a ‘Love Foundation’ –empowering its artists and crafters and raising funds for community projects at the same time.
If you want a gift that gives to others as well as to your beloved, then choosing one of their heart gifts automatically donates 10% of the price to a community fund supporting underprivileged families and children in the area of George, on South Africa’s Garden Route.
The traditional Zulu wire work and bead design would look great anywhere in the world!
Costs $34.12 from Giveaheart
I love the bright colors and quirky romance of this hand-painted metal garden sculpture – I know it would look great in my herb garden and it would make a great romantic gift for anyone else who loves growing things.
It is hand-made by Judie Bomberger, artist renowned for her collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and her classic Beatles metal sculptures, painted in strong and joyful colors and finished with a weather resistant clear coat, so should look great for years whatever the weather. The sculpture is 11” high, atop a 16” stake.
How about combining this with a really beautiful potted plant, or several, to romance your gardening sweetheart?
Costs $74.95 from Wind and Weather.
Here’s something for a really special Valentine’s Day gift – a hand-made crystal sculptural bowl by the Swedish glass artist Mats Jonasson.
The deep red wine color and beautiful hand-etched hearts make it a romantic gift for someone who loves beautiful things for the home. She (or he) can light a candle in this bowl, admire the glowing color and think of you!
It’s quite small, just 5.5 inches wide so perfect to display on a night-stand or mantelpiece.
Currently costs $81 down from $94 at Jata Shop
If you have the patience for slightly tricksy cookie cutters this might be for you. Rather more elaborate than the plain heart cookie cutters it gives you a hand shape with the heart cut out of the middle. The hand is about the size of a 7 year old child’s and this is the age that the cookies are likely to appeal to… but don’t expect them to be cutting the cookies all by themselves, as the fingers are quite easy to break if the cutter sticks to the dough.
Another thing to watch out for is the uneven cooking of the cookies as the finger tips tend to brown before the main areas of the hand, so the dough must be rolled out very evenly to get a good result. But a fun idea all the same! Here is what the resulting cookies look like
R & M Heart in Hand Cookie Cutter costs $6.99 from Amazon.