This has to a totally unexpected gift for the romantic heart lover: a heart shaped birdbath hand-made in richly colored blown glass!
While it’s not exactly the sort of romantic keepsake to slip across the table at a candlelit dinner (at 10” by 9” of solid glass, it is a sizeable package), it will certainly make an impression! It comes with a pole to mount it on in the garden and would look stunning lit up in the sunlight with water rippling in it.
Each bird bath is hand made by a team of three at Island Art Glass on Whidbey Island Washington and comes in Cobalt Blue Citron green or Red. The blown glass heart birdbath costs $59.99 and is available through Made in Washington.
I usually go for bright, rich colors, but there’s something about this blown glass heart ornament that captivates with its delicate swirl of ethereal shades. Elegant and mysterious with a mermaid quality.
It is hand-made in Seattle, Washington, by local artisans and as an extra point of interest all the Glass Eye Studio ornaments contain ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens.
For Valentines Day they are offering a free blue velvet box with every heart ornament. Hand Blown glass heart ornament costs $24.99 from Glass Eye Studios through Made in Washington.
Gorgeous heart chocolates with satisfying truffle and praline fillings by Hotel Chocolat. I’m back to drooling over luscious chocolates again, and what better gift could there be for a chocoholic on Valentine’s Day or any time for that matter?!
These are stylishly packaged and have little love messages hidden under the chocolates, as well as a matching card for you to write in.
They have the look and feel of artisan chocolates and are definitely in the quality price range at $32 for the box of 12 chocolate hearts, direct from Hotel Chocolat.
If you want to know more about the flavours before you buy, check out this detailed chocolate review.
What could be simpler and more meaningful than a red wooden heart carved with your loved one’s name and a kiss? Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other time of year, they could also be used as Christmas ornaments – get one for each of you, and one each for the kids too.
These are individually carved and painted to order. There is a huge range of options including larger wooden message hearts, which can have a romantic message of 6-8 words painted on. There is also a pretty range that would make fantastic wedding favours. They all come from UK site Country Hearts.
The red wooden heart pictured measures 3 ½ inches or 8cm high and costs GBP 6.50, about $10. It’s worth noting that delivery charges outside the UK aren’t cheap, so you’d have to order several items for it to be worthwhile.
My inner teenager fell in love with this at first sight – a glitzy, bright, rainbow, chunky, in your face heart! I’ve always been a sucker for rainbows as well as hearts.
It’s hand-made in glittery resin and hangs from a 18” ball chain. The heart itself measures 1.5 x 2 inches, so is big enough to make an impression.
If your Valentine prefers bright and garish, tongue in cheek dash, over demure and tasteful elegance, this would be a great gift. Or buy it for yourself to cheer up those dull winter days.I’m sorely tempted.
Heart pendant costs $23 from Kim Ripley on Etsy
These gorgeous little cups and saucers by Yedi Houseware are so kitsch that they’re irresistible! Bright contrasting colours, gold edging and both the cup and saucer is heart-shaped. You don’t notice it so much in the picture, but when the cups are filled it is easy to see the outline of a heart inside the cup.Think a shot of espresso with a heart swirl of cream on top.
They are made from fine porcelain and come in a sturdy satin lined hatbox, so make a fine gift for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, especially if you know that your beloved adores quirky ceramics.
The cups are quite small, so just right for elegant tea parties, rather than satisfying thirst in a hurry. Whatever you do, don’t expect your man to drink out of them!
I really like the bright colours above. but the tea set also comes in feminine pink if you want to get really girly! And little girls would love these too at any time of year.
Yedi Houseware Inside Out Heart Cups and Saucers, Set of 6 costs $44.50 from Amazon
If you love baking this heart shaped cake pan is one piece of kitchenware you can’t be without at this time of year.
Whether you are baking a cake for your kids on Valentine’s Day or spoiling your beloved with a romantic meal, hearts are essential. While you may not use it as often as your regular cake pans, a heart pan is worth having in your baking drawer for birthdays and special occasions too.
This pan by Wilton measures 9” across and has a good non-stick coating. It could even make a practical and original Valentine’s gift – fill it with chocolates, or perhaps cake decoration flowers for the baker in your life!
Wilton Excelle Elite 9-Inch Heart Pan costs $13.99 from Amazon
Cute heart shape, groovy colors, these hand-made ceramic buttons are irresistible. Don’t think of them just in terms of sewing and knitting. There’s so much more you can do with buttons this pretty!
How about stringing a few of them into a necklace?
Or sewing one into the center of textured hand-made paper for an individual Valentine’s Day card?
Giving them to the kids for Valentine’s Day crafts, or using them to make an unusual tie for a special package?
There are many more colors and designs to choose from and you can even commission your own bespoke buttons if you don’t find exactly what you want. They are hand made in the UK, shipped worldwide.
These heart buttons pictured cost GBP 1.20 each from The Queen of Buttons.
I love the simplicity of this little carved wooden box and its stylish red and black color scheme. It’s made from seasoned Linden wood in the Tatra mountains of Poland and carved and decorated in traditional style by artisans there.
Just under three inches across it is the perfect little treasure to give as a romantic gift with a little keepsake inside. The top swivels open to reveal a little round hollow just big enough to hold a ring, pendant, lucky charm or whatever takes your fancy.
Little girls would love these too, so it you want to surprise a dear daughter, granddaughter or niece on Valentine’s Day this would be just the thing.
Heart Swivel Box Hand Carved Wood costs $8.90 from Amazon
Christmas ornaments aren’t the first thing you’d think of to give on Valentine’s Day, but this gorgeous paisley hand-crafted heart ornament is a collector’s piece and for someone who really loves real, old-fashioned, glass ornaments it would be a perfect choice.
It’s hand-made and decorated by Reed & Barton’s skilled artisans renowned for their beautiful quality and attention to detail. It measures 5.8 inches across and comes in a sturdy and elegant gift box to keep it safe in between holiday seasons.
This isn’t something for a family full of young kids or with pets that love playing with Christmas trees, but would be treasured by those loving old world style and beauty. Even better, by buying out of season you get a much better price, making it affordable when it might usually be out of reach.
Reed & Barton Red Paisley Heart Blown Glass, Christmas Ornamentcurrently costs $39.55 down from $69, from Reed and Barton through Amazon.