Pretty Blown Glass Heart Beads

blown glass heart shaped beadsPretty, hand-made, affordable and individual, these blown glass beads are full of possibilities: as little Valentine’s gifts for kids, craft materials to make your own heart jewelry, Valentine’s party favors , the list is as long as your imagination!

The heart beads measure 16mm or 2/3 inch across and come in packs of 5. With the feel of Venetian glass their rich swirls of colour and gold are perfect for making inexpensive gifts that don’t look cheap!

If you are giving them to your kids to give out at school, just make sure that their friends know they are glass beads not candy! Perhaps it would be a good idea to string each one onto red ribbon or gold thread to make little pendants and avoid confusion!

16mm Red with Gold Foil Small Heart Blown Glass Beadspacket of 5 beads costs $3.99 from Goody Beads through Amazon

Olive Wood Heart Paperweight Made By West Bank Artisan

sustainable olive wood heartWooden hearts have their own special feel, warm and smooth, with the wonderful grain of the natural wood to trace your fingers around. This beautiful heart paperweight is made from sustainable olive wood by a Palestinian West Bank artisan. Sourced by Green Heart, it is ethically produced and traded, so makes a perfect Valentine’s gift for the eco-conscious man or woman.

The heart paperweight is quite small, 3 inches across, but perfect to hold in your hand, so it really doesn’t have to function as a paperweight, just as a carefully crafted piece of natural beauty!

The olive wood heart costs $21.95 from Green Heart.

Milk Chocolate Heart For Your Sweetheart

Lindt milk chocolate heartYoung girls like to feel special on Valentine’s Day too, so if you have daughters with a good taste in chocolate how about this simple but special Lindt milk chocolate heart.

It contains 100g / 3.5oz of quality milk chocolate and it’s packaged in a way that shows its class, red and gold, so would be a great Valentines token or favor for grown girls too!

Valentine’s Milk Chocolate Heart costs $7 from Amazon or $10 for two.

Gourmet French Chocolate Hearts in Mahogany Box

Gourmet French chocolate heartsIf money is no object and gourmet chocolate the way to your beloved’s heart, then this has to be the ultimate in Valentine’s gifts!

A beautifully hand crafted mahogany box inlaid with a golden heart, and filled with hand-made gourmet chocolates shipped direct from France. The twelve sensuous heart shaped chocolates are made by a master French chocolatier, Pascal Caffet, from purest cocoa butter and are the ultimate in chocolate sensation.

The great thing is that even after all the chocolate is gone (sob!) she is left with a beautiful mahogany box as a memento, which can be personalized with a message on its brass plaque…and filled up again from time to time. If you really want to spoil her, perhaps a monthly standing order refill package of these special chocolates would be the way to win her heart!

Buy direct from zChocolat in France at just under $100 plus shipping for this wooden box of 12 heart chocolates, or check out the rest of the range of hand-made heart shaped chocolates.

You can also buy 12 pcs Brown Mahogany Chocolate Box Carved With A Golden Heart through Amazon if you prefer.

Edited to add: Here is an excellent and recent unbiased review of a similar zChocolat box with more pics if you want to make sure exactly what you are getting for your money!

Valentine’s Day Chocolates in Heart Tin

Doves chocolates in heart tinFor maximum impact on a small budget, these Valentine’s Day chocolates stand out.

Packaged in a swirly heart-shaped tin are a selection of Dove’s Silky Smooth collection of chocolates. These are good value for money but the question is whether your beloved is a chocolate snob or just appreciates chocolate in any form?

If she loves gourmet chocolate you’re better off spending the money on a couple of bars of really great quality chocolate. If she just has a sweet tooth, then this could be the perfect combination of romance and candy. Check out this chocolate review for more insight into the contents of the tin.

These heart shaped tins tend only to be available around Valentine’s Day. The rest of the year you have to be content with the ordinary gift boxes.

Dove Valentine’s Silky Smooth Select Chocolates, 8.13-Ounce Heart Tin costs $13.83 from Amazon.

Silky Smooth Dove Milk & Dark Chocolate Promises Collection 35 Oz Gift Boxcosts $23.45

Soft Merino Felt Heart Ornaments

red and purple felt heartsI love the depth of colour in these gorgeous felt heart ornaments: purple, pink and red make for a richness that almost glows from teh picture..

Hand felted from soft merino wool and decorated with red silk fibres, these felt heart ornaments make wonderful gifts for anyone you love. I can see them as Christmas tree ornaments or decorations for a child’s room, as favors for a Valentine’s Day party or as a little gift for a treasured daughter on Valentine’s Day.

They measure 2 inches across and come as a set of two which costs 7.50 euros or approx $10 from Namenia Felt on Etsy. Bear in mind they have to be shipped from the Netherlands, so order early to get them in time.

Handcrafted Heart Wine Glass Charms

Hand made heart wine glass charmsI guess I’m slow to catch on, as I first thought that these wine charms were to hang on the bottle neck…duh!

They’re a brilliant idea to clip onto your wine glass at a party or gathering so that you know which glass is yours. All that inadvertent swapping of grape varieties (and germs!) is over, as you just clip one of these pretty glass hearts to your glass to claim it for the duration.

If you’re throwing a Valentine’s party these glass charms would be perfect party favors – your guests could use them for the party and take them home afterwards. Or get them as a stocking stuffer or a useful gift for your partner… maybe not the most romantic of gifts, but useful and pretty are good too!

These Heart Shaped Art Glass Wine Charms Set of 6 cost $12.99 from Amazon

Hand Painted Heart Wine Glass – Collector’s Item or Kitsch?

Hand painted wine glassI’m not sure if I love or loathe the idea of this intricately decorated wine glass! It’s gorgeous in its detail and sparkliness, but then I’ve always thought of wine glasses as clear crystal, the better to admire the ruby depths of the vintage! So I guess it depends if you are wine snob or tongue in cheek kitsch collector of gorgeousness!

If your beloved is a wine lover that doesn’t take him or herself too seriously, this could be a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.

There are a whole series of different designs, all hand-painted by the Santa Barbara Design Studio and designed by Lolita Yancey. They come in a gift box and have a unique wine cooler recipe hand painted on the base.

Who knows, this could be the start of a brand new tradition and collection for you and your partner!

This Lolita Love My Wine Glass, Silver Lining costs $25.97 from Amazon

Orange Flower in Hand Blown Glass Heart

hand blown glass heartI hope your heart isn’t breaking in the lead up to Valentine’s Day! Hearts are at once strong and fragile, so it’s no wonder that hand blown glass hearts are so popular as romantic gifts on this occasion. Maybe its the heavy feel of solid glass in the hand, or the coolness of glass against a fevered brow, but glass is something that says forever like nothing else.

I love the orange flower suspended in the middle of this particular glass paperweight. It’s hand blown Murano glass, so each one is slightly different built up in careful layers with bubbles of air to add texture and interest.

This Hand Blown Glass Orange Flower Heart Glass Paperweight  currently only costs $24.50 reduced by 80% from Amazon, so makes a very affordable quality Valentines’ Day gift.

More hand blown glass heart paperweights on Red Velvet Heart.

Cherrywood Heart Jewelry Box For Loving Keepsakes

cherry wood heart jewelry boxThis would be a gorgeous little gift to find under the tree at Christmas. Silky smooth cherrywood, carved into a heart shape and lovingly shaped to contain keepsakes from your beloved.

It is even small enough to fit in a stocking if you are looking for last minute ideas… and it’s not too late to get it delivered for Christmas if you order today!

The perfect gift for anyone who loves natural materials, it is made in the USA from sustainable wood and finished with organic jojoba wax – a great green gift!

Cherry Wood Heart Jewelry Box, 1.25 Inches Deep costs $22 from Amazon

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