A heart shaped box of candy is something of a Valentine’s Day cliché.. isn’t it? Nothing wrong with that, especially if they are your favorite chocolates, but there is usually more cardboard than chocolates, so despite the good intentions they can be rather disappointing and look less than generous.
So what to do?
Add just a little imagination to the gift selection… Why not buy your beloved’s favourite candy in the regular, much cheaper packaging, get much more of it, and fill a beautiful heart-shaped bowl with it?
There are lots of gorgeous bowls that make perfect gifts and filled with every chocoholics favourite LindOr they are bound to win hearts, as well as making a gift that lasts beyond the last foil wrapper.
Here are just a few suggestions of heart-shaped bowls that would be welcome gifts even without the chocolate inside!
Mountain Woods Artisan Acacia Wood Heart Shaped Bowl – 12.25″(L) x 10″(W) x 3″(H)
Small Irish Pottery Serving Bowl Hand-Glazed Hand-Thrown in Ireland. Original Heart Shaped Design 6″ Diameter by 2″ Height with Celtic Spiral Motif
7-Inch Ceramic Heart Shaped Fruit / Cereal Bowl, Red
Forget about the healthy cereal in this one.. fill it with heart-shopping dark chocolate truffles to really make a statement!
And unless you have some luscious hand-made chocolates in mind, these are the ones to win any chocoholic’s heart!
Lindt LINDOR Truffles 6-Flavor Variety: One 1 lb Assorted Bag of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, 60% Extra Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, and Hazelnut Milk Chocolate in a Gift Box
Bright and verging on retro kitsch, you’ll either love or loathe these cheerful salt and pepper shakers by Romero Britto.
Personally I think they’re great, but I’m not sure how functional they actually are. Get them as a gift for someone who loves the quirkiness of Romero Britto, or buy them for yourself as an eye-catching display piece for your kitchen shelves.
The price is irresistible too, down to $14.35 from $59.86 on Amazon via the BT group, so great for some last minute, budget-friendly Christmas shopping!
New Romero Britto Heart Salt & Pepper Shaker Set SAVE Ceramic Giftcraft Kitchen
A lovely ornament for a grown-up Christmas tree, this delicate heart ornament is made from porcelain with a beautiful rose molded in white in the best Wedgewood tradition.
Created as part of their annual Christmas collection to raise funds to help cure breast cancer, it serves as a beautiful remembrance piece, or a badge of honour to survivors of breast cancer.
The heart ornament measure 3 inches across and is delicate enough to hang from the branches of the tree, preferably out of reach of playful cats and kids!
There is just one left at the discounted price of $19.95 on Amazon through Flying Pigs Gift Shop. Wedgwood by Waterford BreastCancer.Org Heart Ornament, Pink/White
For the eco-warrior who still loves a dash of glitz, these heart pins made from recycled glass and pottery would make a great little gift.
Artist Nicole Whitney of Paloma Pottery collects broken glass and re-purposes it into a wonderful range of jewellery and household items. The glass almost has the look of a crystal geode with its multifaceted reflection of light.
Perfect as a stocking stuffer or a lovely romantic gift, the heart pins come in various colours from amethyst to forest green and measure 1” by 1”. I love the extra green touch of a selection of packaging options, from zero waste, through biodegradable low-impact packaging, up to gift wrap.
Each recycled glass heart pin costs $14.50 directly from Paloma Pottery.
In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’ve chosen something really beautiful, and unattainable for most of us – a gorgeous ceramic decorative plate by South African-based artist Ruan Hoffman. It’s a one-off piece exclusively available from the art gallery of Anthropologie and costing a mere $498 – but free for all of us to look at!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you…. and don’t forget that hearts and romance are for all year round…. not just this one day of the year. xxxx
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
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.
Bright colors, funky design and hearts, hearts, hearts! This teapot would make a fantastic centerpiece for any tea-table or dresser.
Some might collect it as a decorative piece, but it’s totally functional and even pours well!
Bold and beautiful, it is a classic Romero Britto ceramic piece with loads of whimsical details and would make a great gift for a loved one who collects ceramics, either for Christmas or for Valentine’s Day.
New Romero Britto Teapot Square Heart Ceramic Dolomite currently costs $46, down from $101.97 at Amazon.