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
When 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)
This 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.
These 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.
Each 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.
Prices range from $90 to $150 and hearts can be ordered directly from Heart Art Creations, highly recommended as romantic gifts for all occasions.
A 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 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!
From 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.
Baci 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.
A beautiful field of flowers encased in solid glass, this exquisite paperweight is made by renowned Canadian glass artist, Robert Held. If you’re looking for something pretty and long-lasting to give your loved one on Valentine’s Day, perhaps this would appeal.
The heart paperweight measures 3 inches across and 2.5 inches high and is a quality example of the glass blowers art.
Glass Meadow Heart Paperweight Lg
costs $65 from Robert Held via Amazon.
If you make the ordinary things in life pretty, life certainly looks a whole lot more cheerful. The humble sink strainer gets a welcome touch of whimsy with this cute enamel heart finish. Perfect for a useful gift, a decorative house-warming present, or just for a heart-themed kitchen.
The fun kitchen sink strainers are made in the USA by a mother and daughter team and the heart is crafted from enamel over lead-free pewter, so is sturdy and long lasting. The rubber base fits most kitchen sinks. They are not particularly cheap, but are all the more appreciated as gifts.
Enamel Kitchen Strainer Red Heartcosts $27.99 from Amazon via Billy Joe Homewares. (edited 2014 – now only $16.95)
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