For 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
I 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.
I’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
Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for your beloved?
These gorgeous heart crystals would be perfect! Each one is an energy filled crystal, carved into a heart shape and glowing with colour.
The selection of stones is chosen to resonate with the chakras, so there is red jasper for the root chakra, orange aventurine for the sacral chakra, jasper, lapis lazuli, sodalite and amethyst and so on.
Whether you want to use them for chakra balancing, reiki, or just to enjoy because they are so pretty, they make a really meaningful gift under the tree or in a stocking!
7 CHAKRA HEART STONES w/ Heart Chakra Pouch ~ Jasper, Aventurine, Lapis Lazuli, & Amethyst cost $25.01 from Amazon and there is still just time to get them delivered for Christmas.
Bright gaudy colours, endearing polka dot design, this glass heart platter would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves entertaining or just presenting food beautifully. It’s almost a shame to cover up the heart with food, so I can also see it taking pride of place on the coffee table, even with no snacks in sight.
Created by Lori Siebert, glass artist, the platter is made with layers of colored glass fused together for a stunning effect.
The Heart Rectangle Glass Fusion Platter by Lori Siebert currently costs $32.95 from Amazon and there is only one left, so get ahead with your Christmas gift list if you know someone who would love it!
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.
I’ve loved these gorgeous glass hearts, ever since I first saw them. There’s something about the solid, smooth weight of glass in the hand, the brilliant colours and the fact that they’re hand-made and each one is different.
Artisan-made pieces usually aren’t cheap…. so I was stunned when I saw that this one is currently hugely discounted on Amazon. It’s advertised at $13.99 down from $111.00 at the moment, so if you’ve been longing for one, but have held off because of the price, now’s the time!
Or get ahead of yourself and buy your Valentine’s Day gift now! Mind you, I’d not say ‘No’ to this for a Christmas gift either!
Hand Glass Art Colorful Rainbow Striped Heart Paperweight PW-6141
Berg cypress with natural hand-carved hearts
If you’re looking for a loving gift for an eco-warrior, what better than a tree? And a tree hung with natural hand carved hearts from a sustainable source gets even more romantic green stars!
These trees come from Heart Wood, a South African tree gifting company, who have gone all the way to make sure that this is a truly green gift, with recycled packaging, indigenous tree choices and loads of love put into the whole concept.
Love the idea but you’re not in South Africa? Try Tree2myDoor, a tree gifting company who deliver special trees as wedding gifts, Valentines gifts and more in the UK.
And in the US you can send gift boxed trees and bushes of various indigenous and exotic species from Colorado spruce to Ginkgo tree.
Assegai tree with hand-painted red hearts
If these little trees don’t make a big enough statement for you, how about buying an indigenous large tree from a specialist nursery. These can be any size up to about 3m tall or larger if you choose. Hang the tree of your choice with hearts and have it delivered to her door. Make sure you’re there to help plant it though, otherwise the romantic gesture might not go down all that well. Better still hire the tree planting service to do all the planting and maintenance of the tree.
If you’re looking for a gift that a teenage girl will treasure, how about this one-year diary with rich heart design bejeweled cover?
The gorgeous colors and design of the diary add warmth and importance to the secret thoughts and desires she might write inside its covers and two keys keep the contents private (note to moms – it’s not OK to keep the second key for yourself, however tempting!!).
It’s made by CR Gibson who produce quality stationery and measures 7 x 5 inches with dated pages, 2 days to a page. The diary matches this beaded heart notebook, so they could both be given as a set.
C.R. Gibson Bejeweled Heart One Year Diary (D1-7822) costs $14.10 from Amazon
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.