Heart Bowls of Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

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lindor-chocolate-trufflesA 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!

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Mountain Woods Artisan Acacia Wood Heart Shaped Bowl – 12.25″(L) x 10″(W) x 3″(H)

 

 

 
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Small Irish Pottery Serving Bowl Hand-Glazed Hand-Thrown in Ireland. Original Heart Shaped Design 6″ Diameter by 2″ Height with Celtic Spiral Motif

 

 
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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

Valentines Chocolates with The Personal Touch

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A box of luscious truffles may not be the most original Valentines gift there is, but it’s one that most of us chocoholics are very happy to receive!

If you are looking to add a personal touch to a classic romantic gift, then don’t just buy those ready-made, over-priced heart-shaped boxes, which usually have disappointingly few actual chocolates in them. Instead, buy regular packets of your beloved’s favourite truffles and decorate a heart-shaped box especially for her, to be filled to the brim with chocolate heaven.

Nothing says romance and real love like a box carefully decorated with photos or mementoes of your time together, or artfully collaged with tissue paper and lace. Best of all you can fit in far more chocolates than you’ll ever find in a standard branded Valentines heart box, and when it comes to truffles more is always more!

We suggest this Paper Mache Box-Heart 12″ from Darice via Amazon.com $8

To be filled with Lindt LINDOR Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles ,9.3 Ounce$5.43

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Lindt LINDOR Assorted Chocolate Truffles, 9.3 Ounce $5.81

 

For more than double the chocolate you’d get in a ready-packaged box and several dollars less in price.

Or go wild and get a whole box of Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles, 60 Count Box $19.99

I know that I’d go weak at the knees at the sight of so much chocolate, and even more so receiving a really thoughtful, personal gift and not something grabbed at the last minute from the store.

If you don’t have time to decorate a box, then what about a basket tied with ribbon and a hand-written label and photograph filled with chocolates? It’s the thought that counts and just a little care lavished on a special gift for a special person.

Simple Riverstone Heart from Haiti

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Riverstone heart HaitiWhen 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)

Heart Art

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Heart Art Creations fishThese 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.

heart-art-handsEach 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.

heart-art-postPrices range from $90 to $150  and hearts can be ordered directly from Heart Art Creations, highly recommended as romantic gifts for all occasions.

A Flower Meadow in a Heart of Glass

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glass heart paperweight with flowersA 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.

Colourful Hand Blown Glass Heart Earrings

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glass heart earringsThe rich vibrant colours of these gorgeous glass earrings are irresistible to me. So they wouldn’t suit a pastel person, but anyone who wears bright colours, or black with the odd accent of colour will love them. They are individually hand-made and hand-blown so each pair is slightly different.

Sterling silver earring hooks mean that though they are not expensive they remain very good quality. A lovely romantic gift for Valentine’s Day, or any other time of year for that matter. The earrings measure 1.6 inches in length and weigh just 4.1 g, (about 1/8 oz).

Sterling Silver Hand Blown Multi Color Heart Shape Glass Dangle Long Earrings 1.6” are excellent value, discounted from $40 to $9.99 at Amazon and come in a black velvet pouch.

Hand-carved Nativity Heart Ornament

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nativity heart ornamentThis beautiful olive wood ornament is a really unusual Christmas tree decoration and would make a wonderful gift. It’s made in Bethlehem out of local olive wood and is cleverly hand-carved into a 3D nativity scene, with the warm natural grain of the wood a big part of its attraction. Continue reading

Hand-made Millefiori Glass Heart Paperweight

millefiori-glass-heart-paperweightThere’s something eternal yet ephemeral about a glass heart paperweight – it can last unchanged forever or be shattered in an instant – the perfect symbolic love gift for Valentine’s Day!

This is a particularly pretty one with its millefiori detail and rich meadow colours. Bettter order it soon so it can be delivered in time if you plan it as a romantic gift!

Murano Design Mouth Blown Rainbow Heart Millefiori Art Glass Paperweight PW-1103 costs $38.50 from Tripact via Amazon.

 

Romantic Raw Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Golden-Spiral-Sacred-Heart-BarsIf your love is a vegan, a raw food health guru or organic devotee with a secret passion for chocolate, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!

Sacred Chocolate hearts are made from the purest raw chocolate, sweetened with healthy alternatives to cane sugar and retain all the super-food nutrients of cocoa. They come in a whole range of flavour varieties, each one hand-poured and hand-wrapped. The chocolate hearts aren’t huge, only 1.44oz each, but well worth it for a burst of pure chocolate guilt-free goodness!

I can’t think of a better gift for a romantic chocoholic – these certainly beat your average heart shaped box of ordinary candy hands down!
Raw Sacred Chocolate Amazonian Heart (1.44oz)available at $7.99 from Amazon, or order direct from Sacred Chocolate themselves.

Here’s a detailed review of the chocolate hearts if you want to know how the chocolate is packed for delivery and all the gen on the raw chocolate and health benefits.

Fairtrade Heart Bracelet of Recycled Paper Beads

Heart bracelet from recycled paper beadsSuch a pretty bracelet with its colorful beads and wire heart detail, that it hardly needs the added incentive that it’s also about as eco-friendly as it gets.

The beads are hand-made from recycled paper sealed with non-toxic lacquer, the wire is re-purposed, and the whole thing is made in a Fairtrade project by women in Kenya and Uganda. Beyond that for each bracelet purchased a donation goes to a Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. The ultimate in feel-good green living!

It would make a great little Christmas gift, perfect as a stocking stuffer or buy it for yourself. I’m tempted!

Buy directly from Acacia Creations for $14.50.

or if you prefer buying through Amazon, the same Recycled Paper Multi-Colored Heart Bead Bracelet is available there for $23.99.

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