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 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.
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
This 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
This antique reproduction heart padlock really appeals to me even though I’m not sure what I’d use it for. Quirky and with a substantial period feel, it functions well as a padlock, although I wouldn’t rely on it to be a real security measure in the face of determined burglars. Perhaps it would be fun to use as a decorative lock on a chest or treasure box, or as a mild security precaution on a donation or gift box at a special event or a wedding.
The heart padlock measures 5” x 3” x3/4 “, is made of sturdy metal and some may have a slightly rusted finish. Antique Reproduction Heart Padlock with 2 Skeleton Keys costs $19.95 from Amazon.
Glass Christmas tree ornaments are a rare find these days. They are the stuff of nostalgic old-fashioned Christmas, from our grandmothers’ trees. They had probably all been broken before our childhoods, so fragile are they. But there’s no reason why we can’t aspire to those beautifully decorated trees of old with real glass ornaments and candles in holders… as long as we don’t have toddlers, cats or crazy dogs to knock Christmas trees over!
This gorgeous purple glass heart ornament is by Kitras who make a range of exquisite glass balls and hearts in all sorts of colors. Not cheap at $22 each but they are the kind of thing that you can give as a gift or collect over the years until you have a treeful by the time you have your own grandchildren!
Kitras 3-Inch Heart Shaped Glass Ornament, Purple available from Amazon costs $16.22 down from $22.
Crystal hearts have such a wonderful energy that they make great gifts for all sorts of occasions. Children love them – so think of them as stocking fillers, unusual party gifts or collectibles. Adults enjoy them too, so smooth and tactile and pretty to look at, so they would make unusual wedding favours and loving tokens of affection.
Crystal Age offers heart shapes in all sorts of different crystals, from rose quartz (pictured), to red jasper, orange carnelian, onyx, sodalite and many more. Each crystal has different energetic properties, so if you are interested in that aspect rather than just prettiness, read up on their qualities before making your selection.
These crystal hearts are available from Crystal Age, based in the UK and there is worldwide shipping available. Rose quartz hearts cost from £1.99 to £59.99 depending on size.
There’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.
Simple, elegant, bright and cheerful these heart decorations are exactly what I’d make myself for a friend’s Christmas present. Hand-made by the ladies of the Heartfelt project, they are full of love, just as if you’d made them yourself – giving the extra the joy of a hand-made gift.
To tell the truth, I’m a little nose out of joint here, as Heartfelt was the name I’d picked in the unlikely event that I actually got around to creating a business out of my own felt sewing projects. I never did and they have, so I wish them very well with their initiative and am glad that they have so many lovely products to be worthy of such a brilliant name!
Heartfelt are a community initiative in South Africa, creating employment in a poor rural area and bringing new skills to the community. They create all sorts of felt products besides these (think magnets, keyrings, toys and mobiles) so go and browse for inspiration if you are looking for a special and individual gift. The website has a proper shopping cart and converts prices into several international currencies, so makes online shopping very easy – a welcome change from so many small sites and a sign of an efficient business!
These felt heart decorations cost R29 (about $3.50)
I love finding unusual hand-made heart decorations and this one is a definite for my collection: bright colours, delicate detail and a lovely design that looks almost like embroidery. It measures 10cm (approx 4inches) across and is available in assorted colours and designs .
The painted heart comes from India, supplied by Fairtrade organisation The Little Feet Company. They donate 30% of their profits to social projects and orphanages in Central Vietnam and have strong links with that country. They are a UK-based website but have very reasonable postage rates worldwide.
This painted metal heart costs £5.00 (approx $8) from The Little Feet Company.