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
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
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.
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.
Just looking at this pretty assortment of heart shaped buttons is enough to inspire a whole host of craft ideas, especially with spring in the air and Easter approaching.
Give them to the kids to make cards with, sew them onto your Easter bonnets, decorate clothes or make them into necklaces.
The buttons are made of wood, painted with a variety of patterns and measure about 2 cm / 0.8 inches across.
At $7.52 for a pack of 100 buttons they are inexpensive, cheerful and fun to use. YARUIE 2 Holes Assorted Pattern Heart Wood Sewing Buttons Scrapbooking Burlywood (Pack of 100) available from Amazon.
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
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
An original gift for a passionate baker, these heart shaped tins are perfect for baking a beautiful stacked heart cake for any romantic occasion.
For that matter what little girl wouldn’t love a fancy heart cake for her birthday cake. Imaginative bakers have even turned the heart around to construct elaborate shamrock cakes for St Patrick’s day, so there’s no end to the special occasions and holidays these cake pans could be used to celebrate.
Good quality aluminum pans from Wilton, these should last well and be a great addition to any keen baker’s collection. The set includes a 14 inch, a 12 inch, a 10 inch and a 6 inch pan, all measuring 2 inches deep.
Wilton Decorative Preferred 4-Piece Heart Pan Setcosts $34.89 for the set, down from $47.99, from Wilton via Amazon.
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.
Isn’t this the most beautiful chocolate heart you’ve ever seen? Perfect for winning the heart of a confirmed chocoholic, the whole thing is crafted from best quality Swiss chocolate, and the pattern and golden powder shimmer is edible.
Unlike most chocolate hearts I’ve seen, this is actually made of really good quality chocolate and filled with eight divine hand-made champagne truffles.
This chocolate heart is made in England, but can be delivered overseas, and costs £18.95 direct from Betty’s.
For a really detailed review check out Chocoblog’s post and see if you don’t crave these for yourself this Valentine’s Day!