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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.

Heart Patterned Rubber Duck

rubber duck with heartsFrom 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.

Heart Salt and Pepper Shakers from Romero Britto

Romero Britto salt and pepper shakersBright 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

Antique Style Heart Padlock

antique heart padlockThis 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.

Darth Vader Heart Chocolate Box

darth vader heart chocolate boxI had to include this heart chocolate box just because it is so bizarre. Hearts are all about romance, so how on earth does Darth Vader get to be cover boy on a box of Valentine’s day chocs?!

Darth Vader and romance are about as diametrically opposite as you can get – big scary bloke in black armor with a serious breathing problem, endangering all the good guys in the galaxy… not my first choice in romantic icons!

So if you are into major irony and/or your guy or gal is a huge Star Wars fan this could be the perfect gift, but otherwise I’d run a mile!

If you are tempted though, the Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Valentines Day Heart Box Caramel Chocolate costs $9.95 from Amazon.

Updated for Valentine’s Day 2014:

This is the latest Darth Vader chocolate offering this year – I don’t like it as much as the previous version, but for an ardent Star Wars fan, you might as well go for it!!

Off The Wall Folk Art Heart Clock

Hand-made heart clockQuirky time-pieces seem to be looking out for me right now – this wacky folk art heart clock is so off the wall it has to be on the wall… if you’ll excuse the terrible pun.

The clock is hand carved from wood by the artist in Massachusetts and then has various pieces added on to make it more sculptural – metal circles and wings and wood arrow and a pewter clock face as well as a pewter plaque declaring that Time Flies.

It’s quite large at 25” tall and 16” wide and would made an attention grabbing piece in any off-beat decor. I quite fancy it for my kitchen- it would certainly bring a smile to my face amid the morning breakfast rush, counting down till it’s time to dash out the door on the school run.

‘Time Flies’ Folk Art Heart Wall Clock, Carved Wood & Pewter, 25″costs $119.99 from Amazon.

Watch on a Wood Heart Band

wood heart watchI’d never thought of a wooden watch strap before – but it’s the perfect solution for those who can’t wear metal next to the skin, and it looks great in a retro, cuckoo-clock kind of a way!

The wood is solid Sandalwood from sustainable sources in Africa and India and is handcrafted to make a watch and stretch watch band of individual linked hearts. The wood is said to look better with age as it is polished and shined with daily skin contact and is splash resistant but not waterproof.  The watch working itself is made in Japan by Citizen so reliable and good quality.

All in all this is a great gift idea for anyone who loves hearts, loves wood and has a quirky taste in watches.

Tense Wood Watch Ladies Solid Wood Heart Band Stretch Hypo-Allergenic Watch L7007S costs $89 from The Watch Co via Amazon.

Chunky Bright Rainbow Heart Pendant

Rainbow heart pendantMy inner teenager fell in love with this at first sight – a glitzy, bright, rainbow, chunky, in your face heart! I’ve always been a sucker for rainbows as well as hearts.

It’s hand-made in glittery resin and hangs from a 18” ball chain. The heart itself measures 1.5 x 2 inches, so is big enough to make an impression.

If your Valentine prefers bright and garish, tongue in cheek dash, over demure and tasteful elegance, this would be a great gift. Or buy it for yourself to cheer up those dull winter days.I’m sorely tempted.

Heart pendant costs $23 from Kim Ripley on Etsy

Heart Cups and Saucers for Queen of Hearts Tea Party

Heart shaped tea setThese gorgeous little cups and saucers by Yedi Houseware are so kitsch that they’re irresistible! Bright contrasting colours, gold edging and both the cup and saucer is heart-shaped. You don’t notice it so much in the picture, but when the cups are filled it is easy to see the outline of a heart inside the cup.Think a shot of espresso with a heart swirl of cream on top.

They are made from fine porcelain and come in a sturdy satin lined hatbox, so make a fine gift for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, especially if you know that your beloved adores quirky ceramics.

The cups are quite small, so just right for elegant tea parties, rather than satisfying thirst in a hurry. Whatever you do, don’t expect your man to drink out of them!

Heart tea set in pinkI really like the bright colours above. but the tea set also comes in feminine pink if you want to get really girly! And little girls would love these too at any time of year.

Yedi Houseware Inside Out Heart Cups and Saucers, Set of 6 costs $44.50 from Amazon

Bird On Heart Garden Sculpture

Bird on Heart Metal Garden SculptureI love the bright colors and quirky romance of this hand-painted metal garden sculpture – I know it would look great in my herb garden and it would make a great romantic gift for anyone else who loves growing things.

It is hand-made by Judie Bomberger, artist renowned for her collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and her classic Beatles metal sculptures, painted in strong and joyful colors and finished with a weather resistant clear coat, so should look great for years whatever the weather. The sculpture is 11” high, atop a 16” stake.

How about combining this with a really beautiful potted plant, or several, to romance your gardening sweetheart?

Costs $74.95 from Wind and Weather.

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