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.
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.
If you’re putting together a last minute Valentine’s Day event for kids or adults, these chalkboard stickers in a heart shape would be a fun way of adding a crafty touch of romance.
Use them for labeling glasses, place names or goody bags and write whatever suits the occasion. They wipe clean and can be used again and again. Perhaps they could be the basis of a party game.
Each sticker measures 3″x2.5″ and there are 12 in the set.
Heart Chalk Labels – 12 Chalkboard Labels Hearts – Chalkboard Stickers for Organizing, Weddings and Morecost $10.95 from The Vinyl Wall via Amazon and can be delivered next day, so there’s still time!
Baci is the Italian word for kisses. These delicious Italian chocolates are like extravagant kisses of chocolate and hazelnut, and are terribly moreish. Any chocolate devotee who has ever been to Italy will have fond memories of these. Each chocolate is wrapped in foil with a little love note or quotation for that extra romantic touch.
If you’re wondering which chocolates to give on Valentine’s Day and your beloved likes Italian dark chocolate and nuts then Baci are the perfect choice.
This box of Perugina Baci Finest Italian Chocolates 14.1 oz, 28 pieces costs $17.99 from Perugina via Amazon.
If you are looking for a love token that’s just a little bit different, why not go for an exquisite glass bead to add to a charm bracelet or necklace? This bead is made from Murano glass with a simple wreath of blue and green hearts and is lined with a solid sterling silver tube for strength and longevity.
Quite small and delicate, it measures 7mm across and 14 mm high with a 4.5mm hole at the core. This heart bead is great value at $6.97 discounted from $24.99 on Amazon. Beads Hunter Jewelry Blue Wreath of Hearts Love Lasts Forever Murano Glass Bead with Solid Sterling Silver Tube .925 Stamped Wjqgb021
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.
The 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.