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.

A Heart Shaped Hole Punch

heart-hole-punchA heart hole punch – essential romantic tool or waste of office space? I’m not sure whether I would buy this just for Valentine’s Day,  unless I had a whole class full of small kids to entertain, but it could be fun to have around to liven up office life, or even just for the heart shape confetti it produces as cut out leftovers.

On second thoughts it could be just the thing for a wedding to punch holes for ribbon threading in menus or programmes and I’m sure there are many other creative uses we could come up with. What do you think would be a good use for  it?

Suck UK Heart Hole Punch (SK HEARTPUNCH1)available from Amazon.com costs $15

Carved Hearts from English Brown Oak

Carved wood hear in English brown oakThe simplicity of these heart shapes along with the gorgeous grain of the wood is what makes these hearts appeal to me.

They’d be perfect for a romantic gift to someone who loves all things natural… and sustainable of course.

This wood was harvested from an 700 year old oak tree that came down in a storm on an English country estate – the full story of the wood is on the original Etsy listing.

The heart comes with a quotation inscribed around the edge, but this can be substituted by your own message or an alternative quotation if you prefer.

Crafted by Tim Nicholls of Woodpunk Designs in England, the wooden heart costs £40 or approx $64 via Etsy.

Felt Heart Decorations from South Africa

Heartfelt- heart decorationsSimple, 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)

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!!

Sugar Heart Cake and Cookie Decorations

Sugar Heart Cake DecorationsFor some reason these rainbow sugar hearts appeal to the child in me. My kids adore decorating home-baked cakes with all sorts of frosting and sprinkles and I’m sure they’d go for these in a big way. I’d love to decorate birthday cakes, cupcakes and cookies with these myself – the colors are so pretty.

It’s hard to tell how big they are from the picture, but I would hope that they are a fair amount bigger than your average sprinkles, as they are not cheap at $18 for 144 shapes. These are the type of decoration to arrange carefully, one per cookie or cupcake. Or use a circle of them for a spring themed cake at Easter.

Rainbow Hearts Sugar Shapes – 144 Shapescost $18 from Crispie Sweets via Amazon.

Hand Carved Wood Heart

carved wood heartThis is what I’ve been looking for for ages… a beautiful and simple hand-carved wooden heart. Slightly distressed and with a beautiful grain showing through and a lovely warm glow, I love the way the walnut has been used so sympathetically.

This wood heart is big – 12″ by 14″ approx and 2″ thick, but the back is flat so it can be hung on the wall.

Valentine’s may be over but this would make a wonderful gift at any time of year – for an anniversary, a wedding gift, a birthday or just because.

Carved wood heart costs $135 from Treewiz on etsy

Decorative Ceramic Art With Heart

Ceramic Art Heart PlateIn honour of Valentine’s Day, I’ve chosen something really beautiful, and unattainable for most of us – a gorgeous ceramic decorative plate by South African-based artist Ruan Hoffman. It’s a one-off piece exclusively available from the art gallery of Anthropologie and costing a mere $498 – but free for all of us to look at!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you…. and don’t forget that hearts and romance are for all year round…. not just this one day of the year. xxxx

Delicate Jade Swirl Blown Glass Heart

Blown Glass Heart in Jade MosaicI usually go for bright, rich colors, but there’s something about this blown glass heart ornament that captivates with its delicate swirl of ethereal shades. Elegant and mysterious with a mermaid quality.

It is hand-made in Seattle, Washington, by local artisans and as an extra point of interest all the Glass Eye Studio ornaments contain ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens.

For Valentines Day they are offering a free blue velvet box with every heart ornament. Hand Blown glass heart ornament costs $24.99 from Glass Eye Studios through Made in Washington.

A Whole Box of Chocolate Hearts

Chocolate hearts from Hotel ChocolatGorgeous heart chocolates with satisfying truffle and praline fillings by Hotel Chocolat. I’m back to drooling over luscious chocolates again, and what better gift could there be for a chocoholic on Valentine’s Day or any time for that matter?!

These are stylishly packaged and have little love messages hidden under the chocolates, as well as a matching card for you to write in.

They have the look and feel of artisan chocolates and are definitely in the quality price range at $32 for the box of 12 chocolate hearts, direct from Hotel Chocolat.

If you want to know more about the flavours before you buy, check out this detailed chocolate review.

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