What could be simpler and more meaningful than a red wooden heart carved with your loved one’s name and a kiss? Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other time of year, they could also be used as Christmas ornaments – get one for each of you, and one each for the kids too.
These are individually carved and painted to order. There is a huge range of options including larger wooden message hearts, which can have a romantic message of 6-8 words painted on. There is also a pretty range that would make fantastic wedding favours. They all come from UK site Country Hearts.
The red wooden heart pictured measures 3 ½ inches or 8cm high and costs GBP 6.50, about $10. It’s worth noting that delivery charges outside the UK aren’t cheap, so you’d have to order several items for it to be worthwhile.
My 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
These 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!
I 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
If you love baking this heart shaped cake pan is one piece of kitchenware you can’t be without at this time of year.
Whether you are baking a cake for your kids on Valentine’s Day or spoiling your beloved with a romantic meal, hearts are essential. While you may not use it as often as your regular cake pans, a heart pan is worth having in your baking drawer for birthdays and special occasions too.
This pan by Wilton measures 9” across and has a good non-stick coating. It could even make a practical and original Valentine’s gift – fill it with chocolates, or perhaps cake decoration flowers for the baker in your life!
Wilton Excelle Elite 9-Inch Heart Pan costs $13.99 from Amazon
I love the simplicity of this little carved wooden box and its stylish red and black color scheme. It’s made from seasoned Linden wood in the Tatra mountains of Poland and carved and decorated in traditional style by artisans there.
Just under three inches across it is the perfect little treasure to give as a romantic gift with a little keepsake inside. The top swivels open to reveal a little round hollow just big enough to hold a ring, pendant, lucky charm or whatever takes your fancy.
Little girls would love these too, so it you want to surprise a dear daughter, granddaughter or niece on Valentine’s Day this would be just the thing.
Heart Swivel Box Hand Carved Wood costs $8.90 from Amazon
Christmas ornaments aren’t the first thing you’d think of to give on Valentine’s Day, but this gorgeous paisley hand-crafted heart ornament is a collector’s piece and for someone who really loves real, old-fashioned, glass ornaments it would be a perfect choice.
It’s hand-made and decorated by Reed & Barton’s skilled artisans renowned for their beautiful quality and attention to detail. It measures 5.8 inches across and comes in a sturdy and elegant gift box to keep it safe in between holiday seasons.
This isn’t something for a family full of young kids or with pets that love playing with Christmas trees, but would be treasured by those loving old world style and beauty. Even better, by buying out of season you get a much better price, making it affordable when it might usually be out of reach.
Reed & Barton Red Paisley Heart Blown Glass, Christmas Ornamentcurrently costs $39.55 down from $69, from Reed and Barton through Amazon.
Pretty, hand-made, affordable and individual, these blown glass beads are full of possibilities: as little Valentine’s gifts for kids, craft materials to make your own heart jewelry, Valentine’s party favors , the list is as long as your imagination!
The heart beads measure 16mm or 2/3 inch across and come in packs of 5. With the feel of Venetian glass their rich swirls of colour and gold are perfect for making inexpensive gifts that don’t look cheap!
If you are giving them to your kids to give out at school, just make sure that their friends know they are glass beads not candy! Perhaps it would be a good idea to string each one onto red ribbon or gold thread to make little pendants and avoid confusion!
16mm Red with Gold Foil Small Heart Blown Glass Beadspacket of 5 beads costs $3.99 from Goody Beads through Amazon
Wooden hearts have their own special feel, warm and smooth, with the wonderful grain of the natural wood to trace your fingers around. This beautiful heart paperweight is made from sustainable olive wood by a Palestinian West Bank artisan. Sourced by Green Heart, it is ethically produced and traded, so makes a perfect Valentine’s gift for the eco-conscious man or woman.
The heart paperweight is quite small, 3 inches across, but perfect to hold in your hand, so it really doesn’t have to function as a paperweight, just as a carefully crafted piece of natural beauty!
The olive wood heart costs $21.95 from Green Heart.
Young girls like to feel special on Valentine’s Day too, so if you have daughters with a good taste in chocolate how about this simple but special Lindt milk chocolate heart.
It contains 100g / 3.5oz of quality milk chocolate and it’s packaged in a way that shows its class, red and gold, so would be a great Valentines token or favor for grown girls too!
Valentine’s Milk Chocolate Heart costs $7 from Amazon or $10 for two.
If money is no object and gourmet chocolate the way to your beloved’s heart, then this has to be the ultimate in Valentine’s gifts!
A beautifully hand crafted mahogany box inlaid with a golden heart, and filled with hand-made gourmet chocolates shipped direct from France. The twelve sensuous heart shaped chocolates are made by a master French chocolatier, Pascal Caffet, from purest cocoa butter and are the ultimate in chocolate sensation.
The great thing is that even after all the chocolate is gone (sob!) she is left with a beautiful mahogany box as a memento, which can be personalized with a message on its brass plaque…and filled up again from time to time. If you really want to spoil her, perhaps a monthly standing order refill package of these special chocolates would be the way to win her heart!
Buy direct from zChocolat in France at just under $100 plus shipping for this wooden box of 12 heart chocolates, or check out the rest of the range of hand-made heart shaped chocolates.
You can also buy 12 pcs Brown Mahogany Chocolate Box Carved With A Golden Heart through Amazon if you prefer.
Edited to add: Here is an excellent and recent unbiased review of a similar zChocolat box with more pics if you want to make sure exactly what you are getting for your money!