Pretty Chocolate Heart Truffles

Heart-shaped chocolate trufflesIf your love loves chocolate and a bit of art deco, these fun heart truffles from Olde Naples Chocolate should be just the thing for Valentine’s Day.

Each box hold nine truffles decorated in various cool patterns. They are hand-made rich dark chocolate, the real thing, with espresso, raspberry, chocolate or orange truffle centers.

The box is red, of course, the color of passion. But these would be great at any time of the year – who says you have to wait for Valentine’s Day to give chocolate or love hearts – I want these now!

Heart Shaped Truffle Assortment – 9 chocolate truffles for Mother’s Day, Valentines Day costs $16 from Amazon

Wooden Message Hearts For Valentine’s Day

Wooden Message HeartsHere’s an idea to really make your Valentine’s message unique – have it custom engraved on these little wooden heart ornaments. The hearts come with a set of fairly traditional Valentine messages on them, but you can opt to have your own set of words or phrases custom-engraved.

Get thinking creatively and come up with something unique to you both. Then you could send the hearts one by one through the post, so that she is bombarded by love; or decorate a little potted tree with the heart messages; tie them into a bouquet; string them on a ribbon; or just have the box delivered as it is!

The wooden hearts are laser cut, made from sustainably harvested Wisconsin woods and sealed with a non-toxic oil. A great eco-romantic gift that will last for ever.

The box with the 15 standard messages costs $24.95. It will cost a further $14.85 to have all the messages custom engraved to your requirements. From Timber Green Woods on Etsy.

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.

Gorgeous Deep Red Crystal Heart Candle Bowl

Mats Jopnasson crystal heart bowlHere’s something for a really special Valentine’s Day gift – a hand-made crystal sculptural bowl by the Swedish glass artist Mats Jonasson.

The deep red wine color and beautiful hand-etched hearts make it a romantic gift for someone who loves beautiful things for the home. She (or he) can light a candle in this bowl, admire the glowing color and think of you!

It’s quite small, just 5.5 inches wide so perfect to display on a night-stand or mantelpiece.

Currently costs $81 down from $94 at Jata Shop

Big Solid Chocolate Heart

solid chocolate heartFor some chocoholics only chocolate itself will do… none of those fancy filled chocolates or truffles, just a solid slab of gourmet chocolate. If your beloved is one of these people, then what could be better than a 3lb chocolate heart as a gift?!

There is something about the over-the-topness of this chocolate heart by Lang’s Chocolates that really appeals to me – it’s 12 inches by 12 inches of solid gourmet dark chocolate.. or there is a milk chocolate version too, but what hard-core chocoholic goes for milk chocolate?! They are both certified kosher too.

3lb Solid Dark Chocolate heart. Large Valentine heart. Certified Kosher or
3lb Solid Milk Chocolate heart. Large Valentine heart. Certified Kosher Currently both cost $60 from Amazon + $17.20 shipping…they are heavy!

Heart Cookie Cutters

heart-cookie-cuttersThese are an essential for any household with kids. My girls love making heart cookies, not just on Valentine’s Day but also for markets, birthdays and so on. The lovely thing about this set is that you can make all sorts of sizes – big ones to put words on, tiny ones to decorate with a single silver ball.

The largest cutter is 3 ¼ inches (9cm) and the smallest 1 7/8 inches (4.5cm). They’re deep enough for brownies as well as cookies and come in a cute round tin that keeps them in good shape when not in use – far better than the jumble of my baking drawer!

They’d make a great little gift for a 7-12 year old domestic goddess or a stocking filler for anyone who loves baking.

Ateco Graduated Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 6 currently costs $10.14 from Amazon.

Red Velvet Heart Ring Jewel Case

heart-ring-caseWant to make the gift of a ring even more romantic? How about putting it into a heart shaped ring box so there is no mistaking your meaning!

It may not be as upmarket as a box bearing the name of Tiffany’s or Cartier, but it’s a fun touch for the light-hearted romantic!

You can even get it customized with a decorative plate engraved with  a message or significant date. Or even just ‘I Love You!’

Jewel case red velvet heart ring.currently costs  $5 from Amazon

Wood Heart Sculpture

wood-heartI love, love, love this stunning wooden heart sculpture! Wouldn’t  it make a wonderful romantic gift for your beloved? Smooth natural wood grain, polished to a sensual gleam and just begging to be caressed.

The wood is Monkey Pod, from Hawaii and I love the way the sculptor has used the grain, it almost looks like there is a Cupid’s  arrow piercing the heart.

Perfect for a 5th wedding anniversary gift – the wood anniversary or for any romantic gift, as long as your loved one loves wood!

The heart is big and solid. 14”x15”x7” and weighing 16.2 lbs, so delivery is going to add another $50 to the U.S.

Costs $450 from OutofTrees on Etsy

Red Velvet Heart Chocolate Box

heart- chocolate-boxSometimes chocolate is the quickest way to a woman’s heart and packaging it a lush red velvet heart box makes it into a romantic gesture that will be appreciated.

This box comes with a dozen of Astor’s classic hazelnut truffles – perhaps more welcome than a dozen red roses…? depends on the chocoholic status of the woman concerned!

Look out for more gorgeous heart chocolate boxes being added to the Amazon range as we get nearer to Valentines Day – there are rumors of organic truffles, luxury Belgian chocolates and more!

Velvet Heart Chocolate Truffle Boxcosts $22 from Amazon

Handblown Glass Heart Paperweight

heart-glass-paperweightA fabulous and lasting gift for Valentines’ Day or any other romantic occasion, this heart paperweight is full of colour. Hand-blown by experienced glass artists, no two are the same, so it is truly a unique gift.

There are several other colour combinations in this series of heart paperweights, from rainbows to this ripple effect. For some reason they are all priced well below their original list price, so snap them up while they are still affordable, as they are genuine art pieces – brings a new meaning to the words of Blondie’s Heart Of Glass!

Hand Glass Art Dark Rainbow Ripple Heart Paperweight PW-6002
currently $29.99 down from $124.99 at Amazon

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