Too often, Valentine’s Day is marked with mediocre boxes of chocolate and cheap, convenient wine that’s bought in haste at the grocery store on the way to your date night at home. Though we do appreciate the thoughtfulness of at least buying something, we would rather you leave those last-minute boxes of chocolate and wine on the shelves in favor of something a little more flavorful.
That's why we've rounded up some great gift options that will get you (and your loved one) out of the same grocery store present rut. From make-it-yourself food delivery kits or family dinner, to both sweet and savory snacks, and yes even some great wine, we have exactly what you should give this Valentine’s Day to the significant other who loves food that'll arrive in the nick of time.
Sweets and drinks for Valentine's Day
Dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter is a timeless pairing, so it's no surprise this decadent sextet of salty, sweet hearts is a popular pick amongst See's Candies lovers. Some reviewers note that you might just be tempted to eat all of them in one sitting (and honestly, we wouldn't blame you if you did).
Let them know you care with this bouquet of cookies. Each bouquet can be arranged as a six or 12-cookie bundle, and beautifully packaged in a box where they won’t get crushed or crumble on the way to the recipient.
"Who wouldn't smile seeing a heart-shaped kringle!" one verified shopper proclaimed at the thought of this flaky, cherry-filled pastry. The Wisconsin-based bakery pairs it with six hand-dipped petit fours for an extra sweet surprise.
Dessert aficionados are probably well-versed in the realm of cheesecake, but have you ever had an old-school Italian slice? Spongy, pillowy and subtly sweet, the ricotta-based cheesecake from the New York City institution Veniero's has won over generations for over a century — and it'll most likely win over your valentine, too.
These adorable conversation heart cakesicles are almost too cute to eat — almost. The shop owner can do custom orders should you want a personalized message, and these would also look pretty on a Valentine's Day tablescape if you're having a dinner party or brunch.
Why choose between sweets and wine when you can have both? This gift set includes one Valentine's Velvet Cupcake Jar, one Cupid’s Confetti Cupcake Jar and a bottle of Ilo Blanc de Blanc Brut Sparkling wine.
This sampling is sure to excite the chocoholic in your life! This themed grouping includes: Mayana Salted Caramel Hearts, Fine & Raw Valentine's Chunky Chocolate Bar and a Ritual Champagne Chocolate Bar.
Indulge you and your partner's sweet (and savory) tooth with this top-rated box of treats. This gift box comes with a wide variety of snacks, candies and tea pairings from family-run small businesses in Japan.
It doesn't get much more delicious than a box of chocolate from Jacques Torres. This one is especially fun for Valentine's Day, thanks to the edible "I Love You" message on the chocolates.
This box of a dozen handcrafted truffles comes in a fun box that’s shaped like a wine bottle. While the truffles aren’t all flavored like wine, there are a few booze-flavored options like Champagne, rum and Irish creme.
These adorable lollipops come in a variety of flavors, and the actual candy portion features herbs and edible flowers that make the lollipops feel more grown-up and fancy. After the candy is gone the recipient can plant the stick in the ground and water it, and soon a new herb or flower will pop up, making this the gift that keeps on giving.
Magnolia Bakery is known for its decadent banana pudding, but for Valentine’s Day they are making an indulgent chocolate covered strawberry pudding. The sweet treat is made with a mix of vanilla pudding, roasted strawberries, chocolate cake and a rich chocolate fudge icing.
Your favorite vegan also deserves a special treat on Feb. 14 (and every other day of the year). Brooklyn Cupcake fortunately has them covered with this delectable array of Valentine's Day treats — Valrhona chocolate cupcakes layered with vegan vanilla bean buttercream and toppings galore (strawberry pie filling, festive sprinkles or crushed Oreos).
Valentine’s Day and wine just go together. With this date night box from Vinebox you and your loved one can have a wine tasting experience with two reds and one white wine in yours and mine style boxes.
This non-alcoholic aperitif brand is the perfect answer to an extended dry January. Sip these three carbonated NA bevs in your favorite fancy stemware on Valentine's Day instead of wine or champagne to avoid the post-V-Day headache. Our favorite is Golden Hour which is perfectly light and yuzu-y. Commerce writer Hannah Baker added, "it tastes like how a very fancy spa smells — in the best way possible!"
Everyone's favorite viral drink, the negroni sbagliato, is now available in the most beautiful jelly "cake", aka a gigantic jello shot, form. If you're not worried about that morning-after hangover, go nuts! It's an especially fun centerpiece if you're having friends over for a V-Day party.
Savory snacks and bites for Valentine's Day
There's more than one way to heat things up during the romantic holiday. For the spice seeker in your life, this trio of Jamaican sauces — a kicked-up jerk sauce, a jerk ranch perfect for dipping or spreading and a fiery scotch bonnet hot sauce — is made with locally sourced, guilt-free ingredients and designed to amp up anything they're noshing on.
Cheese and charcuterie boards are still a huge trend, especially for Valentine’s Day. So, why not have some cheese and pairings delivered? The Murray’s Cheese Slam Dunk Snacks features three different kinds of cheese, two types of meat, along with chocolate and crackers for a fun spread.
This two-pack of pizzas is the perfect meal for two on Valentine's Day if you want to ensure a laidback but festive celebration. Make it a high-low meal with a nice bottle of wine and a gourmet dessert.
Meat lovers, rejoice! This isn't your run-of-the-mill bouquet — this one comes with six delish salumi to spice up your Valentine's Day cheese board or for savory snacking: Saucisson Sec, Loukanika, Cacciatore, Saucisson d'Alsace, Nola and Chorizo Rioja.
One thing that we love more than most is carbs, especially in the form of bread. If your loved one is the same way then consider a subscription to Wildgrain Box, where they will get artisan sourdough bread and pasta delivered right to their door every month. Each box has a variety of bread that is baked from frozen in just 25 minutes and leaves the house smelling like they have been baking all day.
Food gifts for kids for Valentine's Day
Milk chocolate, who? These Kit-Kats — imported from Japan — are doused in sweet strawberry! Beyond the bright color, kids might appreciate that they taste like strawberry Nesquik (at least according to one verified shopper).
If they're celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom, send them to school with these crunchy chocolate chip cookies. The founder of Partake created the brand as a response to her daughter being diagnosed with several food allergies, and the final results are nothing short of delicious.
Let’s be honest, kids love anything that sparkles. The Runamok Sparkle Syrup is made with food-grade edible glitter that shimmers and shines as it flows from the bottle. The syrup is perfect for Valentine’s Day pancakes and waffles.
Got a crafty kid on your hands? They'll love this edible jewelry kit that's not your average candy necklace or bracelet. Let their imagination run wild while you and your S.O. enjoy a little bubbly and relax.
Cookie shot glasses are a fun edible way for your kiddo to enjoy a bite of milk and cookies in one. This kit is interactive, so they can decorate the cookie mini-cups with edible mermaids, shells and plenty of sprinkles. After they have fun decorating the cookie shots, they can pour in some milk, drink and then eat the cookie.
Kids deserve something fun to do on Valentine’s Day too, and that’s where the Unicorn Cookie Cup Baking Kit comes in. The kit comes with everything they will need to make adorable unicorn cookies with the help of an adult. This is a Valentine’s Day memory they will cherish forever.
Kids love waffles and they love pretzels, especially if they come with an almost endless variety of sweet toppings. Think: strawberries and cream topper, french toast sugar, and fudge sauce. Plus, there are some savory dipping and topping options, in case they feel like sharing with you!
If you have a kid who loves trying new fruit then consider this exciting tropical fruit box, where you can have a maximum of six fruits they may have never seen shipped right to your house. Fruits that can be included range from the Instagram-worthy pink pineapple to sweet red bananas, and the unusual but delicious cactus pear.
Meal kits for Valentine's Day
Chances are the haute restaurant in your town is fully booked for Valentine's Day. Fortunately for you and your gourmand beau, "home is where the pasta is" courtesy of this curated kit from the New York-based Sfoglini.
Your significant other may be daydreaming of an all-inclusive Mexican vacation, but this dinner kit from Guelaguetza is the next best thing — until you secure a flight and hotel, at the very least. Mole is one of Oaxaca's signature dishes, and this version (a "full-bodied" and "umami-rich" take with red sauce, stemming from a family recipe) is true to form.
Prefer choosing your own culinary romantic adventure yourself? Look no further than Butcherbox, which fills their traditional Valentine's Day gift box with your surf (two lobster tails harvested from the northern Atlantic) and turf (two grass-fed New York strip steaks).
These Valentine's Day-appropriate ravioli are not only heart-shaped, but they've also got festive red stripes made from pureed beets, for the full Insta-effect. Stuffed with Italian ricotta, these ravioli also come with a yummy saffron cream sauce to round out the meal.
If you're a fan of freshly caught lobster (who isn't?!) you and your sweetie will love this meal kit that includes everything you need to make two scrumptious lobster rolls. Plus, you get a quart of McLoons clam chowder and blueberry bread pudding — all for under $100! All you need to complete the meal is a couple of ice cold beers of choice.
Try your hand at making your own sushi with this DIY sushi kit from the renowned New York City-based Blue Ribbon. This kit for two includes everything you need to make your own romantic Valentine's Day sushi meal, with an option to add on more fish or other ingredients, depending on your preference.
If you subscribe to Hello Fresh or have been thinking about it, Valentine’s Day is a great time to get a date night meal in. This year, Hello Fresh will be doing a three-course meal for Valentine's Day made up of a honey-ricotta crostini to start. Subscribers can choose from either a beef tenderloin with asparagus and truffle mash or a vegan portobello mushroom with asparagus and truffle mash for their entree. Rounding out the meal is a vanilla cheesecake for dessert.