On Valentine’s Day, people usually settle for convenience store wine and subpar chocolates as tokens of their affection. Although we do value your effort to purchase something, we would prefer that you pass on the last-minute boxes of chocolate and bottles of wine in favor of something with a bit more flavor.
To help you (and your loved one) break out of your gift-giving rut, we’ve compiled a list of some fantastic alternatives to items found in the grocery store. We have everything you need for the Valentine’s Day gift-giving occasion for the loved one who likes food that will arrive just in time, from do-it-yourself food delivery kits or a family dinner to sweet and savory nibbles, and yes, even some fine wine.
Sweets and drinks for Valentine’s Day
Dark Peanut Butter Hearts
Dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter is a timeless pairing, so it’s no surprise this decadent sextet of salty, sweethearts is a popular pick amongst See’s Candie’s 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).
Buttercream Frosted Cookie Flowers
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.
A Valentine Conversation
“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.
Heart-Shaped New York Cheesecake
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.
Valentine’s Day Cakesicles
These adorable conversation heart cake sicles 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.
Valentine’s Day Cupcake & Blanc de Blanc Gift Set
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.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sampler
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.
Create Your Own Tropical Fruit Box
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.
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.
Sushi DIY Kit for 2
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 more fish or other ingredients, depending on your preference.
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