The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts To Buy That Aren’t Chocolate Boxes

The problem with boxes of chocolates is that they never have enough of the chocolates you want. Sure, the dark chocolate covered caramels are great, but you only get two pieces and then have to work your way through a white chocolate monstrosity or something with an orange filling that tastes like battery acid. Valentine’s Day should make you cringe how much you love your partner, friends and family, not how disgusting the chocolates you received taste.

For this reason, we suggest buying food and drink related gifts that aren’t mystery boxes of chocolates. Some people prefer salty to sweet, others would like their chocolates to be reinterpreted in a new and tastier way. Either way, here are some excellent and swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day gifts to give this year.

For the fourth year in a row, Grillo’s Pickles is selling a DIY pickle bouquet kit for your loved one. This is for all the guys, gals, and pickle lovers out there who wouldn’t be keen on flowers but would definitely appreciate some brackish spears. The kit comes with skewers, a Grillo bucket vase, plastic flower fillers and assembly instructions. You can spice it up with mozzarella balls, salami roses, and other marinated treats to really take it to the next level.

It might not be as aesthetically pleasing as an impeccably decorated box of chocolate-covered strawberries, but it will be just as, if not more, delicious. This pudding features roasted strawberries, large chunks of chocolate cake, and a ribbon of chocolate fudge frosting, all suspended in a vanilla pudding base. It is impossible to eat a single bite. Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pudding is available all February, but February 11 is the last day you can order online to ensure delivery before Valentine’s Day.

Spice things up with Omsom’s Heat Lover’s Set, which includes a collection of the brand’s beloved starters to help your valentine make larb, mala salad, spicy bulgogi and pad kra pow. This gift even comes with a bonus: the prospect of spending time together cooking and a very good meal that will make you forget the stress of Valentine’s Day reservations. This box includes 13 starters in total, which is enough to prepare 26 meals. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Nothing will warm your Valentine’s heart more than this collection of love-themed teas from David’s Tea. This set comes in a pretty red box adorned with hearts and includes five loose leaf tea blends like Pink Velvet Cake, Cherry Blossom, and Cinnamon Rooibos. Also, it’s still February, which means it’s cold outside. Every time they go for a cup of tea, they’ll be thinking of you.

Heart-shaped pizzas are a bit of an obvious choice these days, but what about a heart-shaped pretzel? Bring the ballpark home with heart-shaped twists from the Milwaukee Pretzel Company, which ships nationwide. You can opt for just the pretzel — which weighs a whole pound — or get a full gift set with nacho cheese and Nutella dip cups.

This vinegar originates from Italy and combines the zesty flavor of balsamic with the richness of chocolate for a product that pairs very well with fresh fruit or in a berry-stuffed salad. It’s a more inventive and versatile take on chocolate that cooking enthusiasts are sure to appreciate.

Sugarwish is a good option if you don’t know your Valentine as well as you would like. What are their favorite candies? Do they prefer coffee or tea? It doesn’t matter, because this option allows the recipient to choose their favorites, whether it’s candy, popcorn, snacks, or even dog treats for canine Valentine’s Day. It’s more thoughtful than a gift card and the recipient will get exactly what they want.

For the last-minute gift you can grab at any Target, opt for hot chocolate bombs created by in-house brand Favorite Day. You can get the Strawberry Flavor Rosettes which come in a pack of three and taste like Nesquik Strawberry Milk, or the heart-shaped Raspberry Flavor Bomb. Both are filled with mini marshmallows and adorable confetti hearts that overflow when melted.

Trying out the hottest lineup could be a really fun idea for Valentine’s Day at home (although be careful around your eyes and each other, if you’re eating chicken wings and your hands are covered in sauce ). This set includes all 10 hot sauces featured in Season 17 of First we feastthe hit interview show with flavors ranging from sweet and sweet to volcanic magma in a bottle. It’s a spicy and bold gift, but one that can trump a boring box of chocolates.

propagated Valentine’s Day love this year with jam (sorry). This cute gift box has an advent calendar vibe, but instead of crispy chocolates, behind each hidden compartment is a mini jar of apricot, cherry, fig, grape, honey, marmalade jam orange, raspberry, strawberry or wild blueberry. This will make breakfast and English muffins exciting throughout February.

Freeda S. Scott