Valentines Gift Ideas: Food Gifts

Best Valentine’s Day gifts for food lovers

Finding a gift for your Valentine can be a tricky business. How much do you spend? Do you go for something romantic and sophisticated, or do you keep things fun and light-hearted? To help you out we've compiled a range of our favourite Valentine's Day gifts for foodies, suitable for all tastes and budgets

Our food gifts make great Valentine’s Day ideas for your loved one, whether it be your partner or your best friend. Our edible treats for foodies make perfect Valentine’s gift ideas for him and her – chocolates, gin and more. If you have some time on your hands, the perfect gift is to cook a special meal, and we have plenty of romantic meal ideas here.

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Explorer packs, Taste Tripper

Take your Valentine on an exciting day of foodie discovery around London with these self-guided walking tours. Whether your addiction is chocolate or coffee (even give the gift of a coffee course), your route includes bespoke experiences, tutored tastings and samples from artisans including Paul A Young and Kaffeine. From £18, tastetripper.com

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Tea for two, Comins Teahouse

Looking for a sophisticated Valentine’s Day gift? Make Valentine’s Day a British tea affair. This set includes two handmade British porcelain tea bowls, cute tea napkins, a smart bespoke tea caddy to keep your tea in and your choice of two single estate teas. £73.50, cominstea.com

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Mr Kipling ‘bou-cake’

Who doesn’t love a cherry bakewell? Or a mini battenberg for that matter? This year we’ve got to hand it to Mr Kipling, who’s made these ingenious edible bouquets just in time for Valentine’s Day. It is, quite literally, a bouquet of pink roses studded with mini battenbergs, cherry bakewells and fondant fancies. How has no-one thought of doing this before? And will they be doing a wedding bouquet one day? £30, forevergreenflowers.co.uk

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Les feux de la passion, Matthieu de Gottal chocolatier

We could live on these ganache chocolates, expertly crafted by Matthieu de Gottal. The Valentine’s box combines a mix of milk chocolate infused with rose oil and saffron-infused dark chocolates. From £11.75, matthieudegottal.com

Matthieu de Gottal Valentines chocolate box

Salted creamed honey, Paxton & Whitfield

‘Honey honey, how you thrill me!’ We love the sweet/salty combo of this thick, creamed honey made in the Pyrenees with our favourite cheese. £5.75, paxtonandwhitfield.co.ukGo the extra mile and bake your Valentine a treat using honey.

Creamy honey Paxton & Whitfield

Valentine’s petit gateau, MARC Patisserie

What could be better than a Valentine’s Day gift that you can eat in two bites? This is love encapsulated in a cake – we’re talking silky white chocolate mousse with raspberry jelly encased in a white chocolate shell and then wrapped in scarlet cocoa butter. £6.50, selfridges.com

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Mast Brothers Valentine’s chocolates

Delicately packaged in a sleek black box and wrapped in Mast Brother’s signature marble paper, this gift of 12 hand-crafted chocolates makes a stylish Valentine’s Day gift. Half sea salt and half rose caramels (newly launched for Valentine’s Day), each chocolate is hand wrapped in gold foil. Go one step further with a 12-bar gift that comes with its own Mast pencil for you to write a personalised love note on the custom pink band. £20, mastbrothers.co.uk

MAST Brothers Valentine's Day chocolate gift

Rhubarb syrup, Blossoms Syrup

Add a touch of pink to your Valentine’s cocktails with intense Buckinghamshire-made rhubarb fruit syrup. Great with just water, it’s also delicious in a rhubarb gin sour, or drizzled over ice cream. £7.99/100ml, blossomssyrup.co.uk

Blossoms Rhubarb Syrup

Honest Brew Rocky Road Porter

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him (or, indeed, her). We love the quirky designs on Honest Brew’s bottles, making them perfect presents for beer lovers (geek up with our expert beer guide). This one is brewed with marshmallows, cocoa nibs and lactose sugar to make your Valentine extra sweet. £7.99, honestbrew.co.uk

Honest Brew Rocky Road Porter

The fonduta box, La Fromagerie

Create fonduta (an extra rich fondue made with egg yolks) for your loved one, combining three Italian cheeses in a DIY fondue pot. The floral, fruity and fresh white wine is the ideal accompaniment to the rich, nutty fondue. £75, lafromagerie.co.uk 

The Fonduta Box La Fromagerie

The Isle of Harris Gin ‘Serve’ Set, Isle of Harris Gin

Whisk your Valentine away to the Hebridean Islands with this sugar kelp-infused gin. Pour the savoury gin from the stunning rippled bottle into lowball tumblers filled with ice, and add a few drops of sugar kelp aromatic water for the perfect Scottish served G&T. £80, harrisdistillery.com

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Say it Your Way, Hotel Chocolat

We love these little love note boxes containing five solid hearts in 40% milk, and each with a different message. With everything from an enigmatic ‘Love from…?’ to a cheeky ‘You’ll do’, there’s one suited to everyone. £2.50 each, hotelchocolat.com

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‘Le portail des Fairground Gardens’, Pierre Hermé Paris

Not just a pretty face, this box of 12 macarons looks beautiful, and the macarons taste amazing too! Pierre Hermé was named World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016, and has collaborated with artist Nicolas Buffe to create stunning artwork to accompany his edible creations. £30, pierreherme.com

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The British Icons Collection, Love Cocoa

Not around to hand deliver your Valentine’s gift? Don’t want to risk divulging your identity? Fear not! This delicious collection of handmade chocolate bars is delivered straight to the door in bespoke ‘Hello, I’m yours’ letterbox friendly packaging, with a personalised gift card. £21.50, lovecocoa.com

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 Give a Fig, The Gluttonous Gardener

Looking for a gift that lasts a bit longer than chocolate? What better way to symbolise your flourishing love than with a thriving young fig tree. The romantic shape of the fig adds a romantic touch, and the tree is delivered alongside a jar of the finest fig jam, perfect for breakfast in bed. Make a pretty fig tart with your figs. £35, glut.co.uk 


Valentine’s Blend Tea, Fortnum & Mason

Blended just for Valentine’s Day, this fragrant tea combines soft white tea buds, scented rose petals and sweet hibiscus. Best enjoyed à deux, this tea is perfect for those seeking a more subtle expression of their love. £12.50, fortnumandmason.com

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A Heart-Shaped Box, Pong

Very cheesy but super cute, this collection of heart-shaped cheeses is a little bit different and perfect for those without a sweet tooth. Why not end your Valentine’s dinner with a cheeseboard with a twist? £27.95, pongcheese.co.uk

Valentines Gift Ideas: Food Gifts

Gatherings by Flora Shedden, Octopus Books

Filled with gorgeous photographs and delicious recipes as well as menu ideas, this new book from Scottish student Flora Shedden would make a beautiful Valentine’s gift. Or why not treat yourself and buy it for Valentine’s dinner inspiration? £25, octopusbooks.co.uk

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Cinnamon KeepCup Brew, KeepCup

Made from fully tempered soda lime glass, this reusable coffee cup is incredibly tactile and aesthetic as well as being practical and eco friendly. Available in three different sizes, choose one that’s compatible with your Valentine’s favourite order to demonstrate how well you know them. £16, uk.keepcup.com


Red Love éclair, Maître Choux

Created by master patissier Joakim Prat, this billet-doux is filled with a combination of a light Tahitian vanilla cream and a refreshing raspberry purée, then delicately draped in a raspberry macaron. Packaged in a gift box almost as adorable as the eclair itself, it makes the perfect Valentine’s treat. £16, maitrechoux.com 

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If you fancy making your own pretty pink eclairs, try our strawberry eclair recipe to give to your Valentine.

Strawberry eclairs recipe

The Valentines Box, Cocoa Runners

Filled with a selection of the best single-estate chocolate from Vietnam to Peru, what better way to convince your Valentine that you would go to the ends of the earth for them? The artisan chocolate bars are all encased in beautiful packaging and will arrive in a gift box with a personal message of your choice. £24.95, cocoarunners.com


Love Letter Lollies, M&S

We love these sweet chocolate lollies! Perfect for leaving on your loved one’s pillow, or tucking into their packed lunch. £1.50 each, marksandspencer.com

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Chococo’s Valentine Hearts

Treat your Valentine to one of these sweet chocolate hearts from Chococo. All handmade and hand-decorated, they come in a variety of flavour combinations. We love the Arty heart, made from Venezuelan origin milk chocolate and hand-decorated with naturally coloured white chocolate pink, blue and yellow splatters. £9.95 each, www.chococo.co.uk

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The Modern Pantry’s ‘Breakfast in bed’ Hamper

The Modern Pantry has put together a special hamper full of goodies to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The hamper includes The Modern Pantry blend coffee beans, granola, rose mojito syrup, berry & liquorice jam, clementine, black cardamon & saffron marmalade and a bottle of Prosecco! All products are made on site, apart from the coffee beans, and sold at their Clerkenwell store. £45, www.themodernpantry.co.uk

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Compiled by Rachel Dinsdale and Alex Crossley


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