31 best Valentine’s gifts for foodies: 2016

Introducing 31 brilliant gifts for the food-lover in your life, from copper mugs to fancy plates, liqueurs and chocolate (of course)

Sweets for my sweet

Sweet little Love heart boxes filled with salted caramel milk chocolate hearts. £3/32g, M&S


If you like piña colada

A copper and pink cocktail mug is just the ticket for a romantic mint julep. Or piña colada, no-one’s judging. £15, oliverbonas.com

Life is the bubbles

Forget trad bubbles, celebrate with Shochikubai Shirakabegura mio sparkling sake. £13.25/300ml, japancentre.com

The night they invented champagne

A couple of these classy art-deco-inspired, rose-gold-edged champagne coupes will make any bubbles special. £42, lsa-international.com

Cure and simple gonna be there

The gift of a full-day Pork Butchery and Charcuterie workshop would make us love anyone. You get to take home
the cured meats you’ve prepared during the day, too. £150, parsonage-farm.co.uk

Rebel rebel, how could they know?

Fill it with your favourite spirit and this pretty Waterford Rebel crystal decanter will be useful every day of the year. £120, selfridges.com

Signed, sealed, delivered I’m yours 

Craved believes the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so a cheese and charcuterie collection is a sure-fire win. Order this Netflix and chill collection, buy some nice wine and forget going out. £43, cravedlondon.com

This is my message to you 

Speak to your love via biscuits with these personalised Valentine’s day fortune cookies by Cracking Cookies. Six cookies give you six personalised messages to woo your subject. £12.99, notonthehighstreet.com

No more lonely nights

Yes, you can buy love, this Simply Chocolate  jar of salted almonds coated in white chocolate, raspberry and Persian liquorice will please everyone. £16.95/280g, harrods.com

Honey honey how you thrill me 

Start your love fest early with this Honeycomb urn containing Heather Honeycomb in clear Borage Honey for breakfast. £12/400g, thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk

You and me, babe, how about it?

Add some romance to your kitchen with this Romeo and Julienne chopping board. £14.95, literarygiftcompany.com

La vie en rose 

Lanique rose petal liqueur is the closest thing you’ll get to Turkish delight in a glass. Flavoured with attar of rose and fabulous either topped up with fizz or poured over lemon sorbet. £24.95/700ml, masterofmalt.com

On a bicycle made for two

Whether you eat from it or hang it on the wall, this yellow highwire dinner plate is fun. £45, culturallabel.com

My baby just cares for brie

The only thing to eat with champagne is a Brie aux truffes; a Brie de meaux filled with a layer of crème fraîche, mascarpone and chopped black truffles. Truly spoiling. £62.05/kg, lafromagerie.co.uk


If your loved one likes to treat you to steak on Valentine’s day, make sure they have the right tools for the job. This British designed Crane cast iron griddle pan (made in Picardie, France) will do wonders for the finished dish. Aubergine optional.
£58, cranecookware.com


There are those who prefer chocolate, and those who have given their heart to cheese. This heart shaped Cornish Yarg is a winner for the latter. £25.95/900g, lynherdairies.co.uk

Pop pop shoo wop

Delight the Japanophile in your life with a Pop culture snack box subscription from Japan Centre. A little bit bonkers and a lot of fun. From £15/month, japancentre.com

Tea for two

Dinky sandwiches, a scone or two and this from the heart Silken Pyramids Gift Box (four teas, 20 sachets) is all you need for a heart to heart. £20, newbyteas.co.uk

Time after time

This gorgeous red Time hourglass by Hay runs for 15 minutes, but who’s counting? £15, nest.co.uk

Strawberry fields forever

Whole freeze-dried strawberries and creamy white chocolate make these Strawberry & Cream White Chocolate Thins irresistible. Perfectly acceptable to keep them and eat the lot yourself. £15, eicfinefoods.com

Champagne supernova

We love Niederegger marzipan (it’s been around since 1806) and for Valentine’s Day 2016 they’ve released a beautiful box of Marc de Champagne hearts.

They come encased in smooth milk chocolate and shiny gold foil – or if you prefer red foil, pick the box of bittersweet chocolate marzipan hearts instead. £5.99, chocolatesdirect.co.uk

Kiss from a rose

It doesn’t get much better than Paul A Young chocolate. Sophisticated, beautifully presented and always of excellent quality, we’ve never been disappointed by Paul’s creations. 

This year our favourite of his Valentine’s gifts is a little box of raspberry and rose kisses – little domes of creamy white chocolate, flecked with freeze-dried raspberries and decorated on one side with perfect red hearts. They’re like super fancy white chocolate buttons. £10.95, paulayoung.co.uk

My boy lollipop

A heart-shaped lollipop with flower petals inside it – could there be a more perfect Valentine’s Day gift? They’re handmade in Wales and the petals are indeed edible. £3.95, harrods.com

That’s amore!

Matching your sauce to the correct pasta shape is the key to authentic Italian eating. Cook a romantic meal for two with the perfect pairing of pasta from Geometry of Pasta… how about Sugo di Antata (duck sauce) with Pici pasta? £12.99, geometryofpasta.com

Sweets for my sweet

These pretty little ‘rose woodland’ meringues from Ottolenghi have a perfectly chewy base and crisp, light peaks. Plus they come dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with edible rose petals – the ladies will *love* them! They’re freshly made in store, too, so you’re guaranteed to get a good product. Top marks all round. £6.90, ottolenghi.co.uk

Stir it up

We love this bag of Italian goodies from Lina Stores Ltd, the family-run deli on London’s Brewer Street. Inside are all the ingredients for a rich and earthy porcini mushroom risotto (including a little bottle of San Pietro white truffle oil and a great big chunk of quality Parmesan); as well as a bottle of Anna Spinato prosecco; two ‘Baci’ Italian chocolates (pretty much our favourite pralines ever); and a recipe card.

Why not buy it for your loved one, in the hopes that they’ll cook it for you? Available in-store and online for £35, linastores.co.uk

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