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Not sure what to get your loved one for Cupid’s holiday? Whether you’re searching for your romantic partner, a family member, or your Galentine, these thoughtful—and carefully crafted—Valentine’s Day gift baskets will show just how much you care. The way to the heart is often through the stomach, and these gift baskets won't disappoint. Here, the best Valentine's Day gift baskets for everyone on your heart this year.
This pretty-in-pink gift set undoubtedly features some of your Valentine's very favorite things all tucked in a decorative metal basket: two Harry & David’s world-famous pears wrapped in—what else—pink foil, four pink sugar-dusted shortbread cookies, a 6-ounce wedge of gouda cheese, olive oil and sea salt crackers, a pre-planted 4-inch mini rose bush, and a bottle of an award-winning pinot noir rosé.
For the hottest guy or gal you know, consider a gift set to match. This box comes teeming with small-batch hot sauces that all vary in heat and flavor, so the two of you can easily spice up all forthcoming meals. Look for items like two different types of sriracha, a ghost pepper hot sauce, a smoky tamarind hot sauce, and a mustard-based hot sauce.
What child wouldn’t go crazy for a multi-tiered cake made entirely out of candy? (That’s a rhetorical question, of course.) Instead of a small card with a single candy glued to it, give your littlest love something really special this year. This expertly-crafted confection can be executed in a variety of color palettes—plus the seller takes special candy requests to make the treat just perfect.
Another winner straight out of The Big Apple: a collection of best-selling cheeses from the city’s top cheesemonger. The spread includes the crowd-pleasing favorites gruyère, manchego, brie, and cheddar, plus a handful of crunchy bites and a sweet, spiced jam to help you and your sweetheart create an expertly crafted hors d'oeuvre right in the comfort of your own home.
If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift basket for your boyfriend or girlfriend, the name of this box is quite apropos—and, given the price tag, it’s an especially great gift for a new flame. There’s no sacrificing quality here, though: The box is packed with all you need to make a high-quality pre-dinner spread, including spicy beef summer sausage, jalapeño cheddar blend and smoked cheddar blend cheeses, classic sweet hot mustard, spicy sriracha mustard, and crispy golden toasted crackers.
Avoid any last-minute rush to the liquor store on your way out to your Valentine’s Day date by ordering a bottle ahead of time. It may not be your typical packed gift basket, but this gold box is no less special. Inside, your loved one will find one of the most coveted wines coming out of Sonoma: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a vino with a very Valentine’s Day-appropriate nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle, and sage.
If there’s anything Harry & David is known for, it’s juicy pears. We don’t know what it is about these pears, but they are lightyears above any you’d find in the store. In fact, the founders call these pears “so big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon.” We dare you to have just one after you get a taste of that sweet flavor and buttery texture. These pears come with Valentine's Day-themed stickers so they are especially perfect for the occasion.
Whether you’ll be playing the part of chef, so your significant other can enjoy breakfast in bed, or you want to send a special treat to a far-flung loved one, this themed gift basket is a great choice. In fact, nobody knows a good morning meal quite like the Maine-based Stonewall Kitchen. As such, this beautiful Nantucket-style basket includes everything you need for a traditional—and very hearty—New England breakfast: Farmhouse Blend Coffee, Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix, Maine Maple Syrup, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, and—the icing on the cake—Stonewall's Cinnamon Bun Mix.
If you’ll be staying at home this year (or want to treat loved ones, like your parents or grown children), you can still indulge in a little fine dining. Turn to Goldbelly, which sources some of the country’s best grub and sends it directly to you, so you can get a taste no matter where you’re located. In this case, diners will get to sample a special cut from New York City’s highly-reviewed Quality Meats: a massive 24-ounce Prime Dry-Aged Tomahawk Ribsteak.
Of course, it also comes with the accouterments that really make it a meal, including loaded baked potato monkey bread, bacon butter for dipping, gnocchi and cheese, toasted buttered breadcrumbs for a crispy topping, and the restaurant’s signature steak sauce to ensure you get the full experience, even if you’re nowhere near The City That Never Sleeps.
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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. She also holds a culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute.