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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reaffirm your love or to take the next step if you’re in a new couple. Of course, any romantic plans should come with a gift, something you know they’ll appreciate and cherish. But if you’re in love with a foodie, it might be a little difficult to figure out just the right thing, and it’s too easy to order something that arrives stale and inedible.
To help you make the right decision, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day gift for foodies. There’s something here for everyone, from the kitchen whiz to one who puts hot sauce on everything to the one who loves Japanese snacks.
Here are our top picks for Valentine's Day food gifts.
Best for Pizza Lovers: Lou Malnati’s Spreading Hearts Charity Pizza Pack
Any local pizza place will try to impress with heart-shaped pies on Valentine’s Day, but for real bonus points, you should pick up this deep-dish pizza from legendary Chicago pizza place, Lou Malnati. Considered one of the Windy City’s best pizza joints, Lou Malnati’s has been serving up deep-dish pizzas for over 40 years. Its signature buttery crust, exclusive sausage blend, and chunky tomato sauce can all be delivered to your door via Goldbelly.
In addition to the 9-inch pizza, you’ll get a classic pizza night dessert: a giant chocolate chip cookie from Carol’s Cookies. Your perishable order will arrive on dry ice and does need some time in the oven before serving. The pizza and cookie can be kept in the freezer for up to a month should your date night plans change. Proceeds from this pack benefit the Chicago-based nonprofit Spreading Hearts.
Best for the Early Riser: Holstein HF-09031R Non-Stick Heart Waffle Maker
Everyone agrees that waffles taste much better fresh than frozen. The heart-shaped waffles from this nonstick waffle maker will make any breakfast-in-bed scenario even more special this Valentine’s Day.
The maker includes four molds that fully bake 3-inch waffles in 7 minutes and has a safety lock during cooking. An indicator light lets you know when the plates are heated and when the maker is in use. A nonstick surface makes for easy cleanup and it’s designed to be stored vertically, saving space in your cabinets.
Best for Fruit and Chocolate Lovers: Godiva Milk and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, One Dozen
Big, juicy strawberries covered with rich chocolate are often a key component of any romantic date night. Picking up a dozen berries from Godiva ensures you won’t end up with tart fruit and mediocre chocolate.
This gift contains 12 large strawberries coated generously in Godiva’s signature milk chocolate or dark chocolate. To guarantee freshness upon delivery, they’re shipped in a weather-proof container and are shipped overnight. Ready to eat right out of the box, this is a slam dunk for Valentine’s dessert.
Best for Cheese Lovers: Williams Sonoma Heart Cheese Board
If the cheese lover in your life already has a monthly cheese subscription, then give them a gouda way to plate their cheeses. This heart-shaped cheese board is perfect for either impressing your dinner guests or a personal snack board for TV binges.
This cheese board comes in two options: sustainably sourced olivewood and matte white marble. Both measure 18 inches in length and have natural variations making each board unique. Natural material does need to be treated with care. Washing by hand is recommended, and olivewood boards should be treated occasionally with mineral oil.
Best for Cast Iron Collectors: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Heart-Shaped Dutch Oven
Whether your loved one has fallen head over heels for versatile cast iron or is simply a Le Creuset fan, there are few more perfect Valentine’s gifts than this heart-shaped Dutch oven from the French company. This 1-quart Dutch oven is made of stain-resistant enameled cast iron, which doesn’t require additional seasoning, and is a great size for smaller meals, desserts, or side dishes. As with all Le Creusets, the tight-fitting lid seals in steam and heat during cooking, and large side handles make carrying it easy.
When topped with a black phenolic-resin knob, it is oven safe to 375 degrees. Switch that out with a stainless steel knob and it’s safe to 500 degrees. It’s otherwise safe to use on any cooking surface, and it’s even okay to clean in the dishwasher.
Best for Pie Bakers: Emile Henry Ruffled Heart Dish
The ruffled edges of Emile Henry’s pie dishes always add a certain flourish to any pie’s presentation, and a heart-shaped pie will be loved by recipients all year-round. This French company crafts its pie pans from Burgundian clay, which heats evenly for uniform baking and excellent browning. It’s also great at retaining heat so dishes stay warm throughout the meal.
This high-quality dish is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees and can also be placed under your broiler and in the microwave. Unlike some glass pie pans, Emile Henry’s dishes can handle a freezer-to-oven temperature change. The heart shape holds up to 2 liters and will work with recipes formatted for 9- or 10-inch pies.
Best for Oyster Lovers: Pike Place Fish Market Live Fresh Kumamoto Oysters, One Dozen
We all know what they say about oysters and why they’re the perfect appetizer for a lucky date night. And yes, they do set a glamorous mood when sitting in the half-shell on a bed of crushed ice. Kumamoto oysters are regularly considered some of the best oysters to eat raw.
Sold by the dozen from Seattle's famous Pike Place Fish Market, these deep-cupped oysters are cultivated sustainably in Humboldt, California. They’re known for being on the milder side with a sweet finish and are referred to as the champagne of oysters. Goldbelly does allow ordering early for guaranteed delivery.
Best for Snack Fiends: Bokksu Classic Bokksu Seasons of Japan Box
Snacks are one of life’s little joys, especially if you buy unique Japanese snacks at your local Asian market. If your loved one has a favorite Pocky flavor or keeps a stash of matcha Kit Kats, then they’d certainly love a whole box of Japanese snacks.
This box comes filled with 20+ authentic Japanese snacks plus a Genmaicha tea pairing. Those snacks include suppa mucho potato sticks, dango mochi, yuzu sake candy, uni rice crackers, and Hokkaido red bean doughnuts. If one box isn’t enough, Bokksu also has a monthly snack box subscription.
Best for Jerky Lovers: Manly Man Co. Beef Jerky Flower Bouquet
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with overflowing bouquets of long-stemmed red roses—but you can’t eat those. You can eat this bouquet of flowers made from beef jerky. Available in original, teriyaki, and hot flavors, this bouquet arrives in a pint glass vase and is packaged fully assembled. The entire “flower” is edible from the jerky flower to the stems made of beef and pork jerky. Reviewers say both kinds of jerky are flavorful and tender.
Best for Candy Makers: Wilton Easy-Flex Silicone Heart Mold
If you caught the penultimate episode of The Great British Baking Show, you know that silicone molds are often destroyed in the name of a good bake. Anyone who loves to be in the kitchen, or simply likes fun ice cube shapes, will enjoy Wilton’s Easy-Flex Silicone Heart Mold.
Made of 2 dozen 1.75-inch hearts, this blue silicone mold can be used for baking, making candies, jelly candies, ice cubes, and even small ice cream treats. The mold is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees, and is safe in both the freezer and microwave. Like all Wilton products, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Best for Tea Lovers: Uncommon Goods Heart-Shaped Tea Bags
Give your loved one the most comforting thing in the world: a nice hot cup of tea made from heart-shaped satchels. This adorable gift is the brainchild of Jacqueline Aliotti, the daughter of French tea shop owners.
The box comes with 15 bags of tea, containing five satchels each of English Breakfast, organic Earl Grey, and organic white berry tea, which is made of green and white tea, pink pepper, natural flavoring, and raspberry. The heart-shaped bags shouldn’t affect steeping at all, leaving you with a relaxing cuppa.
Best for Hot Sauce Lovers: Coastal Cocktails You're Dynamite Valentine's Hot Sauce Gift Set
Hot sauce might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a Valentine’s Day gift, but if your loved one is a fan of the flame, this cute set of five hot sauces is a great way to say "I love you." Bundled together, each 3-ounce bottle of hot sauce is a different flavor, from milder garlic herb and smoky bourbon to hotter cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, and ghost pepper. Each bottle also has a Valentine’s wish to help with the evening’s spiciness.
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Siobhan Wallace has written about food and wine for over a decade. She would be thrilled to receive any of these gifts on any day of the year.