Six Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Serious Home Cook - That They Can Actually Use
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Six Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Serious Home Cook - That They Can Actually Use

Valentine’s day might be the most romantic holiday of the year, but romantic holidays don’t always come with useful gifts. From heart shaped candies to oversized stuffed bears Valentine’s day gifts are known to be particularly impractical. When chocolates just won’t do the trick, try out one of our curated gifts for the avid home cook in your life - that they can actually use.

HelloFresh Wine Subscription

HelloFresh Wine is the v-day gift that keeps on giving. Their monthly service consists of six full size bottles of red, white or mixed. Each box comes with pairings that correspond delightfully to their recipes for that month - so not only are you treating yourself to a well-balanced meal, but you can top it off with a glass of perfectly paired vino too. A perfect Valentine’s day gift because it can be enjoyed together, alone or even with friends for Galentine's Day!

Brightland Olive Oil

This artisanal olive oil is as delicious to look at as it is to cook with. Brightland was founded in Los Angeles this past June with a mission to champion authenticity in the American olive oil industry. Brightland offers two distinct products — “Awake” and “Alive” custom blends — featuring heirloom Arbequina and Arbosana olives harvested from a single family farm in California’s Central Coast and milled on-site through organic methods. The oil is packaged in gorgeous UV-protected opaque glass bottles, so your favorite home cook will love the sleek design as much as they love the bright and earthy flavors.

Nature’s Best Remedies

This beautifully illustrated book from National Geographic offers healthy home cooks a powerful resource to reboot, renew and revive their lifestyle in an approachable and natural way. The go-to guide is filled with hundreds of 'tips and tricks' to energize bodies and strengthen health using the world’s most therapeutic foods, herbs, spices, and essential oils. It's perfect for the cook looking to up their wellness game in the kitchen and is packed with innovative recipes and natural solutions for skin care, stress relief, insomnia and headaches. Available February 5th for $35.

The Styling Mat

Does your favorite home cook fancy themselves a food blogger? These beautifully designed mats are a fantastic gift for the Instagram-obsessed home cook. They are portable, washable, foldable and packable. Designs range from marble to cloud to stone print in different textures and fabrics. These mats are ideal for making the perfect flat lay or Instagram-worthy dinner table.

Great Jones Cookware

This selection of delightfully curated kitchenware is the chicest and most useful on the market. Made from cast iron or stainless steel, these gorgeous pieces move seamlessly from stove to table and are a gorgeous accent to any home kitchen. They come in different sizes like the Duchess, the Small Fry or the Big Deal and the whole set retails for under $400 - a perfect gift for the serious home cook whose looking for a little design with their dinner. 

Mark and Graham Insulated Tote

This insulated tote is perfect for the farmer’s-market-loving-cook. The exterior is lined with a strong, lightweight insulated material and sealed with a zipper enclosure to hold everything you need from veggies to cheeses to fresh flowers. Pick up one for your next picnic or make everyone jealous at your next pot luck dinner. 

About the Author

A lover of food, wine and travel, Laura is a freelance writer from NYC eating and drinking her way through the world. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Laura is a trained chef with a degree in culinary arts and a WSET II award in wine & spirits.