Valentine's Day 2019 gift guide (best Valentine's Day gifts chocolate food)
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While the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate may roll out right after New Year’s, now is actually the time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts (and plans in general). It’s probably too late to make a reservation at the hottest spot in town, so cook something romantic at home. And lock down the perfect gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, just plain friend, your mom, or even yourself, ASAP. Even if you hate Valentine’s Day with a passion, it’s still a great excuse to show a little love.

These Valentine’s Day gift guides are full of exciting, adorable, inspiring, and just plain delicious options for her, for him, for you, for everyone—whether you crave something sweet, savory, expensive, practical, or just plain unusual. We’ll be updating the list every day with new ideas, so you’re sure to find the perfect present to show you care. Don’t forget about Galentine’s Day, either. (And be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day giveaway on Instagram too; three lucky winners will get lots of goodies from Hotel Chocolat!)

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Your Amazon Prime account can save you from a snafu (can’t always say the same for the grocery store candy aisle). Lots of the other guides on this list also include Prime-eligible options, but these two are dedicated to last-minute gifts that don’t seem like they are.

Best Gifts for Her on Amazon

Jonathan Adler mod decanters

Jonathan Adler/Amazon

Don’t let the “for her” stop you from nabbing any of these charming gifts for whoever is on your shopping list. Seriously, there’s something for everyone, from design/art nerds to tea lovers and home bakers. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Last-Minute Gifts for Her on Amazon.

Best Gifts for Him on Amazon

Marcato pasta machine


Ditto these more traditionally “masculine” gifts that appeal to a wide array of people, passions, and styles. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Last-Minute Gifts for Him on Amazon.

For True Food Lovers

Give them something amazingly delicious and they’ll remember it forever.

Most Romantic Food Gifts

Theor Chocolate Love is Love Valentine's Day chocolate gift

Theo Chocolate

From boutique macarons and pink Champagne to couples cooking classes, these gifts will make any food lover’s heart rate spike. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Most Romantic Food Gifts.

Best Luxury Food Gifts

Valentine's Day luxury food gift

Dean & DeLuca

Have a Valentine with expensive tastes? These high-end food and drink gifts will make them swoon. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Luxury Food Gifts.

Budget Bae

While it is certainly the thought that counts, it can feel really nice to give (and receive) a little something tangible. These gifts won’t break the bank, but will melt hearts.

Best Valentine’s Gifts Under $25

Feast Your Eyes food photography book


You can find plenty of sweet, funny, and thoughtful gifts for $25 and under (sometimes way under), as these items prove. And most are available on Amazon Prime, so you can get them on short notice too! See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Gifts Under $25.

Best Valentine’s Day Food Gifts Under $50

best Valentine's Day food gifts under $50


If you have a little more cash to drop, check out these under-$50 options, all of which happen to be edible. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Food Gifts Under $50.

Sweet Treats

Valentine’s Day chocolates are classic, but these are truly exceptional. (And for those who like a sugar high but don’t do cocoa, we’ve got options for them too.)

Unique Chocolate Options

unique chocolate gifts for Valentine's Day

Everyday Parisian

If your Valentine won’t be satisfied with the usual chocolate bonbons, no matter how high-quality, look to more offbeat chocolate options like these. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Unique Chocolate Treats.

Best CBD Chocolates and Candy

AUR Chocolate Bon Bons CBD chocolate gift


For those who like to Netflix and chill (but literally), these CBD-infused sweets are sure to please. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best CBD Chocolates and Treats.

Best Sweets to Send Long Distance

best mail order Valentine's Day treats delivery

Southern Baked

Show someone affection from afar by sending them a surprise gift that’s sweet in more ways than one. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Mail-Order Treats to Have Delivered.

Practically Romantic

From the best cookware to the best cookbooks, these gifts will be used again and again.

For Cookbook Lovers

Valentine's Day gift cookbook

Bake From Scratch

Whether your S.O. is into cooking or just loves reading cookbooks like novels (try it; it’s fun), they’ll adore any of these additions to their bookshelves. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: For Cookbook Lovers.

Heart-Shaped Kitchen Tools

Nordic Ware Sweetheart Waffler (Norwegian Heart-Shaped Waffle Iron)

Nordic Ware/Amazon

The way to one’s heart is through one’s stomach, but sometimes the reverse is also true. For your sweetheart who likes to cook with love, these heart-shaped kitchen tools are just the thing. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Heart-Shaped Kitchen Items.

Valentine’s Gifts for Passionate Home Cooks

Valentine's Day gifts for home cooks

Blue Apron Market

If your S.O. is immune to the charms of heart-shaped goodies and just wants to get down to business in the kitchen, give them something they’ll use all the time. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Home Cooks.

Potent Potables

Cocktails, mocktails, beer, or wine—whatever your sweetie likes to sip, there’s a perfect present for them below.

The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Cocktail Ingredients

Hudon and Lee honey simple syrup

Hudson & Lee/Facebook

Got a mixologist main squeeze? Give them these decidedly romantic cocktail ingredients for their bar cart, and maybe you’ll sip something sweet together. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Most Romantic Cocktail Ingredients.

Valentine’s Day Beers

Valentine's Day beer

Carton Brewing

Give your favorite craft beer fan some chocolate stouts, sure, but don’t sleep on beers brewed with oysters, roses, and even Champagne yeast and caviar. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Picks for Craft Beer Lovers.

Wonderful Wine Subscriptions

best wine subscription boxes and best wine clubs


Only have eyes for an oenophile? Give them a wine subscription that suits their style and they’ll be drunk in love. See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Wine Subscriptions.

Mocktail Must-Haves

Belvoir Fruit Farms elderflower cordial

Belvoir Fruit Farms/Facebook

Have a zero-proof paramour who still likes to get fancy? Treat them to some marvelous mocktail ingredients so they can make top-notch tipples without the alcohol . (Because true love is intoxicating enough.) See our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Best Mocktail Ingredients.

Galentine’s Goodies

Honestly, pretty much any and everything from all of these guides would be great to give your gals (or pals) to show you care, but in honor of the occasion…

Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for Your Girls

chocolate rose tea

Tea Forté

Lovely gifts for your favorite ladies, because you should never underestimate the importance of girlfriends; be sure to remind them you know how lucky you are to have your besties in your life. See our Galentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide.

Related Video: How to Make a Valentine’s Day Cocktail with Kombucha

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