Valentine's Day 2019 gift guide (best Valentine's Day gifts chocolate food)
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The heart-shaped boxes of chocolate have been on shelves since New Year’s, but now that we’re almost a full week into February, it’s definitely time to start looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

It’s (probably) still not too late to make a reservation at the swankiest ristorante in town, but you could always plan to cook something romantic at home. And you may as well lock down the perfect present for your boyfriend, girlfriend, just plain friend, your mom, or even yourself, ASAP (because you know soon it’ll be Feb. 12 and you’ll wonder where the time went). 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—so you’re sure to find the perfect present to show you care.

For True Food Lovers

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

8 Food & Drink Experiences for Valentine’s Day Way Better Than a Restaurant Reservation


Forget dinner out at the hottest spot in town—treat them to an unforgettable interactive food (and bonding) experience with one of these unique cooking and dining experiences instead. See our Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Guide: Best Food & Drink Experiences You Can Book Online.

Most Romantic Food Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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Veuve Clicquot

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 2020 Gift Guide: Most Romantic Food Gifts.

Best Luxury Food Gifts for Valentine’s Day

luxury food and drink gifts for Valentine's Day 2020 (including fresh black truffles from Food52)

Bobbi Lin/Food52

Have a Valentine with expensive tastes? These high-end food and drink gifts will make them swoon. See our Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Guide: Best Luxury Food Gifts.

The Sweetest CBD Treats & Chocolates

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For those who like to Netflix and chill, but literally. See our Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Guide: Best CBD-Infused Chocolates and Treats.

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 Day Gifts Under $25

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Uncommon Goods

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 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts Under $25.

Best Valentine’s Day Food Gifts Under $50

Goldbelly Ovenly Conversation Heart Cookie


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 for Valentine’s Day

Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Library Gift Box


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 2020 Gift Guide: Unique Chocolate Treats.

Best Valentine’s Day Treats to Send Long Distance

Angel Food Bakery Big Ass Heart Chocolate Jumbo Donut


Show someone affection from afar by sending them a surprise gift that’s sweet in more ways than one (but we have savory lovers covered too). See our Valentine’s Day 2020 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.

Swoon-Worthy Red & Pink Kitchen Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Food52 knives


Add a pop of color to your beloved’s kitchen with these elegant yet on-theme red and pink tools. See our Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Guide: Best Red & Pink Kitchen Gadgets.

Heart-Shaped Kitchen Tools for Valentine’s Day

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 2020 Gift Guide: Best Heart-Shaped Kitchen Items.

Valentine’s Gifts for Passionate Home Cooks

Food52 cooling rack


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 2020 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

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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 2020 Gift Guide: Most Romantic Cocktail Ingredients.

Wonderful Wine Subscriptions for Your Valentine

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Only have eyes for an oenophile? Give them a wine subscription that suits their style and they’ll be drunk in love. See our picks for Best Wine Clubs & Subscriptions on CNET.

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 Essential Mocktail Ingredients for making something special.

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

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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 2020 Gift Guide.

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. That means they’re also perfect for ordering well ahead of time too.

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 2020 Gift Guide: Best 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 2020 Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Him on Amazon.

See Valentine’s day gift ideas from our sister sites CNET, GameSpot, ET Online, and TV Guide too.

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

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Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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