As George Bernard Shaw once said, “there is no love sincerer than the love of food.” Which is exactly why we say skip the overpriced roses for her and ditch the cologne for him and instead give your Valentine what he or she really wants: chocolate, pasta, and other treats they’ll probably dig into immediately after unwrapping. Plus, all of these Valentine Day food gift ideas are under $50 (we can’t say the same for a bouquet of flowers—that gets expensive, fast). Below, the best Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank and will hopefully inspire your love to share.
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If the recipient of this gift is displeased, you must dump them immediately. Everyone knows seasonal Reese’s are one of the best things to grace our planet—bigger in size and voluptuous in peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio, there is truly no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. Especially when it comes from the heart, as a heart (and a whole bag, at that).Buy Now
Surprise your Valentine with a very on-theme meal, complete with heart-shaped pasta. The Valentine Pasta comes as a set of two bags, so you can cook up a large batch for a group of friends (especially if you’re hosting a singles-only dinner party) or save one for your side chick.Buy Now
Let’s face it, chocolate rarely fails. Especially on Valentine’s Day and especially when slow-cooked caramel made with high-quality fleur de sel sweetens the deal. These hearts are finished with a sprinkle of salt, offering the exact salty-sweet combination dessert lovers crave, and the lustrous rainbow colors are gorgeous to boot.Buy Now
Let them know they add glitter to your life with this divine combination of dark chocolate coated in pink chocolate and studded with peppermint candy. Take a bite and you’ll get a lovely mouth shock—a smattering of pop rocks.Buy Now
Raw honey is that kind of thing you wish you had in your pantry but never end up buying because of sticker shock. This six-pack of raw honeys with superfoods like ginger and turmeric will tell your lovebug what you’ve been meaning to say: you’d like to do sweet things together.Buy Now
Don’t make dinner plans for the night—and feel 100 percent okay about it. Stay in and start with dessert: Bake these jam-filled, heart-shaped shortbread cookies and fall in sweet, tender love at first bite. The kit comes with literally everything you need except eggs, butter, and standard baking equipment (so it’s also perfect for bringing along if you happen to have booked a night away at a rental house.)Buy Now
Treat your sweet to a morning in Paris without leaving the house. You get 15 chocolate-filled croissants in this batch, which you should take out of the freezer the night before Valentine’s Day to thaw. Come morning, head straight for the kitchen and bake these bad boys right away, so your beloved can wake to the scent of pastry. If you prefer, you can also order plain croissants.Buy Now
Have these indulgent strawberries delivered to your girlfriend or boyfriend or…mom. Pulling this off requires a bit of pre-planning, as delivery can take anywhere from five to seven days, so make sure to get your order in at least a week before February 14th.Buy Now
Perfect for the caffeine addict in your life, Bean Box curates the best small batch coffee producers and delivers beans right to your door. Plus, your significant other will think of you every morning as they come to with his or her favorite roast. There are multiple subscription options, but this tasting box includes artisanal chocolate to sweeten the deal. (You can also order some Bean Box samplers on Amazon. And check out our guide to the best coffee subscriptions for even more options.)Buy Now
Perhaps your boo is anti-Valentine’s Day because they don’t identify as a chocolate person. Show your love you know them best with this fancy tea trio that includes a green matcha blend, a white lemon ginger, and a chai. All will keep them warm on the dreariest of winter days left ahead.Buy Now
A Champagne-filled Valentine’s Day is certain to be a good one, so take it to the next level with this Sugarfina gift set. It comes with three cubes of bubbly-flavored gummy bears and two festive flutes for sipping the real stuff (or, you know, Prosecco) alongside. Cheers!Buy Now
Check out our Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Guide headquarters for even more ideas for every budget, taste, and personality.
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