Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift that’s sure to charm the loved ones in your life? With so many options to choose from, it can certainly be challenging to narrow down the field—potentially turning into a shopping endeavor that’s more bitter than sweet. Even so, throngs will surely shop to their heart’s content this holiday amid estimates that U.S. sales generated from Valentine’s Day gift purchases in 2016 neared 19 billion. As my gift to you, here’s a lovely list of tried-and-true ideas with enduring–and certainly appetizing–appeal.
Mark West California Pinot Noir 2014 (www.MarkWestWines.com) – $10.99
Delicious on its own or paired with a romantic recipe for two, this wine is a tasty way to show your love this Valentine’s Day. Mark West California Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, fruity red that features scents of spice, dark fruit, and cassis, with notes of savory and smoky oak. The core reveals a pleasing mix of black cherry, cola, strawberry, plum, and soft tannins balanced out by a round mouthfeel. The consistent quality of this wine is understandable, given the majority of fruit comes from the central coast of California, including the Russian River Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. It pairs perfectly with everything from grilled salmon to a juicy cheeseburger. This wine delivers exceptional quality at an affordable price.
Original Wine of the Month Club (www.WineOfTheMonthClub.com) – Starting at $23.95
For Valentine’s Day, wine lovers can also turn to the Original Wine of the Month Club for great gift giving options—from gift baskets with a fine selection of robust full-bodied reds and delectable sparkling whites to gift-able wine club memberships that can endure, and endear, in for months beyond. With convenient online ordering, free shipping and gift-giving ideas starting at less than $25, wine lovers are only a click or call away from the perfect gift for family members, friends and business clients. The Original Wine of the Month Club’s “Monthly Gift Club” is certainly a gift that keeps giving. Order a one-year membership for your friends and loved ones and they will receive a wine delivery every one- to- three months—your recipient will be reminded of your generosity with each flavorful wine selection! With free shipping for every order, each package is gift-wrapped and comes with a personalized, hand-written greeting.
Miller Lite Personalized Etched Signature Pint Glass (http://Shop.Millerlite.com) – 34.95
Here is a great gift that’ll ensure it’s always Miller Time for the favorite beer drinker in your life! You can easily personalize one or more pint glasses with a favorite saying, their name or a creative message—but within reason, only those that pass the PG rating, of course. These also come in ready-to-gift packaging, so those of legal drinking age can buy it from the convenience of the couch at shop.millerlite.com, and skip the pain of wrapping paper! So keep the good times rolling with this officially licensed glassware from Miller Lite!
Fannie May Fine Chocolates (www.FannieMay.com) – Starting at $24.99
One gift category that pretty much ensures a smile or three is the sweet treats group, made even tastier for the gift-giver when they can be easily purchased online for direct-to-door shipment. While competition abounds in this space, I’ve curated a group of e-commerce-driven goodies that’ll please the palate while warming the heart. From Fannie May, how about some super decadent Dark Raspberry Fudge. This creamy, smooth and “berry” delicious box of fudge, holding fully 1.5 pounds of deliciousness, is offered under $25. For around $30 consider their Assorted Chocolates Heart Box containing a broad mix of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramels and more that are gluten free, which are all packaged in a quintessential Valentine heart box, of course. You can also indulge someone special with the ultimate temptation—Fannie May’s exquisitely delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries. This 9-piece assortment priced around $50 features 3 milk chocolate berries striped with white chocolate, 3 dark chocolate berries striped with white chocolate and 3 white chocolate berries striped with dark chocolate.
Cheryl’s Cookies (www.Cheryls.com) – Starting at $24.99
There’s just no other cookie like a Cheryl’s cookie and for Valentine’s Day they pull out all the stops with some adorably-packaged dreamy delights. My top pick is Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day Gift Tower. Priced at $79.99, this bounty of boxes proffers a generous assortment of Cheryl’s best. These Valentine gift boxes are adorned with red and purple hearts, each overflowing with assorted gourmet cookies—a delectable collection of their famous buttercream frosted cookies as well as classics like chocolate chunk and sugar along with their new dark chocolate cherry cookies. Then there are butter shortbread cookies, crunchy double chocolate chip cookies, signature brownies, cake slices and sweet and salty pretzel clusters. Another fun option is Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit priced around $40. It arrives with everything you need to create yummy buttercream frosted Cheryl’s treats at home, but with no baking necessary! The kit has 24 un-frosted, pre-baked heart shaped cut-out cookies, a 1 pound tub of both vanilla and pink icing and Valentine’s Day sprinkles letting you unleash the creativity. Finally, at $24.99 Cheryl’s Mini Mailbox Sets are a sweet Valentine gift for the kids, grandkids or anyone special. They come in sets of two, with each mini mailbox filled with a delicious 10-piece Valentine assortment (20 total), including buttercream frosted heart shaped cut-out cookies, snack size chocolate chip cookies, fudge brownies and foil wrapped chocolate hearts.
The Popcorn Factory Heart Deco Popcorn Tins / Red Valentine Mailbox (www.ThePopcornFactory.com) – Starting at $20
If chocolate isn’t their thing, you can treat your Valentine to gallons of mouthwatering popcorn instead! With these pretty heart-laden tins, you may choose between 3 or 4 flavors: Butter, Cheese and Caramel for 3-flavor tins; White Cheddar, Butter, Cheese and Caramel for 4-flavor tins. The 3.5-gallon tins contain 56 cups; 6.5-gallon tins contain 104 cups–enough to keep the appreciation flowing for quite a while! ThePopcornFactory.com also offers a cute Red Valentine Mailbox for $20, which you can personalize with the recipient’s name. The metal mailbox is filled with a Popcorn Ball, Sour Smoochie Lips and Conversation Hearts.
The Popcorn Factory Deluxe Heart Great Foods Gift Basket (www.ThePopcornFactory.com) – $79.99
As part of the 1-800 Flowers Family of Brands, ThePopcornFactory.com offers a combination gift basket with top-tier treats from Harry & David, Fannie May and, of course, The Popcorn Factory itself. The charming heart-shaped basket offers Milk Chocolate Hearts, Milk Chocolate-covered Cherries and Raspberry-filled Galettes from Harry & David; Pixies from Fannie May; Cinnamon Jelly Hearts and fully 5 flavors of popcorn from The Popcorn Factory: Caramel, White Cheddar, Drizzled Caramel, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial and Valentine Kettle. So if you can’t decide which brand to shop for, with this grouped gift you don’t have to pick just one!
Lucca & Sons Market Sausage & Cheese Gift Box with Merlot Wine / Valentine Petits Fours – (www.1800Baskets.com) – Starting at $39.99
If you prefer something more savory, check out 1800baskets.com’s Valentine Sausage and Cheese Box with Merlot Wine. At around $60, this Lucca & Sons Market deluxe gift includes a savory selection of hearty, USDA-quality, gourmet smoked beef salami and beef summer sausages paired with a mild, spreadable parmesan herb cheese. A bottle of California Merlot accompanies this mouth-watering mix. Also included are an appetizing gourmet mustard dip—Sweet & Spicy—and wholesome flatbread. They’ll surely love this wine and appetizer party or picnic in a box! For dessert, you can showcase your love with this divinely decadent selection of premium Valentine petits fours. These tender bite-sized cakes will satisfy even the most discerning dessert lover. The assortment, which starts around $40, includes decadent Chocolate Truffle, White Chocolate, Strawberry, and Raspberry. It arrives in a beautiful gift box with ribbon, so there’s no wrapping paper necessary. Choose the 12 count full-size Classic or the 36 count bite-size Demitasse option.
Masaki Matsushima Chocolat Mat Spa Gift Box – (www.1800Baskets.com) – $119.99
Here’s a sweet way to give the gift of chocolate but without the calories! You can instead send the intoxicating scent of premium dark chocolate with this luxury gift set of Chocolat Mat perfume, bath and body products by the revered design house of Masaki Matsushima of Japan. Chocolat (no “e”) Mat possesses a unique blend of black currant, grapefruit, watermelon, rose, dark chocolate and cacao. To complete the experience, also included is a premier chocolate scented candle in a glass holder.
Harry & David Deluxe Valentine’s Day Gift Box (www.HarryAndDavid.com) – $54.99
Here’s another fabulous way to treat your Valentine to a box that’s brimming with an ideal blend of sweet and savory gourmet snacks. This gamut of goodies, priced around $55, includes buttery shortbread cookies from the company’s bakery, juicy Royal Riviera Pears from its orchards, its famous pepper and onion relish and sharp white cheddar cheese rounding out the mouth-watering experience. A heart-shaped cutting board and heart-pattern kitchen towel are also packaged in, which make lovely keepsakes long after all the snacks are gone.
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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***