Valentine's Day is a time for showing your most treasured loved ones how much you really care, and it's an opportunity to express a little extra love and affection. As a famously treat-centric holiday, somewhere along the way Valentine's Day became synonymous with sub-par boxes of drugstore chocolates that most people seem to leave half-eaten.
If you're going to indulge in the world's most romantic holiday, why not give a better treat? We're challenging you to take Valentine's Day more seriously this year by gifting something creative that any home cook, baker or bartender would love. From small-batch strawberry vinegar to a modern teapot, these are the imaginative and thoughtful gifts that your special someone is bound to remember.
Whether your special someone loves to cook, bake or mix-up a batch of cocktails, there are plenty of consumable gifts that will put last year's box of chocolates to shame. And hey, if you're flying solo this year, you deserve to snatch up one of these gifts all for yourself, no sharing required.
Brightland Lush Strawberry Vinegar
Courtesy of Brightland
This strawberry vinegar from Brightland is made from Oishii Omakase Berries, which are vertically farmed to produce the freshest and most brightly flavored fruit possible. Bursting with strawberry flavor, Lush is one of Brightland's most requested vinegars, and it sold out just five days after being launched. Luckily, it's back with limited stock just in time for Valentine's Day. This vinegar is bright, fruity, and perfectly sweet. Drizzle it on berries or over salad for a fresh and zippy bite.
To buy: $25 at brightland.com
Wildgrain Sourdough Subscription
Courtesy of Wildgrain
Perfect for the sourdough lover in your life, this subscription service delivers frozen breads, artisanal pastries, and fresh pastas directly to your door each month. Simply bake or boil from frozen, and you'll have fresh bread or pasta on the table in less than 25 minutes. The subscription offers options for a "mixed box," which contains bread, pasta, and pastries or a "bread box" with just bread and pasta. Pick from flavors like rosemary-garlic sourdough, orange-cranberry biscuits, or fresh fettuccine. The membership-based service requires no commitment so you can feel free to skip or cancel anytime. Every shipment promises clean, GMO-free ingredients in eco-friendly packaging. Better yet, with each membership Wildgrain donates six meals to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
To buy: $89 at wildgrain.com
Togu Knife Subscription
Courtesy of Togu Knives
Keeping blades sharp is an ongoing battle that every avid cook faces. Togu is a subscription-based service that helps fix that problem by shipping two super sharp knives—one Chef's knife and one paring knife—directly to your home on a recurring basis. Simply use the knives as you normally would and after eight weeks Togu will ship you a freshly sharpened set. Shipping is free and easy, once you receive the new knives, just send back the older, duller knives via Togu's packaging and prepaid shipping label. Togu's knives are Japanese-inspired and always hand-sharpened for peak precision.
To buy: $24 per month at toguknives.com
West~Bourne the Festive Favorites Gift Box
Courtesy of Westbourne
Fans of West~bourne's mission-driven, zero-waste restaurants in New York and Los Angeles will love the brand's new line of plant-based snacks, spices, and pantry staples. Each item is fully-flavored and made with pure, natural ingredients and packaged in compostable containers. Home cooks and avid snackers will love this gift box that features West~bourne originals like Togarashi Crunch, Pistachio Dukkah, and chili oil.
To buy: $85 at westbourne.com
Smeg Tea Kettle
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma
Smeg is well-known for creating some of the chicest kitchen supplies you can find, and this mini electric tea kettle is no different. Available in seven adorable colors like pastel blue and green, this decorative kettle combines a retro look with modern features for a stylish and functional kitchen gadget. We love that it's equipped with a non-slip base and anti-drip spout for added safety, and the LED light easily displays whether it's on or off. Though it's on the smaller size, the 3-cup capacity is perfect for a personal pot of tea.
To buy: $135 at williams-sonoma.com
Firebelly Tea Sampler
Courtesy of Firebelly Tea
Firebelly's 100% natural teas are made using real ingredients sourced from around the world that produce super flavorful single varietals and tea blends. Its teas are packaged in compostable, resealable bags that lock in freshness and naturally degrade in compost. These high-quality blends are the perfect gift for any tea lover, and its chic, modern accessories are a stylish addition to any home kitchen.
To buy: $30 at firebellytea.com
Haus the Deluxe Cocktail Kit
Courtesy of Haus
Haus's line of all-natural aperitifs are made with high-quality fruits, herbs and botanicals that boast complex, layered flavor without the added sugar. A delightfully cleaner option than standard liquor, each bottle is made to sip on its own or mix into a cocktail. The deluxe cocktail kit is a fantastic way to try six flavors like Citrus Flower or Lemon Lavender, all of which come packaged in a ready-to-gift box.
To buy: $100 at drink.haus
Made In Champagne Saber
Courtesy of Made In
For champagne lovers, there is no more aspirational beverage tool than a champagne saber. This saber from one of our favorite cookware brands, Made In, is the perfect gift for any bubbly fan looking to complete their collection of wine gadgets. Crafted with an ebony wood handle, this stainless steel saber makes opening a bottle of sparkling wine instantly more celebratory.
To buy: $200 at madeincookware.com
Estelle Colored Glass Wine Glass Set
Courtesy of West Elm
If you're ever at a loss for what to give your favorite cook, wine drinker, or hostess, fun and funky glassware is a great way to go. Estelle Colored Glass makes wine glasses in a number of vibrant colors like Amethyst and Fuschia. They're a decorative addition to any home bar and add just the right amount of flair to your tablescape.
To buy: $175 at westelm.com
Colive Cold-Extracted Olive Oil
Courtesy of Amazon
High-quality extra virgin olive oil is a gift that any home cook, baker ,or entertainer would covet. This extra virgin, single-origin bottle hails from Cyprus and contains no additives or preservatives. It's made from hand-picked olives that are cold-pressed, processed, and bottled within 24 hours of harvesting to ensure peak freshness. As a result, Colive boasts a complex, bright flavor that's perfect for dipping and drizzling. If you're looking for a gift that gives back, 10% of the profits from each bottle are donated to causes that promote positive social change.
To buy: $20 at amazon.com