16 foodie gifts for Valentine’s Day 2023
Shower your loved one in affection this Valentine’s Day with our pick of the best foodie gifts – or by all means, treat yourself… Whether you’re scouting for the perfect gift for your partner, best friend, first date or for those who don’t choose labels, say it with food and make it one to remember.
Another option is to roll up your sleeves and deliver a homemade treat this Valentine’s Day. Opt for a baked creation such as chocolate babka or discover 14 desserts guaranteed to make your Valentine swoon.
Natoora’s radicchio bouquets
Natoora’s ‘Radicchio, Not Roses’ campaign was launched last year, and highlights the problems with buying roses out of season for Valentine’s day. This year they’re bringing the campaign back and will be selling a range of forced radicchio grown in Veneto, Italy, in their London stores and for home delivery via the Natoora app. The Rosa del Veneto (shaped like a rose), will be bunched along with the Tardivo Radicchio, and the deliciously romantic Pink Radicchio, and the best part? You can then eat the winter leaves after a day of admiring them in their vase. Win, win! Available from Natoora.
African owned Bayab gin have brought out this new rose expression for Valentine’s Day and just like their other bottles it’s excellent quality, with none of the synthetic aftertaste you might worry a flavoured gin could have. Distilled in small batches with locally grown sugarcane the gin is infused with rose water, rose petals, coriander, sea salt and Baobab fruit from across the continent. Nothing says I love you like a rose gin martini, don’t you agree? Available from Master of Malt (£29.24).
Ice cream lovers will adore Badiani’s gelato cakes which have been dolled up as hearts for the occasion. The pistachio flavour is truly sublime and it’s paired with layers of pistachio spread on a sponge cake base. Delivery is available nationwide, so whether you’re seeking a gift for a friend or lover, or looking to melt someone’s icy heart, this stuff is a great bet… For smaller parties the chocolate heart ‘pinguinos’ are gelato sticks covered in Venezuelan choccy. Available from Badiani (£35 for 4 people).
If you’re in the mood for love with a little extra chilli, this Mexican kit from Cuisine box is a winner of a Valentine’s gift. The kit does require you to buy your fresh ingredients in, but it makes the dinner date hosting process so simple, with guidance on table settings, and a starter and main all designed to impress. We loved it most of all for the bonus of brunch: any leftover tacos, refried beans and salsa make a stellar lovers breakfast the next morning. Just add fried eggs and you’re on your way to even more brownie points. Available from CuisineBox (£28).
Chocolate is a guaranteed win on Valentine’s Day and Motif have created their Bar Chocolates, inspired by favourite cocktails. We love the espresso martini version for an afterdinner pick-me-up. The tins are gorgeous and worth hanging on to once the treats inside are finished, too. Available from Motif and Not On The High Street (£15.99).
We could count the ways we love fondue but we’d be here all week… One of the simplest, lowest-maintenance meals to put together, it’s glamorous and fuss-free at once. And what could be more romantic than sharing a melting pot of cheese and a bottle of white with your loved one? Available from ProCook (£39).
What better way to spice up the Valentine’s brunch than with this fresh chilli jam heart from confiture experts Tracklements? It goes so well with bacon and halloumi, but is also perfect on the side of bubble and squeak or a cheesy omelette. If your cherished one is a chilli champion, they’ll be pretty happy with a jar of this, take it from us. Available from Tracklements (£6.95).
Sometimes love cannot be expressed in the form of flowers or chocolates, but rather in the giving of sweet treats. Chef and restaurateur Ravinder Bhogal is known for her cross-cultural cooking, and has created a limited run sweets box ahead of Valentine’s Day. The handmade box features a selection of unique Indian mithai sweets including a Pedha, a milky fudge with white chocolate and saffron, and a Salted tahini, date and chocolate cup using dates from Palestinian enterprise Zaytoun. Available from Jikoni (£45).
Love Bite fruity red wine
This juicy number from Nouveau Wine is named Love Bite, and it’s a fresh Beaujolais-style from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. Its soft tannins and mineral salinity mean it pairs beautiful with a V day steak or a vegan wellington. Available from Nouveau Wine (£18.95).
Say you love them with a cocktail, and what better tipple to use in a V day spritz than Hotel Starlino rosé? It’s chic, delicious and just the right balance of dry and sweet. Even better – it’ll last way beyond Valentine’s day itself… Available from Master of Malt (£22).
This special, limited edition babka from London restaurant and bakery Honey & Co has been designed for Valentine’s day. Let us tell you now – it makes the most delightful breakfast to share with the one you love. Plaited with cardamom cream and raspberry jam then topped with rose petals and presented in a pretty tin that can be used again and again, it’s something different that can be enjoyed again and again as it keeps fresh for 5 days. Available from Honey & Co, baked and sent out to arrive in time for Valentine’s Day (£35).
Oh the smiles you’ll prompt when you deliver a bottle of the fanciest fizz this Valentine’s Day. Bernard-Massard’s Cuvée de l’Écusson Rosé is a traditional-method Crémant de Luxembourg from Pinot Noir, every bit as special as you require on the 14th Feburary. It is crisp, refreshing, with wild berry sweet notes, and pairs perfectly with seafood. Available from Amathus (£18.50).
Le Creuset dutch oven in heart print
We challenge you to find a prettier dutch oven than this heart-speckled number from the kinds of the dutch oven – Le Creuset. It’s the ideal V day gift for the bread baker, stew-maker, or simply the lover of cookware. If you’re not watching the pennies, this is a no-brainer. Available from Le Creuset (£315).
These crisp-shelled liquorice, filled with either a classic combination of strawberries and soft cream or another unique filling of caramel salty liquorice covered in dulche chocolate with blackcurrant notes. If you have a friend or significant other who has a soft spot for licorice, this is a great way to treat them. Available from Lakrids by Bülow (£32).
If fizzy red gets your lover’s heart a-flutter, this bottle from Ridgeview has all the sweet, peppery and lingering notes they could desire. There’s nothing like sparkling wine to mark a celebration, and this one goes brilliantly with food, so try it alongside red meat or hearty, winter stews. Available from Ridgeview (£55).
Show someone you care by taking the time to make these apple and pistachio rose-shaped tarts. They do take an extra degree of effort but the results are utterly worth it and there’s nothing more romantic than something homemade. Serve warm with clotted cream. Click here for the recipe.
Is there someone you want to impress? Try your hand at one of these 14 desserts to make your valentine swoon.
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