Valentine’s Day gifts for food and wine lovers
By Carla Snuggs
Still looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the food enthusiast in your life? Posh Beauty Blog can help with that. Below are some great gift ideas for chocolate lovers, wine lovers, coffee lovers or anyone who loves food and wine.
For Chocolate Lovers
Money on Honey
Nothing pleases that special honey like chocolate! Give to your loved one and give back to the community at the same time. Money on Honey, an all -natural line of caramels made completely of pure wildflower honey and devoid of the unhealthy corn syrups, of which caramels are typically made of. The confections, which are sweetened only by pure honey and cane sugars, and blended with real cream and butter are finished with Fair Trade certified Guittard dark chocolate and a sprinkling of French sea salt creating a premium, delicate, and more wholesome alternative to other caramels in the market. Additionally, a portion of all sales will be donated to Project Apis M., a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and direct research to enhance the health and vitality of honeybee colonies and improve crop production.
If Your Valentine Is A Chocolate-Loving Kid At Heart. GourmetGiftBaskets.com offers the Teddy Bear And Chocolates Valentine's Day Gift Basket. It includes truffles, chocolate-covered cherries, and other treats, plus a beautiful, snugly stuffed teddy bear. It's one of the cutest gifts around for Valentine's Day.
For Coffee Lovers
For the coffee lover, Holderness Coffee Roastersmakes a fabulous gift, or is a great treat for you Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed. Holderness Coffee Roasters launched last month as a stand alone retail brand, bringing a Corvallis, Oregon coffee house favorite to the greater Pacific Northwest. They have started out with a flagship blend (Stick House) and two single origin coffees (Ethiopia Sidamo or a Kenya Karagoto AA). Stick House, Holderness’s signature blend, will be comprised of rotating, seasonal varietals roasted and blended to maintain a well-balanced and medium-bodied flavor profile, with mild fruit notes and chocolate, nutty overtones. The two initial single origin offerings, representative of their respective regions, were chosen to showcase complex flavor profiles and Holderness’ roasting style. Hunkute from Sidamo, Ethiopia is floral and sweet with notes of white peach and black tea, concluding with a clean finish. Karagoto AA from Nyeri, Kenya is big bodied and complex with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and cola. Holderness coffees are available at Coffee Culture in Corvallis and online at HoldernessCoffeeRoasters.com.
Capresso MT900 10 Cup Rapid Brew
This coffee machine is perfect for your Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed (just set it and forget it and keep the focus on your Valentine) and it’s also makes a great gift. Fully featured and visually stunning, the Capresso MT 900 10-Cup Rapid Brew Coffee Maker features a stainless steel heating system, ensuring coffee brews at the perfect temperature and water never comes in contact with aluminum. It has a 24-hour programmable LCD clock/timer and retains all programming during short power outages up to 10 seconds
Brews 10 cups of coffee in under 7 minutes for maximum flavor and aroma
Extra-large showerhead design fully saturates ground coffee, ensuring best extraction
Drip stop for pouring a cup while brewing
Special setting for maximum aroma when brewing 3–5 cups
Safety auto shut-off after brewing
Charcoal water filter with an electronic filter indicator shows when to replace the charcoal filter
Papyrus Coffee Mugs
For the whisky lover or anyone with an eye for design, Posh Beauty Blog recommends The Peugeot Les Impitoyables Whisky Tasting Set The whisky glass from Les Impitoyables collection is designed to enhance all whiskies and eaux-de-vie, such as Cognac and Armagnac. With a distinctive wide bowl, this technical glass will reveal the subtleties in the whisky, bringing out the aromas for an utterly indulgent tasting. The metal base is designed to chill the spirit for at least 30 minutes, without upsetting it or creating a temperature shock that would inhibit the release of the scents, and without the use of ice. For better results, leave the metal base in the freezer for a few hours.
Brooklyn Brew Shop Sparkling Wine Kit
Built on the principles that making beer—real beer, from real ingredients—can be simple, tasty and more importantly, fun, Brooklyn Brew Shop sells stylish brew kits and ingredient mixes for seasonally-inspired beers and ciders. All of their kits are designed for use on a standard kitchen stove and use real ingredients instead of the less flavorful extracts and additives typical in other homebrewing kits. This Valentine’s Day have fun in the kitchen with your Valentine with the Brooklyn Brew Shop Sparking Wine Kit. Nothing brings the warm fuzzies like a bottle of bubbly! This kit contains all the equipment and ingredients necessary to make fives bottles of naturally sparkling wine, including specially sourced chardonnay grape juice from a premier California vineyard. All you need are a few empty champagne bottles and a few months of patience. Best of all, the equipment is reusable with a fresh round of raw ingredients.
For Wine Lovers and Beer Lovers
Edna Valley Pinot Noir Red Glitter Edition Bottle
By gifting a gift that gives back, it not only shows devotion to a loved one, but also to others. Keeping in mind that February marks American Heart Month, ONEHOPE has the perfect gift solutions that both men and women will love: Edna Valley Pinot Noir Red Glitter Edition Bottle – Gift a delicious wine that educates a family of five on their risk of heart disease.
Gourmetgiftbaskets.com Beer Bucket
We all know that getting a man a gift on Valentine's Day can be an eternal struggle. But it doesn't need to be this year, as GourmetGiftBaskets.com has recently introduced the new Winter Seasonal Beer Bucket. This beer bucket offers artisan crackers, premium cheese and salami, as well as six limited edition beers that you can only find in the wintertime. he beers are quite varied, appealing to many different tastes. They include: Winterhook Dark Ale by Redhook, Sick Day by Long Trail, Peak Organic Winter Session, Prelude Special Ale by Shipyard, Torsten by Von Trapp, and Goose Winter Ale.
Rosa Regale Sparking Wine
Rosa Regale, a sweet, sparkling, red wine made from the Brachetto grape of Piedmont, Italy Though fairly unknown in the USA, Brachetto has been grown in Italy and made into wine for hundreds of years. In fact, both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony sent gifts of Brachetto wine to Cleopatra – who, in turn, would use the wine to woo her lovers and “heighten” her encounters with them. Could there be a more appropriate wine for Valentine’s Day? (Oh, did I mention it is a FANTASTIC match with chocolate?). Shop: Rosaregale.com
Prana Chai Gift Box
For the tea lover, the Prana Chai gift box includes everything needed for the perfect, easy-to-prep chai at home and makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. The Prana Chai Gift Box includes:
- 250g Masala Blend Prana Chai Bag
- 14oz Stainless Steel Turkish Coffee Warmer / Teapot
- Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer
- Robert Gordon Chai Mug
- Prana Chai recipe booklet - also includes 6 food recipes
You can find it on sale at Pranachai.com
If you’re making dinner for you Valentine or your Valentine loves candles, give a gift that gives back:
Bright Endeavors Candles
Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise, is letting love light the way this Valentine’s Day with luxe signature glass candles designed to warm your home and ignite the romance:
Lavender Sprig: Fresh lavender relaxes the mind and promotes calmness and wellness.
Sandalwood Patchouli: Light, Cypre Sandalwood accompanies a complex, minty patchouli incense to enliven courage and strength.
Vanilla Honey: Decadent vanilla bean united with sweet honey and mellow nutmeg to warm your senses and elevate yur mood.
Bright Endeavors is lighting the path out of poverty for adolescent moms in Chicago through a paid job-training program. Each signature glass candle is handcrafted and signed by participants on a path towards professional success, one hundred percent of the proceeds go to participants who are not only learning job skills to gain independence, but also understanding their place in the broader world, how they fit into their communities, and how they can have an impact on the world. Every day is an opportunity to take steps towards a more successful future.
Disclosure: Press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and honest review.
What are your favorite gifts to give a foodie (or to receive)? Leave your ideas in the comment sections below.