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As Julia Child put it, “people who love to eat are the best people.” I’d add that people who love to eat are also easy to love. If your Valentine, Galentine or whomever you’re sending love to this February gets filed under “food-lover,” you’d be wise not to risk your budget on an expensive watch or fragrance. No, not with an endless supply of delicious food and drink gifts to choose from.
Speaking of budget, all of these Valentine’s 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 food and drink gifts that won’t break the bank and will hopefully inspire your love to share.
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KC Cattle Co.
The only thing meltier than Valentine’s Day chocolate is Wagyu. This is about as richly marbled and flavorful as beef gets and it makes a sumptuous gift for a carnivore you heart. This Denver cut Wagyu (Wagyu is any one of four Japanese cattle breeds) is pretty affordable, comparatively. Nab a few 7-ounce steaks for Valentine’s Day from KC Cattle Co., fire up the cast iron and make it a special evening.
I know I said under $50 but I can’t help it, y’all. This gorgeous bottle of Asombroso is just $2 over the limit and worth every penny. Asombroso is a producer known for resting tequila in wine barrels and that’s exactly where this Reposado (aged between two and 12 months) gets its pinkish hue.
Top Shelf Wine & Spirits
Codigo 1530 is a more budget-friendly Rosa tequila but it’s still plenty smooth. This clever bento box gift pack comes with two boxes of Sugarfina’s darling gummies, also made with tequila and rosé wine. A match made in boozy Valentine’s Day heaven.
I know, I know. I’ve done it again. But all this cured, salted charcuterie goodness for $53 will make for a tasty Valentine’s Day. The sampler includes Includes dry-cured pork sausage, suck sausage and French garlic sausage along with a smoked chicken breast, duck rillette and black truffle butter.
With all that, who needs dinner?
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 a chocolate lover craves.
Sur La Table
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.
Some like it hot. If that’s the case with your taco-loving, can’t-get-enough-heat valentine, give them these good-looking bottles of two hot sauces and one hot honey, all handmade in New York from local ingredients. There’s heat here for sure, but this unique gift set doesn’t sacrifice flavor for spice.
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 milk chocolate and peanut butter, 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).
Truffle tasting box
La Maison Du Chocolat
If it’s a fancier breed of truffle that’ll set their heart aflutter, La Maison Du Chocolat has them. This 13-piece gift box clocks in at just $38 and features six pure chocolate truffles, three toffee caramel truffles with vanilla and salt and three fruit pulp truffles with blackcurrant and pepper.
This Valentine’s Day gift is 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 wake up with their favorite roast. There are multiple subscription options, but this tasting box includes artisanal chocolate to satisfy the sweet tooth. (You can also order some Bean Box samplers on Amazon. And check out our guide to the best coffee subscriptions for even more options.)
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. This tea trio is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to keep them warm on the dreariest of winter days left ahead.
You can have a dozen of these extra fancy dipped strawberries with crunchy chocolate chunks and sprinkles delivered to your Valentine. And if you’re buying for a man with a taste for berries, dipped strawberries “for him” could be just what he’s after.
Raw honey is the kind of thing you wish you had in your pantry but never end up buying because of sticker shock. This four-pack of raw honeys with superfoods such as lemon and ginger will tell your lovebug what you’ve been meaning to say: You’d like to do sweet things together.
Note: these will be back in stock next week and can still be shipped in time for Feb. 13 if you order today.
This story was written by Kate Bratskeir and updated by David Watsky.