GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
Does that fit your #Valentine? Then, whether male or female, you’ll find something on this list. Or, some great ideas that pop in your head as you read. Bon appetite [well, if they share it :-)]
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Not only will you wow your Valentine with these irresistibly delicious Italian wild cherries, but with a spectacular reusable crock, too. From beverages to desserts, the applications are endless with these perfect specimens swimming in thick syrup. Your gift recipient will even find use for the syrup. Amarena Fabbri Wild Cherries in the ceramic crock—the definitive waste-free gift. 600g, 21 oz.
$25 Sur La table
For the sweetheart with a sweet tooth, move beyond chocolates. Gift the melt in your mouth Paris Caramels Fleur de Sel Salt Caramels Gift Box. Made with pure, French Charentes-Poitou Butter and famed French Fleur de Sel. Approximately 30-35 pcs, 12 oz – 3/4 pound.
$28 free shipping Amazon
Or, without salt, in 4 flavors, 16 pieces (5.8 oz)
If it’s chocolate or nothing, gift beyond the heart boxes. Gift the Pecan Törtéls. These upscale turtles are overly stuffed with caramel and nuts. 12 ounces, presented in a regal box.
$36 Dean & DeLuca
Gift the Cacao Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bouquet flower/chocolate hybrid. An artisan bouquet of 12 with three sweet and savory flavors each. Premium 60% dark chocolate paired with local, organic ingredients. Made in USA.
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If your love adores pecan pies, gift a different twist with Ginger Pecan Tarts. Delicious gingerbread crust. 1/2 dozen in box. All theirs, no holiday sharing. (Some states require special shipping methods)
Or, maybe you’d rather present a complete feast to consume on Valentine’s Day, or for your sweetheart to indulge in at another time. Adding wine or fave beverage optional, but likely much appreciated.
Bundling any of these with a Netflix, Hulu or Amazon subscription, for binge or group sessions, might make you a hero.
Feasts like the Grand Meat and Cheese Gift Box filled with premium savory treats. Three specialty sausages, four gourmet cheeses, crackers and condiments.
$50 HarryandDavid.com, $40 Deluxe size, $30 Classic size
HarryandDavid has great fruit baskets for your health conscious Valentine. Click here. Prices from $20 (sale) to $100+
Surprise your sweetheart, adventurous cook or paella lover with this complete (except for the wine!) Spanish Paella Gift Set includes authentic paella pan, paella rice, extra-virgin olive oil, smoked mild paprika and paella seasoning. Gift added items such as meat, vegetables as fits your Valentine’s taste.
Saffron, at $500 + an ounce, is the most expensive, precious spice. But just a tiny bit of this pungent, earthy spice gives your gift recipient’s dishes pow. And they’ll find creative ways to use it. Bundle with Bloody Mary ingredients for energized cocktails. Best purchased at specialty shops.
Your sweetheart think condiments are everything? Gift sets like the KL Keller Mustard Sampler. Exceptional mustards made in the USA. Jar trio includes Kitty’s Dijon Mustard, Espelette Pepper Mustard and Violet Mustard.
Does your Valentine spend any time in the kitchen? If so they’ll find a use for the L’Olivier Fruit Vinegar Migonnettes Gift Box – whether for cooking, seasoning cooked meats, drizzling over (fill in the blank) and/or making incredible, flavorful salad dressings. Comes in passion fruit, raspberry and fig flavors. You might even suggest they try their hand at shrub cocktails.
$20 $30 Igourmet
Acetaia Leonardi’s 5 Balsamic Condiment infuses all kinds of foods with a fruity, winey flavor. Who knows what they’ll find to season it with, drizzle it over? 250 ml
$45 Markethallfoods.com, $49 Walmart, $45 Amazon
Sure they probably have olive oil in their pantry. Even if your Valentine is an olive oil devotee, it’s unlikely they have the variety offered in the Calivirgin’s Olive Oil & Vinegar Gift Collection. Infusing flavor from drinks to salads to veg to meats. Five mini bottles – California produced EVOO and 3 best-selling flavored olive oils, and Italian balsamic vinegar.
Ok, get out there and please their taste buds.
We hope you find the perfect gift or at least get some perfect ideas for your Valentine.
HAPPY FRUGALISTA SHOPPING! Thanks for coming by!
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