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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – The Perfect Foodie Gift

Valentine’s day can easily turn into one of those days that brings about a lot of pressure – being the perfect day, having the perfect dinner and buying the perfect gift. Really, it’s just about showing the people around you that you love them, whether that’s a partner, friend or family member. How better to show them that you care than with a thoughtful foodie gift, chosen just for them? We’ve conjured up a Valentine’s Day gift guide of our favourite foodie gifts that’ll work for anyone in your life; we’re sure they’ll love them. 

My Sweet Coco

Supporting small Irish businesses this Valentine’s is what we’re all about, and My Sweet Coco offer the perfect V-Day gifts for your recipient. Making indulgent hot chocolate bombs is their specialty, with a range of over 20 flavours to choose from. My Sweet Coco started during the pandemic and have gone from strength to strength, opening seasonally for your cosy hot chocolate needs, and always using the highest quality ingredients. You can purchase a pack of 4 or 6 chocolate bombs with their special Valentine’s Box, decked out with heart-shaped marshmallows. The hot chocolate bombs are totally customisable, catering for vegans and halal diets, because nobody should be left out of the party. Orders for Valentine’s day end soon, so make sure to get your orders in, and delight in an indulgent cup of hot chocolate.

The Drunken Cookie

Cookies are always a good idea, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, but why not elevate your cookie experience with The Drunken Cookie? Although love cannot be measured, you can at least try by buying your loved one the biggest cookie you could possibly get this V-Day. Order your XL cookie from The Drunken Cookie now and get it stuffed with either Oreo, Biscoff or Nutella for free. Write a note to show your recipient how much you truly care, and we can guarantee they’ll be delighted.

Ardkeen

Ardkeen offer the best quality Irish food, with an impressive range of brands for you to choose from. This Valentine’s Day they’ve got the perfect foodie gift for you, with some fabulous foodie hampers up for grabs. Some come with cheese and crackers, others come with chocolate, chutney and biscuits, and plenty more. Choose from the Killotteran Hamper, the Cheese Companion Hamper, the Ardmore Hamper or the Helvick Hamper, and thank us later.

Donnybrook Fair

Donnybrook Fair always come with the finest selections for any occasion and this Valentine’s Day, they’ve got you covered with both hampers and at-home boxes for your own V-Day spread. Choose from a wide variation of wine and chocolates hampers for a sweet gift to impress your loved one. If you want to stay in and cook up a storm for your significant other, opt for their Valentine’s in a Box, which comes with seafood chowder, steak of your choice, plenty of sides, plus some cheese and decadent dessert, and even a bottle of wine or rosé if you please.

Grá Chocolates

Grá, with dessert genius Grainne Mullins at the helm, sell handmade artisan chocolates that are almost too good to devour. This Valentine’s Day, Grá have a number of beautiful chocolates for you to impress your loved one, because who doesn’t need a bit of Grá Milis? Choose from their Sweet Love Box, containing 12 hand-painted chocolates with unique flavours like a zesty Fineapple or daring Hot Stuff. You can also gift your loved one with either a dozen or half a dozen chocolate roses – aren’t they gorgeous? You can also choose from one of their 3 giant chocolate hearts – Caramel and Almond Sweetheart, Cherr-ific Pistachio Kiss or S’More than Love. Is milis an saol é.

Divine Foodie

The Divine Foodie is all about hand-curated grazing boxes perfect for at home dining with your loved one. They also have special valentine’s food hampers in a range of different options. The Valentine’s Graze at Home box would keep you occupied for hours if you’re opting to stay at home this Valentine’s. Sit back on the couch and tuck into a cheeseboard with a bottle of red, and follow it up with some very chocolate brownies and handmade chocolate truffles – sounds romantic! Some other tempting options include the Valentine’s Hamper range – The Cherub, Valentine’s Dream, and Cupid

Craft Cocktails

Craft Cocktails produce premium bottle cocktails made of 100% natural ingredients, hand mixed by award-winning bartenders in Dublin. Ones to always have you covered no matter the season, Craft Cocktails have conjured up 4 Valentine’s specials that you can purchase individually or as a bundle. There’s Valentine’s related names for each drink, they have Be Mine (Strawberry Daiquiri), Grá mo Chroí (Raspberry Negroni), Kiss Me Quick (Bramble) and True Love (Cosmopolitan). All sound equally delicious and equally lovey-dovey. 

Clo Chocolates

The founder of Clo Chocolates has been involved in the art of Patisserie and Chocolate Making for years. After leaving France, Clo travelled around the world developing her skills before falling in love with Sligo and opening up her now award-winning Chocolatier. With options ranging from boozy chocolates to unique selections of handmade truffles, your gift recipient will certainly be pleased with the beauty of these chocolates. Choose from a Classic Hamper, some adorable chocolate hearts, or even a cute unicorn – whatever you choose, your recipient will be impressed.

Bean and Goose

If you want to buy your beloved a chocolate that’s good for the planet and for your conscience, Bean and Goose are a brilliant choice. Aiming to raise money for the Chachi families that grow the cocoa beans used for their chocolate, they’re all about ensuring authenticity and honesty throughout their process. For Valentine’s, Bean and Goose have several collections. You have a choice of their Totally Love Collection, which includes their delicious Milk Smoky Salt bar and their Dark Umami Seaweed Bar, and plenty of other options with a selection of their unique chocolates. This Valentine’s, they’ve also got a special, limited edition chocolate bar – the Seascape Stay Gold Chocolate, a creamy, caramelised white chocolate infused with Oriel Irish sea salt. Orders of this chocolate get complimentary tracked shipping, and beautiful packaging to tie it all together. Unique flavours and authentic sourcing – a match made in heaven.

Wilde Irish Chocolates

Born in Clare, Wilde Irish Chocolates are made in small batch quantities to ensure the best chocolate-eating experience, and with 80 different products to choose from, the chocoholic in your life will have an absolute ball. Whether you opt for their Love Box of Chocolate Hearts, or their Dotty About You heart, or simply a pack of their most popular chocolate range, your loved one will adore them – and you. A chocolate lover’s dream.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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