valentines day 2022

The Best Food Gifts for Every Type of Valentine

Illustration: The Strategist

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and, well, whether or not you believe that’s true, you can’t deny that food makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. There’s something out there for everyone — your best friend, your partner, your spouse, your crush, your kid, you name it. Whether you’re looking for something indulgent or a cheap sweet treat, something that will last months or something that is best enjoyed as soon as possible, we rounded up all the best giftable foods we could think of for your shopping pleasure. We’re coming up on the holiday, so you should place any orders within the next day or two (though no one would be mad at a belated V-day gift either).

Chocolate and candy

For the valentine who can’t resist a classic (and prefers chocolate)

Yes, five pounds of chocolate Kisses is a lot of chocolate Kisses, but this way they’ll be reminded of how much you love them for months and months to come.

For the valentine who can’t resist a classic (and prefers candy)

It’s never not fun to sift through a bag of Sweethearts and read all the messages. “Any candy that can make you laugh is at the top of my list, and they only come around once a year, so it makes sense to enjoy them while you can,” Michael Fiorelli, executive chef and partner at Love & Salt in Los Angeles, once told us. At just $3 a pop, you can easily snag one for everyone you know and love.

For the vegan valentine

All of Fine & Raw’s truffles are made by hand in Brooklyn with sustainably sourced cacao. Not to mention, they come in the cutest gift box. There’s a smaller 4-piece set and larger 24-piece set available, too.

For the valentine who has a thing for miniatures

Strategist writer Hilary Reid described this non-fusty assortment of miniature fruits as a “stylish alternative to the old Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.”

For the valentine who always gets a box of Whoppers at the movie theater

Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and James Beard Award–winning author, and Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer are both big fans of Askinosie. “One hundred percent of the chocolate he sells is 1,000 percent traceable to the farmer who grew the cocoa beans himself,” Meyer explains. “That’s probably not something you find on your average Whopper.”

For the valentine who uses Dr. Bronner’s soap

Okay, so this is a niche category, but if the Dr. Bronner’s user in your life isn’t aware that their favorite soap company started making hefty bars of chocolate, they’ll certainly be delighted when they find out. More importantly, as Strategist contributor Ariel Kanter can attest, they’re really, really good.

For the valentine who’d rather drink their chocolate

The fact that Valentine’s Day comes during the coldest part of the year makes it the perfect time to gift this fun and decadent set of hot-chocolate tins. Flavors include classic hot chocolate, Mexican hot chocolate, and chai-spiced hot chocolate.

For the valentine who likes to chill out

According to Gossamer co-founder Verena von Pfetten, these CBD-rosin-infused delights — made with locally sourced apple and passionfruit — “pack a very relaxing and tasty punch,” and we think they’d pair well with a donation to the Last Prisoner Project, which works to free people incarcerated for cannabis offenses.

Baked goods

For the valentine who will always choose chocolate chip

A chocolate-chip cookie with double the chocolate chips, which one pastry chef describes as “the weighted blanket of pastries.” Levain Bakery now ships their cookies nationally, so you don’t need to be in New York City to see what the fuss is all about.

For the valentine who likes a different kind of classic

Magnolia Bakery’s famous banana pudding, but make it strawberry and cover it in chocolate. This sweet treat ships nationwide, so there’s no need to be in NYC to enjoy it.