16 Food Gifts You Can Ship for Valentine’s Day

Whether you're in a long-distance relationship or want to send your best friends some sweet treats, these presents are perfect for Valentine's Day gifting.

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January 21, 2022

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Our love for shippable food gifts is eternal, but this Valentine’s Day there’s an especially excellent crop of giftable goodies. There are clever twists on the usual suspects, like chocolate-covered strawberry pudding from an iconic NYC bakery, or conversation hearts in jellybean form. In lieu of romantic getaways, there are dishes that transport, like warm-and-tingly ramen or real-deal French croissants. Whether you’re toasting long distance love, sharing sweet treats with friends, celebrating with your family, or cozying up for a romantic meal, these delicious gifts promise to dazzle and delight.

If you want to wear your heart on your plate, this festive ravioli dinner for two will earn you style points and culinary cred. You’ll have Dora to thank—that’s Nonna Dora, the matriarch of the Marzovilla family and resident pasta expert at I Trulli, the family’s iconic New York City restaurant. Nonna Dora makes many of the restaurants signature pastas by hand, including these heart-shaped ravioli that have been served for over 25 years. The handmade pillows are crafted with imported Italian flour, striped with beet puree, and stuffed with ricotta. All you have to do is boil them and finish them in a pan with butter and sage. Pair with a light red wine and set a table with candlelight for an extra romantic spin.

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There’s a mix of goodies to be had in this luxe Valentine’s Day gift crate from popular purveyor Harry & David, that are ideal for composing a mid-afternoon snacking board or serving as a source of pick-me-up snack inspiration. You’ll find signatures such as juicy pears, crisp apples, and dark chocolate Moose Munch popcorn, nestled alongside sweet treats such as milk chocolate hearts, vanilla shortbread cookies (dusted with pink sanding sugar, naturally), gummy peach hearts, and a heart-shaped dark chocolate-covered raspberry galette. If you’re gifting this in person, you’ll have to do your best to pretend that you didn’t order it to share.

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This limited-edition gift box trumps basic red heart boxes any day, with whimsical illustrations from artist Erin Wallace detailing five ways to spend a day with your favorite person. But what’s on the inside counts too, and this box is teeming with an assortment of Seattle Chocolate’s signature truffles. The line-up includes classics such as milk chocolate, salted almond, and dark chocolate, plus festive flavors like Pink Bubbly, featuring white chocolate studded with freeze-dried raspberries and all-natural popping candy pieces; Mexican Hot Chocolate, where cinnamon and cayenne tango with Madagascar and vanilla in a dark chocolate base; and Hazelnut Butter, a chocolatey-nutty number with pops of texture from brown rice crisps.

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Think candy conversation hearts, minus the chalky aftertaste. These juicy diminutive jellybeans, from iconic purveyor Jelly Belly, deliver sweet sentiments with a sour candy bite. We love that the romantic words and phrases are equally suited to celebrating your Valentine or Galentine, and the classic flavors—sour apple, cherry, grape, lemon and orange—deliver a hit of nostalgia, too. Pair with movie tickets or stream a box office hit at home for a memorable and delicious celebration. Other fun Valentine’s Day offerings include Sour Pucker Lips, chewy lip-shaped candies in flavors such as cherry, strawberry and watermelon, and a 10-flavor Valentine’s Gift Box with red, white and pink colored jellybeans, including festive flavors such as champagne, cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake.

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Although NYC’s Magnolia Bakery has earned legions of fans for its banana pudding, this Valentine’s Day they’re offering an all-new pudding, sans banana. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pudding features a vanilla base folded with layers of fresh roasted strawberries, chocolate cake crumbles and chocolate fudge icing. It all adds up to a delicious mouthful—and we suspect we’ll never go back to gifting regular chocolate covered strawberries again. Spring for the multi-pack so you have enough to share with all the sweethearts in your life, or if you’re celebrating family-style, the aptly named party bowl is fit for a crowd. For those who abide by the mantra “variety is the spice of life,” you can’t go wrong with the best-selling World-Famous Banana Pudding Variety Pack, which includes a generous assortment of two 16-ounce containers each of the classic, red velvet, and chocolate hazelnut banana puddings.

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Skip the bouquet of roses and opt for a bottle of rosé, instead. You won’t be giving up flowers altogether, though. This crisp California wine, made from a blend of Malbec, Tempranillo, Petite Syrah and Zinfandel, boasts strawberry floral notes up front chased by hints of citrus. It’s an easy-drinking wine that’s great sipped solo, but like most rosés, it’s also food friendly. Try pairing it with a cheese board outfitted with soft cheeses, or a luxe seafood supper, like lobster pasta or a raw bar for two. Be sure to have a bottle chilling in the fridge, then dust off your best wine glasses or coupes to up the fancy ante.

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If you could spend Valentine’s Day in Paris, you would, right? Skip the airfare and opt for this transcendent assorted pastry sampler from San Francisco’s venerated Le Marais Bakery. It includes classic viennoiserie such as all-butter croissants, featuring a 12-layer dough that bakes to a perfect golden exterior and fluffy-tender interior, chocolate croissants filled with two batons of dark Valrhona chocolate, almond croissants, and pain aux raisins, croissant swirls filled with vanilla pastry cream and rum-soaked raisins. Then there are the kouign-amman batons, twisted croissant sticks filled with vanilla buttercream, and the pièce de résistance, a chocolate kouign-amman, which eats like a caramelized croissant meets brownie. This is the perfect gift to surprise your long-distance love, celebrate a cozy brunch at home with your partner, or treat your family to a dazzling pastry board. Simply thaw the pastries in the fridge overnight and then bake your way to Valentine’s Day bliss.

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If a retreat for two isn’t on the table, opt for a transportive coffee getaway instead. Bean Box’s Coffeegram Collections feature six curated boxes inspired by destinations including Hawaii, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Mexico, Italy and Bali. Each gift box includes six bags of coffee (choose whole bean or ground) plus gourmet treats such as shortbread ganache, Swiss chocolate, artisan chocolate from Hawaii, cinnamon-sprinkled churro bars, and espresso-infused truffles, plus details on each pairing. If you’re on a budget, or have lots of friends on your Galentine’s list, you can purchase destination boxes individually. We love the idea of picking a destination and buying one to keep and sending one to a friend or long-distance love for a virtual coffee date.

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The folks at Savannah Bee Company believe that every honey has a story, and there’s no better showcase than their Book of Honey. The gorgeous packaging, which opens like a book, includes six varieties of 3-ounce jars, including household names like wildflower, lavender and orange blossom, and less familiar selections such as smoky-sweet Saw Palmetto, the rare Black Sage, and Tupelo, aka the queen of honey. Grab your real-life honey and embark on a tasting journey around the world, discovering each honey’s origins, tasting profile, and pairing suggestions. It’s a gift that keeps on giving too; try the wildflower or orange blossom honey at breakfast drizzled over oatmeal or French toast; pair the robust Saw Palmetto with cured meats and salty cheeses or stir into a cup of tea; and spruce up baked goods with the addition of lavender honey.

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A heart-shaped box of chocolates is as classic a Valentine’s Day gift as it gets. But the visually stunning bonbon assortment from Christopher Elbow Chocolates is on another level. Lifting the lid feels like opening a box of stunning jewels, and each individual chocolate is like a work of art. There are squares of chocolate and bon bons, and we especially love how the thin chocolate shells give way to the filling inside, melding into a perfectly balanced bite. The master chocolatier reimagines classic combinations, such as chai caramel, starring a black-tea-and-spice-infused caramel, or butterscotch bourbon, jazzed up with brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon. The whimsical creations are as unexpected as they are delightful, like yuzu mandarin or lime vanilla, and their presentation is so striking.

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Executive pastry chef Despina Kontomanolis, who co-founded her New Jersey-based bakery, Cream, with her brother, Michael, has quickly earned a following for its brownies, blondies and bars of all kinds. The all-natural confections are made with plenty of butter, sugar, flour, and a whole lotta love, including best-sellers such as chocolate chip blondies, fudge brownies and raspberry swirl bars. For an extra-special on-brand Valentine’s Day treat, don’t miss the seasonal red velvet brownies. All treats are individually wrapped, so they stay fresh and moist for weeks. Talk about brownie points.

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If your significant other’s love of ice cream knows no season, scoop up pints from Jeni’s Splendid Ice cream. Opt for the Sundae Funday collection, where you’ll get to pick five flavors, ranging from perennial favorites such as Darkest Chocolate or Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate to dairy-free scoops like Banana Pudding or Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns. The kit also comes with a jar of caramel sauce and two kinds of sprinkles. It is tailor-made for a sweet ending to a Valentine’s Day dinner—or an ice-cream-for-dinner situation, if that’s more your speed. And if you’re celebrating as a family, setting up an ice cream bar is a fun way to create delicious holiday memories—be sure to add some extra toppings to the mix, such as gummy bears, preserves or fresh fruit.

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For the cheeky lover who asks you to send noods, look no further than A-Sha. They’ve earned a reputation for superior dried noodles, including Hakka-. Tainan, and Mandarin-style, which owe their springy texture to a patented 18-hour drying process. The noodles are made with top-notch ingredients, including finely sifted and fiber-rich whole wheat flour, which bolster the noodles’ plant-based protein count, too. For oodles of noodles, opt for the starter bundle, which includes two packs of Mandarin Original; Knife Cut Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion; Tainan Sesame; and Hakka Chili, guaranteed to make you feel all warm and tingly.

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We can’t get enough of Poppy Popcorn’s snackable flavors, but this trio was made for Valentine’s Day: Cotton Candy, which eats like a day at the fair; Salted Caramel, ideal for those who likes a sweet snack that flirts with savory; and Dark Chocolate Cherry, where kernels are enrobed in dark chocolate from French Broad Chocolate and scattered with dried cherries. Share the love and order individual holiday-ready bags to give friends, or surprise your significant other with all three, which comes packaged in a “Made with Love” mailer. If your partner is more team savory, check out the Spicewalla collaboration, in which kernels are transformed into flavor bombs using spices from the lauded Asheville purveyor, including Piri Piri, Herb & Garlic, and our favorite, Mustard & Tarragon White Cheddar.

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$25.99 for 2

When we heard rumblings that this spread rivaled a certain iconic chocolate-hazelnut spread, we knew we had to taste for ourselves. And if we’re being honest, it totally does. This vegan, hazelnut cocoa spread was dreamed up by Noah Schnapp (of Stranger Things fame), who named it TBH, as in “to be honest, your toast deserves better.” And it’s honestly made too, with twice as many hazelnuts, three times the protein, and half as much sugar as other brands. Whether your BFF is nursing a broken heart, or you want to level up your lover’s breakfast game, this luscious spread delivers a dose of delight with every spoonful. Try slathering it on toast, serving it as a dip with fresh fruit or folded into baked goods like brownies, cookies or banana bread.

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If your significant is more likely to appreciate a parcel of prosciutto than a bunch of flowers, a box from Columbus Craft Meats is just the ticket. Each of the themed charcuterie packages feature top-notch cured meats paired with cheese, condiments and unexpected accompaniments designed to delight and transport. To wit, the Rustic Beauty is the next-best thing to a trip to Abruzzo, Italy, home to their signature sopressata. It’s standout on its own, boasting a thrum of slow-aged funk balanced with sweet fennel seed, red pepper and red wine. But it’s dynamite paired with buttery Satori Merlot Vellavitano, which eats like cheese fudge. The package is rounded out with prosciutto, delectable Castelvetrano olives and dried strawberries (there’s always a wildcard pick!), so you can have fun composing your own perfect bites.

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