Who needs love when you have food? Just kidding. But seriously, food makes the best Valentine’s Day gift. If you’re looking to break the mold from the traditional “flowers and chocolate” routine, take a gander at the following list. We’ve named our top ten edible Valentine’s Day gifts that will make this holiday extra sweet.
1. Heart-Shaped Queso Fundido from Frelard Tamales.
Frelard Tamales operates out of a window in the Greenlake neighborhood, and they’re always up to something special. This month, they’re dishing up heart-shaped tins of Queso Fundido that you can pick up and prepare in the oven when you get home. If you’re looking for something delicious to pick up for your sweetie, this is it.
2. Chukar Cherries from Pike Place Market.
We know we said we weren’t talking about chocolate today, but who can resist Chukar Cherries from the market? Pick up a heart-shaped box of these cherries for a sweet, local Valentine’s Day gift.
3. Specialty Marmalade from Coyle’s Bakeshop.
This isn’t your grandmother’s strawberry jam. These house-made marmalades make great gifts because of their creative flavors. We recommend the Seville Orange with Bourbon and Brown Sugar. Coyle’s also recently expanded their bread menu, so you might as well get some fresh sourdough while you’re there! Can you say Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed?
4. Beecher’s Cheese Box.
Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie plate? If you’re heading down to Pike Place for Chukar cherries, you should also pick up some cheese while you’re there. Get Beecher’s pre-assembled cheese plates and you’ll have a Valentine’s Day spread ready to go. As the Beecher’s website says, “just add wine.”
5. Bag of Coffee from Cafe Avole.
Cafe Avole is an independent roaster of Ethiopian Coffee on Rainier Avenue South. Pick up a bag of their coffee for anyone you want to surprise on Valentine’s Day.
6. Macaron Pack from Lady Yum.
Pre-assembled macaron packs from one of Seattle’s top macaron-istas is a great way to bless someone this Valentine’s day.
7. Ballyhoo Hot Sauce Gift Set.
We all know that one person who carries hot sauce with them in their purse or backpack. Keep Valentine’s Day spicy by getting them a gift set from Ballyhoo Hot Sauce.
8. Take-Home Pints from Frankie & Jo's.
Yes, please. Frankie & Jo’s is Seattle’s top vegan ice creamery. Their scoop shops are open if you want a quick Valentine’s Day treat, but you can also pick up or order pints to take home. Check out their website for a peek at their February flavors.
9. Specialty Teas from New Century Tea Gallery in the CID.
The New Century Tea Gallery in the International District is the #1 spot for tea lovers. Check out a wide library of teas, including Pu Er, Oolong, and more. Perfect for your tea-sipping Valentine.
10. A Cocktail Kit from Triangle Spirits.
Bring the bar home with you on Valentine’s Day. We recommend the Maker’s Mark Mini Old Fashioned Kit. Makes three cocktails, and comes with cherries and dehydrated orange slices!
If your Valentine loves food as much as we do, we are confident they’ll love anything off of this list! Got any suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments.