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Going out for a meal on Valentine's Day isn't for the faint of heart. Even if you managed to secure reservations on February 14, there's little chance you'll be able to spark any romance in a crowded and noisy restaurant-and don't get us started on surge pricing!
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Instead of braving the horde with the amateurs opt for a romantic night in with one of these fantastic and tasty Valentine's Day food gifts, from apps to drinks to the main course and of course, dessert! Whether you want to order in a meal or whip one up with your special someone these Valentine's Day food gifts are perfect for a cozy and romantic holiday.
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Best Valentine's Day appetizers
1. For charcuterie lovers: Valentine's Ciccetti cheese and charcuterie board
This may be the charcuterie board to end all charcuterie boards: It comprises five different artisan two tasty salamis, and a myriad of accouterment including dried strawberries, Turkish dried figs, candied walnuts, chocolate hearts and more. There's even a bamboo board, tongs and four forks for serving.
2. For a romantic movie night: From the Heart two-gallon popcorn tin
Popcorn tins used to be universally good. Now, if you want quality you need to have a good connection like The Popcorn Factory. This two-gallon tin packs three delicious flavors: cheese, caramel, and classic butter making it perfect for a romantic movie night on the couch.
3. For new spins on a classic: Imo's Pizza toasted ravioli pack
Gooey butter cake isn't the only regional treat from Missouri. St. Louis institution Imo's Pizza's toasted ravioli takes classic filled pasta, rolls them in breadcrumbs and deep fries them. It's a delicious treat that deserves nationwide adoration. This pack contains 175 pieces which should last you through Labor Day.
4. For savory sweets: Eastern Standard Provisions "You're in My Wheelhouse" gourmet soft pretzel gift box
The soft pretzel is so beloved it may be the only thing keeping the American mall alive. Instead of schlepping to your local commercial ghost town order this box from Eastern Standard Provisions. It contains a bounty of soft pretzels with dark chocolate sauce to dip them in with Valentine's Day sprinkles to mark the occasion.
$35 at Eastern Standard Provisions
5. For a fancy starter: Artisan flatbread filet mignon steak
Filet mignon is one of the priciest cuts of beef out there making this one a seriously bougie appetizer. Two big flatbreads are topped with aged beef tenderloin slices, fresh veggies, fire-roasted garlic, and creamy mozzarella. It's a delicious pizza that could easily double as a main course.
Best Valentine's Day drinks
6. For romantic celebrations: Möet and Chandon champagne
Valentine's Day is the champagne-drinking holiday perhaps only second to New Year's. Instead of buying a bottle of cheap sparkling wine drink the real stuff that's so good it made it into a Queen song: Möet and Chandon. This iconic champagne is dry and fruity with notes of citrus and pear.
7. For teetotallers: Mocktails variety pack
If your dry January is bleeding into February this Mocktails variety pack is for you. Each drink in this pack contains zero alcohol with 95 calories or less per bottle. This 12-pack includes four flavors: Karma Sucra Mockapolitan, Scottish Lemonade Mockscow Mule, Sevilla Red Sangria and The Vida Loca Mockarita.
8. For a heart-felt red blend: XOXO personalized wine bottle
When it comes to gifts on Valentine's Day it's truly the thought that counts. Gift Tree takes a delicious bottle of California Winemaker's Red and lets you personalize it with a heartfelt message on a very attractive bottle worth keeping after it's glugged.
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9. For a celebratory soda: Fentiman's Curiosity Cola
Even soda drinkers deserve a fancier beverage for the Valentine's Day festivities. Fentiman's is a delightfully old-fashioned take on the classic cola that's free of artificial flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. It's great alone or as a mixer in a cocktail.
10. For parties: Heineken mini-keg
Heineken is a people-pleasing lager and even more fun to drink out of a user-friendly keg. Whether you're sharing it with your special someone or a gathering of family and friends there's no doubt that beer simply goes down smoother when it comes from a keg.
Best Valentine's Day main courses
11. For junk food fans: The Columbia Inn Valentine's Day heart-shaped thin-crust pizza
The only way to improve a perfect food like pizza on Valentine's Day is to make it heart-shaped. This pack comes with two tasty pizzas from The Columbia Inn, one cheese and one pepperoni. Each of these pizzas heats up quickly and easily and can be stored in a freezer for up to three months.
12. For no-fuss fancy dinner: Award-winning ready-made meals by Cook Unity
Meal-kit delivery services are great, but Cook Unity delivers meals that come prepared so all you have to do is heat them up. Cook Unity, our favorite pre-made meal delivery service, curates meals by talented chefs with offerings like Gochujang baby back ribs and seared salmon with a berry glaze. The best part: no dishes to clean up.
13. For a fancy seafood dinner: McLoon's Lobster Shack Valentine's Day complete dinner for two
Everybody wants to eat a lobster dinner but cooking live crustaceans at home is a messy and even smelly prospect. So don't! This dinner comes complete with two cooked lobsters, a clam chowder starter and your choice of blueberry bread pudding or sea salt brownies for dessert.
14. For a lazy night in: DoorDash
If you've been with your special someone for a long time, you likely have a favorite go-to restaurant that you patronize on special occasions. Instead of going out or whipping up dinner at home, put on some cozy sweatpants and order from a local joint using DoorDash.
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15. For heart-struck carnivores: Chesapeake Bay Gourmet Valentine's Day steaks and cakes for two
What's more romantic than a steak dinner? A steak dinner in the shape of a heart of course. This Valentine's Day meal comes with two adorable filet mignon steaks, two crab cakes and two red velvet cakes for dessert.
Best Valentine's Day desserts
16. For an eye-catching finisher: We Take the Cake Red Rose chocolate cake
This cake is almost too gorgeous to eat...almost. Bright red buttercream frosting roses adorn the outside of this delicious four-tier cake. It comprises of layers of rich chocolate cake and chocolate cream cheese frosting and big enough to serve eight to 10 people.
17. For life-changing frozen desserts: Nancy Silverton's Valentine's Day Gelato
Nancy Silverton may be the undisputed queen of bread and pizza but she's no slouch when it comes to gelato either. This glorious Valentine's Day appropriate pack comes with nine delicious gelato flavors including pumpkin brandy, Amerena cherry, and Meyer lemon torrone and Bourbon vanilla bean.
18. For bite-sized treats: Baked by Melissa Love gift box 25-pack
Baked by Melissa cupcakes are packed with flavor and because they're so small you can inhale a few without feeling too guilty. This 25-pack comes with flavors including dark chocolate, dulce de leche, brookie, red velvet, marshmallow and strawberry.
19. For romantic tea parties: Macaron Bites assorted 24-count pack
There's something positively regal about macarons from their vibrant colors to their tasty flavor profiles. This 24-count pack from Macaron Bites is perfect for Valentine's Day or any other romantic celebration.
20. For an unbeatable classic: Eli's Cheesecake Company cherry vanilla bean cheesecake
Dessert doesn't need to be complicated. This Eli's Cheesecake Company cherry vanilla bean cheesecake packs practically universal appeal. A Montmorency cherry filling and tart cherry gelee topping compliments this creamy cheesecake. The red is more than appropriate for Valentine's Day.
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