February 10, 2016

Floral arrangements are absolutely beautiful and serene, but they only add ambience for a short time. Then they die. (Womp, womp!) This Valentine's Day, skip the cards and the slow-jams mixtape—for a foodie, that just won't cut it. If your sweetheart is sweet on food, give an edible or kitchen-related gift that'll last a lifetime (like your love). Bae will surely swoon over our picks of forever-useful, devilishly delicious last-minute gifts.

Le Creuset's Mini Cocotte Fondue Set: Why have a candle-lit dinner when you can have candle-lit fondue? Pure, romantic chocolate goodness will be ready to drizzle over cake, ice-cream, or yogurt in no time. If you're honey bunny isn't a fan of fondue, cookware in Le Creuset's new Hibiscus color will do just the trick. ($40, lecreuset.com)

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge: No one enjoys a watered-down drink. I repeat, no one. Corkcicle invented a slow-melting ice slope that keeps your booze perfectly chilled without diluting it. Consider this gift a whiskey-lover's dream come true. ($18, corkcicle.com)

Kitchen Active Spiral Slicer: Bulky three-blade spiralizers are hard to fit in a tight kitchen drawer, but we're loving the compact design of this one. This nifty gadget will turn vegetables into delicate, twirly noodles, serving up Pinterest-worthy plates. Rock and roll, spiralizer! ($10, amazon.com)

Rishi Chocolate Cinnamon Tea: Vanilla beans, peppermint, cocoa, cinnamon, and licorice—the whole gang's here! Just imagine a rich, silky dessert without the guilt and unwanted calories. ($9/15-count box, rishi-tea.com)

Chauo Chocolatier's Love Child Bonbon Collection: If you're going the traditional chocolate route, wrap a sweet that's anything but basic. "Dried strawberries cuddle in port wine-infused dark chocolate ganache." If you're not drooling, we're impressed. Rich, dreamy, decadent, and boozy—these chocolate dipped strawberries are the sweetest temptation. ($17/6 pieces, chuaochocolatier.com)

Bose SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II: Your lover loves cooking pasta while listening to Frank Sinatra. Too busy dancing to "Fly Me To The Moon," bae doesn't notice the headphone cord boiling away in a steaming pot of pasta. With this gift however, dinner time can be dancing time, too--without the hazard. With 15 hours of playtime on a rechargeable battery, Bose wireless headphones ensure you never have to worry about a kitchen mishap again. ($280, bose.com)

Minted Kitchen Notes Notebooks: For the budding recipe developer or just the one who loves all things paper, a personalized journal from paperie Minted is always a welcome gift. You can get stickers and stationery to match, too. (starts at $16, minted.com)

Hedley & Bennett Dashi Apron: Cutting-edge fashion, durability, and functionality meet here. The company's website lists this apron as one that's "made for the 'bust your ass' kitchen hustling hooligan who needs an apron that can stand up to anything." Do you need to hear more? Just buy the damn thing already. ($79, hedleyandbennett.com)

Man-Cans Flapjacks: Nothing says "I love you" like breakfast in bed—unless it's pancakes in a candle. Snuggle up to the aroma of buttery maple flapjacks, and the soup that was previously filled your can will be donated to soup kitchens across the nation. What better way to spread the love than with a gift that gives twice? ($10, man-cans.com)

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