Valentine’s Day can be stressful when it comes to gift ideas: selecting something charming and thoughtful, yet not overwhelming, especially if the relationship is new. But you want the gift to be meaningful, so here are some options that put the “sweet” in sweetheart, and are more unique than a candy heart wondering who will “Be Mine.”
Macarons from Lady Yum
Colorful and fun, why not pick out your Valentine’s favorite flavors and make them a custom collection that shows how well you know their heart? With flavors ranging from honey lavender to the sprinkle-topped Unicorn macaron, let the sugar-spun treats speak your affection. Locations in Kirkland and Seattle, ladyyum.com.
A graduate of Ecole Chocolat, Julie Berg makes fine chocolate confections, available at several Woodinville winery tasting rooms and specialty gift shops. Pair some of her elegantly boxed truffles or crispy toffee bark with a favorite bottle of wine. For a touch of whimsy (or a Harry Potter fan), look for Wellington’s Popping Frog, an adorable frog-shaped milk chocolate bar with toffee bits and the added surprise of Pop Rocks. For more details, visit: wellingtonchocolates.com.
Japanese Collection from Fran’s Chocolate
Take tradition to the next level, and give Fran’s luxe chocolates in one of their specialty lacquer boxes or bowls. A traditional art form in Japan, shikki is the craft of lacquerware and an exquisite form of presentation, emphasizing the preciousness of the items held within and the admiration bestowed upon its recipient. View the full collection on their website: frans.com/collections/lacquer-collection.