As CNET’s resident food and drink guy, I may biased, but I do think edible and drinkable gifts make the best ones. No disrespect to a fresh bouquet of flowers or a shiny smartwatch — which at least can tell you when it’s time to eat again — but food gifts are superior in almost every way.
Food is soulful but also practical — I mean, everybody’s got to eat. And while not everything on this list is edible (I threw some cooking tools in there), the ones that are don’t take up any permanent space, which is perfect if you suspect your Valentine is flush with “stuff” or running low on closet space.
Now that you see it my way, finding the right food gift for Valentine’s Day is all that’s left. I’ve included my favorite calming tea, a few addictive spice mixes and chocolate truffles so good, they’ll make your sweetheart melt.
All of these eats and drinks clock in at under $25, too. But I’ve tested and tasted every last one and there’s nothing cheap about ‘em.
Best Valentine’s Day food gifts under $25
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