There are lots of great ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for her, him and them – including flowers, of course. But if you’re planning on sticking with the tried and true, we feel you. There’s a reason that chocolate has been the luxury gift of choice for romantics for centuries. So, what’s the best gourmet chocolate gift box or chocolate hamper to buy for that someone special this Valentine’s Day? Our list of the best brands of gourmet chocolate boxes, hearts and hampers to buy as a luxury gift for Valentine’s Day 2023.
it’s time to buy the chocolates for Valentine’s Day 2023
When it’s time to shop for a Valentine’s Day gift, you can never go wrong with chocolate. While we all love to exercise our creativity, there’s a reason that chocolate is the classic choice for February 14th – at the end of the day, who among us would truly prefer something else?
Chocolate is decadent, luxurious, and most importantly, it’s sweet – the Valentine’s Day trifecta. And with the meticulous detail that our favorite chocolatiers have poured into their Valentine’s Day creations, we know that it can make a very special present.
And if you happen to find yourself without a date this Valentine’s Day? We recommend ordering a box for a friend, or better yet, for yourself. This is a holiday that’s all about love – but that love doesn’t have to stop at romance; show a little sweetness towards everyone in your life – including you.
10 Best Brands of Gourmet Chocolate boxes, hearts and hampers for luxury Gifts this Valentine’s Day 2023
1. Star-Crossed Gift Set
Fine & Raw Chocolate is one of our favorite purveyors of artisan chocolate, and it just so happens that they got their start in Brooklyn. They have a fabulous lineup of limited releases for Valentine’s Day, but we believe in going big or going home – especially when it’s for the person you love. We recommend their star-crossed gift set, which contains a collection of limited-edition Valentine’s chocolate bars, in favors like oat, salt, and hazelnut butter. The set also includes a box of truffles and a box of heart-shaped bonbons, because those are Valentine’s musts! And as the cherry-on-top, the set’s “(he)artwork” comes from artist Reed Anderson, whose eye-catching work has appeared at MOMA; ten lucky recipients will also receive a special one-of-a-kind sticker, designed by Anderson. Talk about a memorable Valentine’s Day gift!
BUY NOW – $148.00.
2. Handcrafted Bonbon Collection
Chocolate Secrets is an artisanal chocolate brand from Dallas, Texas, and for the last two decades, they’ve been transforming our favorite dessert into an experience – into something you’ll always remember. Their sixteen-piece box of handcrafted bonbons contains a journey in every bite; each bonbon hides its own delectable “secret,” from bananas foster to brandied cherries to earl gray tea. This is the perfect gift for the partner who loves a little adventure.
BUY NOW – $49.00.
3. Valentine’s Platinum Collection
If you are not lucky enough to live in San Francisco, there’s no need to panic –Recchiuti’s outstanding chocolates are available for shipping. It was difficult to pick which featured gift we wanted to recommend, but we had to go with the Valentine’s Platinum Collection. The collection is described as “decadent, captivating, swoon-worthy” and that’s the exact vibe we want on this and every Valentine’s Day. The ribbon-adorned box contains 88 individual chocolates, including truffles – now talk about the perfect gift.
BUY NOW – $200.00.
4. Sunset In Paris
This Valentine’s Day, you’re going to Paris! Well, sort of. You’re ordering this fifteen-piece box from La Maison Du Chocolate, and experiencing the city vicariously. The theme is “Sunset in Paris,” and you know what? Though we do adore heart-shaped confections, we appreciate the way the chocolatier has found a different romantic symbol to emulate. And what could be more romantic than Paris plus sunset? Nothing, we’re pretty sure. The box contains three heart-shaped delights, as well as twelve thematic chocolates. You can expect decadent ganache, and surprising notes of flavor like black pepper, praline, sunflower seeds, and honey. The chocolatier says that they’ve created this box to remind us of the “beauty in subtleties,” and we know your loved one will appreciate those subtleties too.
BUY NOW – $60.00.
5. La Vie En Rose
And if you cannot get enough of Paris this Valentine’s Day, you might also consider the “La Vie en Rose” box from Phillip Ashley Chocolates. Inspired by the Chef’s love of France, this limited edition box is infused with associative flavors. The chocolates are painted pink, and filled with aphrodisiacs like rose, orange blossom, lavender, and hibiscus. You no longer have to choose between giving someone chocolates and giving them flowers – you can give them both at once.
BUY NOW – $79.00.
6. The Chocolate Library
There’s nothing more romantic than a good book… except maybe a lot of good books, snuggled in the shelves of an aesthetic old library. And what if those books were made of chocolate? All the better. We love everything about The Chocolate Library from Madhu Chocolates, which lines up its nine unforgettable chocolate bars like a stack of colorful, beautifully-bound books. Especially if you know your audience well, this could be the most romantic (and appreciated!) gift of all-time.
BUY NOW – $79.00.
7. Limited Valentine’s Box
Charlotte Truffles’ limited edition Valentine’s Box is already available for pre-order, and we suggest you press that little button before it’s too late. We are obsessed with the beautiful design on these chocolates – heart-shaped, and with a luminous pink-and-red color – and we know you’ll be obsessed with the way they taste. The flavors include passionfruit caramel, lemon lavender, sea salt caramel, and strawberry matcha – not your average Valentine’s Day chocolates, because your special someone is anything but average! Give them the truffles they deserve.
BUY NOW – $60.00.
8. Bubble of Love
We love Richart’s “Bubble of Love” collection. Don’t bubbles – with their associations of joy, and of champagne – just seem like the perfect theme for a Valentine’s Day surprise? We think so. And so will your sweetheart, when they open their gift to find nine filled chocolates, nine pâtes de fruits, and sixteen flavored chocolate squares – plus a card. This is how to really show someone you love them.
BUY NOW – $84.00.
9. Eternal Love Tower
There are few names as synonymous with chocolate as Jacques Torres’s, so of course his Valentine’s Day creations are among our favorites. The “eternal love tower” includes three separate boxes of chocolates: his signature bonbons, his foiled hearts, and a very special box of heart-shaped truffles. You can expect a glorious panoply of sweet flavors, as you always can with Torres. Our favorites? The orange and raspberry ganache.
BUY NOW – $85.00.
10. Giant Chocolate Valentine Heart
Of course, for a chocolate gift that your special someone will really remember, there’s nowhere to turn but Li-Lac Chocolates. Especially because this Valentine’s Day happens to align with another very special occasion – Li-Lac’s 100th anniversary. If you know anything about chocolate, then you know Li-Lac, and maybe this is the year you finally dive into their Giant Chocolate Valentine Heart. Handmade in Brooklyn, with 210 unforgettable pieces, this is the very special gift that your loved-one deserves. There can be no better way to say “I love you.”
BUY NOW – $475.00.
Best Gourmet Chocolate boxes, hearts and hampers for luxury Gifts this Valentine’s Day 2023
Those are our picks for the best brands of gourmet chocolate boxes, hearts and hampers to buy as a luxury gift for Valentine’s Day 2023. What’s your favorite, dear reader?