Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint.
You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here.
The artisanal selection of tasting boxes at this site is amazing to begin with, but especially when they come in fun themes like the Valentine’s XOX collection, which is no Whitman’s sampler, that’s for sure. Just check out all the goodies in there and tell me you’re clicking “add to cart” like a madwoman.
For a more adventurous Valentine, check out Hot Stuff which comes in three price ranges, and is filled with the likes of raspberry-jalapeno jam, chili caramel sauce, spicy McClure’s pickles, and watermelon-chili salt candies from Papabubble. (Yum!) There’s also one of my all-time favorite local Brooklyn treats: the “Wicked” chocolate bar from Jacques Torres which is nearly as good in bar form as it is in hot chocolate form at his DUMBO storefront.
If you’ve got a Valentine of the non-romantic variety to shop for, check out Bee Happy which is sweetly affordable with, you guessed it, honey and honey-based treats. And I’m cracking up at the I, Um, Like You box (at very top) which I’d love to send to a few single parent friends who I know would love to know someone’s thinking about them this time of year.
Poke around (it’s fun!) and you’ll also see gluten-free boxes, a chocolate of the month club and more.
One of my favorite things about this little company is that they’re supporting little companies too. So not only do you get to discover a ton of awesome brands you may never have seen before, you’re actually sending a big puffy heart worth of affection to more than just your sweetheart. Ah, true love. –Liz