Our Favorite Treats and Sweets for Valentine’s Day

Whether you're spending the day with a partner, a group of single pals, or chilling out with your cat, we've rounded up a few great products that might warm your heart this Valentine's Day.

As we all know (though some may rather forget), next week is Valentine’s Day. We know the holiday always makes chocolatiers, florists, and greeting card companies very happy, but for the rest of us, it’s a mixed bag. If you don’t have a significant other, it can be a lonely reminder – and even if you do, why should you need a calendar reminder to be good to the person you love?

But even if you’re not in love with Hallmark’s version of Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing wrong with the original sentiment behind the holiday. Think of it as a day to treat all your loved ones a little better than usual – and an excuse to treat yourself, too. After all, even if you’re on your own this year, a hot bubble bath, some Nina Simone, and a few pieces of dark chocolate all sound like the makings of a pretty great evening to us.

Whether you’re spending the day with a partner, a group of single pals, or chilling out with your cat, we’ve rounded up a few great products that might warm your heart this Valentine’s Day.

If you want to spend the evening watching a romantic movie, there are plenty to choose from – and surprisingly, not all of them star Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan. One of our new favorites, Once, is the perfect film for lovers and the lovelorn – check out our review here. Woody Allen’s classic ode to neurotic New York-style love, Annie Hall, is always worth another viewing. And it may not be for everyone, but we think Harold and Maude is one of the greatest romances ever made.

Lit geeks and indie-rock snobs alike will love the poetry anthology, Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets, which comes with a bonus CD of love-themed songs by an eclectic range of musicians including Chuck Prophet and Nina Nastasia. Don’t expect the poetry to be anything too cutesy – these works are edgy, complicated, and often bittersweet, much like love itself. You can never go wrong with Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, either: The beautiful 100 Love Sonnets is the perfect antidote to all those generic greeting card poems.

More focused on food? Valentine’s Day is most definitely an occasion for chocolate – so make sure you get the good stuff. If you want a night to remember, go with an assortment from the magnificent Lake Champlain Chocolates. Their special Valentine’s Day box includes luscious flavors like Maple Crunch, Raspberry Creams, and Caramel Hearts, though your life really isn’t complete until you’ve tasted their Five Star Bars. Of course, the Belgians are renowned for their chocolates too, and we’d never say no to a box from Lionidas.

As far as gifts go, though, nothing beats something one-of-a-kind, so we’ll let you work that out for yourself – though we’ll happily point you in the direction of Etsy, a wonderful online shopfront where thousands of merchants sell their own handmade gifts. You’ll find original jewelry, artwork, clothing, and much, much more. And, if you’re ambitious enough to make something of your own, check out our article for some great websites dedicated to making crafts.

No matter what you end up doing, we hope it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember. And, if nothing else, take our suggestion on the Five-Star Bars. You’ll thank us later.