Shopping for Valentine’s Day 2022? You’re cutting it a little bit close, but there’s still some time to snag a beautiful box of chocolates or a local wine club subscription — or perhaps plan a food-filled weekend getaway to another part of New England.
Below, find some of Eater Boston’s most gift-y guides to help you pick the perfect gift for any food lover, whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or any other gift-giving holiday.
Chocolates are a classic gift for many holidays — so classic, in fact, that some gift recipients would rather something else. But if you know your loved one has a sweet tooth and an appreciate for beautiful bonbons, try one of the options in this guide, which highlights some of the most talented Boston-area chocolatiers, including Gâté Comme Des Filles, EHChocolatier, and more.
Artisan goods from across New England
Put together for the holiday 2021 season but good for any occasion, Eater Boston’s New England food gift guide features edible treats like sparkly maple syrup and fancy Vermont butter; food-themed items like a hot dog hat and taco earrings; and products to liven up the kitchen or dining room, such as shoreline-themed cutting boards and elegant olive oil decanters.
Boston restaurant cookbooks
For the gift recipient with an equal love of dining out around Boston and cooking at home, consider a cookbook from an excellent local restaurant. Sofra Bakery & Cafe, Myers & Chang, and Row 34 are just a few Boston-area restaurants that have published cookbooks; each offers a solid mix of favorite dishes from the restaurant and some other creative ideas to try at home.
Boston food and drink subscriptions
Give the gift that keeps giving with one of these local food or drink subscriptions, such as monthly shipments of spices from Curio Spice, tinned seafood selected by Saltie Girl, or cheese and accoutrements from Curds & Co.
New England road trips with a focus on food
Does your loved one prefer experiences over items? Consult our growing collection of New England dining guides to plan the perfect day trip or weekend getaway, whether it’s a quick train ride to Mystic, Connecticut, for cacio e pepe sourdough doughnuts and macarons; an off-season escape to Provincetown for a malasada and schnitzel; or an overnight in North Adams in the gorgeous Berkshires, viewing contemporary art and enjoying barbecue and beer.