THE most romantic day of the year is almost here but it’s not too late to start planning how to spoil your sweetheart.
Finding just the right gift for a Valentine can be a piece of cake or if you’re flying solo, there’s plenty to treat yourself.
Here are some of the sweetest gifts around.
Say it with donuts
Valentine’s Day just isn’t complete without roses. Mop Donuts’ 10-piece arrangement features pillowy-soft, Nutella-filled doughnuts covered in a white chocolate glaze and topped with a red buttercream rose.
It’s sure to help love blossom. The Valentine’s Day Bouquet costs $79 and can be purchased online by Wednesday for delivery or by Thursday for pick-up from the Perth store.
If the way to your loved one’s heart is through their sweet tooth, Ox Rabbit has a showstopper guaranteed to make them swoon.
The Candy Love Heart (pictured top) is their popular chocolate brownie shaped into a 20cm heart and absolutely dripping with candy. A Luxury Love Heart (that same delectable heart-shaped brownie but decked with fresh raspberries, blackberries and 24ct gold dust) and a Love Box of goodies complete the collection.
Get the Candy Love Heart for $60, Luxury Love Heart at $75 and Love Box from $45-$105 via the Ox Rabbit website by Thursday 6pm.
A little love
Corica Pastries has taken the apple strudel that we’re all wild about and shaped it into the cutest mini heart pastry.
It’s an irresistible combination of flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pastry, stewed apples, custard and whipped cream.
At just $3.50 each, the Mini Heart Strudel can be a small token of appreciation or go for more to make a grander gesture. It can be ordered from the Northbridge store on 9328 8196 by Thursday COB.
Iluma Fine Foods’ luxurious Valentine’s Day collection lets you express your love and good taste.
The limited edition Raspberry Citrus Cheesecake Macaron for Two from $26.50 are heartthrobs in their own right.
There’s also a Chocolate Lami Heart of decadent lamington from $20, Petit Love Gateau For Two (salted caramel crunch petit gateau twins with chocolate mousse, salted caramel and chocolate pearls) starting at $26.50 and Gift Box of 14 scrumptious treats dressed to impress from $60.
They’re available online until 9pm Thursday or at the West Leederville store on Thursday and Friday, while stock lasts.
Just the right surprise
Miss Maud has just the range to let you make a sweet declaration or hint that love is in the air.
There’s a cute heart-shaped vanilla slice as well as a chocolate mud cake donned with edible red lips and “Be my Valentine” message. You can say “I love you” with the Valentine’s Tortette, a mini mud cake surrounded by white, milk and pink chocolate petals.
They’re some of the popular coffee house’s delicious cakes to help win hearts this year. The Valentine’s Vanilla Slice Heart is $19.95, Chocolate Heart $17.95 and Tortette $12.75. Select your favourite in store or at the website.
The Sweet On Cupcakes team is busy baking for the big day.
Their vanilla and chocolate cupcakes look so pretty and they’re even a perfect match for kids’ celebrations.
They come in boxes of six for $30 or 12 for $60 and can be ordered by phoning 9444 0607 before Thursday 3pm for pick-up from the Osborne Park shop. Their sister company The Lean Bean Cafe, also in Osborne Park, will have boxes to grab at the last minute so no-one misses out.
Chocolate and cherry are perfect partners, especially in Maison Saint Honore’s limited edition duo that’s just right for sharing.
Gateaux D’Amour pairs a heart-shaped chocolate cake, featuring chocolate mousse and a salted caramel centre, with a heart-shaped cherry cake containing vanilla cane mousse and a Maraschino cherry centre. Gateaux D’Amour costs $18.90 and is available online while stock lasts.
A hole lotta love
Love and doughnuts are best when shared, says the Krispy Kreme team. If you’re lost for words, they have a choice of two heart-shaped doughnuts to gift that someone special. The Strawberries & Creme Heart is so named for its filling.
It’s hand-dipped in red choc truffle with a drizzle of white choc truffle and a sprinkle of vanilla biscuit crumb, while the Chocolate Heart is a combination of choc creme, choc ganache, red choc truffle and biscuit crumbs that will win chocoholics over.
Their website also has a romantic message maker to play with. “I doughnut what I’d do without you.” Awww! The doughnuts cost $3.60 each, $27.95 for the Sweetheart Dozen (six of each) and $47 for the Sweetheart Pack (Original Glazed Dozen and Sweetheart Dozen) from Krispy Kreme at Whitford, Myaree and Hay Street.
They can be purchased at the website until 5pm Thursday for collection on the big day, or get them in store on February 14. There is a pack of four for $12 at 7-Eleven stores.
Treat the cookie monster in your life to an edible card that leaves them in no doubt of your feelings.
The I Love You Cookie Card is available in 10 mouth-watering flavours including classic butter, milk chocolate chip and caramel fudge.
It is $19.95 from Mrs Fields at Joondalup and Cockburn.