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What, no chocolate?

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I decided to throw together a collection of fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the home.

It may seem gauche to give your loved one a kitchen item as a present but not if they’re a foodie—I wouldn’t sulk if I received this coffee maker and/or chocolate fondue set…In my view, regular chocolates and flowers are a bit overrated, don’t you think?

Cook up some love. I was only going to feature one item from Le Creuset but I couldn’t choose between these two lovelies from the company’s cherry cookware line. The fondue set has a forged cast-iron pot that holds heat long after it’s left the stove. And the heart-shaped casserole dish (made of red enameled cast iron) would definitely bring some whimsy to a special meal.

Java time. This is the Keurig Mini Brewer specializes in making a cup of coffee (or cocoa, tea or iced beverages) in less than two minutes. With the choice of three cup sizes, it can also accommodate travel mugs. You can check it out at Cucina Moderna locations in Halifax and Bedford.

For something on the economical side, but equally great, why not get a bottle of Baco Noir? This wine is extraordinary—dry and velvety with hints of black cherry and caramel—and Nova Scotia makes it best, in my opinion. The one here is from Blomidon Estate Winery in Canning, N.S.

It’s not exactly home-related but I adore this fun shopping bag from Reisenthel. You could always use it to store the Baco, right? The bag’s retro design has “love” written in various languages, which is quite chic. They have five other shopping bag styles in the love design on their website.

Janice Hudson

East Coast Living