After 2020, it’s pretty obvious that we all need a little L.O.V.E this year. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we’ve got some pretty awesome local Bay Area shops that have put together some great gifts for loved ones, friends, family, kids, and anyone else that made this past year a little less hectic. From beautiful charcuterie boards to cookie decorating kits, we’ve got you covered. Spread the love while supporting local businesses with treats that’ll sure to bring a smile. We all need that.

San Francisco

photo: XO Bakes

XO Bakes

Becca, owner and mom of two is all about bringing joy to others through homemade sweets. What better way to spread the love than with beautiful cookies that make both delicious treats and gifts to others? XO Bakes is offering half-dozen cookie boxes for $30 and includes fun shapes like diamonds, winged-hearts and envelopes, as well as cookie cards (two cookies) for $9. Contactless porch pick-up is available in the San Francisco area. 

Online: xobakes.com

Hey, Cookie

Eight years and thousands of cookies later, founder Christa Hill is still delivering her favorite treats and bringing smiles to her customers in San Francisco. This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself, a loved one or a friend to homemade cookies from the award-winning baker herself. Her Cupid Box comes with 24 assorted two-bite cookies including shortbread hearts, X’s and O’s for $58 delivered. 

Online: heycookiesf.com

photo: Batter Bakery

Batter Bakery

This small-batch, boutique bakery in San Francisco is loved by residents in and out of the city. For Valentine’s Day, Batter Bakery is offering their signature cookie decorating kit in small or large starting at $25 and includes shortbread cookies, royal icing, sprinkles, supplies and instructions. Also check out their heart-shaped cookies in unique flavors like lavender sea salt, chocolate hazelnut, and red hot candy! Pick-up and delivery are available, with a local courier delivery fee of $18.

Online: batterbakery.com

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Kokak Chocolates

A passion project for chocolatier Carol Gancia, Kokak Truffles has become a Bay Area favorite. The beautifully designed chocolate bouquet truffle box in five/$19.95 or 12/$42.95 with flavors like strawberry, hazelnut, and coffee is a great gift. For something even more decadent, the Chocolate Love Tower for $95 includes an assortment from the Castro Pride, pie, tea, liqueur-filled and dark chocolate collections. Boxes can be ordered for local SF delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipped. 

Online: kokakchocolates.com

East Bay

photo: Bakes by Eileen

Bakes by Eileen

Self-taught baker, Eileen Wang in Alameda is all about beautiful desserts. For Valentine’s Day, grab a four-piece cupcake treat box or individually packaged “Galentine’s Day” box for $24 in flavors like red wine chocolate raspberry or vegan thin mint chocolate. We love the Tea Box for $70 that includes themed cupcakes, hot chocolate bombs, cookies, brownies, mochi and tea for a romantic afternoon tea or fun surprise to share with the kids. Pick-up and delivery are available in Oakland and Alameda and orders must be in by 2/8! 

Online:  bakesbyeileen.com

photo: Brie Grazing Boards

Brie Grazing Boards

Started by a single mom with a love for making food look beautiful, Karla’s charcuterie and cheese boards are full of little details and totally giftable. For Valentine’s Day, check out the Love is in the Air Charcuterie and Dessert Box for $99 that includes a fun breakable chocolate heart as well as signature cheese and charcuterie options. For a fun treat for the kids, snag the To the Moon and Back Box filled with yummy treats and only $10. Check out her Instagram for inspiration and contact information!

Online: briegrazing.com

Casa De Chocolates

Since 2012, this Berkeley boutique chocolatier has been creating unique, small-batch, high-quality artisanal chocolates inspired by a passion for the Latin American culture. For Valentine’s Day, Casa de Chocolates has their Amor (Love) Collection featuring beautiful gifts ranging from chocolate-covered strawberries to hand-painted chocolate roses. We love their assorted chocolate box for $33 with flavors like Petalo de Rosas, Guayabana, and Tequila, or the chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles set for $28. Pick-up is available at their shop in Berkeley. 

Online: casadechocolates.com

South Bay/Peninsula

Sibby's Cupcakery

The San Mateo bakery has been around since 2004 serving delicious signature, seasonal and custom-themed cupcakes baked to order from scratch. For Valentine’s Day, Sibby’s is offering their mini/$33 and regular/$40 sampler box with themed flavors like heart confetti, double chocolate raspberry, red velvet and white chocolate passionfruit. Delivery is available from San Francisco to Sunnyvale and pick-up is by appointment only. Check the website for hours. 

Online: sibbyscupcakery.com

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Meraki-X

If you haven’t heard 16-year-old Shrobana Shangupta’s story, you need to. This teen is making waves in the way of raising money for nonprofits like Sunday Friends and St. Jude’s in the San Jose area with her love of food. Self-taught and ambitious, her macarons have already cultivated a following with unique flavors like jelly donut and Nutella cheesecake. Share the love and order a Valentine’s Day box with rose and vanilla cheesecake with dark chocolate ganache flavors at six/$15 and 12/$25. All proceeds go to her Sunday Friends fundraiser. Pick-up is available in San Jose. 

Online: _merakix_

photo: Made Out Of Dough

Made Out Of Dough

Started eight years ago, Made Out Of Dough is all about bringing the flavor. With savory scones and sweet pastries, they have been working the farmer’s markets around the Bay Area and wowing customers with yummy treats. For the special day, check out the Chocolate Covered Strawberry cake with fresh strawberries or the Vanilla Love cake with swirled pink vanilla for $20. They are also offering mini pies for $10 each. Orders are accepted until 2/6 and pick up is available at their pop-up booth in San Mateo or delivered for $5. 

Online: MadeOutOfDough

SusieCakes

A crowd favorite, SusieCakes makes beautifully delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies made from scratch. For Valentine’s Day, the bakery is whipping up an I Heart You Box of four cupcakes in special flavors for $20 as well as a dozen mini rose cupcakes. For a fun activity, grab a cupcake or sugar cookie decorating kit. Pick-up and delivery are available at select bakeries, so be sure to check out the website for the closest one!

Online: susiecakes.com

Marin County

photo: Johnny Doughnuts

Johnny Doughnuts

Artisinal doughnuts handcrafted with organic ingredients sourced locally is the name of the game at Johnny Doughnuts. They will have Valentine’s Day decorated doughnuts in standard flavors as well as a new Strawberry Bismark that is a must-try. For a special gift, check out the assorted Valentine’s Day doughnut holes in a variety of flavors and fillings, dressed up like a box of chocolates, wrapped up and sealed with a handwritten note for $25. It’s the perfect gift for just about anyone. Email or call the bakery to reserve your box! 

Online: johnnydoughnuts.com

Sift Dessert Bar

Family-owned since 2008, Sift Dessert knows the sweet stuff. With three locations in the Bay Area including Santa Rosa and Napa, Sift Dessert Bar makes beautiful cupcakes, macaroons, cakes and cuffles (cake and frosting blended together and dipped in chocolate). They have some fun boxes for Valentine’s Day including the gluten-free Conversation Crispy Bars and Macaroons box with rice crispy treats for $45 and the Hey Sugar Gift Box with whoopie cookies, gummy bears, sprinkles chocolate bar and a customized note for $42. Shipping and store pick-up is available. 

Online: siftdessertbar.com

photo: Baked Blooms

Baked Blooms

Want to send some flowers but also cupcakes? Check out Baked Blooms in San Anselmo. This home-based bakery started by stay-at-home mom Sarah Thongnopneua makes cupcake bouquets arranged and decorated to look like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Prices start at $45 for a seven-piece small bouquet of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes in red, white and pink floral design. Cupcakes are homemade and baked from scratch in small batches using real ingredients. Pick-up is available in San Anselmo with local delivery only in Marin at this time. 

Online: bakedblooms.com

—Sandra Lee

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