Got any summer birthdays coming up and don’t know what to get for your mum, sister, best friend or whoever?

NEVER FEAR. Because I just found out about some amazingly foodie gifts that dare to be different. As they’re all on the theme of flowers, they’re perfect for summer. And surely every girl likes chocolate…right?!

This first one shouldn’t even melt in the sun, and even the least green-fingered (like me) should be able to get them to grow. They’re CHOCOLATE FLOWERS. YES. GENUINELY.

Straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, these sprout flowers that smell of chocolate. The £9.95 kit (from Prezzybox) includes everything you need to get started, including pots, compost, chocolate-scented daisy seeds, and plant markers. An original gift that’s rewarding on so many levels – especially for those who are dieting!

If you want chocolate flowers you can actually eat, try these:

At £5 per posy, they’re not cheap but look divine. Created in Italy and made partly from sugared almonds, they’re then pulled together with crepe paper for a delicate gift. NotOnTheHighStreet also offers chocolate roses priced at £7 for nine small ones or £40 for 5 large ones (and by large I hope they mean ‘the size of your own face’).

I also like the look of these flower chocolates from Selfridges, which cost £28 for a 175g box and contain some of my favourite flavours – including rose and violet:

flower chocsIf you’re too tight, you can always make your own chocolate flowers, using this:

flower mouldA mere £3.95, also from Selfridges, this flower mould allows you to pour in your melted chocolate (and any flavourings or toppings you may desire) before refrigerating and (maybe) gifting your new shapes. It’s naturally reusable too – and in this weather, also works brilliantly for flower-shaped ice cubes. Now let a thousand foodie flowers bloom 🙂