For those who are a little unsure of what Sweetest Day is, or for those who may have never heard of it, this blog post is for you! But, if this isn’t your first rodeo, feel free to move on to the next section for a few Sweetest Day gift ideas to give your sweetie on Saturday, October 21st.

Sweetest Day: A Sweet History

Here’s the skinny to get you up to speed on October’s second holiday. Some may confuse Sweetest Day with Valentine’s Day, as similar gifts are given; however, there is a difference! Unlike Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day is not just focused on your significant other, but more at making all important people in your life feel appreciated.

So how did Sweetest Day get started? There are a few stories out there, but most sources say Sweetest Day, previously Candy Day, was started by Mr. Herbert Birch Kingston, in Cleveland, Ohio, to pass out candy to the homeless and orphans that lived in the city. His goal: to put a smile on their faces. Who wouldn’t love to receive a nice box of candy just at random? This sounds like a good enough excuse to us!

From its inception as Candy Day in 1916, Sweetest Day encourages everyone to put others before themselves and to be generous to those around us. It just goes to show that even the smallest tokens of appreciation go a long way!

We’re going to give you a few Sweetest Day gift ideas, but being as the holiday started off as ‘Candy Day’ we felt it’d be fitting to start off with chocolate.

Bordeaux Chocolate, the Perfect Sweetest Day Treat for Your Sweetie

So, we can probably all agree: when in doubt—give chocolate. YES. Chocolate always seems to be the safest gift choice for almost all occasions and holidays, especially Sweetest Day. Choosing chocolate as a gift isn’t the hard part; it’s choosing which type of chocolate to give that’s difficult…but, thankfully for you, we’ve come up with the best choice for this year’s Sweetest Day go-to treat: Malley’s Milk Chocolate Bordeaux.

With English toffee and almonds drenched in Malley’s creamy milk chocolate and topped with chopped almonds, there is simply nothing else like Malley’s Bordeaux. And because we’ve heard astounding reviews such as “heavenly flavor,” “indulgent” and even “inspirational,” we know it makes the perfect Sweetest Day gift for him or for her. And, starting Friday, October 20th, all Malley’s locations will have chocolate covered strawberries and grapes over the weekend, so hurry into a store near you while supplies last!

Additional Sweetest Day Gift Ideas for 2017

Of course, there are other ways of spreading your love and appreciation besides chocolate. If you have a couple loved ones on your Sweetest Day radar, here’s a few simple, but thoughtful, gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on their faces!

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Grapes: a tasty way to say you love someone! These will be available in all stores starting Friday, October 20th. But hurry in stores while supplies last.
  • Love and appreciation notes: a great way to verbalize your appreciation.
  • Flowers: a classic way to express your love for someone.

When trying to pick the perfect gift for Sweetest Day this year, remember the real meaning behind this holiday—to show appreciation to our friends, family, and all loved ones in our lives. Remember, that a simple reminder, goes a LONG way! Stay sweet, fellow friends