If you're anything like us, you want to show your earth-loving sweetheart that you care about them on Valentine's Day without perpetuating harmful consumerism. Luckily there are ways to show your love that are both environmentally and socially beneficial. We've collected eleven thoughtful gifts ranging from fair trade chocolate to jewelry made from recycled materials and even colorful seed bombs. Browse through our list of conscientious gifts that will make your special person feel even more so on Valentine's Day.
11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts
HAND IN HAND SOAP
If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin, then these Hand in Hand soaps might appeal to you. Made from all natural ingredients that were responsibly harvested, a pack of three comes with three fragrances: White Tea, Orange Blossom and Lavender. 50 square feet of rainforest is spared with each bar bought.
This year light your loved one’s fire with a pair of sexy sustainable underwear from PACT! These super-soft 100% organic cotton undies are sustainably manufactured in sweat-shop free facilities that are powered by wind power. If you can’t settle on a single pair to give, fear not – PACT is offering Valentines day gift packs for girls and guys in addition to V-day gift cards that let your sweetie choose the pairs he or she likes best.
HEART OF GLASS PENDANT
This gorgeous Heart of Glass pendant from Smart Glass Jewelry was cut from a clear recycled bottle and finished off with a brass ring and a 16 inch chain made with 25K gold infill. Equal parts classy and cute, this gorgeous gift will definitely wow your sweetheart without eating up your entire month’s paycheck.
MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX CANDLES
Here’s another fun and sustainable twist on a must-have Valentine’s Day accessory: candles! This fun kit is made up of multi-colored, sustainably-sourced beeswax sheets and wicks. A sweet gift that is incredibly easy to put together, these candles are bound to add a little vibrance and warmth to your romancing.
If you really want to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day, consider picking up a pair of sexy sustainable skivvies – our green fashion site Ecouterre has rounded up two dozen eco-friendly Lingerie gifts that are sure to set the night ablaze come February 14th. From racy garter tanks to corsets and slips galore, read on for our top picks.
A HEART FOR LOVE ALUMINUM SCULPTURE
So many gifts we give on Valentine’s Day are temporary, but sometimes it’s nice to give a gift that will last, such as a sculpture that memorializes enduring love. This wonderful Aluminum Heart for Love sculpture designed by a NOVICA artisan will squeeze your loved one’s heart while supporting quality indigenous craftsmanship.
HALL ORGANIC WINE
Wine and champagne are also favorites on Valentine’s Day, but who wants to give or drink wine that was grown using toxic pesticides? If you want to let your hair down and splurge on the beverage ordained by the gods, check out Hall’s award-winning organic wine, which is sulphur and pesticide-free.
RAINBOW SPROUT SEED BOMBS
If love is about growing together, then no other gift is more symbolic and earth-friendly than a set of heart-shaped seed bombs. Totally affordable, fun and simply adorable, this gift is about as thoughtful as it comes. Technically the Rainbow Seed Bombs are a gay pride gift, but we think they are appropriate for earthy sweethearts everywhere.
We have yet to come up with a holiday for which Twig Terrariums aren’t awesome gifts. So cute, green, long lasting and exciting to explore, a mini green world in a glass vessel is certain to inspire at least five thank you kisses!
ADOPT AN ANIMAL
For a new spin on the boring old chocolate hearts gift this Valentine’s Day, why not Adopt an animal from Endangered Species. Not only will you receive a gift bag of yummy fair trade chocolates and a sweet plush toy like this giraffe, but 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation!
A CD FULL OF LOVE SONGS
Sometimes going old school is the most heartwarming thing you can do for your loved ones, particularly if you put a lot of thought into it. If you’re really strapped for cash and have a blank CD or two lying around, why not make a mix of your favorite loved songs? Everyone has their own taste so you don’t have to choose sappy tearjerkers, just songs you know your partner will love. Add your own cover to personalize it if you like and if you don’t have a CD, make a Spotify playlist instead.