Valentine's Day has been horribly commercialized, and if you're green of heart, you may feel inclined to ignore it altogether. But I always say, there's no bad day to tell someone that you love and appreciate their presence in your life. So don't despair heart eco-conscious sweethearts! Inhabitat has scoured numerous stores and websites looking for the perfect green gift ideas. Whether it's sexy and suggestive like an edible body candle, or clever and cool like a piece of 3D printed jewelry, this list of 14 Valentine's Day green gifts has something for everyone!
IDEA 1: Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Cards
Nothing says I love you like the actual words, written down on paper. Getting love notes on Valentine’s Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why not scribble those sweet nothings into an adorable card printed on recycled paper with non-toxic inks? We especially like the cards by Happy Dappy Bits and Modern Printed Matter.
IDEA 2: Adopt an Animal
It’s always seemed weird that grown adults exchange stuffed animals on Valentine’s Day. Sure, they’re cute, but wouldn’t saving the life of the real thing be much more romantic? Conservation organizations, city zoos, and organizations like the ASPCA run animal adoption campaigns during the Valentine’s season. If your sweetie has a soft spot for animals, there’s no better gift than knowing that one is being protected in their name.
IDEA 3: Custom-Designed 3D Printed Jewelry
Why pick up some generic gift at the corner store when you could custom design a memento they’ll cherish forever? Dyo.co (Design Your Own) makes it possible for you to personalize jewelry and accessories that are then 3D printed in a range of metal and plastics and delivered right to your door! Each can be customized with phrases, constellations, or coordinates that are special to you.
IDEA 4: Faux Flowers
Real flowers smell sweet, but fade fast. Keep the flame of your love alive all year long with one of these signature hand-embroidered pins made with wool felt and vintage buttons by Princess Lasertron. Looking for something more masculine? Embellish your man with one of these wooden lapel flowers made from upcycled furniture and flooring.
IDEA 5: Keep It Raw
…Raw chocolate that is. If you or your better half are cutting out refined sugars and processed sweets, you might thing candy is out of the question this Valentine’s Day. But never fear! Raw chocolate is a pure, whole food that delivers health benefits as well as deliciousness! Some of our favorite brands include Gnosis Chocolate, Fine & Raw, and Lulu’s Chocolate.
IDEA 6: Living Plants
While pretty, cut flower bouquets have a sordid history. Many are grown on vast farms that use tons of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and don’t treat their workers very well. Instead of giving a flower that’s half dead already, give a living plant from a local nursery that will cleanse the air for years to come. If you’re looking to send flowers long distance, check out eco-responsible services like EcoFlowers or Organic Bouquet.
IDEA 7: Eco-Friendly Underwear
Doesn’t matter who you are, new underwear is always a treat! Skip the fast-fashion skivvies and invest in some of these super soft organic underwear by PACT. All of their cotton is grown from non-GMO seeds on family-run farms, so you can feel confident when wearing almost nothing at all. And PACT features lots of neat designs for both men and women.
IDEA 8: Edible Body Candle
Scented candles are nice and all, but things will really heat up when your sweetie unwraps this Edible Body Candle from EarthErotics. Made from Hemp Seed, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Avocado, & Apricot Oils, this 100% vegan candle melts into a warm, silky massage lotion.
IDEA 9: Sustainable Sheets or Towels
If you’re a couple that’s been together for a while, twitterpated gifts like flowers and undies might be a little too silly for your taste. Go practical, but still luxurious, with a new set of bedsheets or towels. Made from 100% bamboo cellulose, these linens from Luxury Bamboo Bedding (they’re running a Valentine’s Day sale!) are soft and silky, naturally thermal regulating, hypo-allergenic, and best of all, sustainable. Put them on the bed and you’ll create the perfect environment for a great night’s sleep–or not.
IDEA 10: Wine for Two
For many, the idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day is just sitting in a quiet, comfortable place, enjoying a delicious glass of wine with the one they love. This year, K.I.S.S. your gift-giving anxiety goodbye by cracking open a bottle of one of these sensuous organic wines and serving it up in recycled glass stemware. Not into wine? You might try one of these delicious winter cocktails featuring organic spirits instead.
IDEA 11: A Massage…or Two
Sometimes, the most romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is just to relax. Nothing accomplishes that better than an hour-long massage. If your sweetie has been stressed out lately, give he or she a gift certificate to a local massage therapist. And if you’ve been stressed together, up the ante with a couple’s massage.
IDEA 12: All-Natural Perfume
Skip the stinky scents full of chemicals. If you want to lavish your loved one with a high-quality parfum, it’s best to go all-natural. The scents created by A Perfume Organic are USDA certified organic by Oregon Tilth (OTCO), never tested on animals and 100% vegan, and free of petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, alcohol, pesticides, and synthetic chemicals. They even offer free shipping!
IDEA 13: Eco-Friendly Lingerie
Seeking something steamy for a memorable Valentine’s Night? Our sister site Ecouterre has rustled up a fascinating collection of eco-friendly underpinnings that will have you whispering salacious somethings in no time.
IDEA 14: Stylish Sunnies
Is your loved one’s future so bright they’ve got to wear shades? Nothing says cool like a pair of sunglasses that are modern, stylish, and sustainably made. We’re particularly fond of the offerings of Zeal Optics out of Boulder, Colo., and Woodwear, handcrafted in Hermosa, CA. Here are a bunch more you might like as well.