The best Valentine’s Day gifts that give back
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Valentine’s Day gives us all the feels — we’ll admit it.  It’s not so much the consumerism aspect that gets us counting down to February 14 or even the excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast. We love Valentine’s Day because it’s a reminder to celebrate all the different kinds of love in each of our lives.  

From the connections between a group of best friends, a mother and daughter, romantic partners, a pet parent and pup (or cat!), and of course, the beauty of self-love… there is so much love in this world deserving of recognition. 

Whether your valentine is your work wife, significant other, or YOU, we hope these earth-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas get you in the loving spirit.  

Valentine’s Day Eco-Friendly Gift Guide: For All the Loved Ones In Your Life (including you!)

1. Chocolate that gives back to animals

To say we’re obsessed with Endangered Species Chocolate just doesn’t do these sweet treats justice. The packaging is adorable, the taste is high-quality good, and they don’t use palm oil.  

Most of the products are also vegan, like the Oat Milk Chocolate Bars, and they donate a portion of profits to conservation groups supporting wildlife and habitats in need. Need we say more?

2. Eco-friendly lip balm

Pucker up — or  not! Treat your lips to a yummy lip balm like this one from Elate, which is vegan and stored in a glass jar with a bamboo lid.

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3. Indoor Plants

Skip the cut flowers! Plants last so much longer and do so many amazing things for us like purify air, boost moods, and reduce stress. 

Check out these 8 more reasons to love indoor plants.

4. Vegan leather journal

Give the gift of gratitude with a vegan leather journal — like this gorgeous one from Pigsey Art— which would be the perfect gratitude notebook.

5. Bee Grateful organic cotton crewneck 

Bee Grateful organic cotton crewneck from Wholesome Culture

Spread the love with a cozy crew! We’re partial to our Bee Grateful organic crewneck, which is made with 100% organic cotton and printed with eco-friendly water-based ink. Plus, 10% of the profits goes to animal and environmental nonprofits. So grab one for you and your Valentine — and spread the love and gratitude wherever you go! 

6. Bath or shower bombs

A Lush Bath bomb is essentially giving the gift of an at-home spa day. Our favorite is Intergalactic — it’s made with vegan ingredients and it’ll make you feel like you’re floating inside a rainbow. 

No bath? No problem. Check out the shower bombs instead.

7. Loose leaf tea

For the tea-lover in your life, loose leaf tea is the way to go. By skipping the packaged tea, you’ll save waste from all those little tea bags and individual packaging, plus the flavor is typically a lot fuller in loose leaf tea. 

We’re partial to Arbor Teas, which offers loose leaf teas (all organic) in compostable packaging.

8. Jewelry that gives back 

We’re suckers for a pretty piece of jewelry, especially when a portion of the profit goes to a good cause. That’s why we love Charmed by a Cause. They donate 20% of the purchase price either to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Covenant House, or Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (you get to choose the cause you want to support!). 

9. Eco-friendly bras, undies, loungewear

Want to treat yourself to an eco-friendly and dreamy robe or bra and undies set? You may find it’s harder than you think!

Luckily, Azura Bay has curated a gorgeous collection of not only bras, undies and lingerie, but also loungewear and swimwear made with eco-conscious fabrics and production processes.

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And they donate to either the World Wildlife Fund or the Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) initiative, which is dedicated to ending gender inequality. 

10. Prosperity candles

For the queen(s) in your life, this candle by Prosperity Candle says it all. It’s handmade with essential oils instead of chemical fragrances. And the company is devoted to creating opportunities for women to thrive. Love, love, love.

11. Reusable coffee mug

Reusable mug

As always, a durable reusable coffee mug, like our Live Gently Upon This Earth” reusable coffee mug, is something almost everyone can use in their life! It’s eco-friendly, adorable, and truly the gift that just keeps giving. 

12. Used books

There’s something extra special and eco-friendly about gifting an already loved, used book. Whether or not you have a favorite local used bookstore, a book already on your shelf, or want to get your Valentine a gift card to Thrift Books (an awesome online used bookstore) — you will be giving the ultimate gift of a whole world that can fit in two hands! 

13. Experience and donation gifts

A gift card for a massage, tickets to a fun outdoor concert, or a donation in your Valentine’s name — these are just some of the awesome experience and donation gift ideas that will truly touch your loved one’s heart and cause a minimal impact on the planet. Everyone wins!

14. Vegan wine

If you like to drink, cheers to love with a yummy vegan wine like Natura Wines and Our Daily Wines.

15. Homemade yummy plant-based meal

Not in the mood to spend a ton of $$$ on a 13-course prixe fix Valentine’s Day tasting menu? Ok, we may be exaggerating with the 13 courses…  but you get get the point. Make a yummy homemade plant-based meal instead!

For some cooking inspiration check out this post: 13 easy yummy meals you can make in 30 minutes or less

plant-based meal

It’ll very likely be cheaper, healthier, and better for the plant. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice meal made with love!?

Check out more gift guides — for zero-wasters and animal lovers — here:

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