Gift Guide: A Thoughtful Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to send something sweet in the mail to the people you love - especially during this age of quarantine when we can't all see each other in person. A surprise package is a beautiful way to show someone that you care!

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Valentine's gifting often comes with a tremendous amount of waste - cheap trinkets and single-use do-dads abound, destined to end up in the garbage a week later.

We've curated a few gifts that rise above the rest, so you can send something beautiful, thoughtful, and kind to workers and the environment!

ETHICAL VALENTINES GIFTS FOR KIDS

So much more fun than just a card, these mini grow kits are perfect for children of all ages. Pictured above are the Mini Magical Garden and the Mini Dinosaur Garden. At just $12 each they'll provide weeks of fun watching them grow in the windowsill. Made with FSC certified recycled paper.

Need something soft adorable for a sweet little one? The Polar Bear Cotton Baby Hat comes in newborn though 12 month size. It's 100% cotton, hand knit, and Fair Trade certified so you can rest assured that no child or sweatshop labor went into this sweet little present ($26).

Keep that pre-teen busy during cold winter months with a DIY activity, like this Natural Lip Balm Kit. The box includes everything you need to make 6 tubes of organic lip balm at home, with an afternoon of fun included, for $22.95.

These teeny tiny handmade dolls roll-up into a portable bundle that little kids just love. According to Guatemalan legend, children tell their worries to Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed each night, and by morning the worries are gone. Fair Trade certified and just $7.50 for a bundle of 5.

For big kids, the Beeswax Candle Making Kit is another fun choice for an afternoon of entertainment! Bonus if you bake a cake together and top it off with the candles ($9).

ETHICAL GALENTINES PRESENTS

For the home spa lover, try the Love Notes Loaded Soy Candle ($22) or the three-piece Gift Set ($29) that includes a re-usable pouch and bath salt vial. The collection is locally handmade and features crushed rose petals, Himalayan pink salt, and a light floral scent that promotes self-love.

 

For someone who loves pretty paper and making lists, this Tulip Garden Planner is such a gem. It includes pages for long term goal setting, plus monthly, weekly, and daily planning pages. It's environmentally friendly and 10% of proceeds help fund refugee resettlement in the US. Undated so you can gift any time ($32).

Give the gift of beautiful optimism with this Garden-in-a-Bag Seed Kit. At $12, it contains everything needed to grow beautiful pink snapdragons in the windowsill, with the option to plant outside later in the spring if desired.

Perfect for a bohemian fashionista, these cute Perfumaria Gal Lip Balm tins feature art nouveau ladies encasing gorgeously scented and lightly tinted balms that will keep her lips feeling pampered in the dry winter air ($7).

DIY isn't just for kids! This Garden Watercolor Kit includes gorgeous watercolor paper with light guidelines and instructions for creating homemade artwork worthy of a spot on the wall. Professional quality paints and brushes included ($28).

ETHICAL JEWELRY FOR VALENTINES DAY

A perennial best-seller, the Infinity Knot Ring is a classic and timeless gift to cherish forever. It's a perfect friendship ring or romantic gift of commitment to your love. Available in solid gold as well as more affordable gold fill and sterling silver options, starting at $26. Handmade in the USA.

 

The botanical jewelry collection features so many beautiful pieces we couldn't choose just one! The Forget-Me-Not Earrings ($178) and Blushing Rose Pendant ($88) were each made from bronze and glass castings of actual leaves and petals, and make for a truly unique and memorable gift. Handmade in the USA.

For the minimalist in your life, these petite Bar Studs are sure to win her over. Wear them alone or use them to accent a statement piece of jewelry. They're perfect for everyday wear and come is gold, rose gold, or silver, starting at $39. Handmade in the USA.

Nothing says passion like a deep red ruby. The sterling silver Liane Necklace is available with a variety of semi-precious gemstones including this rough ruby option, in a teardrop shape that sits above the heart. Fair trade production ($34).

Featuring natural boughs and berry drops, the Tapestry Collection is inspired by medieval wall hangings. Cast in bronze from real leaves, then hand patinaed with fine gold and copper for a gorgeous glowing surface, then finished with freshwater pearls. For something dainty try the Tapestry Post Earrings ($68), or gift her the Tapestry Necklace ($128) for a dramatic statement.

VALENTINE CARDS WITH HEART

The Pen + Pillar Card Collection is made in the USA with recycled papers, gorgeous artwork on the front and blank inside for your custom message. For Valentine's Day we're loving the simple sentiment of I LOVE YOU and the playful jungle-themed I'm Wild About You cards. $5 each.

Another great collection of recycled, made in USA cards comes from Good Postage. We love the cute and whimsical messages for Valentine's Day, especially You Are My Everything and Let's Pedal Together Forever. $5 each.

 

For lots more creative gift inspiration, visit our Valentine's Shop!


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