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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year. A lot of the classic gifts this time of year don’t exactly jive with the ethical lifestyle a lot of us are trying to live. Luckily, I’ve compiled a a great list of gifts to give the crunchy / hippie / natural mama in your life! You can thank me later. 😉
1. Vegan Chocolates – Chocolates are a tradition on Valentine’s Day, but what’s a Vegan to do? All the best chocolates have milk or gelatin in them! Or do they? Luckily, there are now quite a few Vegan options for chocolates. Amazon.com and Whole Foods tend to have quite a variety. I am a big fan of Sjaak’s chocolates since they have chocolate boxes that are specific to Valentine’s Day. How cute is this 24 piece organic box (affiliate link)? Of course, you can always try your hand making homemade chocolates as well. Just pick up a Valentine’s themed tin at your local craft store.
2. Local Flowers – Instead of red roses, consider a flower that is native to your area. Why have roses that have traveled who knows how long, to get to you over the flowers that naturally grow? (Of course, roses grow somewhere) Nothing says love like reducing your carbon footprint! Plant Native has a great database of native plant nurseries. Alternatively, why not consider gifting a live plant? The plant will thank you.
3. Subscription Box – Subscription boxes are so much fun. I’ve always found getting things in the mail to be a lot of fun, and subscription boxes really add the extra element of surprise. Hello Subscription has a huge directory of subscription boxes narrowed by interest. Have an avid reader, crafter, or fitness fanatic? There’s a box for that! Some of my top picks would be Fair Trade Friday (handmade items supporting women around the world), Unbox Love (date night taken care of; referral link), Enchanted Crystal (beautiful natural crystals), or the LOVE GOODLY beauty box (affiliate) (vegan beauty items).
4. Fair Trade Diamonds – Along the more traditional route, is of course jewelry. Ten Thousand Villages sells hand made and fair trade jewelry, ensuring that the artisans are paid fairly for their work. They have some beautiful and unique pieces here. I love these Andean Turquoise Earrings earrings handmade in Peru. Looking for something more traditional? Diamonds are considered to be timeless and Brilliant Earth has you covered. The diamonds sold here are responsibly sourced from Candada adhering to the highest labor and environmental standards, and Namibia and Botswana contributing to sustainable development of these countries. The jewelry here is beautiful, and they offer a variety of different styles to suit everyone. I’m particularly fond of the vintage and retro section.
5. Flower Seeds – Flower seeds bombs are an amazing way to multipurpose paper items. How many times do we get paper cards and just end up throwing them away?. Botanical Paperworks solves that problem by offering a variety of paper products that can be planted after use. . The paper from the card contains seeds – so instead of throwing the card away you are able to plan them. Paper Sprouts on Etsy also has an amazing variety of flower seeds… including this beautiful plantable flowering giftset.
What are you hoping to give or get this year?