Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate that special someone in your life. If they’re anything like you, they probably care about the products they use, consume, and wear. Make your gift do double duty this year by showing your sweetie how much you love them while supporting great companies. Trust us: nothing says romance like socially responsible gift-giving.
Does it get more classic than chocolate on Valentine’s Day? While the cocoa industry can be highly exploitative, luckily for chocolate lovers, there are so many brands doing chocolate right.
Wei of Chocolate takes cocoa-induced joy to the next level. These flower-shaped chocolates are free of dairy, soy, gluten, and GMOs. Their subscription model is all about incorporating wellness and chocolate into your everyday routine. Hint: this would be a great self-care gift too!
Theo Chocolate checks all the boxes: organic, fair trade, with artisanal flavors that are handmade. If you happen to live near Seattle, take your loved one (or your gal pals!) on a tour of Theo’s factory. The samples are delicious and the information is insightful. They also have a new virtual tasting class, which is a fun excuse to eat copious amounts of chocolate at home.
Tony’s Chocolonely is determined to inspire big brands to make slave-free chocolate. Tony’s Chocolonely is doing that through leading by example and raising awareness about slavery in the cocoa industry. A Dutch journalist started the brand after learning children were forced into labor on West African cocoa plantations. Since then, Tony’s set out to change the business with its own slave-free bars. Tony’s offers fair farmer wages, job training and a traceable bean-to-bar process. It also educates consumers inside every wrapper.
Yep, we’re mentioning the unmentionables. Underwear can be a tricky item to source ethically…and even trickier to buy for someone else. But if you’re wanting to get a little intimate, a pair of underwear can be a cheeky gift. (See what we did there?)
Madi Apparel is creating an ethical fashion brand using American manufacturing, giving back, and empowering women affected by domestic violence. MADI Apparel was started in 2012 after learning underwear is the most requested item at most domestic violence shelters and sexual assault clinics in the United States. MADI stands for Make a Difference domestically and globally.
Me Undies makes underwear fun and “easy to match your bottom half with your better half” with its inclusive, non-gendered prints. As casual as its patterns are, Me Undies is serious when it comes to transparency and sustainability. It uses fair trade labor to make breathable MicroModal fabric from beechwood trees. Buy a pair for you and your honey!
Undies not your thing? Matching socks could be cute too! Socks are also a great Galentine’s gift idea.
Elevate your Valentine’s game with a piece of jewelry that your partner will wear for years. So many jewelry brands that give back to important causes have popped up in recent years. Here are a few favorites. (Don’t forget the moms or other people in your life who might appreciate a shiny Valentine’s surprise!)
Starfish Project makes trendy jewelry that empowers women at every step of process. Starfish has an outreach program that goes into brothels, building relationships with girls and women who want out of the sex trade. They’re then trained in jewelry making, photography, operations, and more, helping to run and grow Starfish as they develop personal and professional skills.
Sela Designs donates 100% of the profits from its handmade jewelry sales. Using leather, stones, and metals, Sela Designs jewelry straddles the line between staple and statement pieces.
The Jewel In Giving allows you to decide where your charity dollars go. It offers a huge selection of ethically-sourced jewelry that comes in certified eco-friendly boxes. When you order, 12% of every purchase goes to a nonprofit of your choice, or you can let the Jewel In Giving team choose an organization for you.
Pamper your partner (or yourself) with some bathtime goodies to enjoy alone or together. We could all use more relaxation time spent away from life’s hustle and bustle.
Consider a bath set, like this one by Sitti Soap from Done Good. Sitti offers vegan, natural, zero waste bath products that are handmade by refugees in the Middle East. Wins all around.
Osmia Organics’ Spa Day set is sure to impress. The brain child of ER doctor turned soapmaker, Osmia not only creates highly intentional bath and body products, it also partners with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every online order.
For partners with facial hair, they’ll love this non-toxic shaving set by Crux Supply Co. via Green Beau. It’s made in the USA and guarantees a luxe shaving experience.
If ever there was an excuse to spend all day in bed, it’s Valentine’s Day. Give the gift of good sleep and restful daydreams with some high quality bedding.
With its 100% organic, non-toxic bamboo lyocell sheets, Ettitude promises “luxurious comfort, draped in purpose.” Um, yes please! The company is part of 1% for the Planet and it has a CO2 neutral website. Bonus: they also make super soft sleepwear.
Curl up on an organic latex mattress from PlushBeds. If you don’t need a whole new mattress, you can shop sustainable toppers, linens, pillows, and even bed frames! The company touts more than 15 environmental and operational certifications, so you can rest easy in and on its products.
Spread The Love
If even conscious consumerism isn’t your jam, consider treating your significant other to a fun experience. Take a cooking or art class. Do a rock climbing or martial arts lesson. Choose a book to read together.
A commercial holiday isn’t for everyone, but you can still spread the love this Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of any opportunity to show your loved one how much they mean to you. Whether it’s quality time, a thoughtful gift, or a special note, make it count.