Written by Lauren Smith - 2nd February 2022
Sustainable gift ideas for Valentine’s Day
In recent years, Valentine’s Day has evolved into a much more inclusive holiday, where we can celebrate all of the important relationships in our lives and send gifts of appreciation to our friends and family as well as our significant others. Typically this holiday has been associated with novelty gifts such as foil balloons, teddy bears, and flowers but there are more sustainable ways to celebrate the day that can help have a positive impact on the planet. So, we've put together a list of sustainable gift ideas to help inspire you to take a more mindful approach to your gift-giving this year.
An alternative to flowers
Flower bouquets are beautiful but they only last for a few days, so why not put a sustainable twist on a classic Valentine’s gift and get them a lovely house plant, or indoor herb garden? Not only will they last longer but house plants are natural air purifiers and help remove toxins from the air, improving the overall quality of air in your home. If you're really set on flowers, you could try a bouquet of dried flowers which can last for 1-3 years if cared for properly!
Deliver a plantable Valentine card
These greeting cards are embedded with wildflower seeds and can be planted in your garden to create a pollinator-friendly meadow. You don’t have to be a seasoned gardener either, all you’ll need is a pot, a little water, some soil, and a sunny spot. By growing wildflowers, you are aiding the growth of important pollinators such as bees and butterflies and as they are made with compostable materials they leave no waste behind either! You can find plantable greeting cards through various retailers such as Etsy
Choosing Fairtrade chocolate
There’s a reason it’s our go-to Valentine’s Day gift – and that’s because most people love chocolate! But did you know that the cocoa farmers who grow its essential ingredient typically only earn $1 a day? Fairtrade is a third-party certification organisation that works in partnership with producers in developing countries and its mission is to secure decent working conditions, fair prices, and better terms of trade. When you choose Fairtrade chocolate you know that the farmers and workers who have produced the cocoa have received an additional Fairtrade premium on top of the price of their crop which they can invest in their communities and use to cover household costs such as food, education, and healthcare. Our social venture partners, Divine Chocolate and Chocolate & Love both hold a Fairtrade certification.
Send a sustainable Valentine's Day gift box
Our limited-edition Valentine’s Day gift box is not only sustainable but it would make for a perfect gift to spoil the special person in your life. It’s filled with treats made by UK social enterprises and each one of the products supports social and environmental causes so not only are you sending a thoughtful gift but you’re also making a huge positive impact.