When most people think of Valentine's Day, they immediately picture cards, red roses, candlelight dinners, and chocolate boxes. However, few people are aware that Valentine's Day is a day of celebration with the biggest environmental effects.
Every year, a billion cards are sent, the majority of which end up in landfills. Those red flowers you offer to your significant other probably have pesticides on them. Most likely, the cacao used to create the chocolate you give to a loved one comes from a nation that engages in child labour exploitation. Most of the time, paraffin-based candles used for a candlelit dinner are carcinogenic.
However, things don't need to be this way. Here are a few romantic and eco-friendly gift ideas that will give you just what you need to celebrate a more sustainable Valentine’s day this year.
Valentine’s day gift for her
1. Natural vegan soy candle
Here is a present that will also make your Valentine's Day date more romantic. We recommend investing in a cruelty-free vegan candle that is enriched in natural citrus oils which will elevate all your senses once lit. The best part is that most of these candles come in a glass jar that can be used again once the candle goes out. So, it’s not only the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for her but also eco-friendly.
2. Sterling silver jewellery
Nothing quite says “I love you” like a piece of handpicked jewellery. If you were planning to surprise your Valentine with some bling, ditch the regular stuff to opt for fine sterling silver jewellery. Jewellery that is made of 925 is naturally hypoallergenic nickel-free and will last a lifetime making this an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for your wife.
3. Stationery that can be planted
If your girlfriend loves doodling and is responsible for adding all the colour to your life, gift her a stationery set. Wait, there’s more! This stationery set is an eco-friendly gift idea as it can be planted to sprout flowers and fruits. It’s the perfect way to enjoy two hobbies at once!
4. Gardening set
To go along with the new pencils that will turn into plants, the perfect addition to any household will be a gardening set. Being a plant parent is mentally and physically therapeutic, and has emerged as one of the top hobbies during the pandemic. The perfect way to start with a new hobby as a couple this year is to invest in a gardening set and have romantic gardening dates. Now does it sound like an eco-friendly gift idea that she’ll love?
Valentine’s day gift ideas for him
5. Whiskey stones
If your man is a whiskey lover, a set of whiskey stones is the perfect gift for him. Whiskey stones are made out of granite, and instantly cool a drink without the dilution done by ice. It’s an eco-friendly gift that’s also romantic enough to give your beau who loves his whiskey. Typically, the stones are made with natural granite and can be washed and reused multiple times.
6. Wooden sunglasses
Love getting clicked outdoors with your man? You can wear a pair of wooden sunglasses and add some edge to your photos. The 100% natural wood makes this an eco-friendly gift idea and is a great alternative to regular sunglasses.
7. Wine glasses
Your man may be a whiskey or beer lover, and there’s no better way to induct him into being a +1 for all your wine tastings than gifting him his first set of wine glasses. This eco-friendly gift will be helpful for all your date nights at home, and when you’re hosting a party too.
8. Shampoo and conditioner bar
Tired of your boyfriend not knowing the difference between a body wash and a shampoo? An organic shampoo and conditioner bar set might just change that. Shampoo bars are becoming increasingly popular for male grooming and are an eco-friendly gift as well. Right when you open the box, the intense aroma will capture your senses. What’s great is that, while a shampoo bar is meant for hair and scalp, it is great to wash the entire body and even the beard. The use of essential oils helps to condition the scalp, which prevents dandruff and promotes healthy scalp growth. The shampoo bar also lasts a long time. It will keep going for two to three bottles of liquid shampoo. Shampoo bars have a small carbon impact and are manufactured from natural materials and certified organic oils.
9. Beard grooming kit
Look no further if your Valentine loves his beard. Invest in a grooming kit which has a beard conditioner, shampoo, oil, beard balm, brush, comb, and scissors, and we promise he will be left speechless with this eco-friendly gift.