Looking for sustainable Valentine's Day gifts for women and men? Then you've come to the right place! The Day of Lovers on February 14 every year is ideal for surprising your partner with a particularly beautiful gift idea.
In our Disposable society Unfortunately, on Valentine's Day more and more things are given away that pollute the environment and are not long-lasting. Fortunately, you can counteract this development with the simplest means. Give lasting love instead of short-lived stuff.
In this article I would like to introduce you to unique, sustainable gifts for Valentine's Day, with which you are guaranteed to please your loved one and at the same time protect the environment. I'll also show you briefly whether Valentine's Day can be sustainable at all and what's important when choosing a gift. Let's go!
In advance you can find here a brief overview of the gift ideas:
- Canning jar as solar lamp
- Long lasting native flowers
- Natural cosmetics
- Animal sponsorship
- Backpack from marine garbage
- Drinking bottle
- Fair chocolate
- Time for two
Is it even possible to have a sustainable Valentine's Day?
Who thinks of Valentine's Day gifts, probably has directly Bouquets of roses, Heart confetti Gift cards and heart shaped balloons before your eyes. Flowers end up in the organic waste garbage can shortly after the Valentine's Day surprise - and confetti, gift cards and balloons also generate a lot of paper and plastic waste.
Valentine's Day generates billions in sales for retailers - it is a day of consumption. In addition, many manufacturers:inside produce their Products tailored exactly to this special day - so that the goods are superfluous on all other days of the year. This, too, ultimately results in more waste again, which is due to our desire to buy.
So Valentine's Day, as it is known today, is rather not so environmentally friendly. However, its sustainability can be seen, among other things With the right minimalist gift ideas and meaningful activities, as well as targeted waste reduction. and Conservation of resources in everyday life, optimize pretty well. So a sustainable Valentine's Day is basically possible.
What should a sustainable Valentine's Day gift be like?
You are looking for a fair, environmentally friendly and really nice gift for Valentine's Day for men and women? The "for him" or "for her" actually does not matter - what matters is that your Gift idea comes from the heart and brings real joy.
The right gift for the most sustainable Valentine's Day possible has one or more of the following characteristics above all else. Your gift is...
- consistent: Make sure that the joy of your gift does not fade quickly. It should really give the recipient pleasure in the long term.
- fairtrade: Make sure that your gift ideas come from a fair manufacturing process where everyone in the supply chain is paid fairly.
- resource-saving: The Valentine's Day gift of your choice should not only be durable, but also produced in an energy-saving way and packaged in a way that avoids waste. In addition, it should meet the biggest environmental problems of our Time, such as climate change or deforestation of the rainforests, but ideally contribute to their solution.
Basically, when choosing the right gift, make sure it fits the person you are giving it to. Just remember that the, what should touch the heart, must also come from the heart.
10 Valentine's Day gift ideas for women and men
Now you know that a sustainable Valentine's Day is totally possible - and what to look for in your gift selection. Here I would like to give you now the promised, sustainable gift ideas as a small source of inspiration to hand that would also please Valentine, the patron saint of lovers and the namesake of this special day.
1. give away canning jar as solar lamp
A wonderful, sustainable gift idea for Valentine's Day is a Fairtrade solar lamp from sun glassproduced in the townships of Johannesburg. The solar module in the lid Stores energy during the day and emits it again in the form of light during the night if required.
Decorate the contents as you liketo make your partner happy. Whether it's beach sand, flowers, concert tickets, wellness vouchers or a love letter - you know best how to positively surprise him or her.
Here you can get the solar canning jar:
2. give a gift of long-lasting, native flowers
In fact, cut flowers and especially the red, long-stemmed roses for Valentine's Day often come from rose farms in Kenya. The cultivation is unfortunately Very water intensive - and also the Long transport route is anything but sustainable.₁ Incidentally, roses from greenhouses in Germany or the Netherlands require even more energy.
Accordingly, you should For Valentine's Day, give the gift of native plants in pots that the recipient will enjoy for a long time to come.. For example, tulips, bulbs or daffodils - just to name a few early bloomers.
3. give away natural cosmetics
Natural Vanilla shower gels, Ayurvedic shampoos, essential oils, lemongrass lotions, tea tree oil soaps. or Wellness care sets are always a great gift for Valentine's Day. Often you can get them without a wrapping, so that the Make bathrooms even more plastic free lets.
Here you can look for natural cosmetics:
4. give away animal sponsorship
A wonderful Valentine's gift can also be a Sponsorship for endangered species such as tigers, elephants, gorillas, or rhinos. Also for rescued animals or animals that cannot be placed on mercy farms and animal shelters, such as dogs, cats, cows, pigs or sheep, you can adopt.
This creates a special bond with a great animal, while at the same time the animal and Species conservation promoted will.
You can inquire about adopting an animal here:
Other gift idea: You can also plant or have planted a tree for your sweetheart, which you can then admire together as it grows. This is very simple, for example here at Treedom.
5. give away backpack from marine garbage
Another beautiful and sustainable Valentine's Day gift is a durable waterproof backpackwhich is made mostly from plastic waste from the oceans. Whether for shopping, hiking or going to work, a minimalist, sturdy backpack will serve your favorite person faithfully forever.
Here you get the backpack:
6. give away jewelry
A classic Valentine's Day gift is, of course, jewelry. Whether Earrings, cuff links, necklaces or Bracelets - all of them are also available in sustainable form. For example, creoles made of recycled silver or cufflinks made of maple wood from sustainable forestry.
You can look for sustainable jewelry here:
7. give away book
You can also put a smile on your partner's face for Valentine's Day with a great book. Depending on what he or she is interested in, there are of course Romance novels but also interesting Nonfiction or stylish Notebooks or diaries an.
Following are a few literary ideas for Valentine's gifts for inspiration:
- Romance novel "Kisses in the Kilt" by Anne Stevens*
- "Sustainable living for beginners" by myself*.
- "The Minimalism Project" by Christof Herrmann*.
- "6-Minute Diary" for mindfulness and gratitude*.
- Notebook with vegan leather cover and animal motif*.
8. give away reusable drinking bottle
Here you get the two drinking bottles in different designs:
Tip: In another blog article, I'll explain to you how you can Making tap water more palatable with the simplest of means simply by following your heart.
9. give away fair chocolate
Whether organic, fair or Bean-To-BarWhether it's a praline or a bar - you'll always hit the right note with chocolate as a sustainable gift idea for Valentine's Day. Decide in any case for the Chocolate that your partner particularly likes.
Here you can find fair and environmentally friendly chocolate:
Tip: You can give your gift an even more personal touch by preparing the chocolate treats yourself. For example, here is a great tutorial to make vegan chocolates.
10. give away time for two
Sustainable Valentine's Day gifts don't have to be physical. You can also give moments for two that are remain in the best memory and strengthen your love for each other. But what can you do together on Valentine's Day?
How about a romantic day trip or cooking together followed by a candlelight dinner, for example?
Here are more ideas for activities on Valentine's Day that you can put into action:
- Organize a wine breakfast or wine tasting (vegan wines you can find here*)
- Bathing together in the forest (more under Forest bathing)
- Observing stars together
- Go to a vegan restaurant (here you can find vegan restaurants near you)
- Making new plans together (e.g. determine the next travel destinations, create a learn new language or in the vegan lifestyle start)
- Ask questions to get to know each other better (see Questions to get to know)
Can you think of any other Valentine's Day ventures that will bring you two even closer together? Then feel free to write me your ideas in the comments.
Frequently asked questions about Valentine's Day
What exactly do you celebrate on Valentine's Day?
Since the 15th century, the "Day of Lovers" has been celebrated in England on February 14 every year - meanwhile, the day is celebrated in almost all countries of the world. In Russia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Iran, however, it is forbidden.
The day is apparently named after St. Valentine from Rome. He lived in the eternal city in the 3rd century and married lovers there according to the Christian rite - despite the ban.
What rather speaks against Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day has been commercialized, so retail is booming on this day. Natural resources are wasted in excess and a great deal of waste is produced as a result of this social compulsion.
Besides the environmental aspects, Valentine's Day is, on closer inspection, a superfluous ritual, since you can bring joy to your own partner every day and thus definitely shouldn't wait for this one day a year.
What sustainable gifts to give for Valentine's Day?
Beautiful, environmentally friendly Valentine's Day gifts are, for example, a solar preserving jar, a romance novel, natural cosmetics, an animal sponsorship and, above all, time for two. Visiting a vegan restaurant with a candlelight dinner, wine tasting or making plans together under the stars are particularly popular activities on the day of lovers.
Pick Valentine's Day gifts from sustainable online stores
Here was still no suitable, sustainable Valentine's Day gift? Then I advise you to simply look around at sustainable places on the Internet. For example, browse through the store of...
You're guaranteed to find the perfect gift for your favorite person there 🙂
Can you think of any other sustainable stores or nice Valentine's Day gift ideas that should also be listed in this article? Then feel free to drop me a note in the comments.
Sustainable Valentine's Day made easy!
In this article, you've learned about many potential gift ideas that can have an eco-friendly impact as well as bring great joy.
"What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (more at Love Quotes)
For a sustainable Valentine's Day, it is basically important to avoid traditions that harm the environment and to put the love for your partner in the foreground. With a heartfelt gift that suits the person you're giving it to, you'll always be right.
For an even more intense, loving and strengthened relationship with your favorite person, I can give you the Bestselling book "What I love about you" by Alexandra Reinwarth recommend. It serves as a mutual declaration of love to fill. Get it here*.
Do you have questions, tips or more ideas for really nice, sustainable Valentine's Day gifts? Then I look forward to your comment.
Stay sustainable and mindful,
PS: I also have you a collection of the best, plastic free gifts for valentine's day compiled. Feel free to take another look there as well. And if you want to know how to Plastic-free gift wrappingYou can also find this out in the linked blog post.
₁ WWF Germany (2014): Water Risk Germany - Case Study 3 Cut Flowers from Kenya, available at https://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/user_upload/006Wasserrisiko_Fallbeispiel_Schnittblumen_aus_Kenia.pdf. [31.01.2023].