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Find sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts for your sustainable sweetie right here!
Why is this important? Because if your love is someone who shops consciously, avoids plastic, and shuns fast fashion then buying your sweetheart a “gift” wrapped in plastic isn’t going to warm the heart.
So here’s how to find romantic and sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t hurt the planet (or your wallet!)
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for Self Care
A self-care gift box made for relaxing
Sustainable Brand: EarthHero
Sustainable Brand Features: Everything from the sustainable online marketplace EarthHero is ethically sourced, and all shipments are carbon offset. So your sweetie won’t have to worry about the impact of shipping either!
Sustainable Gift Features:
The sustainable self-care gift box from EarthHero has everything your valentine needs for a day of pampering at home in one box.
A non-toxic soy candle, an herbal lotion bar, a plant clay face max, an agave fiber washcloth for exfoliating, and more.
Price: This sustainable Valentine’s Day gift from EarthHero is $80.99.
DIY lotion bars make a great gift (it’s easy!)
OK, if you cringed at this suggestion, seriously, hear me out. It is SO EASY! It takes like four ingredients and 30 minutes and, boom, you have lotion bars that both exfoliate and moisturize without using hard-to-recycle plastic bottles.
Check out my simple and sustainable lotion bar recipe here. Or check the video below:
Your sweetheart will love the gesture AND the lotion bars (just don’t mention how easy it was!)
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for Indulgence
Give the gift of a (sustainable) fine fragrance
Sustainable Brand: Henry Rose
Sustainable Brand Features: The makers of Henry Rose fragrances go above and beyond to ensure your valentine will not put anything toxic onto their skin or onto the Earth.
Henry Rose is cruelty-free and EWG Verified™, meaning you can be sure that there are no chemicals of concern, and ingredient lists are 100 percent transparent. They are also Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold, which is one of the most rigorous marks of product sustainability.
My favorite part, though? Fragrance bottles are made from 90 percent recycled glass and are fully recyclable, while the caps are made from sustainably sourced and commercially compostable soy!
Price: The Queens & Monsters Eau de parfum runs $120 for a large bottle.
A bamboo makes a great sustainable Valentine’s Day gift
Sustainable Brand: WearPanda
Sustainable Brand Features: The folks at WearPanda are best known for their bamboo sunglasses, but they make some pretty sweet watches, too. WearPanda is a member of the 1% club, meaning at least one percent of profits are donated to environmental causes. In addition, all watch purchases benefit Pencils of Promise.
Plus they’ve swapped the watch pillow for a sustainable bag, so no frivolous packing materials here!
Sustainable Product Features: A twist on the traditional wristwatch, the Traveler watch is made from recycled metals and natural bamboo.
Price: The Traveler watch from WearPanda makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. It sells for $160.
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Lover
A bomber jacket for the outdoor lover
Sustainable Brand: Patagonia
Sustainable Brand Sustainable Brand: I am confident recommending anything from Patagonia to your love who loves the outdoors. This is an apparel brand that started the 1% club (companies that give at least one percent of profits to the upkeep and restoration of the planet) and a company that leads the way on corporate sustainability.
Sustainable Product Features: This Bomber jacket is made from recycled materials and is fair-trade certified. It’s windproof and water-resistant.
Another idea? Shop for a gently used jacket for your valentine and brag about cutting the carbon footprint of that jacket by 73 percent!
A sweatshirt for the National Park lover
Sustainable Brand: America’s National Parks™ stores
Sustainable Brand Features: Operates in nearly 170 national parks and online. 100 percent of the proceeds from purchases go toward educational and preservation efforts at America’s national parks.
Sustainable Product: If your outdoor-loving sweetheart is a fan of the National Parks in America, then they are familiar with the National Park Passport stamp. Did you know they can also wear that cancelation stamp on a sweatshirt? If your Valentine is always carrying their parks passport then this is the sustainable Valentine’s gift for them!
If you aren’t sure what the National Parks Passport is but you know your sustainable sweetheart likes the parks, then get them a passport!
They will love getting their stamps at every gift store. I sure do! The passport is $12.95 from America’s National Parks™ stores.
An adorable Valentine made on a sustainable alpaca farm
Sustainable Brand: Magic Meadows is a sustainable alpaca farmette outside of Chicago. They make quality products out of alpaca fiber. You can also stop by and visit the herd the next time you’re in Illinois!
Sustainable Product Features: Cuteness overload! This furry little guy is made with alpaca fiber on the farm. You can also step it up with a “marry me” alpaca if you’re ready to take things to the next level!
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Traveler
A 10-day portable charger made from plants
Sustainable Brand: Nimble
Sustainable Brand Features: The folks at Nimble include a biodegradable bag with every purchase so that you can recycle up to one pound of e-waste for free. They even pay for shipping! So not only will your valentine have peace of mind that their phone will be charged at all times, they can safely recycle all of those old electronics in the junk drawer, too!
Sustainable Product Features: Is your valentine always searching for plugins to stay charged? Give them the gift of peace of mind with this portable charger that will stay charged for up to 10 days.
And guess what? It’s made of recycled aluminum, plant-based bioplastics, and comes with no plastic in its packaging.
This cup is a thoughtful and sustainable Valentine’s Day gift
Sustainable Brand: Stojo
Sustainable Brand Features: Stojo products are BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, adhesive-free, and chemical-free. Stojo has also achieved LFGB certification for food-safe silicone products (which is more difficult to earn than FDA certification).
Sustainable Product Features: These cups are so cool! They collapse super small, making it easy to throw in a bag. These cups are some of the best gifts you can give to anyone who values sustainability AND loves their coffee because they can now enjoy their coffee with no single-use cups and no guilt!
Price: The 16-oz cup sells for $20 so it’s a cost-effective sustainable Valentine’s Day gift!
A solar-powered backpack
Sustainable Brand: Solgaard
Sustainable Brand Features: This sustainable brand uses eco-conscious materials like recycled polycarbonate, Shore-Plast™, and Shore-Tex™. Solgaard also uses fabric from excess luxury handbag materials and recyclable aluminum. Plus, every Solgaard purchase means five pounds of plastic is pulled from the ocean.
Sustainable Product Features: The solar-powered, anti-theft backpack by Solgaard is made from upcycled ocean plastic and made with a removable solar-powered battery. It’s designed for the traveler on the move with secret pockets and an anti-theft cable. It’s water-resistant with a drop-proof laptop storage compartment. My favorite part? The bag stands up on its own!
A beautiful weekender bag that gives back
Sustainable Brand: Parker Clay
Sustainable Brand Features: Parker Clay bags are made by women in Ethiopia. In fact, Parker Clay has created more than 400,000 hours of safe, dignified employment for women in Ethiopia.
This certified B-Corp is dedicated to sustainability at every step of the manufacturing process, and to durability that is backed up by their lifetime guarantee. Parker Clay bags, they say, make lives better at every step of their journey.
Sustainable Product Features: The Montecito Weekender is seriously stylish with all the pockets you need for a weekend getaway. The full-gran leather is sustainably sourced and the bag is guaranteed for life. One of my favorite Valentine’s Day gift
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts to Enjoy Together
An adventure blanket perfect for a sustainable picnic
Sustainable Brand: CoalaTree
Sustainable Brand Features: Started as an organic farm in Colorado before making sustainable outdoor clothing and gear. Gives back to charities and maintains hiking and biking trails in Utah.
Sustainable Product Features: I’ll tell you what, if anybody gifted me the Kachula Adventure Blanket, I would be one happy gal. Pair it with a sweet little picnic with local fruit and veggies, and I’m your valentine. (An indoor picnic would be adorable, too!)
Why is this blanket so cool? Let me list the ways!
It rolls up small and snaps closed to make a travel pillow. It comes with a water-resistant hood that snaps on to make a poncho. You can pour a glass of water on this blanket and it will roll right off with no stain and no dampness. It’s made of 100 percent recycled materials with an eco-friendly DWR finish to keep you dry. Snap it together with other blankets to make a big picnic!
Price: This sustainable Valentine’s Day gift sells for $87. There is also a new PUFFY Kachula Adventure blanket, combining the same features described above with a puffy jacket! (Price for the puffy sustainable blanket is $115.)
A sustainable hammock for weekends away
Another great idea from Coalatree is a sustainable hammock. This hammock weighs in at just 13.4 ounces and it’s made from sustainable materials.
At just $49.99, you can purchase two and give the promise of hanging out with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!
A dream vacation planned for sustainability
Sustainable Brand: G Adventures
Sustainable Brand Features: This year is just a hard year to book vacations, plain and simple. Believe me, as a travel blogger, I’ve tried so hard to book travel…only to cancel due to the pandemic. But part of what is sustaining me is planning for my next bucket-list vacation.
Now, what if you could guarantee that your bucket-list adventure could be canceled and rebooked for later? And what if that no-risk dream vacation was also curated for responsible tourists?
Sustainable Product: You can do just that with responsible travel partner G Adventures. These guys build sustainable tours all around the world that give back to the community that you will visit. How cool is that? Plus, when you book before March 31, your trip departing any time in 2021 can be canceled and rebooked with 30 days’ notice.
You and your partner can join an existing tour group, or you “Book Your Bubble” to build a tour group made of just your friends and/or family with deep discounts. Giving the gift of responsible travel is just about as good as it gets for a sustainable Valentine’s Day gift!
Last-Minute Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts
A (temporary) dream home makes a great sustainable Valentine’s Day gift for travel lovers
Are you reading this without enough time to order a gift online? I hear you. I always seem to be ordering late as well! Here are a couple of ideas.
Sustainable Brand: TrustedHousesitters
Sustainable Product Features: With many people working remotely, there is opportunity to get out of dodge without taking time off.
Did you know you can do just that without paying for lodging? Beyond that, you can stay in your dream home for a while.
An annual membership to TrustedHousesitters allows you to stay rent-free in homes all over the world as long as you’re able to watch the homeowner’s pets. My experience with TrustedHousesitters has let me stay in beautiful homes with the sweetest animals and no money exchanges hands.
Part of the fun with this sustainable Valentine’s Day gift is searching with your partner for that perfect place to stay!
Price: Annual memberships start at $129.
Tip: If you are traveling in your own van or RV this year, consider a Harvest Host membership instead. You will be able to stay on farmland and wineries for free! Use this link to receive a discount and enter HHFRIENDS20 at checkout.
A digital gift card to Bookshop
Sustainable Brand: Bookshop
Sustainable Brand Features: These guys love to support local. Portions of all orders go to supporting independent bookstores, and you can even choose to support a specific shop near you!
Sustainable Product Features: Is your valentine a book lover? Well, here is a way to give the gift of books AND the gift of supporting local, independent booksellers. Check out digital gift cards here.
You can also give the gift of an Audible subscription or audiobook (you can even use existing credits to send a gift!) If your sweetheart already listens to audiobooks then this is a great sustainable Valentine’s Day gift. If they don’t listen to books then this might be an even better gift. Honestly, an Audible subscription changed my life. I listen to more than 100 books a year!
The book I started with? Outlander. It’s as binge-worthy as the TV show. And the latest season is coming out in March, so it’s on-trend!
Sustainable Valentines Day Gifts for Your Pet
Doggles for your pup!
Sustainable Brand: REI
Sustainable Brand Features: REI gives 70 percent of its profits back to co-op members, employee profit-sharing, and non-profits committed to preserving the environment. They make a conscious effort to sell sustainable products from ethical brands.
Sustainable Product Features: I mean, I can’t get enough of the doggles or dog specs from REI! Protect your pooch’s eyes in the wintertime with these adorable goggles!
Organic catnip: a sustainable Valentine’s Day gift for your cat
Sustainable Brand: EarthHero
Sustainable Brand Features: This sustainable online marketplace vets all of its brands and products for eco-conscious and ethical supply chains, materials, and more. All shipping is carbon offset.
Sustainable Product Features: Your cat deserves some love, too! Try this organic catnip from sustainable marketplace EarthHero to bring a little treat into your cat’s world. EarthHero has a ton of sustainable options for pets. Check out sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts for your pet here.
Price: Just $6.99 and all shipments are carbon offset.
That wraps up the 2022 sustainable Valentine’s Day gift guide. Happy Valentine’s Day. Sending love for all and for the planet.
About the Author
Hi! I’m Jen!
I’m a freelance writer and travel blogger who quit my nine-to-five after my fiancé, Jeff, died of cancer at the age of 40. When he died, I realized that life is just too short to delay our dreams. Since my dream was to travel and write, I now travel and write full-time. Today I wear hiking boots instead of heels and collect experiences instead of things.