Looking for some unique and earth-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Here are some suggestions for everyone on your list – kids and adults.
For the Kids
To counteract all the candy that worked its way into our house every Valentine’s Day, our family tradition was a new stuffed animal for each of my kids. When I saw this adorable Organic Cotton striped dog, I just to include it! Available from The Ultimate Green Store for $25.95.
I also love toys that will last forever and aren’t made out of chemical-laden plastic, so this wooden Tic-Tac-Toe set with red X’s and white O’s is great way to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day. Available for $16.00 from ApplenAmos on Etsy.com.
Guys are so hard to buy for!! But if your Valentine is a beer lover, you’re sure to find a great gift at PopChartLab.com. These Brooklyn-based designers and manufacturers create unique glassware, puzzles, and posters among other things. If beer’s not his thing, they also have whiskey, sports, and pop culture items, too. You’ll be sure to find something, like this "Very Many Varieties of Beer" Pint Glass for $14.
These woolen hand warmers are great for those mornings when your guy walks the dog or has a sporting event. Handmade from wool and rice, they’re available for $15 from WormeWoole on Etsy.
For the Napper
I am in a pillow mood this year! Not sure why, but when I was looking for gift ideas, I was repeatedly drawn to love-themed pillows. Maybe I need a nap!! Two of my faves are these “I Love You to The Moon and Back” and the iconic “Love” pillow covers -- both available on Etsy. I like the idea of pillow covers because they’re a quick way to refresh a pillow you probably already have!
These organic scarves from Beau Monde Organics are just beautiful and are the perfect accessory this time of year. Thanks to USA Love List for bringing it to my attention. The one pictured below is $87 and available on Amazon.
A girl always likes some new jewelry, and these Sterling Silver and Fresh Water Pearl Heart Earrings are beautiful and only $31.95 at ArtistiKat on Etsy. I always check out Etsy when I need a jewelry gift so I can find something one-of-a-kind and support an independent artisan.
Who Doesn't Love Chocolate?
For the traditionalists who love their candy on Valentine’s Day, please buy fair-trade and organic. My favorite is from Lake Champlain Chocolates in Vermont. I have ordered on-line in the past, but my local Whole Foods also carries them, and hopefully yours does to if you need a last-minute gift.
And when it comes to wrapping those gift, look no futher. Our Simply Red Organic gift bag is always a popular Valentine's choice. For the kids, our Aliens, Fairy Princesses or Monkeys fabric bags will bring smiles before the gift is unwrapped. For the Ladies, I'm partial to Gold Damask. While it's not red or pink, it's a timeless, romantic pattern.
If you need more ideas, check out our Pinterest boards!
And remember, the best gift of all is a shared experience. Whether it's a special dinner with your spouse -- with no cell phones! -- or playing a board game or ice skating with the kids, being together and focusing on each other really shows how much you love them.