valentines gifts

Valentine’s Day is pretty cringe whatever you do, so this year why not at least make it worthwhile by investing in a gift which gives back? We’ve picked out the best sustainable and ethical gifts out there, so you can show you care amid all the heart-shaped candy commercialised hype, while you’ll get brownie points for being so damn thoughtful. Need some more ideas? Check out our alternative gift guide too.

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Soko X Pop Glam Ring, £28, Soko at Ethical Stories Ethical Me

Ethical Stories Ethical Me

London-based designers and sister act, Shivani and Sameena Mawji, have created an online ethical store, Ethical Stories Ethical Me, that aims to make ethical products fashionable, accessible and affordable. For him, the chestnut weekender bag which supports eco-friendly fashion by using vegan leather, is the perfect holdall for a romantic weekend away (hint, hint). And for her, the Soko X Pop Glam ring, is subtle and stylish, with profits going to the Pencils of Promise charity which raises funds for educational empowerment in Ghana.

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Martine Lo Rise Briefs, £21, Naja at Birdsong

Birdsong

Only stocking clothing which is ethically manufactured and made with a long-lasting quality, Birdsong are known for sourcing  products from women’s organisations and charities, with most of the revenue going straight back into the them. The beautifully embroidered Gina Bra or the Martina Lo-rise by Naja is the perfect gift for a cheeky evening at home.

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‘Love you, Love you Lots’ Bar soap, £4.25, Lush

Lush

Lush is your go-to if you’re planning a pampering Valentine’s night in. Their products are 100% vegetarian, ethically sourced, fight animal testing and are handmade with natural packaging. Indulge in their Valentine’s Day special gifting; the ‘Love you, Love you lots’ bath soap or the ‘Lots of Love’ gift set that will show your complete devotion –. whether that’s to your partner or cleanliness.

Reformation

Using the most efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices, Reformation invests in minimising waste products, water and energy footprints, with each garment impressively telling you exactly how it impacts the environment. Treat yourself to one of their beautiful evening dresses then make your loved one treat you out for dinner so you can wear it.

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‘Strike It Up’ Lipstick, £21, Ilia

Ilia

If beauty products are her favourite things, cosmetic brand ‘Ilia’ will be a thoughtful addition to her make-up collection. Their ethical approach means they promise to create products which will nourish and rejuvenate the skin, with each containing 85% bioactive organic ingredients – kind to the environment as well as the skin.

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White Diamond Pave Signature Ring, £11,206, Monique Péan

Monique Péan

Raising awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design, Monique Péan uses sustainable materials that are globally sourced through fair-trade initiatives. It does come at a price though – still, it’s nice to dream… If you’re in the money (and we mean really in the money), the Atelier collection is crafted from custom-cut antique diamonds, while the Homme collection is packed with gorgeous items such as meteorite cufflinks for the contemporary-classic man about town.

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