Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Be a Saint this Valentine’s Day with Ethical Gifts

Like most every holiday celebrated around the world, Saint Valentine's Day has an interesting and complex history. History, myth, romanticism and legend have merged into something that has at times been hijacked by consumerism.  

Valentine postcard, circa 1900–1910

Surely we can all agree that every day is a great day to celebrate the ones that we love and some of the best ways of showing how we feel don't come with a price tag. Sometimes however it is nice to splash out on something special for that certain someone. During those times, why not add another layer of love by choosing a gift that's kind to the world?

Chocolate Filled Heart by Sjaaks - When in doubt...give chocolate. But not just any chocolate of course! This beautiful looking heart-shaped deliciousness is vegan, organic AND fairtrade. How lovely :-)
Hope Red Bracelet by Peacecord - How wonderful to say "I love you" to your special someone while at the same time creating employment opportunities for women in Afghanistan via fair labor practices. Handmade with red braided parachute cord and a silver frosted button these chic bracelets will make any outfit pop :-D
Valentine's Pack by Waggy Dog Bakehouse -Whether you're single or in a committed relationship, sometimes the most significant 'person' in your life has four legs. While human food like chocolate is poisonous to puppies, these delectable organic treats are made especially for your furry friends
Love Me Do Ring by La Jewellery - Inspired by The Beatles lyric, this gorgeously unique ring has been handcrafted from 100% recycled silver. It's a great option for the girl who loves love but not in a chintzy way ;-)
Just my Type Card by iDear - Let someone know you care with this hipster-chic card made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper
TLC Gift Pack by Herbfarmacy - Everyone appreciates a little TLC now and again...and not just on special occasions! This goody bag is choc-full of luscious treats such as organic rose face oil, massage oil and luxury foot cream all in a fairtrade organic cotton bag
Clockwork Heart Pin by Mullanium - This exquisite handmade brooch made from recycled vintage watch parts and other found treasures, is a brilliantly whimsical gift indeed
Blue Origami Cufflinks by Polli -Why not spoil your main man with some super stylish cufflinks made from sustainable wood in a low CO2 workshop? He'll look so dashing!
Conversation Heart Vegan Soaps by AJ Sweet Soap -Yes it's true...even SOAP can be romantic! Perfect for the partner who loves a good soak in the bathtub more than eating candy
Red Rockstar Bag by Gunas - Fellas if you're looking for a red hot gift for a stylishly simmering lady then look no further. This vegan bag has been lovingly crafted by skilled artisans under fair conditions from recycled materials. It also happens to be a favourite of actress Anne Hathaway!
Wild Man Beard Wash by Wild Rose Herbs - So you fell in love with a hairy-faced wild man? Give him a treat (and you as well) with this handmade beard-booster full of very manly smelling organic oils like coconut and rosemary...MmmMmm!
Sweetheart Collection by Crazy Rumours -Give your sweetheart lips good enough to eat with this assortment of mouth-watering vegan lip balms including red velvet cake flavour! Yummo!
El Presidente Bifold Wallet from Ecoenstyle - Give your man's street-cred a leg up with this quietly awesome wallet made from recycled bicycle inner tubes under fair conditions in Baja California
Captain Planet I Love Earth Tee from the Environmental Justice Foundation - Show her you really care about her AND her ideals as well with this carbon-neutral, fairtrade and organic cotton tee. Caring for our planet as a couple is incredibly romantic

Stay tuned to the KBD Facebook and Pinterest pages for more ecochic Valentine's ideas xo 

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