Ethical Valentine’s Day Options That Aren’t Throwaway

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Valentine’s Day Goods That Aren’t Impulse Buys

In the past, I have shied away from doing Valentine’s Day Gift Guides, because I find V-day to be one of the least purposeful giving holidays.

From polyester-filled stuffed animals to pesticide-laden flowers shipped across the world to child-labor harvested chocolate, there’s not a lot to like about traditional gifts this time of year. But that is precisely why a gift guide may be worthwhile.

My husband and I don’t typically exchange gifts this time of year, though we’ll occasionally get a nice bunch of yellow roses to brighten the apartment, but if you are looking to participate in Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day this year, here are my picks…

Did you know? St. Valentine served the early Church in Rome in the 3rd century, a time of religious persecution before Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Empire in 313. Valentine served a fledgling and marginalized community, and was martyred himself on February 14th.

Valentine’s Day Gifts With Heart

1 | National Geographic Women

Beautiful historic and contemporary portraits of women from around the world, pulled from the National Geographic Archives. Shop here.

2 | Sela Designs Jewelry

Handmade with sustainable materials, like Tagua Nut, 100% of Sela Designs’ proceeds benefit nonprofits. Ashleigh’s pieces are also affordable and wearable.

Featuring: Heart Studs (worn above), Melody Diffuser Bracelets, Lexi Leather Bracelet

3 | By Rosie Jane Leila Lou Roll-on Perfume

My signature scent for more than two years now, the Leila Lou fragrance has a bright floral scent. The roll-on lasts me almost a year since the concentrated fragrance requires only light application. Shop here.

4 | Shea Brand Rose Shea Butter

Made with sustainably-harvested, organic ingredients, this Shea Butter has a subtle rose scent, and can be used on hands, cuticles, eyebrows, lips, and even hair. Shop here.

5 | Krochet Kids Beanie

Made ethically with either natural fiber (this one’s alpaca) or recycled fibers, Krochet Kids’ beanies are soft, snug, and fashion-forward. Shop here.

Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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