I know, I know. It was just New Year, wasn’t it? Valentine’s Day is sneaky. You catch up and get adjusted from the holidays and then it’s another special day on your heels. And this year especially, with the shipping delays and postal backups, it’s better to do that Valentine’s Day shopping sooner rather than later.
If you’ve been tracking with DoneGood for a while, you know we’re not into pointless consumerism, or buying gifts just because it’s the thing to do. But if you’re looking to show a little extra love to your significant other, your kids, your galentines, or anyone else special in your life, we’re here to help! After all, if you’re going to buy a special gift, why not buy an ethical gift that’s even more special because it lifts up workers in the developing world, supports fair wages, is great for the planet, and gives back to great causes?
So check out some of our top picks for ethical Valentine’s Day gifts. We’ve got something for everyone and every budget!
You can’t go wrong with jewelry, right? Especially this classic necklace from Starfish Project that supports women escaping human trafficking in Asia. It’s guaranteed to be a hit and do some good all at the same time.
Kyrgies are some of our bestselling products—try them out and you’ll see why! Any of Kyrgies house shoes or slippers will make a great gift for someone who could use a little extra comfort and cozy. Plus, they’re sustainably-sourced from free-roaming sheep and ethically-made by well-paid artisans in Kyrgyzstan.
The heart shaped box of gamble chocolates are a thing of the past. Why not try some chocolate that actually tastes good AND that does good for the people and the planet? Beyond Good chocolate uses sustainable harvesting practices and pays great wages to cocoa farmers and chocolate makers.
A gift that’s special and practical! The Free to Be Loved pouch from The Tote Project sends an encouraging message to your loved one, and gives them a fun place to store cosmetics, electronics, or other odds-and-ends on the go. Plus, these pouches are ethically and sustainably made in the USA and give back a portion of profits to support survivors of human trafficking.
Are the Eve Lace panties from Echo Verde the perfect undies? We think so. Cute and sexy, comfy and practical, ethical and sustainable. A great little gift so that special someone can feel cute and comfy, and do good all at the same time!
Got any tiny Valentines in your life? As a kid, my dad gave me a teddy bear every Valentine’s Day, which was super special—so that’s why I think you should check out Tikiri Toys’ stuffed animals! Give a gift they’ll love and treasure that also does good for the planet and the people who made it!
If you think your valentine deserves the finer things, we’ve got you covered. The fabulous Cleo clutch from Nisolo is as beautiful as it is functional. With multiple straps, this bag can be worn as a crossbody, over the shoulder, around the waist, or as a clutch. And nobody makes better, more high-quality, more ethical goods than Nisolo!
Headphones are always a great gift (anyone else always losing theirs?), but the sustainably-sourced, wireless Krypton earbuds from XACTLY are over-the-top awesome. With meticulous attention to detail, the design of these earbuds make charging, phone calls, and listening to music hassle free.
The perfect gift for a galentine, a significant other, or just about anyone else you think deserves a great cup of coffee. Delicious Gorongosa Coffee is sustainably made to help restore rainforests in Mozambique! 100% of profits directly support wildlife conservation, girls' education, or rainforest restoration. Your pick!
A luxurious, multipurpose beauty product bound to make your special someone feel even more special! Teadora’s Wild Superfood Beauty Butter is sustainably-sourced from natural Amazonian botanicals. This little miracle product can moisturize, heal cracked skin, and improve skin’s firmness and elasticity.
A little gift that’s practical, but unique! The solar-powered Luci Core from MPOWERD makes the perfect task light, emergency light, overhead light, and more—totally adjustable to any environment! Give a gift that also spreads light around the world—which MPOWERD does by donating lights to communities without reliable electricity!
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