Treat your paramour this Valentine’s with a gift that won’t cost the earth.

A dozen red roses may be classic but, when you consider that many are mass farmed and imported with high flower miles and a shelf-life of less than a week, they suddenly seem somewhat less romantic. Instead, we present twelve sustainable Valentine’s Day gift ideas that cover off all the V-Day staples – think jewellery, chocolates, lingerie and wine – but with a sustainable or ethical focus for a conscious token of love this 14 February.

A Masterclass Pass




An inspired gift for those who want to accumulate knowledge rather than ‘stuff’, A Masterclass pass gives the recipient access to courses and online tuition from world greats across food, home, music, art and business. Think photography tips from Annie Leibovitz, cookery demos from Gordon Ramsay and design tutorials from Frank Gehry. Did we mention Mariah Carey gives singing lessons? An amazing, diverse array of topics for one monthly pass fee (£20) to enrich and inspire their year ahead. Buy it here.


Circular & Co Water Bottle




Hear us out here. A reusable water bottle may not seem like the most romantic of gifts, but what if you added a map for a romantic walk in nature, ending in a cosy, country pub lunch? After the day itself, this leakproof bottle, made from 92 per cent recycled single-use bottles, can be a daily reminder of a fun day spent together. Buy it here.


Adopt A Truffle Tree




What’s more indulgent than truffles? How about your very own truffle tree in rural France that delivers you a yearly supply (if you’re lucky)? Or, if you’ve got a money-savvy paramour, they can prove to be a great financial investment, returning up to £400 a year if you opt to cash in your tree’s bounty instead. Buy it here.


Build A Gift Box




Want to put together a gift box that you can guarantee contains only sustainable brands? Treat Them Green offers a ‘build a box’ option which allows you to choose candles, beauty, gifts, chocolate and jewellery – all beautifully put together and delivered in fully recyclable packaging. Buy it here.


Biodynamic Wines




If you’re opting to treat your loved one to a home-cooked meal this Valentine’s Day, why not accompany it with a biodynamic wine? Grown using principles that nourish the vines and the terroir, Vintage Roots has a range of wines and fizz at all price points, including vegan and Fair-trade options, too. Buy it here.


Book A Treatment




If your massage skills aren’t up to scratch, outsource and get the professionals from Lucie to come and pamper your partner in their own home. Book via the app and choose from a full menu of treatments, all delivered by therapists from some of London’s top salons and clinics. Buy it here.


Chocolates




A sweet treat is a classic Valentine’s Day token – but this year make it ethical from conscious cocoa maker, Montezuma's. The indie brand based in West Sussex buys all its cacao from certified and sustainable sources. With 100 per cent recyclable or compostable packaging, its strawberries and champagne truffles are sure to hit the sweet spot. Buy it here.


Cake By Post




Handmade by Positive Bakes, this treat box of cakes is guaranteed to win you brownie points with a ‘free-from’ partner, or vegan date. The recipes are plant-based, gluten- and refined sugar-free and packed with natural flavour. Try the tropical ginger and mango loaf or the sticky raspberry and chocolate indulgent bake. Delicious. Explore the range here.


Eco Beauty




Upcircle sources ingredients for its beauty range that would otherwise be discarded (think coffee granules, fruit pits and discarded flower petals from florists). Fully vegan, palm-oil and cruelty-free, its winter skincare bundle includes five of its bestsellers. Perfect for conscious beauty lovers. Explore the range here.


Sustainable Underwear




Ayten Gasson’s handmade luxury lingerie pieces are works of art, each one crafted from vintage lace sourced from heritage UK lace mills. Designer and founder Ayten consciously uses local suppliers and traditional techniques in her designs, which are made from sustainable bamboo, organic cotton and cruelty-free peace silk. Shop beautiful slips, sets and eye masks in a range of jewel colours and pretty prints. Shop the range here.


Carbon-Neutral Jewellery




Gems may be another classic Valentine’s Day luxury gift, but the jewellery industry can be a minefield when it comes to ethical gifting, from slavery mines to the ecological impact of the chemicals used in metal refining. Edge of Ember is 100 per cent carbon neutral and only uses 100 per cent recycled metals and lab-grown stones for a conscience-free purchase. Their initial and birthstone necklace is a beautiful, personal gift for a loved one that shows you care for them and the planet. Buy it here.


Charity Gift




If you’re not looking to gift ‘things’ this February, why not gift a charitable donation on behalf of your other half? Unicef has a range of ideas – from health to education, emergency funding and sanitation – that provide both aid and skilled worker’s salaries in countries around the world in most need. Buy it here.


By Lydia Mansi
January 2022

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Lydia Mansi

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.

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