If the person you love is vegan, or if you just want to choose some ethical gifts, we’ve rounded up some suggestions to make Valentine’s day a little more special.
It’s February, you can’t move for deals on tacky Valentine’s gifts. But you can celebrate without being suckered into buying meaningless trinkets. It’s a chance to put some thought into making sure the person you love knows it.
Take the time to think about what would really make your partner feel good. If that’s a thoughtful gift, then our guide has ethical, vegan products that are crafted with love and care. We’ve chosen brands that choose to do good AND have beautiful products.
There’s a range of different gifts at different prices, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits you…
Hopscotch are a long time brand favourite of ours, with some of the most gorgeous soy candles. They’re super minimal in design, so are sure to suit anyone’s style. Their candle gift box contains a large jar candle and mini tin in their signature scents and is tied up in a black ribbon. We love the Cedar & Pine, Fig & Melon combo – they smell divine!
You can’t beat a Lush bath. They smell incredible and make you feel so special. If you don’t want to spend a lot, treating someone to some relaxing me-time is a great way to go. They have a whole Valentine’s collection which is almost entirely packaging-free.
If you don’t live with the person you’re buying for, Bloom & Wild offer beautiful letterbox bouquets. They have a range of Valentine’s bouquets to choose from and their flowers are sourced responsibly. They send the fresh flowers out in a box that fits perfectly through the letter box. The best thing is, you don’t have to worry about someone being in to accept a delivery, so you can be confident in knowing that they’ll definitely get them without ruining the surprise.
For something a little more extravagant, while keeping it chic, a Matt & Nat handbag will definitely impress. Their bags are more than just a ‘faux leather’ alternative – they’re ethically produced with sustainable materials and are made to last. They prove that you don’t need real leather for luxury. The LEXI is a good balance between relaxed and formal, and can be a bold statement if you go for the Ruby shade. It’s also available in a mini version, which is perfect for an everyday bag.
Perfume is another traditional choice – and for good reason. Perfume is often a luxury we don’t buy for ourselves. A spritz of perfume in the morning can really lift your mood and help you to have a more confident start to the day. Pacifica are a 100% vegan and cruelty free brand and their perfumes are some of our favourites.
If your loved one takes a more natural approach to beauty, Maison Meunier is the place to go. Their luxury cleansing bar is all natural, vegan and cruelty free. Unlike most cleansing bars, it’s packed with moisturising ingredients to ensure it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture. If that wasn’t enough, it has some amazing reviews. A great choice for a more practical, but still luxurious product.
Jewellery is always a great gift. It’s another one of those luxuries that people don’t tend to buy for themselves. Wild Fawn have some beautiful ethical jewellery pieces that are high quality but affordable. Each piece of jewellery is handmade from recycled silver and Fairtrade gold so it not only looks good, but feels good to wear.
We couldn’t do a Valentine’s gift guide without chocolate. Your gift doesn’t need to be extravagant, so some chocolate might be the perfect little treat. Pernigotti chocolates are some of the best vegan chocolates out there. They’re so smooth and are a perfect choice for any vegan who misses pralines.