These sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts are richly luxurious, and perfect for any romantic occasion, in fact!
Although we associate it mainly with romance today, you may be surprised to know the origins of Valentine’s Day are actually rooted in the Roman fertility rite of Lupercalia. This was an ancient Roman festival held in mid-February to celebrate the ancient deity who protected herds from wolves. The festivity announced the arrival of spring, with mating rituals that involved pairing women with men by a weird kind of lottery.
By the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I was appalled at the sexual wontoness of the festival, and replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It was probably named after the priest who was martyred for marrying Christians to each other around 270 AD. Because he developed a relationship with his jailer’s daughter (whom he also apparently healed from blindness), before his execution, he wrote her a tender letter and signed it from your Valentine. And hence, the Valentine’s Day card was born.
It wasn’t until commercially minded greetings card producers created the first store-stocked Valentine’s Day cards in the USA in the 1800s that Valentine’s Day became ‘a thing’. But the common depiction of Cupid, the Roman god of love, still refers back to the day’s ancient origins.
Today, Valentine’s Day is a chance for us to slow down what we’re doing and focus on those who stole our hearts. If you’d like to surprise your partner with an unexpected token of affection, we’ve found some of the most luxurious, sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts that are truly like no others.
Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts For Luxury Lovers
1. The Moon
Lovers have always gazed at the moon, and there’s definitely something incredibly romantic about moonlight. So why not gift your favourite person with a moon print?
The print will be of the moon in the state it was in on a date that’s special to you. Pick from events such as the day you met your partner, your first date, wedding anniversary or any other significant time.
Your special moon will be printed on museum grade art matte paper, ready for framing. It’s a truly unique way to capture a memorable moment in your life!
Perfect for: Commemorating a day that should never be forgotten
Jewelry is always a popular choice for Valentine’s Day, but a gift on this special day should not only show love to the wearer, but to the earth, too!
For example? The Elle Diamond Ring by Brilliant Earth. It consists of the lab-grown diamond and setting of your choice. As you probably know, lab-grown diamonds are far more sustainable than mined ones, yet have the exact same chemical composition as traditional stones.
Not in the market for an engagement ring? Why not go for a gorgeous eternity ring, or a coloured gemstone? All rings made by Brilliant Earth are guaranteed to be ethical.
Perfect for: Anyone who is ready for committing to someone special – and the planet!
Image credit: @bridget on Instagram
Lingerie: is it for him, or for you, really? We’re going to say this is one of those sustainable Valentine’s day gifts that’s for both! Lingerie should always be lacy, sexy…and sustainable. And no one does all three better than a certain lady called Stella McCartney.
In all of her vegan-friendly fashions, Stella uses innovative processes and sustainable materials including organic cotton, forest friendly fibers, recycled polyesters and regenerated cashmere to make high-end styles that transform anyone who wears them with instant beauty and elegance. Her beautifully intricate bras and knickers, featuring point d’esprit tulle, lace and satin, illustrate this perfectly.
Perfect for: Surprising him (or her!) with after dinner.
Image: Stella McCartney
Romantic nights are made to be candle-lit! But for Valentine’s Day, simple tea-candles won’t do. Spoil your lover instead with this luxurious scented candle by Soho Home.
All of Soho Home’s candles are inspired by the aromas of their prestigious social clubs across the globe. We particularly love this unisex ‘Verona’ scent! It blends notes of oud, patchouli and sandalwood to evoke a warm, exotic fragrance. The all-vegetable wax is hand-poured into a green marble cup that will be super useful even after all the wax has melted.
Perfect for: Lighting on romantic evenings…on Valentine’s Day and beyond!
There’s something kinda intimate about wearing something of your lover’s. Whether you’re wrapping yourself up in one of his sweaters or are ‘borrowing’ his delicious oud cologne, you’ll always feel closer to him when there’s a little piece of him nearby.
So that’s why gifting him a unisex watch by Nordgreen is a great idea! Not only will he love the choice of vegan leather, metallic or canvas straps that come with each gift box, but he’ll also appreciate that he can choose a charity to donate part of the purchase to. Everybody wins!
Perfect for: Feeling connected to your loved one. And being on time for dates!
What do you get for the chocolate lover who’s tried it all? How about the world’s most expensive chocolate?
To’ak Chocolate is one of those sustainable Valentine’s day gifts anyone would want. This is an ultra-luxurious dark, fermented chocolate aged in French oak cognac cask. It retails at a whopping $365 per bar!
The exclusivity of this gift is in the production process of the cocoa – it can be compared to the precision of a vintage winemaker, or a premium small-batch whisky maker. The flavour captivates the taste buds, whilst the aroma, surface, colour sheen and sound of the “crack” provide a multi-sensory experience like no other.
But this is more than just a confection, too: the brand aims to resurrect hundred-year-old cacao trees in the valley of Piedra de Plata, Ecuador, to conserve a rare species of cacao.
Not within budget? No worries! The brand also offers packages starting from $25. Your loved one will truly appreciate tasting this exceptional chocolate, no matter what you opt for. Just be prepared for the potential surprises that may emerge from its aphrodisiac powers!
Perfect for: The serious, adult chocoholic or gourmand
An organic perfume is one of the most classic sustainable Valentine’s day gifts. Though perfume is a highly personalised choice, we really love this one, by Sigil. Amor Fati was inspired by the belief that all life experiences are essential to the beauty of our existence. It combines the sacred, smoky scents of oud and palo santo with the fresher scents of bergamot and green pine needles.
It’s organic, heady, and is perfect for him…or her.
Perfect for: Embedding memories and sentiments through scent
Back in the day, people used fountain pens that lasted a lifetime. With the invention of the ball point, that all changed, and disposable plastic pens became all the rage. Not great for the environment, not great for our briefcases when they leaked all over.
One company is still well known for making beautiful pens that last a lifetime: Montblanc. Their Meisterstueck LeGrand is a deep black resin based instrument with gold-coated details and surmounted by the white star emblem that evolves into Montblanc’s iconic design.
A twist mechanism makes the pen work, whilst a cap made of black precious resin inlaid with the Montblanc emblem ensures it won’t leak. The lovely gift box comes with the pen, a replaceable ink cartridge and a booklet.
Of course, gifting this pen is only the icing on the cake. A genuine, romantic love letter (written with the pen) should be at the heart of the gift!
Perfect for: Traditionalists who would really rather pen a love letter than text it.
The candles are lit. The lingerie is on. Soft music is playing. What’s missing? A gentle, natural massage oil, of course! This one, from Oil Divine, makes for one of the most sensual sustainable Valentine’s day gifts. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, organic acids, amino acids, and antioxidants help to moisturise and nourish to promote healthy-looking skin. But here comes the sexier part!
The oil is infused with loads of jasmine essential oil, which not only smells gorgeous, but also has revitalising and anti-aging properties. Neroli oil is also present, to lift the mood and improve the skin’s elasticity.
Squirt some all over your loved one, and let’s see what happens…!
Perfect for: Showing your love through touch.
Sure, plush toys are cute and cuddly. But they’re even more lovable when they’re the result of trying to save wildlife!
If you adopt an elephant in your partner’s name with WWF, you’ll get a soft elephant toy, and much more! The entry level adoption, of $60, includes a photo of the elephant you’ll be paying to save, an adoption card, a species info card, a gift bag, and of course, a cuddly toy.
Perfect for: This is one of the best sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts for showing love to animals, as well as to say how much you appreciate your partner’s compassion for other species.
Who doesn’t love a bit of bubbly? And a gorgeous organic champagne is one of the best sustainable valentine’s day gifts for luxury lovers.
But what to choose? We recommend the Korbel Cellars California Champagne Organic Brut. With flavors of baked apple and just a little light citrus, it is the perfect partner for aphrodisiac foods! With a medium-dry profile, this organic wine has just the right balance of savoriness at the end, which definitely shows why it won second in the Los Angeles International Wine Competition of 2015, along with several other awards.
Perfect for: Sharing, of course!