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
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 an ultra-luxurious dark, fermented chocolate aged in French oak cognac cask, retailing 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
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 founder of Carolin Stone Jewellery, Carolin Rossa, designs jewelry that uses nature’s healing wonder – gemstones. In fact, Carolin is quite passionate about gemstones and their beautiful healing abilities. It is her vision to combine the wisdom of nature with the fashion world, through her modern and colourful pieces.
Playful assortments of stones add offbeat charm to cocktail rings, statement pendants and cascading earrings. The ideal selection for Valentine’s Day would be a piece that features the Rose Quartz, which has long been believed to be a stone that opens the heart chakra.
Perfect for: Anyone whose heart you’d like to open up a bit
4. The Moon
Lovers have always gazed at the moon, and there’s definitely something incredibly romantic about moonlight. So why not gift your favourite guy 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
Lingerie: is it for him, or for you, really? We’re going to say both! For Valentine’s Day, it should 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
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 Buly 1830. In case you’re not familiar with the brand, it was launched in Paris in 1830, and has been revived by, appropriately enough, a husband and wife team living in Paris.
Housed in a green and gold box, this candle is also a beautiful object for your home, thanks to its marble container. Fabricated from only plant-based ingredients, the wax combines and is finished with a pure cotton wick. Our favourite fragrance is Retour d’Egypte, and has top and middle notes of rose petals, rosemary, blackcurrants and violet, with a base of cedar, patchouli, vetiver and musk for depth.
Perfect for: Lighting on romantic evenings…on Valentine’s Day and beyond!
Scent has the power to make us fall in love. Human beings are capable of sniffing out certain parts of our potential partner’s DNA to determine whom we’re compatible with. The Science of Love at times may need a little help with an enthralling perfume, such as those by Walden Natural, made from only the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils.
Not sure which to choose? Their gift set includes five bottles: the unisex A Different Drummer (a spicy blast of pepper followed by notes of cedar wood, amber and sandalwood), A Little Star-Dust (a sumptuous bouquet of ylang ylang, iris and jasmine enriched with exotic Tonka bean), Castles in the Air (a fresh blend of citrus with a hint of tropical flowers and lavender), Two Eternities (a garland of forest flowers including wild roses, jasmine and iris floating above a base of bergamot and sweet orange oil), and the slightly masculine The Solid Earth (smoky petitgrain followed by a heart of vetiver and patchouli oil, finishing off with amyris).
The collection’s name gives a nod to Henry David Thoreau, whose seminal work Walden stresses simple living in natural surroundings – a perfect tribute, since these sustainable scents encourage lovers to reconnect with the primordial wonders of Mother Nature.
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.
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 Hayo’u not only brings the goodness of sweet almond, Karanja and evening Primrose oils to the skin, but it’s also heavenly scented with frankincense and lotus flower and sandalwood. Spread it all over your loved one’s body, and get to work! This is one of the best sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts – because ultimately, it’s your touch!
Perfect for: Showing your love through touch
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.