Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a partner, or just looking for a conscious gift for yourself (because self-love is important too, folks!), here are our top picks of unique, beautiful, and sustainable gift ideas.
Love is officially in the air! We’re not usually ones for consumer-driven events, but when it comes to spreading a little bit of love (any time of the year), we’re all for it. And if you are thinking of buying a gift this Valentine’s Day, keep things conscious with these ethical brands. From unique fashion and stunning jewellery to organic champagne and romantic candles. Here are a few sustainable ideas for him and her that we think you’ll love.
For the wild and adventurous: Purnama
Gift a Unity bracelet from Purnama. These upcycled products are part of its Java Collection, which are handcrafted from recycled tyre tubes and repurposed discarded single-use plastic from local stores in Java, Indonesia. If you are looking for sustainable leather replacements, this is a great option that still gives the fierceness you might be looking for. Feel extra good about this gift as part of the proceeds go towards protecting the environment.
For the grand gesture: Nikoi Island
If you need to pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got two words for you: Nikoi. Island. This beautiful (and sustainable) private island is two short boat rides away from Singapore. And if you’re both in need of some R&R, you can’t go far wrong with a romantic getaway to this jungly paradise. Snorkel the reef by day, sip on sunset cocktails by night, and enjoy the chilled vibes of island life. A trip here will earn you some serious brownie points.
For the female fashionista: Baliza
Taking inspiration from Bali and Ibiza trends, Baliza (geddit?) is a whimsy collection of timeless resort wear. And it’s perfect for life in the tropics. Handmade in Ladli, a vocational centre in India by Gudri women, this is a gift that makes a difference. The material is also soft and sustainable organic cotton. Known for bold prints and bright colours, we reckon anyone would be happy to unwrap a Baliza dress this Valentine’s Day.
For love rituals: Artisan of Sense
Each artisanal candle is made with pure soy wax and sustainably harvested oils hand-poured into a reusable recycled glass jar. They are also phthalate, paraben, sulphate, toxin, and animal-testing free. There are myriad dreamy-sounding scents to choose from, but if you can’t pick just one, opt for the gift pack. Select your three favourite aromas (we’ll take coconut palm & lime, rosemary & peppermint, and winter wonderland, please) and Artisan of Sense will take care of the rest. It’s a wonderfully smelling V-Day gift to help create a romantic atmosphere.
For a celebration: Sparkle
Did somebody say cheers? Ching ching with a bottle from Sparkle’s Champagne collection. Sparkle is the exclusive Asian distributor of the organic Lelarge-Pugeot in Asia. More recently, the prestigious LALLIER champagne joined Sparkle’s selection with its reputable Grand Crus from Ay. And it’s just not Valentine’s Day without a drop of fizz.
For the romantic gesture: Scéona
Scéona’s range of sustainable fine jewellery is a minimalist’s dream. Inspired by nature, its modern pieces are created using only luxurious materials that are not directly-mined. 18 karats recycled gold and cultured diamonds, to be specific. It’s a beautiful alternative to the traditional jewellery industry. So if you need to buy a ring this Valentine’s Day (hint hint, just saying!), Scéona has got your back.
For the girly traveller: SUI
Super sustainable brand Sui creates cute threads using organic cotton, hemp, upcycled fabric scraps, and azo-free dyes. Its packaging is also recycled. If your GF is a travel fiend, Sui clothes are lightweight, easy-breezy, and add a dash of chic to any holiday wardrobe.
For personalised gifts: Gifts Less Ordinary
If you’re looking for that extra personalised touch, check out the range of products available on Gifts Less Ordinary. It has a socially conscious section where you can find gifts like recycled leather personalised passport holders, fairtrade cotton canvas makeup pouches or customised pillows.
For sun-worshippers: Truth&All
Sunnies are essential for life in the tropics. And we’re huge fans of the planet-friendly eyewear from Truth&All. It uses eco-friendly and biodegradable materials, sustainable packaging, and only works with socially responsible partners. Its frames come in classic shapes and a range of colours, making them the perfect gift for him or her.
For the lazy lover: Sunday Bedding
Great sheets. Reasonable pricing. And a little bit of Sunday every day. Sunday Bedding stocks a range of ethically made sheets in bamboo sateen, French linen, and 100% organic cotton. Because there isn’t anything as satisfying as slipping between beautiful sheets. You’ll want to stay in bed all day.