The Only Sustainable Gift Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day

The Only Sustainable Gift Guide You’ll Need This Valentine’s Day 

From cuddly teddy bears to moreish heart-shaped chocolates and reliable red roses, Valentine’s Day is a holiday driven by consumerism.


Having a day entirely dedicated to expressing love and appreciation for your significant other is no doubt something worth celebrating. But there are ways to do so that are less wasteful and have less of an impact on our planet. 


There are some quick and easy ways to be more mindful in the coming month of love, such as by swapping out that bunch of cut flowers (that are ultimately going to die and end up in a trashcan) for a potted plant that can be cared for and continue to grow for years to come. However, if you’re stumped for ideas on the gift-giving front, we’ve got you covered. 


Get ready to spoil that special someone, celebrate your best friend, or love yourself even more with these sustainably conscious gift ideas. You know better than anyone that you always deserve a treat!

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Ignite the passion with an environmentally-friendly flicker

You can never have too many candles. They are the perfect addition to any household, adding the right amount of ambiance and subtle lighting to set the mood for romantic evenings. 


California-based company itemerie creates 100% ethically made and non-toxic candles. Their focus is on creating high-quality, long-lasting, and sustainable products. Itemerie uses recycled packaging made from recycled boxes. Their cards are made from recycled t-shirts, and their tape is recycled and compostable. In addition, in order to offset their carbon footprint from their order, customers are given the option to plant a tree. Orders that qualify for free shipping automatically contribute to planting trees. 

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Itemerie’s candles are plant-based, hand-made, and come in beautiful, reusable glass jars. Fill up your home with the smell of salty sea air with their Southampton candle, created with the calming touches of jasmine and sweet cream. Alternatively, opt for the masculine musk, woody, and earthy tones from their Sandlewood candle. 

Indulge your loved one with organic eco chocolate

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Alter Eco creates ethically-made chocolate using 100% organic, minimally processed ingredients sourced from small scale farmers. They are a certified B corporation, which means they have been recognized for putting people and the planet before profit. Their mission, through their Alter Eco Foundation, is to regenerate rain forests destroyed by cocoa cultivation. Driven by eliminating waste, Alter Eco didn’t stop at using recycled packaging for the outer boxes of their bars and truffles. Remarkably, the company invented and launched the world’s first compostable, non-GMO, non-toxic candy wrappers, as well as the world’s first compostable stand-up container pouch made from renewable, plant-based, non-GMO materials. 


Not that you need any more convincing with efforts such as those - but 15% off their Valentine’s collection definitely seals the deal. Splurge on the likes of Sea Salt Truffles, Raspberry Blackout, or Quinoa Crunch dark chocolate slabs.  

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Not that you need any more convincing with efforts such as those - but 15% off their Valentine’s collection definitely seals the deal. Splurge on the likes of Sea Salt Truffles, Raspberry Blackout, or Quinoa Crunch dark chocolate slabs.  

Pamper that special someone with a unique, and entirely natural perfume 

Amsterdam based company, Abel Odor, creates 100% natural, biodegradable, and cruelty-free fragrances that are made from ethically-sourced plant derived ingredients. They believe in full transparency and provide a detailed list of ingredients for each of their perfumes.  

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Amsterdam based company,Abel Odor, creates 100% natural, biodegradable, and cruelty-free fragrances that are made from ethically-sourced plant derived ingredients. They believe in full transparency and provide a detailedlist of ingredients for each of their perfumes.  


With scents such as “golden neroli” and “pink iris”, there are smells to satisfy just about any nose. According to Abel Odor, the beauty of using natural ingredients is that they constantly evolve on the skin. By interacting with your natural body chemistry, the perfume adapts and produces a unique scent for each individual. 

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With scents such as “golden neroli” and “pink iris”, there are smells to satisfy just about any nose. According to Abel Odor, the beauty of using natural ingredients is that they constantly evolve on the skin. By interacting with your natural body chemistry, the perfume adapts and produces a unique scent for each individual. 

Adopt a furry (or not so furry) friend and protect wildlife 

For animal lovers, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to give them this truly special gift.The World Wildlife FundoffersSymbolic Species Adoptionsfor over 100 different species. From a penguin to an elephant, or a Komodo Dragon to a Cottontop Tamarin, adopting an animal supports the WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats. Each adoption kit comes with a certificate, species fact sheet, photo of your adopted animal, as well as a plush toy animal. 

Invest in some quality time with an experience

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If quality-time is more your, or your partner’s, love language then a special gift can be where you do something or learn something together. Be it a cooking class, art lesson, a couple’s massage, or perhaps a virtual wine tasting session, the options are endless. 

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What more can you do to show your appreciation for your loved one than with the softest, coziest cashmere knits? Bundle up your love in a gift box filled with a THE GUESTLIST blanket - perfect for snuggling up on the sofa together. 


If none of these ideas speak to you, and you’re still not sure what to spoil your loved ones with, then why not let them choose themselves - spoil them with a THE GUESTLIST Gift Card for a treat that you know they will love - because they picked it!  

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As we are all guests to the earth, make sure that the love you share also extends to the planet. With these gift ideas, you’re well on your way to having a more sustainable, conscious, and love-filled Valentine’s Day.  



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