You don't have to be a vegan or minimalist. But gifts that are good for the planet are good for us all. So give it a shot!
Eco-conscious lifestyle is (finally!) here to stay amongst the millenials, and it’s only fitting that we get sustainable, fair-trade and ethical presents for our loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a gift for the intellectual in her, for the fashion icon in him, or even a little something that you want to pamper yourself with, we bring you the top ten present ideas that can not go wrong:
1. Handcrafted Cork Duffel Bag
This bag is a great gift for anybody who looks forward to going to work every morning. Made with sustainably harvested cork, it’s the perfect eco-friendly alternative to leather bags. What makes it even more attractive is its uber cool olive green colour and the ample space to fit in all her essentials. It marries style with utility, there’s no two ways about it.
2. Organic Sea Salt Dark Chocolate
Does your partner bring down the roof if they don’t get their daily dose of dark chocolate? We hear you. Surprise them with this delectably sinful hand-made chocolates by Pascati. Produced with sustainably sourced ingredients from the farmers in the Idukki region of Kerala, this is cocoa bliss at its finest. Pascati supports the farmers through fair-trade practices; they earn brownie points for that too!
3. Chakra Cork Yoga Mat
Is your partner a yoga junkie? Do you often see them start or end their days on the mat? This yoga mat by Juru Yoga is then an ideal gift for them this valentine’s day. Made using a unique blend of cork and natural rubber, these yoga mats are anti-slip and are exclusively made in India. What takes the cake, though, is the design. The gorgeous light brown mat has all the seven chakras in different colours, lending it a zen vibe like no other.
4. Portable Vibrating Sleeping Mats
Are you parents to a new-born child? And has that sent your sleep at night for a toss? Look no further. Napnap’s sleeping mats are the softest and the most beautiful. They come with a smart sleep technology that mimics a mother’s womb by generating gentle vibrations and white noise. This helps the baby self-soothe and sleep quicker, better and longer. So that you can take a break from parenthood and go back to having some quality time together over red wine. Who says Valentine’s day is not for parents?
5. Organic Cotton Polo T-Shirt
Nothing looks better on a man than a timeless white t-shirt with a collar, out on a casual brunch. North Mist’s polo t-shirt is a great buy for your man; it’s made with pesticide-free certified organic cotton, azo-free organic dyes and comes in recycled packaging. Both style and sustainability win with this product.
6. Red Liquid Lip Cream
If you never see your woman step out without her fiery red lipstick, know that an addition to her collection would make her ecstatic! This satin-matte finish vivid red lip cream with plum undertones from Disguise is the stuff of dreams for the urbane woman. Its richly pigmented and waterproof formula keeps unnecessary touch-ups through the day at bay.
7. Hand Poured Aroma Candles
The pack of four tangerine coloured, hand-poured candles are enough to give your living space that romantic vibe. Made using soy wax – a safe, eco-friendly alternative to paraffin wax – cotton wick and home-made essential oils, these promise safety for your kids, pets and the planet. The product reflects the mantra of its brand Athena Shokunin: to celebrate contemporary, modern living.
8. Bamboo and Gold-plated Brass Earrings
These are a pair of elegant earrings for the minimalist woman. Gift it to your woman and see her face light up. The design is a complete winner; the textured bamboo coupled with gold in these delicately handcrafted pieces from Rhizome scream luxury and sophistication.
9. Kashmiri Saffron Kahwa Green Tea
For the partner who is forever ready for a steaming cup of tea, this blend from Udyan Tea is extra flavourful, thanks to the exotic blend of fine green tea leaves and spices like almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, saffron and rose petals. It instantly refreshes and uplifts and also helps in relieving headaches.
10. Love Hamper
This basket from Purple Hippie is choco full with sinful delights such as fudgy brownie truffle, chocolate almond, chocolate raisin, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate & peanut butter granola and chocolate & cinnamon granola. If they’re a chocolate lover, you know you’ve found the perfect gift for them.
There are no rules when it comes to love. And certainly none when it comes to expressing it. We hope you have as much fun getting a present for your loved one as much as we loved curating this list for you!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)