They say love gives. What better way to give, than to donate to, or support those in need? While you’re picking a gift for your Valentine, considering doing some good as well. And it’s not much effort. In fact, you could do your bit while purchasing chocolates, cards, even makeup!
Read on to find out how.
Cards With Credit
A greeting card tells your loved ones that you care. Instead of a cheesy and unremarkable Valentine’s Day card with cupid or hearts, choose a Charity Water Donation Card. Each personal card results in a $30 donation, 100 percent of which will directly fund a clean and safe drinking water project in 22 countries.
Candy For Your Crush
Sweeten the deal by buying chocolates from Sweet Riot, which is a woman-owned business dedicated to fair trade, fair treatment of employees, and supporting the work of nonprofits. They also offer low-calorie chocolate-covered cacao nibs for guilt-free snacking. You could also order Divine Chocolate’s fair trade offerings, which helps cocoa farmers in Ghana, the second largest cocoa exporter in the world. They’re available at most Whole Foods markets, and online as well.
Diamonds Are Forever
You’re pulling out all the stops this year, and you want to gift your partner real diamond jewelry. But can you be sure they are conflict-free stones? Just to be sure, purchase your rocks from Brilliant Earth, which not only allows you to design your own jewelry, they ensure the stones are mined legally without any exploitation of people or resources, besides also donating 5 percent of their profits to help sustain African communities.
Getting all dolled up may seem like an exercise in vanity, but not if you’re using Peacekeeper’s Cause-metics. Buy these vegan products if you want to show your support for slavery-free labor, fair wages, and no animal testing. What’s more, this company gives all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and human rights issues.
Most of Valentine’s Day is colored pink and red to symbolize romance. But pink is also the color of breast cancer awareness. Combine the two to gift your Valentine something pink from Shopkomen, which not only has stuff for everyone, but also uses funds from all purchases towards finding a cure and supporting breast cancer survivors.
If you’re lucky enough to get lucky this V-Day, you can even do social good while you make your partner feel good. Buy protection in the form of L condoms, which boast green packaging, sustainable manufacturing and, most importantly, social action to stop AIDS. For every condom sold, one is distributed at no charge to women in Africa who would otherwise not be able to protect themselves from AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, and STDs.
We hope you use these gifting ideas for a generous, lovable Valentine celebration.