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Great Gift Ideas

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day? Eco-friendly gifts are the perfect choice

For Your Next Vacation

Great Gift Guide - Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud is a beach lifestyle brand on a mission to #savethefishies with their beach towels, bedding, metal straws, and more. Nab this adorable towel for your next vacation and 10% gets donated to marine life conservation. $47 at www.sandcloud.com

Go Anywhere

Great Gift Guide - Tentree

Going on eco-adventures with your significant other will be easy with this 4-in-1 mobius 351 backpack that is packed with sustainably sourced materials, making it the most eco-progressive backpack in the world. And for each tentree product purchased, tentree plants 10 trees in developing communities to help re-forest, revitalize and safe-guard the environment. $118 at www.tentree.com


Great Gift Guide - Eye of Love

Eye of Love’s products pair powerful pheromones and scents, so you can give the gift of attraction. The fragrances are made from essential oils and the pheromone is derived from the wild yam root—and the products are packaged in glass bottles. Pheromone Couples Kit, $19.90 at www.eyeoflove.com

Shine On

Great Gift Guide - Fruitive

A limited edition collaboration between Fruitive, North America’s first certified organic fast casual restaurant and Hamilton Perkins Collection, an independent Virginia-based company that makes bags from recycled materials, brings this drawstring backpack made of pineapple leaf fiber, a natural, sustainably-sourced cruelty free material that has low environmental impact. The leaves are discarded from the pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce. Available in gold and silver. $78 at www.fruitive.com

Flowers the Make a Difference

Great Gift Guide - Flowers

Instead of buying that special someone flowers, save one with an origami orchid. You’ll protect the forest they call home and help fight climate change. By absorbing CO₂ and releasing oxygen, tropical forests like Peru’s Alto Mayo help Earth breathe better. With your purchase, you help locals protect these important trees, flowers and wildlife by creating programs that empower them to heal our planet. And, when you give The Blooming Bundle origami orchid and certificate, you can stand proud knowing you warmed their heart with an Earth-cooling gift that never needs water. $25-$100 at www.cooleffect.org

Get Cozy

Great Gift Guide - Cozy

Cozy up near a fireplace or snuggle while watching a movie with this Louise Throw, made by pedal loom weavers in Huancayo Peru, available from MINNA. MINNA is an ethically made home goods brand rooted in traditional craft techniques. Employing a cottage industry approach, MINNA partners with master weavers and artisan collectives in Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay, which helps ensure craft preservation and job creation. MINNA’s line includes bedding, pillows, throws, kitchen and tabletop accessories and rugs. $280 at www.minna-goods.com

Spend Time

Great Gift Guide - Spend Time

Offering men’s and women’s fashion accessories, including watches, sunglasses and bracelets, TruWood makes unique pieces  from 100% wood. Not only do they make exquisite hand-crafted pieces, but they also give back to the planet by planting 10 trees per order. The brand’s mission is to create handmade products, with an emphasis on quality at affordable prices while at the same time, changing the planet. $349 at www.mytruwood.com

Sweet on You

Great Gift Guide - Joya

Instead of the usual chocolates, why not give chocolate that’s better for your significant other—and the environment? This handcrafted chocolate by Joya is 100% organic and made with directly-traded cacao (dark chocolate and coconut milk dark chocolate). All of Joya’s products are made with the purest, carefully sourced ingredients that are organic or wild-crafted, and all products are rigorously tested to meet stringent quality and potency standards, and are non-GMO with zero gluten, refined sugar, dairy, preservatives or additives. Additionally, the chocolates come in 100% compostable pouches. Pack of 12 for $46 at www.joya.ca

Wrap Them In Luxuriousness

Great Gift Guide - Moon Cloth

MoonCloth Designs, a world-class provider of luxury, sustainable hemp-influenced products and private label design offerings for hospitality brands such as Soho House, Design Hotels, and Sensei Resorts, now offers an eco luxury bath + body consumer collection.  These Tradition Kimono hemp silk robes are uniquely blended with hemp and pure silk, free of harmful synthetic and polyester materials, are natural antibacterial, and are sustainably produced in the U.S. More than 2,500 litres of water is saved by making this robe from hemp, compared to cotton. $313 at www.moonclothdesigns.com 

Make a Meal

Great Gift Guide - Make a Meal

If you’re planning to cook a romantic spread, why not use Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt as an ingredient? The line is produced by husband and wife team of Heidi Feldman and Curtis Friedman, a tech consultant-turned-entrepreneurial farmer and carpenter who share a commitment to local, sustainable food production and a deep love of Martha’s Vineyard. They carry a few varieties, including their hostess and sea glass collections, packaged in glass containers and topped with a sustainable cork seal. About once a month in the summer months, Heidi and Curtis drive to the island’s south shore very early in the morning to collect at least 500-1,000 gallons of seawater, which they turn into Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. SEAGlass, $35 at www.myseasalt.com

Get Comfortable

Great Gift Guide - Activ

The perfect lingerie for a Valentine’s gift, the Lacy Playlette flatters every woman’s shape in the most beautiful and comfortable way. Love confidently knowing the Playlette is uniquely designed to wear before, during and after the most intimate moments. Created with sustainably sourced lace and manufactured in Los Angeles. $198 at www.activintimates.com

Set the Stage

Great Gift Guide - Burn Candle

Burn Candle Company was born in the heart of Arizona and designed to reflect Phoenix’s eclectic mid-century uptown neighborhood with a clean, minimalist aesthetic and a broad spectrum of scents for any taste. It is an Arizona-based boutique candle company that hand-pours soy wax candles with one goal in mind—to give you and your loved ones a great sensory experience at a reasonable price. $24 at www.burncandles.co

Wonderous Windbells

Great Gift Guide - Bronze BellsCosanti Windbells are made one-by-one, with molten bronze being poured by hand and intricately organic designs being carved into silt-cast ceramic bell forms. They make them using the same time-honored traditions for over 50 years. Today, the beauty and artistry of Cosanti bronze and ceramic Windbells ring in the breeze throughout Arizona and around the world. You can visit and tour their foundries and ceramics studios to experience Cosanti Windbells first-hand. Starting at $35 at www.cosanti.com (Paradise Valley) and www.arcosanti.org (Cordes Junction)

Give the Gift of Inspiration

Great Gift Guide

In The Lemonade Stand, 19 brave women share their stories to surround you with grace. The Lemonade Stand was inspired, in part, by the Chicken Soup for the Soul series—a legacy they are proud to carry forward with a unique “twist.” Courage and vulnerability are at the heart of each story. Triumph waits at each story’s end. Consider this book to be a beacon of light for those in the dark. No matter how harrowing the ordeal, know that health, joy, and success do return and are waiting on the other side of calamity. $16.95 (paperback) on Amazon.


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