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Loving Greater: Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back

February 14th often reminds people of radiant roses, truffled chocolates, and perhaps the feeling of unrequited love. Love is definitely in the air, but V-Day should be about more than what we get -- love is, after all, in the way we give. But this season’s gifts can go far beyond the sweet little gifts and flowery romantic gestures. This year, we are teaming up with LOVE IS Project – a social impact initiative that is helping to build an ethical supply chain of love and endless opportunities to artisans around the world -- to think about Valentine’s Days gifts that give back.

Let’s share the love and change the world while we’re at it…


What Does it Mean to Shake Up Valentine’s Day and Redo Our Romantic Rituals?

While the notion of a beautiful bouquet or thoughtful card can be wonderful in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, consider mixing things up a bit by investing in gifts that give back and ethical brands that bring greater awareness into the act of gift giving throughout every season.  

Here are the top 3 ways to look for more heart-centered gifts this February:

Support Local Businesses

Seeking out local gifts this Valentine’s Day inspires integrity and greater creativity. Each purchase at a local venue supports the brick and mortar stores that enrich our communities. Whether it’s a local farm that grew your chosen bundle of flowers or the bakery next door that created that dreamy chocolate mousse, shopping locally adds a new dimension of thoughtfulness and unique gifts that actually give back to your hometown.

Research Brands that Give Back to the World

More than ever before, we have an opportunity as the collective to invest in brands that use their resources to give back to People and the Planet. Other lou lou’s brands like Pura Vida, Blue Planet, 4Ocean, and Lokai give back and provide sustainable jobs to artisans worldwide, all encapsulating their country’s local goodness.


Here are a few examples of Valentine’s Day gifts that give back that are made with ethical sustainability in mind:

The Love Bracelet by the LOVE IS Project

The Love Bracelet by the LOVE IS Project

This bracelet sparked the #loveisproject which has employed hundreds of women around the world in countries like Kenya, Vietnam, and India. Each LOVE IS Project bracelet is made with Love in Kenya and continues to support wholesome supply chains.

Black, Bamboo Blue Planet Sunglasses

Blue Planet Bamboo Glasses

For every pair of Blue Planet sunglasses that are sold, there is also a pair given to someone in need. In fact, this brand has donated over 75,000 pairs of glasses to people all over the planet!

Conscious Coconut Hand Creme Bottle

Conscious Coconut

This social enterprise, fueled by love, is dedicated to working directly with the farmers in the southern Philippines, and their factories in China, for the most effective fair trade practices from beginning to end. For every product sold, Conscious Coconut donates a meal to a child in need.


Woman Holds up Hands in Shape of Heart Against Setting Sun

And last but not least...

Simply Give from Your Heart.

One of the most important aspects to transforming your Valentine’s Day this year is to simply give from the heart. More than anything, it’s about pausing to ask ourselves, “why?” Truly, the loving thing to do is give gifts that give back while also bringing a smile to our loved ones. Whether it’s a dozen red roses or one beaded LOVE IS Project bracelet Made With Love in Kenya, remember where your present came from and whose hands helped bring it into existence.

February 05, 2019 — Tara Wegdam

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