Valentine’s Day. It’s a marmite holiday, isn’t it, you either go all out or you consider it a capitalist consumer trap that is literally the devil. There is no in-between. My Vegan Valentine approach has always been to embrace it. I love moving through all the special days the calendar year offers, and in the current pandemic, there are precious few things to celebrate and look forward to. So if there was ever a time to go mad over what many consider to be a non-holiday, I’d say Valentine’s 2021 is it!
Finding gifts for your vegan Valentine is still a bit more of a challenge than, say, vegan Christmas or Easter gifts. Budgets tend to be more strained at this time of the year, and small vegan Valentine-themed food gifts haven’t quite made it to the mainstream yet (2022, our expectations are high!). But with a little thought (and a whole lot of searching my favourite stores), I’ve put together a gift guide full of plant-based and ethical options to help you find some ideas.
My top picks for a vegan Valentine’s Day gift:
- Heart Beat Bath Bomb // Lush
- Cactus Jewellery Stand* // Etsy
- NutMilk Hot Chocolate // Hotel Chocolat
- Buff Soy Candles* // Wearth
- Kakoa Iconic Collection Chocolate Box // Friar’s
- Personalised Record Print* // Etsy
- Vegan Recipes Gift Box* // Wearth
- Lots of Love Gift Set // Lush
- Valentine’s Hoop Earrings* // Etsy
- Vegan Crop* // Vegan Outfitters
- Vegan Valentine’s Selection Box* // TheVeganKind
Still looking for ideas?
If none of these are quite right, but you’re still looking for a sustainable and vegan valentine’s gift, remember that the best gift you can get is something they need and will use. Food gifts are always wonderful to receive, especially if they’re something the recipient wouldn’t usually buy for themselves. Little homeware luxuries are another good option – think nice mugs, scented candles, prints, anything that will bring a little bit of joy every time it is seen or used. The most important thing about gifting is the intention, not how fancy or expensive the gift is. It’s also totally fine (and to be encouraged!) to buy gifts secondhand. After all, wouldn’t you much rather receive the perfect pre-loved present rather than something you’ll hide at the back of the cupboard and never look at again?