Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
We know that this day can create all different types of feelings and reactions - annoyance and eye-rolling, sadness or loneliness, super high expectations placed on a significant other which end in disappointment, or, on the other end of the spectrum, butterflies and appreciation over the sweet gestures from your dear one.
Regardless of where you are relationally this year - remember that you are loved. And that you are worth loving. Your worth is not set by how many flowers or chocolates or date invites you have; you are valuable for just being you.
Now if you're still looking for a gift for a special someone (romantic partner, BFF, your mom, co-workers, whomever!), we do have some ethical and fair-trade ideas for you. Or maybe it's time to treat yourself!
For those wanting to go the traditional route:
Chocolate - Tony Chocolonely is always a great go-to and just a blast to say. Each bar is divided inconsistently and unequally, making a powerful statement about inequality around the world while still tasting delicious. Dove Chocolate has also stepped up in the world of fair-trade, employing women farmers and partnering with CARE to ensure quality chocolate while helping improve the lives of women around the world.
Jewelry - Some of our favorite fair-trade companies are in the jewelry game. Threads Worldwide employs women artisans from over 15 countries around the world and have seen communities thrive when the women invest with solar energy and clean water. Many of their artisans are survivors of sex trafficking or are special needs, and you know how we love economic opportunity for those with limited options! Plus, they have partnered with FTG before, donating percentages of their profits back to us for Trafficking Awareness. What can we say? We love these gals! Not only does Noonday Collective also sell beautiful, fair-trade jewelry, they also support adoptive families. They donate 10% of their trunk show proceeds to families waiting to bring their kiddos home. To date, they've helped over 3500 families welcome their babies while supporting over 4400 artisans around the world!
Flowers - We would encourage you to go to a local florist and help empower small businesses in your local community. Often, they'll have flowers unique to your specific area of the country which makes it that much more special. If you can't find a place local to you, we recommend Farmgirl Flowers - they source their flowers ethically and honestly and support farms who pay living wages, avoid harmful chemicals, and have medical benefits for their teams!
Guy gift ideas - Does your fella need some awesome socks that also help treat HIV, provide clean water, or plant trees to help the environment? Conscious Step Socks has a unique collection that will keep your honey's feet warm while also doing some good around the world. One World Fair Trade has a cool, rugged leather bracelet made in India or a glasses holder complete with mustache (one of our staff's husbands has this, and he loves it!).
Check out our Christmas Ethical Shopping Guide for some other ideas as well for all the people you want to present thoughtful, ethical gifts to.
Or maybe you celebrate with a gathering of friends!
"Galentine's" Day Party Ideas:
Maybe you want to gather your gal pals around and choose to encourage one another and support the global sisterhood this Feb 14th.
Host a Bra Drive for Free The Girls! It's so fun to gather around a cause. You can have your girlfriends come over for sweet treats and bring a gently used bra they no longer wear. You can gather and ship those bras to FTG and they'll go towards inventory for a survivor of human trafficking. She'll sell the bras in the second hand marketplace and make a safe + sustainable income for herself! You can read more about our program here. We also have all the details here on how to host a bra drive here.
Host a Scarf Party with Shining Light International : Shining Light International is empowering oppressed communities in Northern Pakistan through education. Although it may be too late to order scarfs for this Valentine's Day (sorry for posting this a little too late!) this is a great idea for a future party or next V-Day celebration.
Sole Hope party : Sole Hope offers HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief in rural Uganda. They have ideas on hosting parties that benefit the children and families they work with. They have Shoe Parties where you and your friends can help cut out and prepare the fabric that will be made into shoes for their clients in Uganda (these kits go on sale the first of every month). Or a Care Kit Party where you gather basic medical supplies for Ugandans to have in their homes. Click the "Sole Hope Party" link to learn more. You can also check out their current campaign for a Shoemaking Workshop!
No matter what you do (or don't do) this Valentine's Day, may you feel LOVED and CELEBRATED because we think you're amazing!
Free The Girls