Last year, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day spent $142.31 on candy, flowers and apparel, totaling more than $18.9 billion according to the National Retail Federation. This year, why not spend some of that money on Valentine’s Day gifts that act as a catalyst to accomplish the change we want to see in the world.
This Valentine’s Day why not empower that special female in your life with lingerie that provides jobs to head of household moms or pajamas that provide micro loans for women who have been sexually exploited. Help your man make a statement with ties that help vets re-enter civilian life. Or romance your sweetie with candles that provide clean drinking water to Haiti or wine that helps kids with Autism and preemie babies. Or give that special someone something sweet with chocolates that help give the world’s most vulnerable children a fighting chance.
Check out these great Valentine’s Day gifts that will make you feel good in more ways than one…
Naja Lingerie (from $18)
Cause: Provides training and jobs to single or head of household mothers
Inspired by the women she met during her 18 months of backpacking through remote countries, Colombian born Catalina started Naja with a vision: to empower women through lingerie and create a culture where women help each other. And she recruited Golden Globe-winning actress, Gina Rodrigez as co-partner! Naja trains single or head of household mothers to sew and then employs them so that they can help themselves and their children. We love their eco-friendly line made out of recycled plastic bottles. Naja.co
Henri Rose Sleepwear (Pajama Sets starting at $75)
Cause: Provides micro loans for women who have been sexually exploited, or live in areas where they are vulnerable to trafficking
Henri Rose uses raw materials that are good for the earth, natural dyes and fabric is specially woven just for their tea towels, napkins and pillows. Not only are is the sleepwear chic and stylish, but the company also donates a portion of their profits to micro loans for women who have been sexually exploited, or live in areas where they are vulnerable to trafficking in order to help create a culture of responsibility socially conscious business. henrirose.co
Origins Feel Good Candle with Pine, Spruce & Orange ($34)
Cause: Various eco-causes, including: Re-forest, support crop growth and clean drinking water in Haiti, Support local eco-systems and absorb carbon through mangroves in the Philippines and Provide tree shelter for migrating Monarch butterflies who help pollenate crops in Mexico
This is candle is all about the feel good factor as the name would suggest and is a soothing blend that’s just perfect for Christmas with fresh pine, spruce and orange. With the sale of every Feel Good Candle Origins plants a tree through the Global ReLeaf Fund. The trees planted as a result of the sales of the Feel Good Candle will support projects to re-forest, support crop growth and clean drinking water in Haiti, support local eco-systems and absorb carbon through mangroves in the Philippines, and provide tree shelter for migrating Monarch butterflies who help pollenate crops in Mexico. Origins.com
Bull+Moose Ties (Ties from $39 Bowties from $25)
Cause: Veteran support as they re-enter civilian life
Bull+Moose is a veteran owned business with the aim to create quality ties at a disruptive price point. Their ties take on a classic, modern twist and are woven from 100% silk. What makes Bull+Moose extra special is the fact that proceeds from every purchase go back to Got Your 6, an organization focused on supporting veterans as they re-enter into civilian life. Bullandmoose.com
ONEHOPE Wine (Starting at $23.99)
Cause: Each purchase makes a measurable impact on various causes such as ending hunger by providing meals, helping preemie babies, planting trees, and providing children with medicine to prevent deadly diseases, among others.
ONEHOPE opened in 2007 with the goal to give back to various causes year-round. At the time, all of the founders were under 25, and had little more than a dream and a storage unit filled with 168 cases of wine. Today, ONEHOPE is a lifestyle brand with a world-class vineyard in the heart of Napa. Their wine is produced in collaboration with Rob Mondavi, Jr. and each purchase makes a measurable impact on causes such as ending hunger by providing meals, helping preemie babies, planting trees, and providing children with medicine to prevent deadly diseases, among other charitable causes. To date, the company has donated more than $1.8 million from product sales. Onehopewine.com
Bellafina Chocolates (Chocolate boxes starting at $7.95)
Cause:Donates a dollar for every dollar purchased to various charities who are working to help the world’s most vulnerable children.
The company features various Young Artist gift boxes, like those pictured above, that benefit different schools and children’s organizations. Each box features artwork by the students it benefits. All proceeds benefit various children’s causes such as those who support children who learn differently, support orphens and other boxes provide free Carousel rides to children threatened by disease, poverty, abuse, or neglect. BellafinaChocolates.com