11+ Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Loved Ones

Tis the season of love and gifting! But I’m not telling you anything new when I say that most gifts are wasteful. Unless..? Yes, that’s right! Today I give you my list of eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you’ll get ideas of gifts for her, gifts for him, and gifts for couples; and they are all kind to the Earth, not too wasteful, and hopefully thoughtful as well!

But before we look at the sustainable gift ideas list, let’s talk about the idea of gift-giving itself; because that’s where everything starts right? So let’s do this.

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that may earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.

How to Give Better Sustainable Gifts

Often, we give gifts, just because that’s what we’re supposed to do; and when that’s the spirit, it often translates into an epic fail. How many times have you received gifts you never even glanced at after having said “thank you” to the generous soul who’d given it to you? I know for me the answer is: many! And we don’t want to be that person. So how do we make sure we give better gifts that won’t just be a waste?

The first step is to remember the meaning of gift-giving. It’s not about the gift, it’s about the reason why we gift. And I’m pretty sure the reason is never to make the person feel guilty about not liking or not having any use for our gift.

The idea is to give what matters, what the person wants, what they need, what makes them happy, and what they’ll use. We need to give what matters and what will have the best possible impact – within our budget, of course. And a lot of the times, this has nothing to do with physical gifts.

Gifting experiences: the most sustainable gift-giving option

Experiences allow us to do something different – things that we don’t always let ourselves do. So what better gift than an experience for the people we love? With experiences, we get to live unique moments, build lasting memories, and enjoy the now.

I like to treat people to a spa day, or something thrilling I know they’ll love. It might be a concert, a trip, or a dinner. As long as it builds memories and it’s something to be enjoyed, that’s a yes for me.

Gifting your time: the most valuable gift

Sometimes we forget that the gift is for a loved one; someone who loves us and who (hopefully) appreciates our company. Many experiences can be enjoyed together, as a way to spend time together, and again, build memories together.

On the cheaper side of things, giving your time can mean that you’re gifting an afternoon, a picnic at the parc, or anything you’re able to do yourself. The key here is to be fully available, no distractions, and enjoy the moment together.

Give long-lasting gifts: the most durable gifting option.

If you’re still convinced you need to give a physical gift, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that; but make sure they’ll be gifts that last for a long time, that the person will use and enjoy.

Eco-Friendly Gifts For Her

Of course there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to gift and gender, but I simply based these recommendations on what I'd like to receive.

  • For somebody just starting their low-waste or sustainability journey, this Zero-Waste beginner kit is ideal. Both stylish and super useful.
  • The VOTCH watch Piñatex  must be one of my most coveted item on my wish-list at the moment. Made of Piñatex, a pineapple-based sustainable fabric, the watch is gorgeous, while also offering an easy minimalist and versatile look.
  • To elevate any outfit, I live how fine and delicate these Gold staking rings look. To be worn separated or stacked – I'll go for stacked!
  • The most versatile and useful backpack in the game at the moment. This Paper bag backpack is just a one-of-a-kind piece, ideal to dress down a chic look – you don't want to be overdressed..!
  • And of course, for your DIY spa days, the Self Care Gif set is great is my opinion. And reusable – duh!

Eco-Friendly Gifts For Him

For a boyfriend, husband or just a loved one just starting out in their sustainability journey, here is my recommended list of eco-friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas for him.

  • The Zero-Waste On The Go Gift Set will be your best friend on the go, as it contains everything to avoid single used plastic utensils and cutlery.
  • For the fitness and active type, I love this Reusable Protein Shake bottle. It also includes the little stainless steel mixer shaker ball, to make your shake extra delicious – and smooth!
  • Here is for the beauty and self-care routine. The Matte Black Safety razor offers everything you have in everyday razors, but better AND sturdy. To be used for the many years to come.
  • I know I love a nice-smelling soap bar. And even better when it's handmade! The Hand-made soap bar trio will make for the perfect gift, while offering versatility in the scents, and being kind to the planet!
  • And this Black Vegan Leather wallet has all the necessary features of a quality wallet, without harming animals. Love it!

Eco-Friendly Gifts For Couples

And here is for those who just want to enjoy their gifts together. My list of recommended eco-friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas for two.

Share with me any other eco-friendly gift idea you have in mind in the comments section below. I'm always looking for inspiration and super cute things to add to my list!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that may earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.

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