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Published: 14 February 2018
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
If you’ve left it late this Valentine’s Day, don’t panic. These ethical gifts are widely available and pretty much guaranteed to put smiles on faces.
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Gifts for foodies
If you’re planning a decadent evening in, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. The Raw Chocolate Company’s raw chocolate mulberries are vegan, organic, Fairtrade and free from refined sugar, gluten, soy and palm oil. To power up the feel-good factor, they’re also handmade in the company’s renewably powered factory in Sussex.
If you need a bigger hit, Divine Chocolate’s Tasting Set is a great way to discover six fabulous flavours in a presentation box of 12 little bars of seriously smooth milk, deliciously rich dark and creamy white chocolate, all individually wrapped.
Cooking up a special Valentine’s meal? Italian food is the way forward. Suma’s organic pastas and sauces are authentically Italian, ethically sourced and made using time-honoured, traditional techniques. Round the evening off with a tub of Yeo Valley Vanilla Ice Cream. The ‘100% Yeorganic’ – organic and then some – ice cream combines Madagascan vanilla with Yeo Valley’s organic British cream. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Coffee and wine
Your partner will have two reasons to thank you for a bottle of wine or prosecco from Vintage Roots. As well as being delicious, they’re less likely to give you a sore head the next morning as they don’t contain the usual nasties you find in most wines. The Vintage Roots DOC Prosecco Frizzante – Giol is one of the best-value organic prosecco wines on the market, and light and easy at just 11% alcohol.
Make sure your loved one never runs out of coffee again with a subscription to Not1Bean coffee! All this company’s speciality coffee is roasted in the developing nations it’s grown in, meaning the profits go straight to the farmers.
The gift of pampering
Book your loved one in for a serious pampering session at Titanic Spa, the UK’s first eco spa. A celebrity favourite, the UK’s Best Luxury Destination Spa is a beautifully restored textile mill nestled deep within the natural landscape of Pennine Yorkshire.
If you want to pick up a physical present, Weleda Skin Food is the way forward. Another hit with celebrities, this natural wonder balm has been an industry beauty secret for decades, but now the secret’s out! The enthusiastic fan club includes Adele, Joss Stone, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields and many others.
For a pampering and nourishing weekend like no other, grab a couple of tickets to the magical wonderland that is Valley Fest. The festival takes place in the heart of the Somerset countryside, with stunning lakeside views. Expect music, dancing, glitter, delicious local organic food and communal feasts – plus a whole lot of fun!
Whisk them away
From vegan surfing camps to luxury hotels, exclusive Ayurvedic retreats to simple mountain chalets, and Tuscan country estates to holistic wellness resorts on Bali, the hotels presented by VeggieHotels are dream destinations for fans of plant-based sustenance – and a whole lot more.
For a romantic break closer to home, check out the beautiful collection of unique and special places to stay through Canopy & Stars, including treehouses, cabins, gypsy caravans and all sorts of fabulous glamping oddness.
Who says family breaks can’t be romantic? Little White Alice, the wild Cornish retreat, has something for everyone. There’s a collection of six 5* Gold eco holiday cottages plus two bespoke shepherds huts made from Cornish redwood. The kids can have a great time exploring the 29 acres with animal feeding, ponies and play areas while you relax in the natural swimming pool and wood-burning hot tub.
If money’s no object…
Blow the budget with a Tesla Model X P90D SUV. This gorgeous set of wheels is the stuff dreams are made of: a fully electric all-wheel-drive SUV with an estimated range of 257 miles. There’s ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear, and you get free long-distance travel using Tesla’s Supercharger network.
If you like the idea of going electric but aren’t ready to remortgage, the Wisper 705 SE e-bike might be a more attractive option. This simple, lightweight and affordable electric bike is suitable for beginners and pros alike.
Give your partner the gift of space with a Yorkshire Hut Company shepherd’s hut. From individually stained glass windows and hand-carved plaques to concealed time capsules, wood-burning stoves and bespoke furniture, every detail is crafted by a team of fully qualified experts.