We scour the most beautiful things so you don’t have to. Here are a pile of lovely gifts that anyone would be overjoyed to receive this upcoming day of hearts.
Consciously Luxe Valentine’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas
Chocolate n’ Treats
Don’t live near a great bakery with healthy options? BIY: (Bake it Yourself) Chocolate Love Kit: Enjoy legendary DC bakery Sticky Fingers signature Chocolate Love cupcakes, baked fresh in your own home! Included is all of your measured dry ingredients, cupcake liners, mixing and baking instructions along with pastry bag and deco-tip, filled with their chocolate frosting. Vegan, obvs.
Healthy Vegan – But Decadent – Baking Classes
Why not sign up for a Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive course together and learn how to make decadent desserts! If you’re on a mission to make world-class vegan desserts, sign on for some “basic training” in the field. Learn the tactics involved in baking without dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. Fran Costigan, vegan pastry chef-instructor and author of Great Good Desserts Naturally, More Great Good Desserts Naturally, and the new Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, the books considered the “bibles” of vegan pastry arts created this class, based in NYC. You’ll learn to use ingredients specific to vegan baking and gain the confidence to adapt many standard recipes to delicious vegan versions. Quality organic, seasonal ingredients will be emphasized, including whole grain flours, organic fair-traded sweeteners (both liquid and granulated), vegan gelatin (agar-agar), arrowroot and kuzu starches, non-dairy milks, sulfite-free fruit, chocolate, cocoa, pure extracts, leavening agents and much more. Plating of desserts will be practiced daily and a dessert buffet party will be the finale. Can’t get to NYC for one of Fran’s classes? Buy her the sexy cookbook above as a great V day gift.
Organic vegan chocolate truffles from Lagusta’s Luscious are always a treat. They ship everywhere.
Kosher, organic, vegan donuts from VeganDivas are light and healthy-tasting, somehow. They ship everywhere.
Bark from Allison’s Gourmet tastes like heaven in small bites. They ship everywhere.
Sure you could get diamond studs, snoreeee, but why not go outside the box? This gorgeous shooting star necklace is such a subtle little way to add a pop of metallic goodness to an outfit. We’ve also found some extremely unique pieces that could be worn daily. All of these are handmade, eco-friendly, indie companies, and radiate good vibes. You’ll notice we are extra hot for crystals lately. According to Francis Frank; Clear Quartz is known as the “master healer” and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralizing background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. If whoever you’re buying for isn’t so hot on crystals, then there are still plenty of other beautiful options out there, such as this Sacred Geometry Jewelry, which would make an equally lovely gift.
Lights and Rainbow Makers
Of course, a beautiful candle is always a no-brainer. This exquisite cedar rose candle from Agraria is lead-free, hand-poured, clean-burning candle with a gorgeous crystal glass jar s/he’ll use once the candle is long gone.
Who says you need to be a kid to enjoy the sweetness of a rainbow on your wall? We love both of these – one uses LED lights, the other solar power. The solar powered one we love- but only works during the day, so if romance is your aim – go for the LED for V day.
Hearts (or Skulls) In Any Form
Nobody says you need to do candy, jewelry, or flowers. (However, if you are going to buy flowers – read this article first!) Thinking out of the box and creativity is always appreciated. One of my favorite Valentine’s gifts from husband was a signed art print that was decidedly morbid – but I loved it! It spoke perfectly to our love of skulls. So – look inside the core of the person. If a pink heart ring would make her gag, by all means – buy her black roses or a crucifix.
Here are some alternative ideas:
Perfect patent heart bag that can be worn cross-body style.
Talk about a Valentine – check out these tushy-toppers.
Thigh highs that proclaim you the sinner/saint for a post dinner surprise.
Comfy PJ’s that proclaim your love – but not in a shmaltzy way.
Eco-friendly lingerie from Clare Bare – all handmade in LA.
Leave her/ him lovenotes every morning on this precious chalkboard heart mug.
A unisex headband full of love!
A brilliant handmade wooden robot meets cube. Designtastic.
A precious, classic frilly girl dress that reads as classic – but not twee.
Talk about a loveseat – this eco-friendly rocker is the ultimate lounger for your V Day Prince/ss
Wrap n’ Roll
Don’t forget to wrap it green using reusable organic wrapping fabric, or reused paper, or scraps. We love Enfold gift wrap which makes gorgeous packages idiot proof with attached bows. Fabric wrapping paper just makes everything feel more special.
For A Platonic Love:
If you’re anywhere like where we are, the weather has only recently gotten brutal and perhaps you don’t have a good scarf for this chill. Finding a chic scarf that’s not wool and handmade ethically is a challenge. We love this cowl from Maya Epler because it can be worn as a headpiece or neckwarmer. And her things are all PETA approved/ crueltyfree. The french messaging is sexy and sweet, it’s a perfect supplemental gift to a jewelry box or for someone you love in a platonic way.
Get your single bestie a tube of this cruelty-free, kiss-proof, vegan hot-date ensured lip color so she gets a Valentine no matter what.
This print from husband and wife design team Allison Glancey and Craig Seder depicts that truth as a dark, romantic fairy tale. A pale young woman with hair as black as night seems carried away in the perfume of a rose that looks both sensuous and slightly sinister. It’s an image that invites the viewer to fill in the details with countless possible stories. This is not a reproduction, but an actual, hand-pulled screen print, which each color applied individually. Printed in Pennsylvania; framed in Portland, Oregon.
This bag is 100% vegan and made with Ultrasuede HP, an eco-friendly fabric made with 100% recycled ultra-microfiber purely reconstituted from post-industrial material such as scrap polyester film. Additionally, all of these bags are convertible and can be worn cross body, in addition to a fanny pack. A perfect bag as we head (happily) towards spring.
This faux fur throw in pale pink screams Miss Piggy’s dressing room. And we want one.