eco-friendly gifts for girlfriendI’m not writing this for my readers. I’m writing this for the significant others my readers love, the ones who are sort of paralyzed by Valentine’s Day gift giving for their girlfriend because there is already so much pressure, and now on top of that, they are dating someone who eats organic, uses only non-toxic beauty products, and keeps talking about how they want their clothing and jewelry to be made ethically.

If this description sounds like you, have pity on your partner and send this off to them so they have some clue as to what to get you for an eco-friendly gift.

Love, after all, means clear communication of your wants and needs. Might as well start with the big V Day.

Perfume

Perfume is a highly subjective thing. I’ve heard for years that Chanel No. 5 is the best, and yet once I finally got a whiff, I detested it. However, the eco-friendly girl will thoroughly enjoy almost any natural scent. Natural scents tend to have a more lush, round, and seductive profile compared to the caustic and obnoxious synthetic scents that dominate the market. Not to mention, your lady only wants to dab natural ingredients on her pulse points. But it might be wise to check the return policies on perfume, just in case she would like to return it for another scent. Or, check and see if a scent sampler is available so she can try a few and pick her favorite.

"Seductive notes of Ambrette seed intertwine with warming black balsam and succulent florals to produce this vibrant, feral blend. Distinctive, sensual and surprisingly fresh."

“Seductive notes of Ambrette seed intertwine with warming black balsam and succulent florals to produce this vibrant, feral blend. Distinctive, sensual and surprisingly fresh.”

"Soft and sophisticated sexy combined with a dry floral aphrodisiac Jasmine Sambac and the fresh citrus aroma of the Japanese Yuzu"

“Soft and sophisticated sexy combined with a dry floral aphrodisiac Jasmine Sambac and the fresh citrus aroma of the Japanese Yuzu”

"ydro-distilled essences of rose and Moroccan spearmint cling to the menacing aroma of leather. A sexy, smoky, unapologetic fragrance for those with a rebellious streak."

“ydro-distilled essences of rose and Moroccan spearmint cling to the menacing aroma of leather. A sexy, smoky, unapologetic fragrance for those with a rebellious streak.”

"The smell of a hot, summer night, this natural perfume oil evokes memories of drinking honeysuckle nectar from the vines on the neighbors’ fence. Sweet and feminine."

“The smell of a hot, summer night, this natural perfume oil evokes memories of drinking honeysuckle nectar from the vines on the neighbors’ fence. Sweet and feminine.”

"With notes of pear, jasmine and fresh cut grass, Leila Lou is clean, fresh and totally addicting."

“With notes of pear, jasmine and fresh cut grass, Leila Lou is clean, fresh and totally addicting.”

"sensual, passionate, joyful and one of our all time customer favorites"

“sensual, passionate, joyful and one of our all time customer favorites”

Chocolate

Is your lady a health nut? They come in different shades. If she has sworn off sugar as the devil’s food and the root of all health issues, then skip this section and buy her something else. But for those who will allow some sugar as long as it’s organic cane mixed with Fair Trade cocoa, these chocolate bars will get her heart racing.

Cabernet Raaka chocolate // Made with love in Red Hook of organic cocoa beans, Fair Trade cane sugar, and organic cocoa butter.

Cabernet Raaka chocolate // Made with love in Red Hook of organic cocoa beans, Fair Trade cane sugar, and organic cocoa butter.

Fair Trade and organic sea salt caramel chocolate

Fair Trade and organic sea salt caramel truffles.

Certified USDA Organic, Direct Trade, Gluten Free and Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Project Verified. It is also dairy free, soy free, and vegan.

Certified USDA Organic, Direct Trade, Gluten Free and Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Project Verified. It is also dairy free, soy free, and vegan.

Rich dark chocolate, with a love poem inside.

Rich dark chocolate, with a love poem inside.

Not technically chocolate, but what girl doesn't love red velvet and marshmallow?

Not technically chocolate, but what girl doesn’t love red velvet and marshmallow?

Organic, Brooklyn made chocolate in a pretty gift set!

Organic, Brooklyn made chocolate in a pretty gift set!

Single origin, organic cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic are made into chocolate in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Single origin, organic cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic are made into chocolate in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

UnReal reinvents America’s favorite candies (like Reese's!) using only 100% real, non-GMO ingredients, less sugar, and no gluten, corn, or soy.

UnReal reinvents America’s favorite candies (like Reese’s!) using only 100% real, non-GMO ingredients, less sugar, and no gluten, corn, or soy.

Flowers

Instead of recommending a few florist to you, I would like to suggest you visit Slow Flowers, a directory that lists florists using local and organic stems in their bouquets. Use it to find a florist near you that suits your sig o’s taste.

Jewelry

Jewelry is also highly subjective. One girl’s glamorous necklace is another’s cheesy necklace. So I picked out some simple and classic designs that will please almost any lady, at all price points. What you’re looking for is a piece of jewelry that is either made locally, or made by fairly paid artisans. Even better if it’s made from recycled metals and ethically sourced stones. Also, don’t forget to inquire whether she likes gold or silver better. You can tell I’m a gold girl, below, but look for silver versions if she prefers that.

Pamela Love arrow jacket earrings evoke cupid's bow in a fresh way.

Pamela Love arrow jacket earrings evoke cupid’s bow in a fresh way.

These handmade bar studs are reversible and appealing to a girl of any style.

These handmade bar studs are reversible and appealing to a girl of any style.

Called Herkimer diamonds, these are semi-precious stones ethically mined in Pennsylvania

Called Herkimer diamonds, these are semi-precious stones ethically mined in Pennsylvania

Write a sweet something in this book necklace before you give it to her.

Write a sweet something in this book necklace before you give it to her.

Stamped by hand in Idaho, these little earrings are affordable but sweet.

Stamped by hand in Idaho, these little earrings are affordable but sweet.

#valentinesday gifts: heart studs by Melissa Joy Manning

Simple and sustainably made heart earrings by Melissa Joy Manning out of recycled metal.

Dainty and delicate ruby earrings say you love her.

Dainty and delicate ruby earrings say you love her.

Bigger and bolder ruby earrings from Bario Neal.

Bigger and bolder ruby earrings from Bario Neal.

Pick out her first and last initial for a thoughtful, custom gift.

Pick out her first and last initial for a thoughtful, custom gift.

Made by artisans in Bali, bamboo represents sustainable design.

Made by artisans in Bali, bamboo represents sustainable design.

Lingerie

For lingerie, you don’t have to go supersexy. Sometimes comfortable cotton undies say, “I love you just the way you are, when you’re most comfortable.” But if sexy is what you’re going for, I’ve got that, too!

For the cheeky and cute girl who likes her undies organic.

For the cheeky and cute girl who likes her undies organic.

She'll love how comfy these everyday organic undies are.

She’ll love how comfy these everyday organic undies are.

100% silk and handmade in the U.S., these will make her feel beautiful

100% silk and handmade in the U.S., these will make her feel beautiful

This delicate and sexy set is made in NYC by hand.

This delicate and sexy set is made in NYC by hand.

For the bold and sexy, this set has a surprise in the back.

For the bold and sexy, this set has a surprise in the back.

Sexy, yet simple enough to be worn under everyday clothes.

Sexy, yet simple enough to be worn under everyday clothes.