I’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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!