It’s Valentine’s Day! Well… almost. If you haven’t already bought your significant other a token to express your love and appreciation for them (or if you simply forgot the day was approaching – it’s okay, it happens to the best of us), you still have time to purchase a significant gift that will not only show your partner that you’re always thinking about them, but will also help an important cause. This year you can show your partner you care, for them and also beyond yourselves, with these Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
Our Goodsmiths’ shops are packed with items that would constitute an impressive Valentine’s Day present, and since we know you are busy frantically calling every restaurant in town trying to get a last-minute dinner reservation, we’ve created a quick gift guide to help.
Kind-hearted fresh flowers
Miei Fiori is the only social enterprise in Melbourne of this kind – their amazing flower arrangements will not only add a touch of colour to your lover’s home or workspace, they also run on a 100-%-net-profit-to-charity model. Which means that every single purchase will aid The Smith’s Family Learning for Life Program. Just make sure you order 48 hours in advance, as their zero-waste initiative requires every bouquet to be created on the day, as fresh as possible.
Staff pick (pictured left): The Florist’s Pick arrangement – customisable at your will.
Sweets with an extra dollop of goodness
You can’t mention Valentine’s Day without thinking about chocolate. This year, ditch the supermarket options, and buy your partner a box that really matters. For purpose chocolatiers Mildura Chocolate Company employs people with disabilities in their factories, offering them a new, and supported, way to engage with society. Plus, their chocolates are delicious!
Staff pick (pictured right): Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices – yummy and gluten-free.
Time to give
Help your partner stay on track by gifting them one of The Timekeeper’s elegant watches (also available to purchase at The Lo Jo Jive Festival on February 10th, which means you skip shipping fees – details here). Their unisex timepieces come in a variety of designs, and all profits made from sales are redirected towards helping homeless youth.
Staff pick (pictured above): The Gold / Black Leather watch – both casual and sophisticated.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas to spice up your life
Nothing better after a long Valentine’s Day than relaxing with a hot bath, and even better if done together with your soulmate. Spice up your bath time with products from social enterprise Sisterworks, made with all natural ingredients, and leaving a subtle gold sparkle, making you glow.
Staff pick (pictured left): Sugar and Spice Bath Bombs – bath partner not included.
Boutique wine with a purpose
Speaking of bubble baths and associated items, let loose with a glass of socially-responsible wine. With an ever-growing list of supported charities, and a beverage selection for even the pickiest drinkers, Goodwill Wine has everything you need to relax, unwind, and help others.
Staff pick (pictured right): A bottle of 2016 Pinor Noir – Goodsmiths approved.
Love a sustainable beer?
Not a wine fan? Fret not – lager is coming. The Good Beer Co. have just launched their LOVE² range of beer celebrating marriage equality. They believe love is love, so they will redirect profits made from their sweet pale malt and citrus hops towards supporting LGBTI communities across the country. They are Australia’s first beer social enterprise and are leading the way in sustainable brewing with efficient water and energy use at the heart of everything they do.
Staff pick (pictured left): The Love² Beer – supporting great causes in the name of love.
Hand-made jewellery providing opportunity
Treat your significant other to a piece of jewellery that will show them just how special they are to you. No, we’re not thinking Tiffany’s; instead, Grace & Able’s bracelets handmade in Uganda by empowered artisans are bound to impress your lucky lady, and help impoverished workers make a living.
Staff pick (pictured right): The Path Bracelet – available in two colours.
Ethical clothing with street cred
Put a shirt on your lover’s back, and also on a person experiencing homelessness. That’s right – HoMie is a label for the streets, with profits from all sales being redirected into their VIP Shopping Days, where people with no roofs above their heads are invited in store to pick and choose clothing, are fed and groomed, and most importantly, listened to by attentive staff. To top it off this ethical streetwear is also certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, to guarantee that you’re buying sustainably and ethically made goods for your loved one.
Staff pick (pictured above): The Unisex White City Scape T-shirt – simple yet outstanding.
Does your partner love writing down their thoughts, or simply staying organised? Surprise them with an Inspirationery item – their products are ethically made, and half of their profits are donated to charities that support women’s education and leadership programs. Now, that’s something to write home about!
Staff pick (pictured right): Hardcover notebook with gold details – let your thoughts roam free!
Whatever you choose to gift your loved one, or however you choose to celebrate, is not what’s important – what really matters is showing your partner that you care, not only about them, but about the impact your purchases have on the world around us.
For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas head over to our Main Directory to discover even more Goodsmiths, and wonderful products that make a positive difference in the world.
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