It’s nearly Valentine’s Day: that time of the year when the pressure is on to give your partner that one gift to show them you care. Sure, you could go with the typical flowers or box of candy, but how do you make your gift special? How do you let your loved one know that they mean more to you than a quick trip to Pak-N-Save?
One way to add even more value to your present, consider purchasing something that has a lasting effect. What if the money you spent on their gift helped others too? We’ve pulled together five unique gift ideas to show your valentine that you have a huge heart:
- Get her a little bling
Surprise your valentine with these blue glass earrings ($25, loyal.org.nz), hand-crafted by participants of the Starfish Project. This program gives vulnerable and exploited women in China an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience to get off the streets and earn a meaningful income. To learn more, watch a video about the Starfish Project here.
- Peanut butter, raspberry and chocolate (oh my!)
Everyone likes chocolate, so why not treat your sweetie with some fair-trade sweets from Wellington Chocolate Factory (wcf.co.nz)? These delicious snacks are sure to satisfy, especially knowing they are made using high-quality, ethically-sourced materials from cocoa farmers around the world. If you’re in Wellington, you can even schedule a tour to see how the chocolates are made.
Enjoy a delicious meal!
What is more enjoyable than brunch? If you’re in Auckland for Valentine’s Day, you can take your special someone out to the Odyssey Café (odyssey.org.nz) at 4/3029 Great North Road, New Lynn. In addition to offering great food and coffee, Odyssey also provides opportunities for young people to gain skills and confidence to enhance their job prospects and wellbeing. Not only are you filling your tummy, but you are also empowering youth to have a better future.
Tell him he's the G.O.A.T.
How can you tell that special person in your life they’re the best? Easy! For only $69, you can purchase a goat from ChildFund New Zealand’s Gifts that Grow catalogue (childfund.org.nz/giftsthatgrow). By doing so, you’ll not only provide a child in need and their family with a gift that enhances their nutrtion and enables them to make a small income, but you will have the opportunity to give your loved one a greeting card to let them know you think they’re the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time).
Basket up your love
For the partner who’s obsessed with home décor, pick up one of the Maka Emali baskets from IkoIko (ikoiko.co.nz). These bold and colourful baskets are hand-woven by women following an income-generating project in Emali, Kenya, a region in Africa regularly affected by drought and poverty. Why not go all out this year and fill the basket with the other items listed above?
Treat your valentine to one of these sustainable gifts this year and feel good knowing you’re making a difference at the same time.