artil's Alternative Valentine's Gift Guide

Alli Kelly

Chocolate. Flowers. Lingerie. These are a few of the stereotypical things one could receive for Valentine’s Day. And for those who love a heart-shaped box of chocolate, that’s fine. But if you’re looking for something extra special for that extra special someone (or a hint to give to your S.O.), look no further.

Zero Waste Lover

About 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally per year. To combat this and gift your honey with delicious produce, check out Misfits Market. They work “directly with farmers and food producers to source organic produce, high-quality meats and seafood, sustainable pantry staples, and other groceries that might otherwise go to waste.” 

Zodiac Queen

Show gratitude and love for the day your sweetheart was born with a birth chart. These charts (that also make beautiful wall art) show where the stars were in the sky on the day they were born. 

Green Goddess

Unsurprisingly, there’s a newfound love of nature and all things green since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, experiencing nature doesn’t require a home in the hills or access to acres of land. This Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to gift your S.O. a Master Class with Ron Finley on gardening. If he can grow a garden on a strip of dirt, anyone can.

Bauble Babe

For the one who loves to wear their gifts with pride, check out Ana Luisa’s Valentine’s day sale. Not only is their jewelry on-trend, but it’s also completely carbon and water neutral. Learn more about their environmental impact and shop the sale here.

Hot Mess

Not everyone has the “clean gene” and that’s okay. Save yourself the energy of an uncomfortable conversation with your messy loved one and surprise them with a cleaning service. Even sweeter, companies like ecomaids use all environmentally friendly products to get your place squeaky clean. 

Valentine’s Day can easily turn into a monotonous tradition. But with gifts like these, you’ll make this holiday one to remember each and every year. 

Alli Kelly

"Feminism is for everyone. We all need to take an active part in deconstructing the way the patriarchy has shaped us as women. Get educated, get out there, and make a difference for yourself and your sisters."
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