February the 14th is fast approaching, and we have found 7 niche gifts for Valentine’s Day that are ideal to treat yo’self or that special person in your life (yep, that includes your BFF!).
Because Valentine’s Day is all about love, we have included some fair-trade, cruelty-free and all-natural ideas to show some much-deserved tenderness to Nature and humankind. And now, without further ado, this is New York For Beginners’ 2018 Valentine’s Day Gift roundup!
1. Blackberry & Oud Sacred Heart Botanical Wax Curiosity by Rosy Rings ($33.00): This gift screams I put a spell on you! A modern take on the vintage curiosities, this is a handmade object of art that is carefully filled with real botanicals and perfumed with the most exotic natural combo: sweet blackberries and exotic oud wood (one of my favorite scents on Earth, just sayin’!). A beautiful tchotke to display on a dresser, a vanity, or inside that special drawer to scent delicate intimates. Packaged in the most beautiful and decadent black box with an illustrated sleeve, this object of desire is perfect for those modern vintage lovers. Did I mention it is handmade?
2. Naugthy Box Gift Set by Nu Evolution Cosmetics ($55.00): If you are looking for an organic beauty option to gift your loved one, look no more. The glam gals behind Nu Evolution have curated a boxed set of mineral lip beauties made with all-natural and vegan ingredients. Included are the most beautiful fuchsia lippie in Diva and the bestselling high-gloss nude lipgloss in Naughty. Presented in a black lacquer reusable box, this nontoxic gift will make your green beauty diva scream in delight.
3. Chocolatier’s Gift Raw Cacao Face Mask by Thesis ($23.00): If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, chocolates are the next best thing. To avoid the quick on the lips and semi-permanent on the hips experience, this Chocolatier’s Gift face mask is the perfect chocolate alternative without the extra calories. Hydrating and gentle clays along with raw cacao powder nourish and regenerate dry, mature, and aging skin. A powerfully restorative treatment that soothes the epidermis, it is the perfect gift for the organic beauty lover that doesn’t break the bank. That’s a winner in my book! And, should you need more arguments, you can read my full review of my Thesis experience here.
4. Essential Travel Wrap + Scarf by Verloop ($75.00): Looking for the perfect gift for the wanderluster in your life? This beautifully tasseled travel wrap is the ideal companion for those who like to prepare an adventure in the spur of the moment. To be worn as an oversized scarf, a wrap, or even the finishing touch for a polished work look, it is a seasonless knit that can looks good anytime, anywhere. With a bright poppy color that screams love, it is an unforgettable gift for the adventurer gal with a cozy spirit.
5. This Bunny Loves You Gift Set by FarmHouse Fresh ($36.00): Give the gift of fluff with this cruelty-free skincare set that includes two bestselling products made with love in the USA. Inside a gingham box that includes a rustic wooden spoon, the Sweet Cream
Fine Body Scrub and Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream will delight the beauty lover of your dreams. Highly comforting, moisturizing, and cruelty-free, these two products are made using nontoxic ingredients to please even the pickiest consumers (like yours truly.) An ideal gift to say “I love you” without the anxiety of a public display of affection, it is a perfect love declaration that supports a local business.
6. Chocolate Tasting 4-Pack by Hoja Verde at SensEcuador.com ($33.00): Are you looking for the perfect epicurean gift? These fair trade chocolate bars will melt her/his heart for sure! Ecuadorian cocoa has long been recognized as the world’s finest beans with unparalleled depth in aroma and flavor. Hoja Verde chocolates are handmade with premium organic cocoa beans grown in the tropical lowlands of Ecuador. Aside from being ridiculously delicious, these chocolates connect the producer with the consumer, making sure the producers enjoy a fair quality of life and the lucky person to receive the chocolates enjoys the finest gifts from the culture of cocoa. Plus, it ships free!
7. Alchemy Large Match Bottle by Skeem Design ($26.00): Ignite the fire of passion with the most Instagrammeable matches nested inside a glorious apothecary jar with a silk-screened design and a cork top. Illustrated with the elemental symbol of love, it makes a beautiful V-Day gift to show how attracted you are to your (future) partner. Aside from being beautiful, these matches are quite clever; there is a hidden striker strip on the back so your loved one has everything he/she needs to lit a glorious fire. Just add a few conversation starters around the fire and watch the evening unfold!
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