Valentine’s Day tends to get unfairly characterized as a holiday explicitly for couples that persists because it increases greeting card and chocolates-in-a-heart-shaped-box sales. While a heartfelt note is always a wonderful way to show you care (and it’s historically true that the lover’s holiday gained popularity with the advent of the printing press) there are many other creative ways to celebrate all the special relationships in your life this February. Want to really spread the love? Give someone you care about a gift they love that expresses your love and shows some love for the rest of the world too.
IF YOU LOVE TRADITIONS WITH A TWIST
Maybe you fit the traditional archetype as a happy member of a relationship who intends to embrace the day of hearts in all its red and pink glory. There are tasting menus at your locally-owned restaurant calling your name, and you are leaning in to your reservation for two with your own socially-conscious flair. It’s possible you plan to indulge in some chocolate (a fair-trade bar!) or pop open a bottle of champagne (sourced from a B Corp vineyard).
If there’s a special lady in your life, you might be considering a gift as sparkly as her intelligence, wit, and personality. Indulge her love of beauty and her interest in empowering others with jewelry from SOKO.
Each piece supports local artisans around the world and is as unique as your one-of-a-kind partner (especially if you choose a piece customized with her initials)!
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IF YOU LOVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
To any creature of comfort, an ideal date likely consists of never having to change out of your pajamas. Beat the crowds and plan a cozy night in on February 14th, where the only wait you’ll have depends on the complexity of your dinner recipe (or, for less-than-Iron Chefs, the length of time it takes to have your favorite take-out delivered).
What’s the perfect complement to this date? The quintessential garment for lounging: a robe.
You can take comfort in your newfound comfort with the knowledge that your Highway Robery robe was made in the USA by workers who were paid a living wage.
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IF YOU LOVE TO MIX IT UP
Like many things in life, love is better when shared. Have a lot of single friends? Have a lot of coupled friends? Put them all together and celebrate your mutual love for each other at a Valentine’s Day party.
Need some entertainment supplies before the big night?
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IF YOU LOVE TO TREAT YOURSELF
Who said Valentine’s Day has to be for someone else? Maybe the relationship you’re celebrating this year is the one you have with yourself. Whether that involves your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor and a good book or curling up with a journal and setting some intentions for the year ahead, candlelight will help you set the mood.
Make self-love selfless by choosing a Prosperity Candle that’s hand-poured by female refugees earning a living wage, building a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Whether you choose to celebrate in any of the ways above, the sentiment of Valentine’s Day is about love. We all have the ability to spread love through our words and our actions. Cheers to working together to be better to our planet, each other, and ourselves.